Each One Reach One
By Reid Saunders
God wants to use you to make a difference for eternity. Someone once said, “Every heart without Christ is a mission field, but every heart with Christ is a missionary.”
The Bible tells us in Acts one : eight “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
God wants you to be mission minded in your mission field. You can impact lives for Christ in your sphere of influence. This sphere is your home, neighborhood where you live, your school, or place of work. The bottom line is God wants you to live a life that is contagious for Christ. A recent survey from George Barna revealed that the average pre-Christian said they would go to a Christian event if their Christian friend invited them.
On average most people attend church twice a year during Christmas and Easter. Do you know what next weekend is? Easter! Can you think of a better way to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus than bringing a friend to meet Him! Today pray and ask God for an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus and invite them to an Easter service at your church.. I firmly believe that when you give God an open heart He will give an open door to tell someone about Him. May God use you today to tell someone about His Son Jesus Christ! I am the resurrection and the life. He who believer in Me will live, even though He dies (John 11:25).
All for Jesus!
By Reid Saunders
Have you noticed the soaring gas prices lately? I’m sure you have! I always know I’m in trouble when I bring my gas guzzling car to refuel and all the attendants jump for joy like the old Toyota commercials. They know they are going to rake it in when I pull in!
In any given week I travel hundreds of miles for ministry engagements along with all the trips to the airport. This results in weekly stops to refuel my car at the gas station. In applying this to ministry life I realize that I need to refuel my soul daily with the Lord. I love the verse from Psalm 27:8 where the Lord gives us an invitation to intimacy.
My heart has heard you say, Come and talk with me.; And my heart responds, Lord I am coming. Doesn’t that sound good?! Friends, I want to encourage you to pull into God’s soul refueling station and be refreshed as you spend time with Him. As you refuel your soul by spending time in the Word and prayer I believe the Lord will refresh your heart and give you the strength to stand strong for Him.
Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll says it well about the importance of refreshing your soul with the Lord. An inner restlessness grows within us when we refuse to get alone and examine our hearts, including our motives. As our lives begin to pick up the debris that accompanies a lot of activities and involvements, we can train ourselves to go right on, to stay active, to be busy in the Lord’s work. Unless we discipline ourselves to pull back, to get alone for the hard work of self-examination in times of solitude, serenity will only remain a distant dream.
Just as we take our cars to the gas station to be refueled so too spiritually we need to fill up; by being with the Lord. My prayer for you is to strive daily to be still and know that He is God. I firmly believe that in order for us to minister effectively to others we first must be ministered to by the Lord.
All for Jesus!
Life to the Fullest!
Have you ordered your copy of Reid’s book?
Reid began writing Life to the Fullest in 2006 to help pre-Christians enter a relationship with Christ and believers to grow in that relationship. We are thrilled to announce that the first copies have recently been printed and are now available for purchase! “Life to the Fullest” book-copy1.png”
The secret to living life to the fullest is first finding true life. The longing of our hearts is for someone to give us meaning and purpose. In Life to the Fullest, Reid Saunders clearly shows how it is possible to find real life; eternal life in Jesus Christ. Jesus said “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better than they ever dreamed of,” John 10:10 (MSG). Whether you are spiritually seeking, a new follower of Christ, or you want to grow deeper in love with Jesus, this book will encourage you to live your life all for Jesus by helping you understand that God loves you personally.
Lives Changed In Lithuania!
By Reid Saunders
Our Lithuania mission went awesome as the Lord brought many to Himself! Thank you for your prayers!
Brett and I had a great time ministering in Lithuania through several affinity outreach events. We invited fellow evangelist PJ Meduri to join us. In total, we ministered to 426 people with 79 decisions for Christ! This is huge! Lithuania is very unreached and the churches are afraid to do evangelism.
It was so exciting to see the pastors overwhelmed with joy to see so many people respond to the Gospel. One pastor told me, “Reid, as a result of these meetings, now I feel like we can do this ourselves.” Yes! What a blessing to be a catalyst of the Lord to equip and motivate the people in the churches to reach others for Christ!
From the events we found that nearly 37% of the unbelievers that came to these outreach events made decisions for the Lord! Even as I write the churches are now following up with the new believers. Please pray for the new believers and for Lithuania in general. This is a very cold place spiritually and the churches are dying because of their lack of evangelism.
One highlight for me was speaking at an orphanage where we ministered to kids between the ages of 9 and 20. Of the 50 in attendance, 18 of them gave their lives to Jesus including Loretta. Loretta is a 15 year old girl who is 4 months pregnant. I spoke on loneliness for my message. Afterwards Loretta told me she has felt lonely all her life, but now that she has Jesus she doesn’t feel lonely any more! Please pray for Loretta as she grows in her faith and is a mother at such a young age.
Rejoice with me in seeing God move in a mighty way for His glory in Lithuania! “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” (Romans 10:13).
All for Jesus!
By Reid Saunders
I love playing sports. From the time I was just a young child, I played team sports, of which baseball and football were my favorites. There is something about working together with other people that attracts me. I played football from middle school through college. One of my teammates actually went on to win two Super Bowl rings with the Dallas Cowboys. My position in football was wide receiver. (I often tell people God took me from catching footballs to catching men!). In order to win and succeed, I needed to rely on my team members. We learned plays from our coach and depended on each other to execute those plays and score points. It was a complete team effort. Think of it! In Christ, you are part of the greatest team around, the dream team, which is the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:4 says, There is one body.
My prayer for you is that you use your God given gifts, talents, and abilities to help the body of Christ impact this world for Jesus Christ! There is no greater joy than to be a part of God’s team! Yes! The body of Christ is the dream team and the Lord wants you to play a part. Get in the game for God today and watch Him use you to impact lives for Him! Now that’s a true touchdown!
All for Jesus!
Carry the Compass
By Reid Saunders
My friend Dan takes his compass wherever he goes. He always wants to be led in the right direction so he won’t get lost. I remember hiking with Dan in a thick forest one day when I became completely lost. I had no idea which way was north, south, east, or west, and if it hadn’t been for Dan’s compass, which kept us on the right path, we would have been lost for sure. In life, prayer is our compass that helps guide us along the path of the all for Jesus adventure. You have a direct line to God 24-hours a day. Prayer is powerful and God invites us to communicate with Him on a constant basis. First Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to, “Pray without ceasing.” Staying connected with your Creator through prayer will guide you and keep you from getting lost on the journey of life.
