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May 2011 Newsletter

Posted by hjdenson on May 24, 2011

Denson Dinner Roast – An Oxymoron or Just Good Christian Fun?

May 13, 2011, many close friends and loved ones roasted Pastor John. It was an evening full of laughter and good-natured fun. Pastor John’s life-long friends jabbed and poked him all night with good-hearted humor. Anyone who knows the pastor knows that he is part jokester. He loves to hear an amusing joke, and he is always ready to attempt one to make you laugh.

Everyone loves the pastor so much for his dedicated service to Christians, secular persons and particularly to the Jewish community. He has always been willing to encourage and sacrifice for others, even at his own physical expense. Earlier this year, he took a terrifically hard fall, which caused a serious neck injury. The surgery was successful, but physical therapy has been grueling, especially when the pastor has so many works in progress to bring the Jewish Meshiach, Yeshua, to the Jewish people. Therefore, to say this year has been a challenge would be an especially great understatement. However, Pastor John has consistently not looked at the trial, but rather has kept his eyes focused on the Judge of the Earth, saying, “He is bringing me to my cross in these trials.” Furthermore, he has on almost every occasion, expressed how his admiration has grown for his lovely wife and helpmate, Donna.

In the midst of all this, the pastor came up with a magnificent idea to drive the spirit of heaviness away – laughter. He approached several of his friends and suggested that they get together for a night of fun and express joy. It was tremendously successful.

As you can see from the many pictures, it was a marvelous, fun night, supported by an outpouring of love for a pastor whose heart is as wide as the open sea, and whose supreme desire is to reveal Yeshua to the lost. So, is a Christian Dinner Roast an oxymoron? It may be, but it was not on May 13, 2011. On that night it was a heart-warming, outpouring of love and affection from God’s children to a man of God. On that night, it was a celebration of the miraculous transformation of the Wild Child to God’s Child. And finally, on that night, it was just good, Christian fun. I believe the smiles in the slideshow link below bear witness to this testimony:

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Pictures may be viewed, printed or downloaded at: John Denson May 2011 Dinner Roast.

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