On Saturday, March 23rd, the beach was filled with people from
all over the world. Some were college students escaping the pressures
of midterm exams, while others were vacationers escaping the cold
weather of the North. Most of the beach goers this day, including
my wife and I, were there for sunshine in our lives. But this sunshine
was to be provided not by the sun, but by the SON. Light provided
from a message delivered by professionals from all walks of life,
preaching of Jesus Christ and His ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
On March 22nd and 23rd hundreds of thousands of people flocked
to Ft Lauderdale Beach to hear great music good news presented at
Beachfest. The great music was from top recording artist from around
the world while the good news was from Luis Palau. The great music
and good news was of hope, love and salvation. The hope, love and
salvation brought to us from our Savior, Jesus Christ. Beachfest
also brought world class skaters, foods from around the world and
the Veggie Tales for the children, all with the same good news of
Jesus Christ for kids and adults of all ages.
The weekend was filled with action and excitement. World- class
skaters and BMX bikers performed for hundreds of fans on a state
of the art skate/bike park. The Veggie Tales performed all weekend
for children of all ages, putting smiles on faces and hope in eyes.
The Miami Dolphins set up a NFL Experience for athletes and football
fans to test their skills and meet their favorite players. Mary
Mary, Jump 5, Third Day, Toby Mac, Jaci Velasquez and other famous
recording artists performed for over 200,000 people who danced the
day and night away on the beach. All of the featured performers
followed up with their personal testimony of how Jesus Christ is
the Savior in their lives. They praised Him and gave Him the glory
for all of their talents and accomplishments in life. Telling the
fans of the importance of inviting Jesus into their hearts.
At a break in the action, Luis Palau presented a message to all
200,000 men, women and children of Jesus Christ and His love for
all. The message reminded all of us that we are all sinners, but
we are all sons and daughters of Christ, and because of that, we
can be saved. Luis Palau then offered an opportunity for all to
invite Jesus into their hearts and to be Lord of their lives. Over
4,500 people responded to the offering and gave their lives, problems
and convictions to Christ. All those who gave their sins and problems
to the Lord did so knowing that there is nothing that He can't handle.
The message of Jesus Christ's mercy and love filled the Ft. Lauderdale
beach for two days. In the midst of a Ft. Lauderdale spring break,
where usually alcohol and immorality fill the air, love and hope
filled the hearts of all. A community effort helped transform the
lives of thousand from around the country. All Christian denominations
came together in an effort to inform the Ft. Lauderdale community,
and those visiting, of the good news of our Savior, Jesus Christ.