Have you heard about one of the newest fields of study at East Carolina University? I receive a steady stream of emails from Dr. Calvin Mercer in the Religion/Culture Department at ECU. He has been pushing this for some time now. Here is today’s headline from Dr. Mercer’s email,  “NEARLY 1,000 PEOPLEBraved the rain to hear the “Father of the Near Death Experience” update everyone on his ongoing research into the phenomenon he “discovered” and named and has analyzed for 45 years. The official attendance was 928.” Consider this… people have an interest in what happens when they die! Well, guess what? We have the Answer to that question!!! I find it very interesting that Dr. Mercer would bring Dr. Raymond Moody in to speak on the subject! We need to share with those around us how they can know for sure that they are on their way to heaven. If they can discuss this at ECU, surely we can talk about it with our friends and family members. Pray as you go… the Lord will be honored as you tell others what good things the Lord has done for you! Jesus said to one of His converts in Mark 5:19 “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” Go, share your faith and see what the Lord does… He can save them, we can’t! 
I just looked at my calendar. Here’s what I saw… WE ARE ONLY 15 DAYS AWAY FROM OUR MISSIONS CONFERENCE! Imagine that! Just a few minutes ago, Tom Moye said, “A Missions Conference is like a revival.” Tom is right! We all need to look at what God is doing and where God is at work. Missions is certainly an area where God is at work in Grace Church! Get the details and be in your place. It all begins on Friday night, November 13 with a big roast beef dinner from 5:45-6:45 PM. We will have Worship Times and Mission Sessions on Saturday concluding with a Worship Service beginning at 2:45 PM. SIGN UP AT THE WELCOME CENTER FOR FRIDAY’S DINNER AND SATURDAY’S LUNCH. This is important because our cooks need this information to prepare. This is a family friendly conference. Our children will be taught by missionaries. Do whatever you need to do to make sure they are in their Kid’s Worship! Lord, bless you as you set aside this time for the Lord and for your family!
There is great joy in being part of a church where Jesus and the Gospel are the foundation for everything we do. My prayer is that we are focused on what God and His Word are focused on… the Gospel and Jesus! Amen! 
John Piper said, “The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy.”