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Graham daughter to speak at FBC


First Baptist Church, Concord will host an evening of teaching and worship with Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of famed evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.

Carole Inman, spokesperson for Lotz, said, “The message she intends to give on that evening is based on the prophet Isaiah’s experience of personal revival. It is called ‘I Saw the Lord.’ The intent of the message is to call individuals who have maybe grown up in the church and followed the Lord, but just need a fresh touch.”

Inman said Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore would be on site to sell books and worship materials by Lotz.

Lotz’ visit to Knoxville also will include an all day workshop for pastors and ministry leaders entitled “Fan the Flame.” The workshop will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thurs-day, Nov. 29.

Morning refreshments will be served at 7:30 a.m. and a light boxed lunch will be provided at noon.

Angela Robbins, spokesperson for Lotz, said the FBC worship service is at “full capacity.”

She added there are still seats available for the workshop, but space is limited so advanced registration is recommended.

Morning refreshments will be served at 7:30 a.m. and a light boxed lunch will be provided at noon.

“Fan the Flame” is one of a number of events in preparation for the East Tennessee Franklin Graham Festival, which will be held at Thompson Boling Arena Friday, April 25, 2008, through Sunday, April 27.

Junior Castillo, spokesperson for ETFGF, said, “During the Thursday presentation [Lotz] will deliver challenging messages including ‘A Messenger God Uses,’ and ‘A Messenger God Cannot Use.’ Each message will include a practical workshop that will strengthen leadership skills in the area of delivering God’s word.

“Both the workshop and the Thursday evening worship will feature music by multiple Dove Award winner Fernando Ortega,” he added.

Though the workshop and speaking engagement at FBC have been billed as precursors to ETFGF according to Inman, they did not start out as such.

“Her ministry that week is a result of an invitation she received from Ann Furrow, who was the chairwoman of Just Give me Jesus [conference] held at Thompson Boling Arena in 2000.

“[Furrow] and another good friend of the ministry, John Tolsma, felt this was a message [FBC needed],” Inman said.

“These things were already lined up, but because [Furrow and Tolsma] are involved with the festival, they realized that the Lord is just doing a lot of work in Knoxville and it’s not unrelated, it was just not necessarily by design,” she added.

Robbins said the workshop has been broadened to include not only pastors, ministry leaders and parachurch leaders, but spouses and any church or community leader “who gives out God’s word as well.”

Castillo said ETFGF would hold “Ignite the Flame,” a student prayer rally, on Saturday, Dec. 8, as well as “Rock the City,” of which Franklin’s son, Will, will be the featured speaker, on Sunday, Feb. 10, in preparation for ETFGF.

For more information on these and other events surrounding ETFGF, visit www.billygra-ham.org or e-mail easttnfestival@bgea.org.

To register for “Fan the Flame” with Anne Graham Lotz, call 865-637-6386.

 

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