Mallori Luna

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The below is a letter from my friend Mallori Luna.  This fall she will be traveling to Italy for Missions.  Please read the below and consider supporting her.  THANKS!
My name is Mallori Luna.  I am a 20-year-old college student that recently graduated from Eastern Florida State College with my AA degree. Like many others, I was set to continue towards my bachelors at UCF in the fall.
However, I’ve found God’s plan for us can be much different and bigger than anything you’d think of yourself.

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The Gospel in Italy of All Places

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Meet my friends Lee & Jeannette Walti.  Missionaries to….Italy!  The below is written by Lee.  Enjoy!

 

 

Lee and Jeanette Walti

Okay, so what do you think of when you think of Italy? Rolling hills and beautiful vistas? Historic and ancient buildings and ruins? Or maybe you think of lasagna, delicious pizza, good bread, cheeses and wine? Many Americans would love to visit Italy, many regularly dreaming of going to Rome, Venice, Verona or Sicily if even only once in their lifetime for a vacation.
What most Americans usually do not think of is that Italy is a mission’s destination. They don’t think of reaching Italians for Christ as urgent in any way. In fact, the vast majority of Americans believe that Italy is well reached in terms of gospel penetration. Most assume that since the Roman Catholic Church has been well entrenched for thousands of years, most Catholics are Christians. However, there is nothing more distant from the truth.

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For Our Good and His Glory Part 2

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“Life is but a Weaving”

(the Tapestry Poem)

“My life is but a weaving Between my God and me.

I cannot choose the colors He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;

And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly

Will God unroll the canvas And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful In the weaver’s skillful hand

As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares; Nothing this truth can dim.

He gives the very best to those Who leave the choice to Him.”

Corrie ten Boom

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Vessel

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Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach at the Vessel in Oviedo.  Their pastor – Louis Tamburro – is a Gospel focused, hungry for Jesus, grateful for forgiveness, true, friend.  Louis asked me to preach on:  Living the gospel daily.  I did so from Romans 12:1-2.  You can listen to it here:  http://www.vesselorlando.net.  It was GREAT to be with you Vessel.  Praying for you – may God continue to build a Gospel centered community at Vessel.  Thanks for your warm welcome and  encouragement!

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Relational Wisdom 360 By Ken Sande

 

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Defusing Explosive Meetings

Have you ever been in a meeting that was about to explode?dynamite-300x300

You could feel the tension building with each person’s comments and knew it was just a matter of time before the dynamite went off.

It might have been a conversation with your spouse or teenager. Maybe it was a staff meeting at the office. Or, sometimes most volatile of all, a congregational meeting at your church.

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The Gospel Must Be Proclaimed by Louis Tamburro

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Meet my good friend Louis Tamburro!  Louis loves the gospel.  He is someone I can say along with Paul….”I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel.”  Philippians 1:3-5

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Bridgeway Sarasota!

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Guest Blogger Day!  Friday’s are reserved for me to introduce you to friends who are passionate about the gospel!  Today that passion means:  Move across the country, leave what is familiar and comfortable, pack up your family, and plant a church for Gospel Advancement!  Meet Matt Slack! Recently Matt planted an Acts 29 church in Sarasota Florida.  If you live in Sarasota and you are looking for a home church, I hope you will check out Bridgeway Sarasota THIS SUNDAY!  Click on the picture above to learn more about Bridgeway Sarasota. Continue reading Bridgeway Sarasota!

Gospel Repentance by Brian Hedges

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Today’s post by Brian Hedges is much needed in our day.  Repentance isn’t viewed by many as the grace that it is.  Friend, we need to see a healthy, gospel centered, grace filled view of repentance restored in our day!    And that is why what we have below is a gift to us from Brian.  I highly recommend Brian’s blog and books listed at the end of the post!  Grab them and start reading!

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Meet Mike Bullmore

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Mike BullmoreOn Fridays I hope to introduce to you some friends who are making Gospel Connections.  Today, meet Mike Bullmore Pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, WI.  Mike’s sermon titled:  The Functional Centrality of the Gospel has been a favorite of mine for quite a few years.  I have listened and read this sermon a number of times and have benefited from it in so many ways.  I am hopeful that Mike’s sermon will serve you in helping you understand further what I am driving at here on the Gospel Connections blog.  So, grab a coffee and notepad, or download this and listen to it during your commute and…. enjoy!

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