A Praise Report

The Gathering of Church Bookstores ’09 Praise report:

Yesterday I led an hour and a half of prayer and praise over bookstores and bookstore managers and personnel from around the nation. Incredible time of intimacy…and lots of refreshing for some weary folks…many tears. Many, many stood in honesty for needed ministry and prayer. My friend, Reggie May, came and ran the EasyWorship lyric presentation for me. Since my manager’s (Dennis Disney) dad was to be undergoing surgery, Dennis could not be here to help so Reggie stepped in literally at the last minute and saved the day! Thanks, Reggie!

The evening concert was a presentation of authors and new books as well as the debut of my new recording (Kingdom Come) to this group. Wonderful worship and ministry with many again standing for ministry. As I ended my set the room erupted in applause and gratitude and worship…and the host – Dave Condiff – asked me to do another song. We ended with ‘I Cry Holy’.

One of my favorite moments was when ‘W’ impersonator, John Morgan who told me he was a huge fan and that he had once wanted to do what I do. God had other plans and since 2005 has been impersonating George W. Bush as a ministry! You’ve seen him on places like ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno and probably had no idea how much he loved Jesus. He does an amazing job…and is an excellent guitarist and singer. He sang and played ‘W’ singing the blues with a little Elvis thrown in. I loved it!

Two authors I think you should get to know:

Steven Scott
Steven Scott is the best-selling author of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, Mentored by a Millionaire, A Millionaire's Notebook, and Simple Steps to Impossible Dreams. After failing nine jobs in his first six years after college, he learned the laws of life success by studying the Bible. He began creating companies and new products, and started marketing the products using a sales technique that had never before been tried on a large scale. Beginning with the American Telecast Corporation (ATC), Scott and his business partners have since built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. His companies have generated sales of more than 2 billion dollars, making Scott one of the most successful marketing entrepreneurs in the history of direct-response television marketing. Scott has written, produced, and directed countless award-winning television productions and commercials featuring celebrities such as Kathy Lee Gifford, Charlton Heston, Tom Selleck, Chuck Norris, Michael Landon, and more than 70 other world renowned celebrities. He also is a popular speaker on the subjects of personal and professional achievement and corporate productivity.

This man of God wrote a new book on the wisdom of God’s Word and told stories of God’s miraculous answer to prayer that emboldened my faith. It was such an honor to share the platform with men who trust God the way he does.

Tullian Tchividjian
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian is the grandson of Ruth and Billy Graham. As a teenager he rebelled and ran from God, but in 1993 God radically saved him and he's never looked back. A graduate of Columbia International University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, he has served on the pastoral staff of three churches. In 2003 he moved back home to start New City Presbyterian Church in south Florida. He is a popular conference speaker, Bible teacher, radio preacher, and the author of The Kingdom of God. An avid surfer, Tullian and his wife, Kim, have three children and live in Coconut Creek, Florida.
As the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, Tullian Tchividjian grew up hearing the Christian faith preached to millions. Yet he struggled to come to faith personally. His first book, Do I Know God? Captures the sincerity and intensity of his own spiritual quest, and shows the way for a new generation of seekers.

I LOVE Tullian! He spoke my heart as he described his new book ‘Unfashionable’, relating how he believes the church in America has compromised itself to seem more fashionable and palatable to the world…when God has called us to be different. All I could do was cry. I have yet another hero of the faith. I suddenly did not feel so alone in what God has called me to do and in who He has called me to be…and in the message He has called me to deliver…

After hearing from these amazing men of God, we all went to the convention floor where we signed books! I ran out of ‘Giant Killer’ books my publisher, WaterBrook/Multnomah Press had brought! Signed books and CDs for almost 2 hours…and came away so blessed to hear of how far God has taken the message of freedom and worship to so many and to such a varied number of places around the nation and world.

Thank you for praying!!!!

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