I carry my cell phone with me wherever I go. It comforts me to know that I can stay connected with those I love and to have the ability to get in touch with anyone if I have need. Unfortunately, I have had several jaw-dropping moments when I receive the cell phone bill and discover I have gone over my minutes! I’m so glad God does not treat us like our cell phone provider. His “plan” is perfect – through Jesus Christ you have unlimited minutes with your Heavenly Father! Think of it! You can talk to God anytime and anywhere and He always hears you. And with God there are never dead zones or roaming charges! Just as you talk to your loved ones every day by phone, email, text messaging, or in person, so too it is very important to talk to God through prayer everyday. God wants to be intimately involved with your life. God says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3). God invites you to connect deeply with Him daily as you pray. In the same way you get to know people more as you spend time with them and talk, you get to know God more as you spend time with Him in prayer!
There is no set pattern or way to pray. You can pray standing or sitting, with your eyes open or closed. You can pray alone or with other people. The important thing is that you spend time praying, preferably every day. The Bible says, in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God wants to talk with you because He loves you. Communication is important in any relationship, and the same is true in your relationship with God. You can talk to God about anything and everything, at any time of the day, and at any place. Let him know your fears, frustrations, doubts, struggles, joys, temptations, and praises. This acrostic of the word “prayer” is a helpful example of how to pray. This is not a formula or the “right” way to pray. It is only a suggestion to help you start having a daily prayer time.
P – Praise: When you pray, praise and thank God for who He is: the One who has chosen you, has redeemed you, and is worthy of all glory. You can sing songs of gratitude to the Lord and let Him know how much you love and adore Him. As you read and study the Bible, you will find many more reasons to praise Him as you learn more about His character and acts of faithfulness throughout history.
R – Repent: Even though Jesus Christ has paid for our sins and forgiven us on the cross, we still live in our flesh and therefore we continue to sin. When you pray, ask God’s forgiveness for the sins you have committed.
A – Ask: Seek God and ask for help and guidance in life. You can also ask God for what you need and trust Him to fulfill your needs. What you want and what God gives you may not always be the same thing. But God knows best, and seeking His will about what you need is very important. He made you and knows what you need before you even ask Him. You can trust Him because He knows you, loves you, and is faithful to provide what will truly satisfy you.
Y – Yield: Let God be in control of your life. Yielding means listening to God and letting Him speak to you. This does not necessarily mean that God will speak audibly to you, but His voice can speak to your heart as you listen to Him. You may want to go for a walk or quietly sit and allow Him to speak to your heart.
E – Express: Thank God for answered prayer. Keeping a journal of your prayer requests is helpful. You can keep track and record how God answers your prayers. When He does answer your prayer, write it in your journal and let God know how thankful you are. God always answers our prayers. They may not be answered in the way we want or expect, but God listens and responds to every prayer request. God may say yes, no, or wait in response to your prayer. Trust the Lord and be patient. Remember He is in control! Also express your gratitude to God for daily meeting your needs—from food to family—and exalt Him, because He alone is worthy of your praise.
R – Request: Praying for others is an honor and truly pleases God. He encourages us to pray for others. These can be prayers for people you know that do not know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior or prayer for those you know that are hurting, sick, or out of work. You can pray for friends and family members, people in the news, people around the world, etc. This is called intercessory prayer, because you are interceding to God on behalf of others. One idea is to write down a list of everyone you know, and break it down into seven groups and pick a specific day of the week to pray for each group. (I would appreciate it if you prayed often for me and my ministry at Reid Saunders Association.)
Prayer is powerful! As I have said many times, “God moves in a mighty way when His people pray.” James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” God wants to communicate with you every day. He loves you and wants to be involved in every aspect of your life. Our Lord Jesus modeled the greatest example of what a healthy prayer life looks like:
He prayed upon the mountain, He prayed for you and me, He prayed in humble dwellings, He prayed beside the sea. He prayed with all his might, He prayed at noonday and at dusk,
He prayed all through the night. He prayed for those who scorned him, For those who killed Him, too,He prayed, “Father forgive them: They know not what they do.” He prayed when he was lonely, He prayed when he was sad, He prayed when he was weary,He prayed when he was glad. He prayed for those in sorrow, He prayed for those in sin, He prayed for those in trouble, That they might come to Him.
As we follow Jesus’ example we can carry the compass of prayer to guide us as we journey down the all for Jesus adventure of Christian living!
Please be praying for Reid and the whole Amity team as God is bringing lost souls to himself through the Amity SummerFest Aug 5-7 2011
All for Jesus!
Mercy, A Lesson From Romans
by Paul Null (RSA’s Director of Operations and Development)
I’ve been preaching through the book of Romans and have come, so far, through the first eight chapters. The first eight chapters really flow. They begin by making a strong case for our sinful condition; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:23) and continue with God’s gracious solution; “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (3:24). They continue by outlining the big difference this can make in our present lives; we have been so identified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection that we are enabled to walk “In newness of life” (6:4) and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so; “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (8:11). The first eight chapters climax with Paul’s reflection on the greatness of God’s love for us; a love that cannot be shaken; “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (8:37). And then we come to Romans 9-11. Frankly, I’m tempted to skip over them and go directly to chapter 12 and Paul’s passionate appeal for us to offer our bodies as “living sacrifices” and then on to the many practical applications that follow.
Chapters 9-11 are confusing and controversial. Chapter 9 paints the picture of a God who, in his apparently arbitrary choices leaves us completely at his mercy when it comes to being saved. Chapter 10 then reverses the argument and makes it appear that the weight of responsibility rests upon our shoulders. And chapter 11 then warns those of us who have been shown mercy not to get too cocky about that lest we fall from the gracious position we now possess.
In chapters 9-11 there are Jews and Gentiles and there are natural branches and branches grafted in. There are proclaimers of the Good News and the offer to all. And there is God, who ultimately, does whatever he pleases with regard to our salvation.
So, I’ve been reading through these chapters with a view to sharing them with my congregation and something has happened. Perhaps it is why they are here where they are. They have been uncomfortable to read and yet I notice that, at the conclusion, Paul worships the Lord and calls upon us to join him in the ultimate act of worship, the presentation of ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord who has shown us mercy. Mercy! It is because of his mercies, Paul pleads. And I begin to realize that in these three chapters God has stripped away any claim I might have to relationship with him. There is no logic, no intelligence, no plan, no strategy, no status, no achievement, nothing I bring. I stand, at the end of Romans 11 naked in his presence with nothing to offer and I remember that I am an object of his mercy. I will never figure him out or his workings but I know that he has shown me mercy. I belong to him because he wanted me to.
