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Not Impressed

The story of the infamous 10 Plagues is told in Exodus 7 – 12. As I was reading this last week, what caught my attention was Pharaoh’s reaction to the 1st Plague and the miracle that preceded it.

The first time Moses and Aaron visit Pharaoh, they demand to let the Israelites go free to worship the true God. (I cannot help but laugh at the thought of Pharaoh’s facial response as these two old men, Moses 80 and Aaron 83, laid down their demands.)

To prove that they were serious and that they spoke for the Lord God they worked a miracle. Aaron threw down his staff and it turned into a snake (Ex 7:10). But Pharaoh called over his magicians and they all threw down their staffs which also turned to snakes (never mind that Aaron’s staff-snake ate their staff-snakes) (Ex 7:11,12).

NOT IMPRESSED (cf. Ex 7:13)!

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The Most Powerful Ministry Experience of My Life

Five and a half years ago, June 13th, 2014, Tony Brandt and I got into his truck and I said, “That was the most powerful experience of youth ministry in my life.”

With exhaustion Tony said, “I agree.”

What was that experience???

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Coming Out of the Tomb of Lazarus

Today on our annual Casting Nets Pilgrimage to the Holy Land we visited Bethany.

Bethany could be considered a suburb of Jerusalem. The Gospels share with us that Jesus stayed here often with some friends. So we visited the house of Mary & Martha, as well as the Tomb of Lazarus.

Can you imagine the witness that Lazarus was for Jesus being the promised Messiah, the Son of God?

He was a walking, talking, BREATHING testimony to who Jesus was.

In fact, Lazarus was such a powerful sign for Jesus that the Gospel of John shares this, "So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus" (Jn 12:10,11).

That means that Lazarus was one effective missionary disciple...

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Are You a Pilgrim?

This week we leave for Israel to lead our annual Casting Nets Ministries Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

Please pray for the 47 PILGRIMS, our travels, and that the Holy Spirit will work powerfully in the Holy Land. You can be assured or our prayers for you.

Preparing and packing got me thinking, “What does it mean to be a pilgrim?” 

St. Peter speaks of Christians as being in “exile” which means they are not in their homeland (cf. 1 Pet 1:1, 17). St. Paul tells us that our citizenship is in heaven (cf. Phil 3:20). And in the Book of Hebrews, Christians are described as “having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland” (11:13,14).

Are you a Pilgrim?

 

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Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

Join Casting Nets for an unforgettable Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January of 2019! We can tell you from experience that walking in the footsteps of Christ in the land called holy is a life-changing experience that will deepen and renew your Catholic faith! Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today! To view the itinerary and register, click here.

Want to learn how to share your faith from the very best evangelizers? The good news is, you can! In this FREE WEBINAR REPLAY, Catholic author and evangelist Chris Stewart discusses his new book "Casting Nets with the Saints" in which he profiles the examples of 56 of the most effective evangelizers in the history of the Catholic Church and the 7 characteristics they share in common. Click on the link and enjoy!

For over a decade now, Casting Nets Ministries has traveled the country proclaiming the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping Catholics to become missionary disciples. One of the primary means by which we accomplish this important work is through our dynamic Parish Missions. 

Parish Missions have been a wonderful part of our Catholic heritage for centuries. Traditionally celebrated during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent, the Parish Mission seeks to facilitate, through the preaching of God’s word, a personal encounter with The LORD, which awakens and deepens faith. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

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We are a team of lay Catholic evangelists. We conduct dynamic and highly effective missions, retreats, and evangelization trainings for parishes, schools, and Dioceses aimed at leading souls to Christ and forming the laity for missionary discipleship.

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