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April 2018 Newsletter

“Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:44-49

Dear Friends,

So our remembrance of Holy Week in 2018 has passed.  I pray it was a wonderful time for you and those around you.  You may have attended numerous services during that week; Maundy Thursday remembering the last supper; Good Friday contemplating the crucifixion of Jesus, and then the culmination of the week with church services and sunrise services celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday!  It really is a holy season each year.

But now it’s over for this year and maybe we should be asking ourselves the question….now what?  You see, if we’re not stirred to some sort of action I think we all have to ask ourselves the question of what this week meant for us.  I think many would jump immediately to The Great Commission and the command that we all go forth and make disciples.  However, I believe we miss this little-discussed scripture in the Gospel of Luke if we do that.

If you look at the Scripture above you see that “he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”  We don’t talk much about divine revelation today.  Yet after the resurrection, it is clear that these same disciples who had walked with Jesus for three years didn’t find their faith sufficient to stand with Him when arrested, tortured and crucified.  Please understand  I’m not casting stones.  I probably would have run like a scared child in those same circumstances.  So what happened to these men that would lead them to boldly proclaim the Gospel in the coming years?  What changed?  I believe two things changed for them.  First, they met the risen Christ.  But their minds were also opened to the Scriptures and suddenly it all made sense!

The other line in the above Scripture that I think is relevant to our ministry at LifeQuest is the last; “stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  Our staff and volunteers are fully aware that we can’t change the hearts of any of these young men and women we meet with weekly.  Only the power of God can accomplish that.  We can love them, encourage them, teach them and be there with them.  But we can’t change them.  And a volunteer or staff person that doesn’t recognize that becomes frustrated and discouraged and probably doesn’t stay around very long.

LifeQuest is incredibly blessed with its staff and volunteers, both present and past.  Please keep us all in your prayers as we bring a message of a new hope and a new future to these youth.  Your prayers and your gifts are appreciated more than you will ever know!

 

Serving Together,
John D. Jones
President/CEO, LifeQuest
john.jones@lifequestusa.org