And, with Paul I exclaim, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (11:33)
I now understand Pauls’ plea. Who wouldn’t, after experiencing the mercy of God and catching a glimpse of what it entails, present themselves to him as a “living sacrifice,” because of his mercy and his mercy alone, “holy and acceptable to God.”
The Grace of Jesus Christ
By Reid Saunders
The grace of Jesus Christ never ceases to amaze me. I must admit; I am blown away at times when I read stories from God’s Word about what I call “grace encounters.” In Luke 19 we find one of these grace encounters between Jesus and a greedy man named Zacchaeus. As Jesus enters the city of Jericho, crowds of people gather around Him including Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector.
Have you ever felt like everyone is against you, as though no matter where you went people “judged you” for the poor decisions that you made? Zacchaeus was no saint; as a chief tax collector he would rob people of their hard-earned money just to bring more wealth to himself. This, not surprisingly, meant that Zacchaeus didn’t have many friends and likely he had a bull’s-eye on his back. But Zacchaeus was desperate to see Jesus; he was monetarily rich, but spiritually poor. The crowds surrounding Jesus couldn’t keep Zacchaeus away from his mission to meet the Savior. “He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way,” (Luke 19:3-4).
What amazes me in this story is not that Zacchaeus was trying to get to Jesus, but that Jesus was looking for him. In the midst of a large crowd Jesus found this lost sheep and called him by name, “When Jesus reached the spot [the tree Zacchaeus had climbed] He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today. So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly,” (Luke 19:5-6). Just as Jesus called Zacchaeus over 2,000 years ago, God is calling your name today. Even if you feel like you are lost in the crowd, Jesus sees you and is calling your name.
The crowd following Jesus was shocked that of all the places to dine, Jesus would choose a tax collector’s house. “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner,’” (Luke 19:7). Jesus never gave in to the pressure, however, and He was not swayed by society. Jesus is called the Great Physician because He heals hearts that are broken both physically and spiritually. Zacchaeus was a spiritually sick patient with a heart that needed the Great Physician’s touch.
When questioned as to why He ate and socialized with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus said in Matthew 9:12, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” There is something supernatural that takes place when the Holy Spirit takes hold of your heart; and that is what happened to Zacchaeus. Luke 19:8-10 tells his response to Jesus’ love and grace: “But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
When ‘Yes’ Should Be ‘No’
By Reid Saunders
My youngest son, Tobin, just graduated last week from Kindergarten. This is huge! My youngest of three kids is now a first grader.
During the slide show at his graduation I quickly saw how fast these first six years of his life have gone by. I then looked at my oldest son Azlan, who is now 11. Tears began to flow. He is growing up so fast. Next year he starts Middle School! Then I looked at my princess Mylie. She is 9 years old! Both my wife Carmen and I were in tears.
I remember people telling me when Azlan was born. “Cherish every moment because they grow up so fast.” Boy, are they right on! As I sat there at the graduation teary eyed over the fact my kids are growing up I suddenly in a moment reexamined my life. I am so busy!
Yes, I know everyone is busy. You are busy, but thanks for making time to read my blog! What occurred to me was the fact that all my business needs to be balanced. I only have so much time before my kids are out of the house. I need to reevaluate when my yes should really be no. You see, I have a very busy ministry schedule and it is my own fault. Saying ‘yes’ is the easy part for me. It is saying ‘no’ that is the hard part for me. The problem is as someone once said, “Reid, when you say yes to something you are saying no to your family so make your yes count.”
As I prepare for an incredibly busy summer I’ve decided to start saying ‘no’ more.
Okay that was just practice, but seriously I need to do a better job at saying ‘no’ so I can say ‘yes’ to my family.
The Lord has called me first to my family and I need to guard my time. Proverbs 16:3 has been a verse God has been reminding me about lately, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Before I say ‘yes’ to another ministry opportunity I need to get on my knees and commit it to the Lord and ask…Should this be a go or no? Then I ask my family to join me in prayer about if they want it to be a go or no.
What about you? Maybe you are in the same place I am today. Take a step back, seek the Lord and your family about your schedule. Like me maybe your ‘yes’ to things should really be ‘no’ so you can say ‘yes’ to your family. That is what God has been putting on my heart this week. He doesn’t need me to save the world. He is doing a great job at that!
All for Jesus!
Happy New Year!
By Reid Saunders
I praise God for your friendship and partnership in the Gospel! May 2015 be the year that you fall even deeper in love with Jesus and seek Him in prayer like never before. Prayer is powerful! I love this quote on prayer from Martin Luther. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray continually” or without stopping. As we kick off 2015 I want to encourage and challenge you to take time daily to pray with the emphasis of reaching people in your sphere of influence for Jesus.
During an outreach event a man came up to me crying. He said that for forty years he prayed for his wife to come to Jesus. He said, “Reid, today God answered my prayers as my wife just gave her life to Jesus!” Isn’t that awesome! I have a friend who prayed for his brother for forty years that he would come to Jesus! Just a couple of years ago the Lord answered my friend’s prayer as his brother came to Jesus! In fact, his brother helped serve in a festival our ministry held in his city! Yes! Prayer is powerful! James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Remember you and I don’t save anyone. God does the work. It is our joy to share His Good News with others. As 2015 kicks off consider praying these 5 things daily for the people in your life that need Jesus.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would open their hearts to Jesus.
- Pray God will give you an open door to share the Gospel with them. (I believe that when you give God an open heart He will give you an open door to share the Gospel.)
- Pray for God to bring a Christ follower into their life. This could be a co-worker or neighbor.
- Pray for opportunities to invite them to church. (A recent survey revealed that most unsaved people said they would go to church or a Christian event if their friends invited them.)
- Pray that God would give you His heart, passion, and love for lost people.
May God use us in 2015 to make a difference for eternity! Evangelism is simple: fall so deeply in love with Jesus that you can’t help but tell others about Him. I want to leave you with this quote on prayer from the famous author R.A. Torrey. “Pray for great things, expect great things, work for great things, but above all, pray.”
All for Jesus!
Posted by Reid Saunders
My mentor in college, Dr. Tim Robnett, would often say; “TEAM stands for Together Everyone Accomplishes More”. Because of his influence, Reid Saunders Association has partnered with other ministries to have a greater impact around the world. During the last two weeks of January, the RSA team will join a group of evangelists from around the US to bring God’s Love to Kenya.
