Declaring God’s Faithfulness From The Top Of The City!
We brought our boys up to, Notre-Dame de la Garde, the cathedral at the top of a the highest hill in Marseille overlooking the entire city. On our survey trip back in 2013, Janet and I did a video from that spot declaring this to be our future home and asking for partnership. Although things did not work out for us as we thought they would, we have been able to see God’s faithfulness. So it was special to make another video over two years later and still know that God desires Marseille to worship Jesus and that He is in charge of making a way for that to happen
The Sermon I Preached With Grayling Translating Into French
Preaching at Port d’Espoir (Harbor of Hope churrch) with Grayling translating was the highlight of the trip for me. I preached a simple message on the Second Coming of Jesus and how we should live in light of that day. My three points were: 1. The need to receive and proclaim the mercy available at the cross. 2. To hear the call to the cross. Are we willing to lay down our lives so others may receive this mercy? 3. Asking for the Holy Spirit’s help to live out this calling.
As I mentioned in the sermon, we were all impacted as we talked through the Marseille History Museum. Marseille’s history began 2,600 years ago! The amount of rulers and empires that have risen and fallen over these years in this city is staggering. With the ups and downs of conflict and prosperity, a mix of good and terrible leadership, and wicked men prospering on the backs of the poor again and again in Marseille, Walking through the museum, I was struck with the reality of a day coming when “the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:18). Marseille and ever other city of the earth with one day be under the leadership of the righteous King of Israel. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
And thank you Grayling for correcting my error in your translation. As I was teaching I said a few times that Marseille’s history was 2500 years old when it was actually a 2600 year history. Without skipping a beat, as Grayling translated into French he said 2600 years! So funny! Thanks buddy!
Slideshow Of Pictures From Our Trip