There is a God and He Loves You

The world received news that early Wednesday morning God called the Reverend Billy Graham home. A giant of the faith whose sharing of the Gospel to over 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades is unparalleled in modern times. Truthfully, only Jesus’ ministry reached more people.

Whereas God used Paul to spread the Gospel through the written Word, He clearly used Graham to spread the Gospel through the spoken Word. Graham shared biblical truth and the Good News of Jesus all over planet Earth. Through his evangelistic rallies, Reverend Graham exposed people to the saving work of Jesus in more than 185 countries. He delivered the message of a loving God who gave His son so that all who believed in Him might experience eternal life. Graham did this through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books. He is known to be a humble and gracious man whose private walk matched his public talk. While it is unlikely that there will ever be another evangelist to reach hearers with the Gospel in the magnitude Reverend Graham did will certainly reap the fruit from the seeds of faith he faithfully sowed for generations to come.

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“I guarantee that you can know peace with God, peace of soul, peace of mind, and joy such as you have never experienced.”
– Billy Graham

Steps To Peace

The good news is, that although the Lord has called this faithful minister of the Word home, the message of love and hope that Reverend Graham preached remains as true today as yesterday and it will remain true tomorrow. There is a God and He loves you.

We live in a world full of hurt and heartache. Honestly, apart from Jesus Christ, no man is fully equipped to change the brokenness of this life. Only with Christ and Christ alone can you and I be saved.

You and I are born sinners, separated from a holy God who loves us immensely. In fact, God loved us so much that He gave His son as an atoning sacrifice to pay the debt for our sins and pave a path of reconciliation to Him for us. Scripture makes clear that anyone who calls Jesus by name, recognizing Him as their Lord and Savior, will receive the gift of eternal life—-life in the presence of God, forever.

I have no doubt that God welcomed the Reverend Graham with the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” He wants to say that to you too. So if you haven’t already, I urge you, give your life to Christ and let Jesus welcome you home.

Thank you, Rev. Billy Graham.

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Read Reverend Billy Graham’s Official Obituary here.

Andrew Peterson-“Well Done, Good and Faithful”

Operation Christmas Child 2017 Begins!

Monday, November 13, 2017

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National Collection Week 2017 is here!

All around the world, tens of thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers and thousands of ministry partners are prepared to receive love-filled, prayer-covered shoebox gifts to share with millions of needy children.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

2017 marks our 9th year of involvement in this incredible ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse. Like so many OCC volunteers, Terri and I got started by packing a simple shoebox gift in November 2008. Today, we kickoff our 3rd year as a OCC Central Drop-Off. In 2015, after serving as the Richardson area’s Relay Center for six years, we transitioned to the even bigger responsibility of serving as a Central Drop Off. Terri and I have learned a lot about our amazing God and our faith has grown through this ministry project. In 2015, Terri fulfilled the dream of a lifetime in going to Tanzania and taking part in several shoebox distributions. We have been blessed tremendously through seeing God at work through this wonderful project giving millions of children worldwide the opportunity to hear about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

Packing a shoebox gift is loads of fun and brings great joy to your household, family table, small group, Bible study, or prayer group. Packing shoeboxes with others is a rewarding experience and a powerful blessing. When you pack your shoebox gift, pray over it once you’ve got it all done. Prayer is a vital ingredient in the process. Include an encouraging note and maybe even a picture of yourself. Be sure to pack a WOW item!

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If you live in North Dallas and surrounding Dallas North area please bring your shoebox gifts to us at Trinity Bible Church 400 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75085 during any of the following collection times:

Monday thru Friday    10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday     1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
2nd Monday    10:00 am – 5:30 pm

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Rainer and Terri Bantau

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Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)

How to Pack a Shoebox Gift

My Monday Morning Cup

I have come to believe if you don’t see God, you’re just not looking. Terri and I are constantly reminded of God’s presence in and around our lives through precious gifts He reveals to us. Sweet T and I were honored to attend the annual Union Gospel Mission Dallas Praise Banquet along with a couple of our ministry cohorts-Matt and Laurie. We joined in fellowship with several hundred people joined together in the mission to end homelessness in Dallas and to share the hope of the Gospel with men, women, and children coping with life pulling the rug out from under them. We heard testimonies of a good God, merciful and mighty, changing lives and transforming outcomes. Our involvement in ministering to the men and women of UGMD has shown us first hand that God is alive and active in the midst of our fallen world.

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“for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

On Sunday morning, we kicked off our church’s annual participation in the ministry of Operation Christmas Child (a project of Samaritan’s Purse), an incredible movement that uses simple shoe-box gifts packed with love and covered in prayer, to impact the Kingdom for the Gospel. Sweet T and I have been blessed to be involved in this global project for nearly 10 years. Through OCC, we have witnessed God perform mind-boggling things, repeatedly and abundantly.

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We are reassured daily that God exists because we see Him at work all the time, all around us. We count ourselves incredibly blessed to serve as vessels for His story to unfold in our community and all over the Globe.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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