Beginning Wednesday, January 21, the team will be providing eyeglasses, clothing, fluoride dental treatments and humanitarian aid to people in need. Later in the week, we will help host a conference for pastors and speak at local church services around Homa Bay. Throughout the second week, evangelists will focus on festivals in three cities: Homa Bay, Mbita and Oyugis. BMX performers, musicians and speakers will share the Good News in six festivals in six days.
To date, almost 90% of the funding for this outreach has already been raised. Our team has put together a list of remaining events that need to be fully funded. If you have never personally sponsored an event before, let me encourage you to do so. It is easy, effective and exciting to be involved in events that you choose. Each sponsor will receive an 8 x10 photo of the event and an encouraging note from me! You may not be able to read the note from me (my hand writing is hard to read), but the photo will hopefully tell the story!
I’m excited to be involved in this trip! I hope you can join us, as we tell the people in Homa Bay, “God Loves Kenya!”
All for Jesus!
Passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus!
By Reid Saunders
What are you passionate about? Maybe it is your career, family, sports, or a certain hobby. For me it’s simple. My passion is telling others about Jesus. The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” Since I gave my life to Jesus at the age of seventeen, my passion has been to know Jesus and to make Him known. There is nothing I would rather do than tell people about Jesus. As you read this I am returning from Kenya, where I preached the Good News of Jesus Christ. Author and scholar C.S. Lewis had this to say about evangelism. “The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.” I love his passion for reaching the lost.
I’m writing this blog to encourage you! I’ve often said evangelism is simple. Fall so deeply in love with Jesus that you can’t help but tell others about Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 reminds us that our passion to tell others about Jesus should come from our love for Jesus and His love for us and the lost. God loves lost people and as His followers we should too. Here are three simple steps to encourage you to grow in your passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus.
- Read Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8. What do these verses say about your responsibility as a Christ follower?
- Pray daily for the next month that the Holy Spirit would stir in your heart a passion for the lost.
- Share the Good News of Jesus with someone in the next eight weeks. Pray for God to open a door for you to share the Good News with someone in your sphere of influence. This could be a neighbor, co-worker, family member, or friend.
God wants to use your life to make a difference for eternity. As you fall deeper in love with Jesus may His love for you and the lost stir in your heart a passion to share the message of salvation with as many people as possible.
All for Jesus!
My thoughts on the National Prayer Breakfast
By Reid Saunders
On February 5, 2015, Carmen and I had the privilege of attending the National Prayer Breakfast with the President, First Lady, and members of Congress, the House, Senate, and Christian leaders from 130 countries in Washington D.C. As many of you know, there has been a lot of bad press about the comments our President made at the Prayer Breakfast. Some comments I believe the press took out of context. With all the negative press, I feel compelled to share some of the positive news from the Prayer Breakfast.
1.On several occasions the Good News of Jesus was clearly proclaimed for all to hear.
- Representatives from the House and Senate meet weekly to pray. These men and women love Jesus and together are seeking Him each week. This was so encouraging for me to hear!
- Most messages were not political, but spiritual. I feel like the majority of speakers truly love Jesus and honor God’s Word.
- There seems to be a sense of urgency among Christian leaders to unite in prayer for our country.
- I believe God is still moving in our country and I ask you to join with me in praying for another revival to reach our nation. There are so many people in our country that desperately need Jesus!
In conclusion, I’m asking you to join me in prayer. Pray for our President and First Lady. We may not agree on many things with the President, but the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. Please pray for our Government officials, both locally and nationally. There are men and women who love Jesus that are serving our country. Finally, pray for God to sweep across our nation and bring many to Jesus! I believe with all my heart that the Lord Jesus Christ alone is the hope for our nation and the world!
I leave you with this passage from 1 Timothy 2:1-6: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is One God and One Mediator between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all people.”
All for Jesus!
Do Missionaries matter….to us?
By Reid Saunders
Let’s face it, we are living in crazy times. Lately, I have felt led by the Lord to pray and reach out to missionaries I know. The mission field can be a very lonely place. I know many missionaries who have told me how lonely and isolated they feel. They said they wonder if people have forgotten about them, especially around the holidays or
their birthdays. I’m usually gone less than three weeks at a time, but sometimes I return home feeling a little disconnected from family and friends. I can only imagine how our missionaries must feel about being away from home for months, or even years, at a time. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 3:13, “Encourage one another daily.” Here are five ways you can encourage missionaries.
1. Pray for them. My brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Tina Bartsch, have a wall in their home of the names and locations of all the missionaries they support. As a family, they pray together for these missionaries. If you don’t know any missionaries, see who your home church supports and start praying for them.
- Send them an email or letter. Ask them how they are doing and how you can pray for them.
- Go on a short-term mission and serve with them.
- If you have children, have them reach out to the missionaries’ children. Sending a picture or even a short note could be a huge encouragement.
- Remember their birthday or wedding anniversary. Make a note in your
calendar to call, text, or email them on those special days.I know there are many people praying for me and my family. This is a huge blessing. I want all the missionaries to feel the way I do…loved, prayed for, and encouraged. So, join with me and let’s pray and lift up our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ on the mission field. Maybe even today you can remind a missionary you know that they
matter to God and you!All for Jesus!
Are you a Mary or a Martha?
By Reid Saunders
Life is busy. Okay, life is crazy busy! If you are like me, you can understand that our intentions are to serve the Lord with all we have. I constantly find myself running in a million directions with more to do than I can handle. To justify my crazy pace, I tell myself this is all for Jesus! The only problem with that is the fact that God is more concerned with what He is doing in us than through us. Recently God has been reminding me of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Jesus is in the town of Bethany, where He stops by to see Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha. “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Ouch! Can you relate to Martha? She is busy DOING things to please and serve Jesus. Can you imagine having the Savior over for a meal? I would want to make a perfect meal (if you’ve ever tasted my cooking and survived you would know that is impossible) …and I would fill guilty if I just ordered Domino’s Pizza! But seriously, like Martha I would want to give my best effort having Jesus as company. But look at the contrast of Mary. While Martha was busy Doing things for Jesus, Mary was Being with Jesus. Notice the difference? Martha was “distracted” (verse 40) with the to-do list, while Mary was delighted to “sit at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said” (Luke 10:39). I believe Jesus is more concerned about our spending time with Him than what we do for Him. Jesus said to Martha that she was being worried and upset about many things while Mary had chosen what mattered most…being at the feet of Jesus!
