Steve Highfill and Paseo del Rey

Steve and Deedee HighfillIt was great to have our good friend and Evangelical Free Church of America’s (EFCA) District Superintendent (EFCAWest) Steve Highfill and his wife DeeDee with us last Sunday.

God used Steve to challenge us in several areas. (You can listen to his message here.)

1. Church Planting

Steve encouraged Paseo del Rey in our great church planting vision and work. We’re in the “top 3%” of churches who are birthing new life--Heart of Faith and Restored Church, and more to come! As Steve reminded us, new church plants are much more fruitful in reaching new people for Jesus than established churches. You can learn more about our partnership with EFCAWest in planting new churches here.

And here’s a great article about church planting

2. God’s Life-Changing Word

The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.

Psalm 119.130

Steve challenged us to read God’s Word every day, letting His Spirit penetrate deep inside us. Here are a few ways Steve suggested, and that I’ve added to as well:

•Excellent plans to read through the New Testament (The 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan) or the entire Bible in one year are available free from the Navigators.  Paper copies are available on the table in the west entry way.

•The Daily Journal Audio Bible is an Apple App that lets you listen to the entire bible in one year, using the New Living Translation. (This is the one Steve Highfill’s folks use.) $20 at the Apple App Store.

•If you’d like an e-mail each day to read through the bible in a year, check out Bible Gateway

•The English Standard Version Bible (ESV), a fine translation in audio form, read by our good friend, Dave Heath. It’s downloadable to your device and costs $30.

•Or you can listen to the bible online, from a variety of different versions at Bible Gateway

•Laridian Bible’s expansive and inexpensive PocketBible Bible software for your iPad, iPhone, Windows PC. A great bible tool.

•There are several excellent bible apps for your phones and tablets, among them (on more than 60 million mobile devices, and I hope read by that many people!), Bible Gateway, Logos, and Olive Tree Bible, all free in basic programs.

accordance•My personal favorite for mobile devices is the excellent, free Bible Study with Accordance. It’s fast and powerful, a way to dig into God’s Word. At the Apple App Store. (An expensive, but excellent Mac and PC version is also available at Accordance, with a free trial.) 



3. Good Reading About the Millennium Reign of Jesus on Planet Earth, Revelation 20.

Steve recommended Christ's Spectacular Millennium, by Denny Bolen. While the book is not written by a Bible scholar, it’s a good start for Bereans (“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17.11) who want to think more about this incredible, coming time of peace upon on earth, brought by Jesus Himself!

Here’s the publishers description:

This is an exploration of the soon-coming 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Ever wonder about the Millennium? You probably saw it mentioned a few times in the Book of Revelation. Just enough information there to pique your curiosity? This author has gone on a quest to learn more. Denny has discovered that the Millennium is the most written about topic in the Bible. Once he found the key to over 400 verses of descriptive passages, it became very intriguing. He invites you to join him in exploring the very exciting life that awaits each follower of Christ in the Millennium. He answers such questions as: What happens to Israel at the end of the Tribulation? What is the course of events for the Bride of Christ? What happens to those who survive The Tribulation and are permitted to enter the Millennium? When do we get to see or visit the New Jerusalem? What are God’s purposes for Christ’s Millennium? Why is Satan loosed at the end?


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