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Thursday
Feb042016

Experience God with Us

God with UsA good story is timeless, no matter how many times it’s told. This couldn’t be truer than when referring to the Bible, the greatest story ever told, full of stories that are rich with twists and turns. This is the concept behind God with Us, the musical production that will be held at Charis Bible College in March 2016. It is written and directed by Robert and Elizabeth Muren, of Norway, Managing Directors of the AWM Theatre Company.

Robert and Elizabeth came to Charis Bible College having performed over 100 shows in seven countries. They toured Israel with a musical that they wrote called The Covenant. It has since been shown on Daystar Television, as well as performed in over fifteen countries around the world. They are currently in the beginning stages of a motion picture produced by Hollywood.

Reenacting Jesus' crucifixionOne of the things they have found is that there is a hunger among believers and non-believers alike to travel back in time and experience uplifting and powerful events up close. The lives of those highlighted in the Scriptures are still relevant today, and when brought to life through heartwarming songs, dazzling sets, and lively actors, audiences are in for an experience with the Bible that they’ll never forget.

Talented actors and singers will guide you on a unique journey through the events in history that have shaped lives for over 2,000 years. Laced throughout is evidence of a God who is relentless in rescuing His people.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a Christian, Broadway-style musical, you don’t need to travel to the bright lights and big city to enjoy a spectacular production. Right here, in the mountains of Colorado, a sixty-member cast will take to the stage this March, bringing to life a series of powerful stories from the Bible, centered on God’s quest to deliver His people. You’ll be led on a powerful journey as you experience the slavery of Jochebed, follow Joshua as he leads the Israelites into the Promised Land, and witness as Esther risks her life to Robert and Elizabeth Murensave her people. This original musical drama then brings to a finale the Word becoming flesh in the person of Jesus. You’ll witness His miracles and the sacred moment when He becomes the ultimate sacrifice. It’s a beautiful theatrical experience sure to inspire and delight audiences of all ages.

Join us for God with Us, coming Easter 2016 to The Sanctuary in Woodland Park, Colorado. Mark your calendars for March 17-20, 2016, and don’t miss next month’s life-changing event! God with Us is a story so inspirational, it will make you laugh, smile, and cry, and it will put into perspective the reason we are saved. Go to www.awmi.net/events to find out more!

Thursday
Dec172015

Andrew in the Community

These days, Andrew Wommack Ministries is reaching far regions of the world like Africa and China, but Andrew’s heart has never left the local community of Colorado Springs—the city his ministry has called home for over twenty years.

When Andrew transitioned from pastoring a small church to operating in a full-time teaching ministry, God gave him the freedom to live anywhere he wanted. The mountains of Colorado inspired him to put down roots and create a base for his growing ministry. From AWM being located in the Garden of the Gods area to Charis Bible College thriving in Woodland Park, Andrew’s long-term commitment to Colorado Springs and the surrounding area has produced rich rewards. Now, decades later, the fruit produced in the community can be readily seen.

Andrew believes in the importance of developing a history with the local community—contrary to the trend in our modern culture that promotes transience and individualism. He thinks that the exaltation of self is destroying the very fabric of our society. That’s why his ministry works closely with pastors and nonprofit organizations in the community, advancing the kingdom of God by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.

Although Andrew’s television broadcast, Gospel Truth, continues to expand and grow in popularity, he always encourages believers to find a good local church. He views fellowship with other believers as essential to a healthy Christian life. Andrew’s friendly relationship with the local church was evident at the recent celebration of Charis Christian Center’s fourteenth anniversary. For the past eleven years, he has been invited by Pastor Lawson Perdue to be a guest speaker at the annual event. This year, Andrew shared a timely word for the residents of Colorado Springs.

When a certain pastor moved to the Springs with the vision of planting a church, Andrew was one of the first ministers to welcome him. Today this pastor is an adjunct instructor at Charis. Other local pastors also teach at the college, further demonstrating the working together of ministries and community.

Andrew also encourages Charis students to build relationships and have an impact in the communities they live in while attending the college. The student body has been a great source of volunteers for community service in the area. The college’s philosophy is that every believer in Jesus is called to be a minister, and practical, hands-on serving is part of the Charis experience.

In addition to helping smaller, not-as-visible ministries, students in the volunteer program have served in local churches, homeless shelters, chaplaincy programs, home groups, and prison ministry. Several students have had the opportunity to volunteer for Mello Memories, a ministry on the outskirts of Colorado Springs that gives support to elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged individuals by visiting them with miniature horses for them to interact with. These friendly horses disrupt the monotony for nursing home residents while filling their lives with joy. Great things happen when willing hearts unite to share God’s love in a practical way.

It’s friends like you who help Andrew provide this ministry of taking the Gospel to our “Jerusalem…Judaea…Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Thank you for your support!

Thursday
Nov122015

Lessons from a Christmas Tree

It was cold…really cold.

It was the kind of cold they warned me about, but I didn’t care. Almost forty-eight hours and at least half a dozen espressos later, I had finally made it. A lot of people had questioned my decision to move to Russia in the heart of winter, but as I stepped out of the airport into the fresh, frosty air of Saint Petersburg, nothing in the world could convince me otherwise. After all, that’s what adventures are, right? The unexpected.

I hopped into a taxi and made my way to my new home for the next six months, nodding and smiling as the Russian driver made small talk to a slightly delirious, young American. As we pulled up to the apartment, we were greeted by my new roommate Rachel, who insisted that we take a trip to the store. It was 11 o’clock at night. I was not amused.

Nevertheless, we ventured out into the dimly lit streets, crunching fresh snow under our furry boots. Everything seemed so still and quiet, almost as if we had walked right into a post card or a storybook that’s in between chapters. We rounded a corner and standing before me was an enormous Christmas tree. It was lit from top to bottom, creating an almost warm feeling as I inched closer to it. All of a sudden, it hit me. It was January 7!

Throughout the chaos of checked baggage, airplane food, and questionable looks at customs, I had completely forgotten that I was arriving on the Russian Christmas Day. It didn’t feel like Christmas. There were no presents, mistletoe, or family around. I was completely alone in a country that didn’t even know I existed or speak a language I understood. However, the quiet stillness around me made me think of the very first Christmas and what it must have been like.

God sent His Son into a world that didn’t know Him and, for the most part, wanted nothing to do with Him. He came to seek and to save what was lost, to heal broken hearts, and to set the captives free (Luke 19:10 and 4:18). When I realized that, this beautiful tree became less captivating and more tacky. The true heart of Christmas became something too beautiful to be compared to a tree.

Suddenly, my trip returned to being this daring assignment entrusted to me. God had sent me, His daughter, to a land that didn’t know me, on a quiet, snowy Christmas evening. I had arrived with a purpose—to tell the Russian people the true meaning of Christmas and what all Jesus accomplished on their behalf.

As Christians, the very heart of Christmas lives inside of us, bleeding out into our everyday lives. It’s not a 24-hour holiday but, rather, a mindset, leading us to carry on the task that began over 2,000 years ago. What I learned underneath the Christmas tree that night was that I felt honored to take Christ to hurting people. It’s a lesson I’ll never forget.

Take time to remember what the Christmas season is all about this year at Charis Bible College. Come out for The Heart of Christmas production! You can also help provide a way for others to attend by sponsoring a family here. This Christmas, remember what was given to us. For tickets and pricing information, go to www.HeartOfChristmas.org or call 719-635-6029.