It really is incredible! The Creator of the universe wants a close relationship with us, His creation! Jesus wants to spend time with you! I love what Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” To be still before God is what counts. Remember! As Christ-followers what matters is our relationship with Jesus, not religion. Religion says do things for God. Relationship says we are deeply loved by Jesus no matter what! Now of course, serving Jesus is very important! I’ve devoted my life to serving Jesus and proclaiming His Good News to the world. But what matters most is that I belong to Jesus and that I spend time daily at His feet. The same is true for you. Jesus loves you and wants to spend time with you. So how can you be a Mary?
- Make time daily to just sit at the feet of Jesus as you pray and read His Word.
- Read Luke 10:38-42 and compare Martha and Mary’s response to having Jesus visit with them.
- Ask God to help you be less busy doing and more time being with Him.
- Find a brother or sister in Christ to hold you accountable to consistently sitting at the feet of Jesus.
- Don’t beat yourself up for being a Martha. Instead ask the Holy Spirit to work in you and draw you closer to Jesus.
My prayer for us is that we will be about what matters most: Daily sitting at the feet of our precious and wonderful Savior Jesus! Knowing Him more and making Him known! There is no greater joy in life than loving and living for Jesus. He alone is worthy of our lives! So, come join me as we sit at our Savior’s feet loving and serving him!
So, I ask you…Are you a Martha or a Mary?
All for Jesus!
Willing to Wait…or Wasting in Worry?
By Reid Saunders
At the age of 17 Jesus Christ changed my life for eternity! Right off the bat I knew God had called me to be an evangelist. God placed a burning passion on my heart to reach people for Jesus! I remember sitting in my back yard in Petaluma, California one sunny afternoon. I said, “Lord, I want to reach the world for your Son Jesus! Let’s go!” But I remember God speaking to my heart and saying, “Not now, but in my timing, I will send you as an evangelist to the world. Wait on me.” These words were not audible but spoken to my heart. Remember, I was only 17 and had not even been out of the U.S. I just remember God telling me to wait and trust Him.
Waiting is tough. Grocery lines, gas lines, airport lines, traffic…let’s face it, waiting is hard. In our “give it to me now” world where we can “get it done” as quickly as possible with all the gadgets and new inventions, waiting seems like a thing of the past. But how do we “wait on the Lord?” How can you and I wait when God tells us to?
I’ve titled this blog “Willing to wait on God…. or wasting in worry?” 1 Samuel 13:1-15 gives us an interesting window into Saul’s heart. The Israelites finally got their much-desired king in Saul. But Samuel made it clear in 1 Samuel 12:24-25 that even though they were getting a king in Saul, the Lord was still the One in control. In 1 Samuel 13 the Israelites are at war with the Philistines. Saul is feeling the pressure as his soldiers are getting restless. Saul knows that Samuel instructed him to wait for him to arrive before they made the offering. “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do” (1 Samuel 10:8). Saul was to wait on the Lord and be patient until Samuel arrived to make the offering. But Saul started to worry. “Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, ‘Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offering.’ And Saul offered up the burnt offering” 1 Samuel 13:7-9.
We can relate to Saul, right? God told him to wait…but things started to get desperate. The Philistine’s large and powerful army was drawing near. “The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore.” 1 Samuel 13:5. Saul was losing control. The soldiers were running scared and chaos was starting to swirl like a category 5 twister. Worry was flooding Saul’s heart and he told himself that he was in charge and needed to do something!
How often do we take matters into our own hands when things get hard, instead of trusting in the Lord? I’m guilty of this more times than I care to admit. But God told Saul, through the prophet Samuel, to wait. God would deliver them from the Philistines because HE was in control. The offering was going to be made by Samuel on the seventh day and Saul was commanded to wait on the Lord. Notice verse 10. “Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived.” God is faithful. On the seventh day Samuel was coming, but instead of waiting on the Lord Saul wasted in worry and took matters into his own hands. This act of disobedience cost Saul his kingship. Saul trusted in himself instead of the Lord and Samuel was literally right around the corner when Saul sinned. “’You acted foolishly’, Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command’” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).
Are you waiting on the Lord for something in your life today? Trust Him. Don’t worry but wait on the Lord. These two verses are always a huge encouragement to me when I start to worry instead of waiting on the Lord.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 40:31 states, “But they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” My prayer for you is that whatever you are waiting on the Lord for, you will trust in Him. He is faithful! Don’t waste in worry, but bathe in His love and faithfulness. I’m so glad I waited on Him at 17…all for Jesus!
I’ll close out this blog with a quote from a great servant of the Lord named Corrie Ten Boom. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrows; it empties today of strength.”
All for Jesus,
Becoming a Contagious Christ-follower
By Reid Saunders
Have you been sick this year yet? With three kids it is practically impossible to stay healthy when one of them is contagious. Recently I was on an airplane where the person behind me was coughing and sneezing for the majority of the flight. I thought to myself, “Wow, this person is sick and likely very contagious.” I was right! Within three days I had caught their cold. I’m sure you can relate! Let’s take this to a new level. What if you were so in love with Jesus that you were contagious in spreading His Good News with others? In this blog I want to encourage you to be a contagious Christ-follower. When I think about being contagious for Jesus I think about Andrew. John Chapter One sets the scene of Jesus calling his first disciples. I love what Andrew did after meeting Jesus. “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus” John 1:41-42. I believe the more you and I are with Jesus, the more excited we will be to tell others about Him. Right after being with Jesus, all Andrew could think about was finding his brother, Peter, and introducing him to Jesus.
Here are a few things that might help you become a contagious Christ-follower:
- Spend time with Jesus. Ask Him to give you His love and heart for the lost.
- Write down three to five friends’ names who you know need Jesus. Commit to praying regularly for God to open their hearts to Jesus and for boldness to share Jesus with them.
- Read Luke 15. Write down what stands out to you about God’s love for lost people.
- Read John 3 and journal how Jesus shared hope with Nicodemus.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give you boldness in sharing Jesus with others.
I fully believe the more time we spend with Jesus the more we will want to introduce others to Him. Several years ago I was speaking at a junior high camp. I’ll never forget when this girl came up to me and said, “Are you the camp speaker?” “Yes!” I replied. She said, “Listen up! I don’t want to be at this camp. I don’t believe in God or want anything to do with Him. So leave me alone!” Wow! Let’s call her Sarah, though it was not her real name. I began to pray for Sarah that God would show her how much He loves her. The next morning after my message Sarah came up to me and said, “Reid, last night I woke up at four in the morning. I was shaking, shivering, and sweating! What is going on?” I said, “Don’t eat the camp food!” (Just kidding.) I said, “Sarah, maybe God woke you up and is trying to show you that He is real.”
