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Our longtime partner and friend Charles Colson passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the age of 80.
Chuck lived what he preached: repentance and complete life transformation, made possible by the grace and power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though we can be happy he’s with the Lord now, we miss him. We are praying for his friends and family.
We wanted to share the following message from Chuck with you. You can also watch Chuck’s message.
-Adam Forrest, Zondervan Blog
What’s desperately needed today is a call to action … to Christians to get serious about their faith, that is “given once for all and entrusted to the saints,” as Jude teaches. [The call to action about our faith] is to understand it, so that you can live it. And it is to understand it so that you can defend it.
Where does it begin? It begins with repentance. There has never been a powerful move of God anywhere where the people of God didn’t first repent. We’ve got to repent of our sins of being enculturated, encapsulated, seduced by the culture in which we live. Break free like the church is doing in the Third World, and live the true gospel.
Ask forgiveness, seek God’s favor, turn away and change… On your knees, pray. And then work with your pastor and the people in the churches and encourage them, pray for one another. Build those bonds of unity so that the world will see the love and the hope of the great proposal which [the Church] has to offer.
God bless you.
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