A sigh of relief. Humbleness fills me. Today… SOLD OUT Live for Jesus is available for pre-order through Amazon! And, God receives the glory – for it’s all about Him and not about me. Below is the SOLD OUT Foreward by Scot Pollok, Faith Bible Church lead pastor in The Woodlands, TX. “Thank you, Scot, for taking the time to share your thoughts, wisdom, and heart with us.”
Without wanting to be a dark cloud or a killjoy, the unexpected truth is that these words could have been easily written at the time of the Apostle Paul. They would have been as accurate then as now.
Perhaps this is why books like the one you hold in your hand from Carla McDougal are so important. Sold Out is anchored in one of the greatest written statements we have from Paul. He wrote it to the infant church in the backwoods town of Philippi. He penned it in prison. The joy he expressed in this central statement and those that come before it speak to an unusual joy.
My dear friends, Paul says in my paraphrase, we are bonded together as a family because of Jesus. And I want you to know that just because I’m in prison, the power of the Gospel has not been shackled. I shared Jesus Christ with lots of the prison guards. They have believed and in turn shared it with others. The motives are diverse but I rejoice because Jesus is being shared no matter what. Yes, I am so very happy because no matter if I live or die, Jesus Christ is being celebrated and trusted.
Then it hits. In Paul’s own words, “for to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. He says this is why I live. To spur others to trust and celebrate Jesus is my whole life! If I physically perish in this joyful adventure, it is only a good thing because I’ll be with Him perfectly.
The power of this statement has inspired countless men and women on to maturity, to mission, to martyrdom. It has been an anchor for the church throughout two millennia of shifting sands and seasons. It remains worthy of careful study, seasoned meditation and intentional practice.
What Carla McDougal does in this very accessible journey is to employ a thoughtful trajectory at a very lofty goal: to make Paul’s statement a livable reality today. With helpful tools in each section designed to contextualize application and inspire habits of personal engagement with God’s Word, Sold Out works like a tuning kit for your heart. Carla is not only one of the most joyful and spirited intercessors and teachers in our church family, she has worked very hard to encourage you with her latest labor of love. I sincerely pray it blesses you richly.
––Scot Pollok, Lead Pastor at Faith Bible Church, The Woodlands, TX
Once again, tears emerge as I read through this SOLD OUT Foreward by Scot Pollok. Pre-order your copy today through Amazon. And, once SOLD OUT releases (ebook – Sept. 1, 2015, and paperback – Sept. 7, 2015) please consider writing a review on Amazon.
From My Heart to Yours,