I love to see God getting a hold of a heart. The next night at camp Sarah gave her life to Jesus! She told me how excited she was to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Sarah told me, “I spend the majority of my life in and out of foster homes. I was angry at God because I felt so unloved and abandoned. But when I heard the Good News of Jesus and how He died on the cross for my sins I was overwhelmed by His love!”
The camp ended on Saturday and the following week God used Sarah to lead five of her friends to faith in Jesus! Isn’t that awesome! Sarah was a contagious Christ-follower. She was so in love with Jesus that the first thing she wanted to do was bring her friends to Jesus. Sound familiar? Just like God used Andrew and Sarah to introduce people to Jesus, He wants to use you! Let’s be contagious Christ-followers as we fall deeper in love with Jesus and share His message of hope with as many people as possible!
All for Jesus!
He is Risen!
By Reid SAunders
He is Risen! Oh what a glorious reality! Jesus is alive! In this blog I want to encourage you to pray for this weekend as Good Friday and Easter approach. This is the most attended weekend by unbelievers in churches across the world! Join me in praying that thousands would give their lives to Jesus and for the Pastors as they share the Good News of Jesus! Luke 24:6 triumphantly declares, “He is risen!” Shout back, “He is Risen indeed!”
Many years ago, Art Linkletter hosted a show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Art was a follower of Jesus and one Easter he really wanted to be a witness for Jesus. The producers of the show said, “You can’t witness for Jesus…it’s in the contract.” During the show Art decided he would ask the kids what Easter is all about, hoping they would give the Gospel. One kid said, “Easter is all about finding eggs and eating candy.” A little girl responded to the question by saying, “It is about wearing nice dresses.” Mr. Linkletter was becoming frustrated with the answers. “Does anyone know what Easter is really all about?” One little boy raised his hand. “I do Mr. Linkletter. Easter is about Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead.” “That’s right kid!” Linkletter exclaimed! The little boy continued, “You know what else Mr. Linkletter? After three days they put Jesus in a hole and when He comes out of the hole and sees His shadow He goes back into the hole for forty days and forty nights!” You gotta love kids.
What does Easter mean to you? 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Paul declares, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” This is the glorious good news of the Gospel! Friends, we live in a world filled with bad news! Jesus offers the world Good News, how He alone is the Savior of the world. Jesus said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though He dies.” I believe with all my heart that Jesus alone is the hope of the world! I want to encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to an Easter service this weekend. The average unsaved person said in a recent poll that they would go to church if invited by a friend. Statistically, Easter Sunday is the most attended church service of the year. God wants to use your life to make a difference for eternity. Pray and ask God to give you the boldness to invite people you know to an Easter Sunday service. Let me conclude this blog with a quote from R.A. Torrey, who lives his life proclaiming the Good News of Easter Sunday!
“I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked this earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many people as possible. Oh, it is the only thing worth doing, to save souls.”
Jesus is risen… He is risen indeed!
All for Jesus!
Reaching In…Reaching Out
By Reid Saunders
The voice on the other end of the line seemed desperate. I could tell he was holding back tears. The young man asked me to pray for him. He was struggling, but wanted to live his life all for Jesus. He was so touched by my phone call that God had me call him at just the right moment. He was at rock-bottom and needed help. Reaching in leads to reaching out. Daily I strive to seek Jesus and ask Him who I should reach out to. In my life I want to know Jesus and make Him known. I reach in to hear the heartbeat of my Savior and try to let the Holy Spirit prompt my heart to reach out to people in need. Last night I was in my kitchen when I happened to see a sticky note on the fridge with a name and number. As I read the name I felt the Lord prompting me to call that person. I had no idea who it was, but sensed God wanted me to reach out to him.
My prayer for you is that you would reach in and seek the Lord, asking Him who He wants you to reach out to. Maybe you have a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker that needs to be encouraged. A phone call, text, or email could go a long way in ministering to someone. The Bible says in Hebrews 3:13, “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.” As you reach in to the Lord and fall deeper in love with Him, the natural response is to reach out and share His Gospel and love with others. Not only reaching out to the lost, but also to your brothers and sisters in Christ who are desperately in need of encouragement. We all need to be more like Barnabas, who was known as a big-time encourager, “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the Apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),” Acts 4:36. We all can be Barnabas’ to those that need encouragement. Remember, God wants to use your life to be the salt and light of the world. May you grow closer to Jesus and let Him use your life to impact lives as you show and share the love of Jesus. 2 Peter 3:18 states, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
Looking in the All for Jesus Mirror
By Reid Saunders
Who do you see when you look into the mirror? Do you see yourself through the world’s mirror? The world’s mirror says, “You will never measure up. You will never succeed, so just give up.” As I have traveled around the world and met people, I find that most see themselves through the reflection of the world’s mirror as opposed to what I call the ““All for Jesus Mirror”.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” God is the One who created us and knows everything about us. In this blog I want to encourage you to look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” and see how God sees you. His Word tells you that He loves you more than anything and that He made you beautiful and special. Your life matters to God. Don’t look into the world’s mirror and listen to the lies of the enemy. The world’s mirror reflects lies and hurt, but the “All for Jesus Mirror” reflects God’s love and hope for your heart.
- Look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” and see that you are created in His image. Genesis 1:26-27 says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” You reflect God’s image. God does not make mistakes. 1 Corinthians 3:16 states, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you.” God is the Master Creator who can only create something beautiful and awesome. Look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” and see how special you are because God made you in His image and loves you more than anything.
- Look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” and see how unique you are. There is no one like you. No one shares your DNA or fingerprint. The Bible says in Psalm 147:4, “He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name.” In our galaxy there are billions and billions of stars. If God has named and numbered each star, think about how much he loves and cares for you! Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” My kids used to listen to a lullaby CD by Twila Paris and I love these lyrics that beautifully describe how unique you are to God: “There is only one person like you in all of this great big world and you are just who God made you to be, whether a boy or a girl, whether you are black or white or some beautiful color in between. No matter your shape or size, you’re as perfect as anything I’ve ever seen.” You are unique and precious to Jesus and there is no one like you!
- Look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” and see how important you are to Him. If you ever question your worth or God’s love for you…look to the cross of Christ. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” On the cross, Jesus was loving you. Jesus died in your place, for your sins, because He loves you. Jesus died, was buried, and three days later He rose again! Jesus died that you might live. Jeremiah 31:3 says God loves you with an everlasting love. There is no end to God’s love for you. Your life matters to God! When you look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” you see that Jesus loves you and wants to use your life to make a difference for eternity. He wants you to show and share His Good News with people. Your life counts for Christ. He loves you.
