Archive for April, 2011

REILLY had the honor of playing at a recent Youth for Christ Impact Conference; an incredible weekend filled with Gospel preaching and worship with the REILLY band. We as a band absolutely love playing for youth. God was on the move, and I found myself sharing the Gospel with kids I was talking to. I simply said, “Isn’t it awesome that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross to receive the punishment that we deserved, so that we could be forgiven and adopted into God’s family?” I probably asked that to about 20 kids throughout the weekend.

There was a young guy that I talked to that when I asked what God had taught him over the weekend he responded, “that I need to work harder for God”. I shared with him Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. I explained to him that a wage is something we earn and what we deserve from God is punishment. I had something in my hand that I held out to him and asked how he would respond if I gave him a gift. “Well, I’d have to take it,” he said. And he was right. You have to recognize the gift and receive it, acknowledge and accept it. Realize that the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life is an undeserved gift and all we have to do is simply believe.

The conversation that stood out most was with Jenny, a girl who loved to write songs who shared that she lived in a foster-home. She had me autograph her notebook that she used for writing songs meant to encourage other foster kids struggling with difficult life circumstances. I was really touched by her story and gave her a hug before she left. She returned the next day with her notebook and had me read a song she wrote during the Conference weekend. Like the day before I asked her, “Isn’t it awesome that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus?” She told me that she had just received Christ, so I prayed with her.

A few days later, the band got a message from Jenny’s foster mom, saying that Jenny came home excited and told her about the weekend. It turns out that the foster parents are believers and they were praying that Impact would be the weekend that Jenny would place her faith in Christ! They had to get special permission from the foster care agency for Jenny to go. When Jenny came home and told her parents about the weekend, her mom and dad went out and got her a cake and Bible to celebrate. How precious is that? God did a work in Jenny’s soul, and her parents acknowledged what happened by throwing Jenny a party. I can’t think of more of a reason to celebrate and was blown away hearing this family’s story. I’m so happy that Jenny is in a home that will point her to God’s goodness and faithfulness now that He has adopted Jenny as his precious child.


Here’s a picture of the party!


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