Saturday, January 30, 2010

Choosing Beautiful Feet

So we are now officially in California but just came from a few days spent in Las Vegas. When you enter Las Vegas with all the lights, buildings, and people you'd think this place is beautiful, wonderful because no one would come here if it was ugly. But I couldn't see the beauty as I walked down the streets. Instead when I saw Vegas I saw SIN... UGLY SIN. It hurt as I looked at all the "glam and lights", the women and men displayed as objects, the way people were filling themselves with nothing of worth. How can they not see?? When I think about sin I think how ugly it is. How it tears us up, makes us into ugly beings if we let it consume us. I know that I am a sinner, we are all sinners but the fact of the matter is we are redeemed by Christ!!! I don't have to live in my ugliness because I am forgiven. That night and the following day I had a chance to talk a bit with different people and we discussed the urgency we felt after walking the streets of Vegas. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW! They need to see the ugliness. They need to hear the message of Christ's love for them. They need to fill their lives with the beauty of Christ and let that penetrate their mind and souls. But, how will they know unless I tell them, unless WE tell them??

Romans 10:14-15
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

So, I don't know about you but I have a fresh sense of urgency that there are so many still out there living life in ugliness, unaware of the beauty they could possess. Why don't we tell them, why are we shy? Let's not let them sit any longer in their filth but move our feet and share the beauty we have in Christ. I don't know about you but I want "beautiful feet" - feet that bring the good news of Christ to those who haven't heard and don't believe.

Asking for "beautiful feet",
Carrie & 1421

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bear Lake Escapades!

Hello again!

-For the past week we have been dashing around the great and beautiful state of Colorado spreading the GREAT NEWS of Christ to everyone we meet. This has taken us to Denver Lutheran High School in, surprise surprise, Denver, and also to Englewood Federal Pen. in Englewood, Colorado. Through all of this God has continued to show us Himself and also teach us how to show Him to others. This has been done through us in the prison where God really showed himself to be a God of Wonders through the inmates there at the prison. They were such blessings to us by their stories of redemption and their thankfulness and responsiveness to us and the message we brought. Another blessing to us were the days off that we have. Jim, being the native Coloradan he is, knew a very beautiful lake/hike that we could go to that was somewhat between Denver where we were, and Wellington, where we had to be. So Jim took us up there and we all enjoyed a day of being together as a team outside of the show setting. It was absolutely beautiful! God really blessed us with a day of lovely sunshine and great weather. It was an awesome place to relax and refocus after going nonstop since the beginning of our tour. Currently we are enjoying the last day of our two days off and look forward to what God has in store next! Keep us in your prayers as in theis next week we traverse the Rockies to Grand Junction then onto Las Vegas!

Solo Deo Gloria,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Just wanted to let you all know that things are going great for 1421. We are all staying healthy, having fun, and learning daily what it truly looks like to love God deeper and serve one another with humility. We have given a variety of concerts already this past week ranging from church services to an alternative high school. For me, it's reminded me of how deep God's love is for us, his bride. He loves everyone the same - no matter where they are in life or where they have come from. God sees us all as His children who so desperately need to be loved and learn what true love is. I am challenge each day to lean on God and accept His love with open arms so that I can love others around me with His love because I can't love on my own, I need Him! This photo was from one of the churches we played at in North Platte. It reminds me of the ultimate sacrifice and unchangeable love of the Father.

So, thanks for the prayers and the support of us as we travel all around the West/Southwest spreading the love of God with many as well as learning to love God and one another.

This next week we are in Colorado and then we're off to Las Vegas! :)

Learning to love,
Carrie Joy :)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Arrrrg! Here we go!

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We are about to embark on our three month adventure of Winter Tour, leaving behind everything we've ever known at the wonderful ministry here in Willmar and are going to travel to foreign states (to some of us) to see the lands and seas of Nebraska, Colorado, California, and Arizona, to name a few. We will probably burst with excitement as we leave early tomorrow morning and we won't be back until March! With the wonderful game "Stormy Seas" (as you can see in the picture with Carrie) we were given in Wisconsin, and with our pirate navigator Steve and his sword, we will sail our van across the country with great success. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support--hopefully we'll see you soon, otherwise know that you're in our prayers as we travel.
See you on the other side. .if we make it that far. Avast! Here we go!