In high school I knew a girl named Sarah. People treated her terribly. Despite this I saw Sarah always smiling. One day I asked her, “Sarah, how is it that you can smile when so many people tease and make fun of you?” I’ll never forget when Sarah smiled and said to me, “Reid, I know that my life matters to Jesus. I see myself through His eyes and I know He loves and cares for me…that is why I smile.”
Like Sarah, I encourage you to look into the “All for Jesus Mirror” and see yourself through the eyes of Jesus and His Word.
All for Jesus!
The Girl with the Red Dress
By Carmen Saunders
Since Reid is in Europe I decided to sneak into his office and write his Monday Morning Blog, along with my personal thoughts on evangelism!
Reid and I were at Disneyworld a while back, enjoying a wonderful time with our three kids! One morning as we were getting ready to go to Epcot Center, I was in the hotel bathroom and I remember praying, “Lord, we are having so much fun, but what I really want is to do something for You today.” All of a sudden I saw in my mind the image of a girl in a short sleeve, tee-length red dress, with a sombrero hat on her head. I wrote down on a piece of paper ‘girl in a red dress/sombrero hat’ and put it in my pocket. I said to myself, “Lord, if I see a girl in a red dress today (people don’t normally wear dresses to an amusement park) then I will go up to her and talk to her about You.”
As we made our way through the park I kept a lookout for the girl and told my kids to look too. Then I saw her! There she was in the exact dress I’d seen earlier in my mind, walking down the steps of the Mexico exhibit! I could hardly believe it! My heart began to beat fast as I pulled the piece of paper out of my pocket and approached her. “Excuse me,” I said, “this might sound strange but I am a Christian, and God told me that I would find a girl wearing the exact red dress you are wearing today at Epcot.” I showed her the piece of paper.
She said excitedly, “I have to tell you something. I have been wanting to come back to God, and I asked for Him to give me a sign!” We were both stunned. I told her how Jesus must have extraordinary love for her, and she thanked me.
Jesus was always doing exactly what the Father said to do. I am trying to train my ear to listen more carefully in the morning before I get out of bed, and ask the question, “Lord, is there anything you want me to do today for you?” I have found when I do hear from Him, those are the days that go down in my mind as the best days ever…even greater than a day at Disneyworld!
God did amazing things in Southern Europe!
By Reid Saunders
Our team just returned from an amazing mission to Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece! To God be the glory as over 600 people gave their lives to Jesus! The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
I had the honor of preaching the Gospel in Rome and also stood in the foot steps of the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill in Athens. While there I was humbled as I thought about all the Christ- followers that went before me, who lost their lives for the Gospel. It truly is an honor to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and I praise God for you and your partnership in the Gospel!
The churches were amazed at how God used our outreach events to reach so many people. In Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, the churches came together in unity to reach their city for Jesus for the first time in 15 years. At one of the outreach dinners a pastor told me, “Reid I have to confess I didn’t think anyone would show up. But look what God did. The place is packed and many people gave their lives to Jesus!”
In total our team held 39 events in four countries over 11 days, with hundreds giving their lives to Jesus! I want to thank you for making this mission possible! Thank you for your prayers and support to reach the precious people of Europe for Jesus! Together, God used us for His glory to reach many for Jesus! “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your Name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness,” Psalm 115:1.
All for Jesus!
By Reid Saunders
Today (May 27) is my birthday and for fun I decided to write this blog to give you an inside look at the crazy travels of the evangelist. Let me start by saying that many people think it is all glamour and fun to travel around the world. Yes, it is a true honor to take the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth, but fun and glamour would not be the words I would use. No, I don’t have a resume of being shipwrecked like the great Apostle Paul, but I do know what it means to go without sleep and food if you don’t count power bars as food. For example, on a recent trip I was offered a meal that happened to be what the local call the “mystery meat.” Believe me, that is one mystery I don’t want to solve. I have often applied what is known as the “Evangelist” or “Missionary Prayer.” “Lord, I’ll get the food down if You will keep it there.” Now I’m certainly not putting down the amazing food served around the world. It is just that I have a delicate palette that likes simple things. For example, I love cheese pizza, lasagna, and vanilla ice cream. I stick by certain rules like when in Asia I say, “When I see curry I scurry in a hurry!” Or in Africa, “You won’t get any goat down my throat!”
Then there are the sleeping conditions. I woke up one morning in a hotel in India. Right above my head was a huge spider. I jumped out of bed and ran down to the front desk. I said, “There is a huge spider in my room!” The man behind the desk smiled and I imagined he said to himself, “Crazy American. It is probably a little spider that has him so scared!” The man walked with me back to my room. As soon as he saw the spider he jumped back and said “Wow! That is a big spider!” That always makes me laugh when I remember the expression on his face. He had the same look I did when a King Cobra went under a van I was riding in out in the African Bush. I was so scared as the Pastors in the van riding with me all threw back their heads laughing at me as they said, “Reid! The bush is filled with King Cobras!” That was my Southwest Airlines “want-to-get-away” moment! You see, Indiana Jones and I have one thing in common. We hate snakes!
Finally, there is the wonderful people I get to meet around the world. Like the dear woman in Romania who shouted out during my message, “Amen, Sister! Preach it, Sister!” You see she was blind, but not deaf! Yes, I do sound like a woman when I speak! I know my Mom is proud! Then there was the dear elderly woman I met in Macedonia just a few days ago. After my message she came up to me and squeezed my face like I was visiting my grandma at age 10. This dear woman from Macedonia grabbed my face with both her hands. Then she put me in a semi-head lock and starting petting my head like a cat as she said, “The woman who birthed you…she birthed gold!” My Mom was happy and Carmen laughed at me with the thought of someone petting my hair like a cat; yes, we own a cat named Allie.
So on my birthday I hope you enjoyed some laughs as you were given an inside look at the travels of the evangelist.
All for Jesus!
The Birthday Boy Evangelist,
By Reid Saunders
It takes a team to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. This week I’ve been reflecting on Romans 15:5-6 which states, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I’m still rejoicing over how God saved nearly 800 people in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Greece as the churches of these countries came together to reach people for Jesus! Just as God moved in Europe, I am praying for Him to move in America. Churches and ministries like RSA are uniting together on a mission called RESET to see Jesus reset the lives of young people across America. Please pray as I join leaders for the RESET launch event June 11-13 in Washington D.C. The prayer is that in the summer of 2016 God would raise up a huge gathering of people at the National Mall in Washington D.C. seeking God to RESET our country, just as He has done in the past. Join me in praying for our country and God’s hand upon the RESET movement! Together, as we unite to share the Good News of Jesus across our nation and around the world, we can glorify God and see Him change lives for eternity.
