“A professional musician who played the Las Vegas circuit for 5 years, John later signed with the Righteous Brothers. When John was gripped by God in 1963, he was a “beer-guzzling, drug abusing pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible Study.”
He soon became a voracious Bible reader and after weeks of reading about life changing miracles in the Bible and attending boring church services, John asked a lay leader:”
“When do we get to do the stuff? You know, the stuff here in the Bible; the stuff Jesus did, like healing the sick, raising the dead, healing the blind – stuff like that?”
He was told that they didn’t do that anymore – only what they did in their weekly services. John replied, “You mean I gave up drugs for that?”
This past Sunday, after singing: “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” taking Holy Communion, and preaching from Galatians 3 on being filled with the Spirit, we did the stuff! We prayed for a mother who has a child in rehab, we laid hands on a woman to be filled with the Spirit, we asked Jesus to heal a painful leg and we helped an 11 year old boy named Matt invite Jesus into his heart. When we shared about Matt’s commitment, there was a collective cheer right there on the beach. It was a good cheer. . .but nothing compared to what the angels were singing on Sunday morning because we were willing to “do the stuff” with Jesus on 30th Street beach in Avalon. If you haven’t joined us yet, we have 4 more weeks of services. Bring your Wawa coffee and a Kohler’s cream donut, make sure you have your beach chair, and bring some friends with you to 30th Street beach in Avalon this Sunday morning at 9am. Come ready to cheer!