Last year when I was on deployment, Pr. Phil Ressler and his congregation- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Old Bridge, NJ were a tremendous blessing and source of encouragement. They sent me care packages, calling cards and hardbound copies of Luther's Small Catechism to give to our troops and their loved ones.
I was 8 hours ahead of them, but in spite of the time difference, Pr. Ressler leveraged technology so that I could join his congregation for worship (briefly) one Sunday. That was amazing. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church gives a tithe from it's offerings to support my work as a missionary.
One morning I called Pr. Ressler to talk (I wasn't thinking but it was about midnight back in NJ); Pr. Ressler was up and working; we got to talking and he shared with me about this blog he was writing for Lent- "40 Things to Give Up". He told me that it wasn't about giving up fish or chocolate but rather giving up guilt, fear, blame and other things. I told him that sounded really neat and then he shared something amazing- hundreds of thousands of people were going on his church's site to read his postings! How cool is that?
I felt led to tell Pr. Ressler that he needed to clear off his schedule and make room so that he could write a book. By God's grace, Pr. Ressler was able to do that and today his book is the #1 devotional book on Amazon.
I want to encourage you to get a copy for yourself and your small group, House Church, Bible study or best friend. Get your worst enemy one also; it might bless you in the end.
Please keep Pr. Phil, his wife, their family and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in your Prayers. The devil hates it when God's grace frees us from his guilt.Prayer Ministry Ideas