All for Jesus!
Good News at 30,000 feet
By Reid Saunders
As I was preparing to write this week’s blog a story came to my mind about a Pastor and his son. One morning at breakfast the little boy asked his dad, who is a pastor, “Dad, I have a question for you. Why do you always stop and pray beside the pulpit before you preach? What are you praying about?” The Dad, smiled thinking this was a great opportunity to give some deep spiritual wisdom to his young son. “Well, I stop to pray and ask God to give me a powerful sermon, a message that will encourage everyone there and that they would leave excited and touched by my sermon.” Without missing a beat the little boy responded to his day, “Dad, how come God never answers your prayers?”
During the next few weeks I will be traveling across the country to speak at four festivals: Creation Northeast in Pennsylvania, Creation Ichthus in Kentucky, Lifest in Wisconsin, and Creation Northwest in Washington. Please pray with me as I share Jesus with thousands of people. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Whenever I travel I’m always asking God for open doors to share the Good News. I call it Good News at 30,000 feet! Just a couple days ago I had such an encounter somewhere over the U.S. flying home from Washington, D.C. That is when I met Jeff. We all have those crazy days, days when nothing seems to be going right. That was Jeff’s day. First, I watched as he stumbled down the aisle in the plane, looking like he just escaped a hurricane. He then sat down in the wrong seat. Someone let Jeff know that he was sitting in their seat so he moved up a row, thinking that was his seat. Not so fast. Jeff was then shown that he was again in the wrong seat. Frustrated at being in the wrong seat again, he gathered his stuff and sat down…you guessed it…next to me! After telling me a few choice words about how his day was going…insert beeps here…I wish I could have taken his picture when I told him I am an evangelist. God is always working and Jeff acknowledged that he was spiritually searching. During our flight together I was able to share the Good News of Jesus with Jeff. Jeff did not make a decision on the plane, but seeds were definitely planted.
I want to encourage you to pray and look for daily opportunities to share Jesus with others. Knowing Jesus and making Him known is the greatest joy in life!
All for Jesus!
By Reid Saunders
Jesus changes everything! For years the Lord has placed a burden on my heart to see Jesus move in our nation once again. Habakkuk was a prophet who longed to see God move in a mighty way. “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Together, God is bringing many ministries from across the U.S. to seek the Lord about moving in a powerful way across our country once again. The initiative is called RESET and the prayer is that Jesus would reset hearts across America, culminating in July 2016 at the Mall in Washington D.C. where we are praying for one million people to gather. RSA is partnering with ministries such as Pulse, Billy Graham, Luis Palau, Campus Crusade for Christ, Mission America, and Alpha, to name a few.
Reset is a prayer. At the core of RESET is a personal invitation to experience the fresh start Jesus offers to every person regardless of race, religion, or background. RESET is not owned by any individual, group, or organization. RESET is a united expression of our need and belief that Jesus changes everything. RESET is also a gathering. June 12 was the launching of a year-long initiative that took place in Washington, D.C. Brett Butcher and I attended and I had the privilege of speaking to thousands of people at the National Mall. We are calling people to come together for a historic gathering on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. where the only agenda is Jesus. TOGETHER 2016 will be an opportunity to stand with people from every corner of America to celebrate Jesus and seek Him for the reset we need. TOGETHER 2016 will be a day-long gathering for anyone who needs a second chance and for those wanting to celebrate their reset with others. The day will be entirely focused on Jesus –His offer of life, hope, and a reset to anyone who would call upon Him. The day will feature music from artists such as Hillsong United, Lecrae, Toby Mac, and Carrie Underwood, along with messages from myself and leaders representing a wide variety of generations and spheres of influence. The focal point of the day will be a live and simulcast united prayer to Jesus, which we believe will be far bigger and greater than anything in American history. Exciting!
We believe God is calling us to rally this generation across every line imaginable around the hope and invitation of Jesus. We believe that Jesus changes everything and that only good will come when people seek Him. American history has been marked by catalytic moments of cultural and spiritual change: The First and Second Great Awakenings, the Azusa Street Revival, Youth for Christ at Soldier Field, the Jesus People at Expo 1972, Promise Keepers Stand in the Gap, and more. These moments, to name a few, have defined generations and defined our history. The majority of America, including everyone 30 and younger, have never experienced this kind of national awakening. We believe the time is now.
Please join me in praying for RESET. Together, let’s seek the Lord to once again move in our nation. Jesus alone can bring hope to our country. Jesus changes everything!
All for Jesus!
By Reid Saunders
We all need encouragement. Let’s face it. We are living in crazy times where disappointment and discouragement cloud over our lives and world like a constant storm. But God is still in control. We need to have a sense of urgency of getting the Good News of Jesus out to as many people as possible while we still have breath. The Thessalonians were not seeing the urgency of their day. Many of the believers were just sitting by and waiting for Jesus to come back. Some had quit their jobs and were just idling their engines. Paul called them out in his two letters to them. He talked about the Second Coming of Jesus but hit home on the fact that only the Father knew the day and hour and that believers should spend their time wisely living for Jesus.
These days I have been hearing so many believers talking about the end of the world—talks of economic ruin, wars, and natural disasters threatening to end the world as we know it. I’m not trying to say we shouldn’t be concerned with what is happening in our world, but I do believe we need to not pack up and hide in some cave. As Christ followers we need to have a sense of urgency to share Jesus with as many people as possible before Jesus comes back. People need to know about Jesus’ love for them and about the cross and empty tomb. My prayer for you is that you won’t stand still but stand firm in the Lord as you live for Jesus.
I love these words Paul gave, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the believers in Thessalonica: “So then, brothers stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word,” (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17). Isn’t this awesome? God gives us eternal encouragement! I believe this eternal encouragement is the Gospel—the fact that God showed His love and grace for us by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and rise again from the grave and that someday Jesus will return and take us to be with Him forever! Now that’s eternal encouragement and much needed in this crazy age we live in.
My prayer for you is that you will stand firm in Jesus and share the Good News of Jesus with as many people as possible. I do believe the time is short and we need to have a sense of urgency to share the Gospel. The Bible says today is the day of salvation. Let’s rejoice in God’s eternal encouragement of Jesus and pass on this message of hope.
All for Jesus!