Catching Up with Kutless – Ministry Opportunities

Catching Up with Kutless
Lifest – Oshkosh, WI

Recording and performing gives Christian artists unique opportunities to minister to others, both onstage and offstage. One of the ways Kutless uses their platform to do this is by getting involved with helping out those who have been in the military.

“We actually feel like we can identify with a lot of military guys, to a certain extent,” lead singer Jon Micah Sumerall claims. “. . . talking with a lot of those guys as we travel on the road, we realize we have some very similar struggles.” What are some of those struggles? Spending a great deal of time away from their families, consequently needing to intentionally pour into their marriages and kids’ lives to keep those relationships doing well, and continuing to grow spiritually, since touring takes them away from their home church quite a bit of the time, and they can’t always attend church on Sundays while on the road. The band has a heart for these military members, whose families pay for the fact that they’re off serving their country. Kutless offers free concert tickets to active military members and their spouses, encouraging them to spend time together as a couple, and to invite their friends who are also a part of the military. In addition, the band helps out the Samaritan’s Purse organization Operation Heal Our Patriots, which reaches out to wounded military members.

To hear more about the kind of opportunities Kutless finds as a band to minister to others, and the secret to doing so effectively, check out this video from Generation Arise’s YouTube channel!

The Horvats Sharing Hope With Croatia

horvatsThis November, give thanks for the greatest gift of – Jesus! We have the privilege of knowing about what He did for us – that He died for our sins, so that we could have a relationship with god. Not everyone knows this good news. God wants all of us to share it with others, but He calls some people to be missionaries, and devote their entire lives to sharing the gospel with those who haven’t heard it.

Have you ever wondered what it is like for these missionaries? Click on this link, and check out this post about Aaron and Winnie Horvat, missionaries to Croatia –!

Aaron and Winnie have a young son named Kiki. They minister to young people in Croatia. They incorporate music and drama into their ministry as a fun and relevant way to share the gospel with the teens.

Check out this video of a missions trip they took the teens on!

Reconciled To God Through Christ

2 Corinthians 5:18-19This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. These verses tell us that we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father through Christ, and that He has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

We have been reconciled to God through Christ. Though none of us are righteous (Romans 3:10) in and of ourselves, because of what our Savior has done for us, God can welcome us as His children. Though undeserved, He offers us salvation, and a place in His family as His dearly loved son or daughter, to be freely received as a gift of His grace – His unmerited favor. Christ paid the price at the cross in full for all of our sins, that we might be accepted by a holy God. It is through Him that we experience reconciliation with the Most High.

Not only have we been reconciled to God, but He has also given us the ministry of reconciliation. It is our privilege to be able to share with others the good news of reconciliation to God through Christ. We are to tell them that He no longer counts their sins against them, and that they can receive the forgiveness He offers through faith in Christ. This is the message of reconciliation with which we have been entrusted.

We have been reconciled to God, and given the ministry of reconciliation – the sharing of the good news of the gospel, which we have come to know for ourselves. Let’s never be ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16), proclaiming it to all whose lives God gives us the opportunity to touch for His kingdom!