Join us next Sunday, September 29th at 10:00 am (one half hour earlier) at Jesus People Church of Asheville for our very special guest speaker, Pastor David Thomas.
278 Haywood Road, West Asheville
We will not be having lunch at the church but meeting at Fats Restaurant after the service.
Pastor David Thomas
From an early age, David felt an inner spiritual drive to know God. At the age of five he had only one desire: to tell the world of God's abundant grace poured out through Jesus Christ. Before reaching the age of thirty he had graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in theology and worked several years as an associate pastor of several large charismatic congregations. David ministered in Haiti, Jamaica, and Florida as a missionary and traveled around the country with a contemporary Christian music group.
At the height of his career, David looked at his life and realized most of it was a sham! He was helping others to find the truth but was living a lie! He was a gay man trying to make everyone else believe that he was straight.
Since his early teen years, he had fasted and prayed to be free of his same-sex desires. He attended "ex-gay" groups and discovered that they weren't quite so "ex-gay." He sought Christian counseling for years and had world famous evangelists try to cast demons of perversion out of him. In the end, he finally surrendered --He cast himself upon the grace of God and asked Him for some answers.
In the ensuing years, David learned two simple truths:
1) Religion is evil. It is based on brownie points and white wash and it does nothing but pervert the people who use it to order their lives.
2) Jesus came not to institute a new religion but a new relationship where God and man can walk together in love and fellowship. This relationship is based on grace-God's unconditional love for His creatures-all of His creatures-white, black, rich, poor, gay, straight.
Pastor David has an awesome congregation in Granite Falls, North Carolina called Abundant Grace and his husband, Jack McConnell, also pastors a church in Winston-Salem. Pastor David says his greatest blessing of all is to now know God in all aspects of his life. "No more hiding, no more darkness--now I have the light of life!"