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Gospel In a Sentence Contest Winner Announced

February 13, 2012 by  
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MIKE MORTON
FIRST PLACE WINNER

We are thrilled to have had so many entrants in our “Gospel in a Sentence” contest which ended on January 31st. It was very difficult decision for our judges … many of the entries were very good and completely communicated the Gospel in a sentence! However, as in any contest, someone had to win. In this case, we actually had two top contenders whose entries ran extremely close in their rankings by our Judges. In an effort to choose the winner, we added one more judge to give an impartial opinion. Through that, we were able to select a winner.

Congratulations to Mike Morton for his First Place entry. His “Gospel in a Sentence” entry has a permanent place on the home page of Heart of God International Ministry’s new website designed and developed by Third Wish Design.

Without further adieu, here is a short interview Jan Ross of Heart of God International conducted with First Place winner, Mike Morton.

 

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Jan: Hi Mike, I’m happy to let you know that your entry earned FIRST PLACE in our “Gospel in a Sentence” contest! Congratulations! We are excited to have the opportunity to meet you and learn more about you. But, first, we’re really anxious to know about your entry to HGIM’s contest. How did you learn about the contest?

Mike:
Wow. Thank you! I became familiar with HGIM through Facebook. And, I was attracted to its emphasis on missions and world evangelism. Since coming back to the Lord almost three years ago, the Lord has burdened my heart for the lost around the world and the urgency to get the Word out to those who have never heard of the Lord Jesus and His death and resurrection. The words of Jim Elliot, that he is no fool who will give up what he can never keep to gain what he can never lose are constantly before me…and the Lord has shown that not everyone can go around the world, but everyone can do SOMETHING. Some can go…some can provide practical and financial support…but even those who can’t give can at least pray and intercede for lost souls and for the men and women and families on the front lines.

Gospel in a SentenceJan: Wow, Mike … that’s powerful! I love your heart! As you know, we are in the process of launching a new website for HGIM which is why we ran this contest. As we are in the final phases of development, we were looking for a key sentence which clearly communicates the Gospel. Your entry came in as the top choice of our panel of judges – so close, in fact, that we had to go beyond our Board of Directors to find the winner. Your entry is at the right.

This expression of the Gospel is so perfectly all-encompassing and clearly communicated. How did you come up with this? It’s so creative! What was in your heart or what were you thinking when you put these words together?

Mike:

I tried to make it as simple as possible. Too many times the church makes the gospel so complex and I think that the best way to communicate it is to state it so simply that a child can understand it. Sometimes it can be as simple as “Jesus loves me this I know…for the bible tells me so”. Jesus didn’t come preaching fancy sermons… He came teaching about the Kingdom of God in simple terms… and the people heard Him and responded to Him. And we are called to follow in His footsteps and to do the things He did. I can’t think of a better model for how to share the gospel than to follow His example. And to tell it simply that God became flesh, never sinned…then went to the cross out of love…and died there. But (praise God!) the grave couldn’t keep Him…He rose again, destroying sin and death and is coming again soon. What else can we do but prepare the way for His coming again by opening our hearts to Him!?!?

Jan: Oh, amen, Mike, amen! You have captured the heart of this ministry as well! The Gospel should be simple yet complete, so everyone everywhere can understand the amazing love of Jesus Christ for all mankind. Sometimes we get so caught up on theology that we lose sight of the simplicity of the Gospel. The words you chose are powerful and vividly express the fact that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

So, Mike, tell us a little about yourself.

Mike Morton, HGIM Gospel in a Sentence WinnerMike:

There’s not much to tell. I’m in my late 50s, married and have three wonderful daughters…27, 12 and 7. My wife Sharon is my best friend and the most wonderful companion God could provide anyone. Approximately three years ago, the Lord brought us out of rebellion and the occult and witchcraft back to Himself. Since then we have been totally committed to Him and try to live our lives everyday for Him. I work in the medical field and am also a professional musician. I’ve played a number of places, but honestly, the greatest gig in the world is standing in His presence worshipping the Lord.

Jan: That’s a powerful testimony, Mike. I wish we had more time to explore your background and learn how God drew you back into fellowship with Him. But, before we go on, I just have to tell you how much I really appreciate your last sentence! There is nothing that can match being in His presence in worship. As a musician, I totally understand what you’re saying!

So, Mike, do you have a website or blog you’d like to share with our readers?

Mike:

On facebook there is a group that I set up called INTO ALL THE WORLD (click here) which is a gathering place for missionaries and those who are interested in supporting missionaries. It’s a small group of about 500 folks and includes teenagers and grandparents, missionaries and housewives. It’s amazing how many people feel the Lord’s call to pray and intercede in these last days. I would also recommend the webpages for Voice of the Martyrs (click here) and Operation World (click here).

Jan: Thank you so much, Mike! Our new website will be launching tomorrow (God willing) and your quote has found a permanent place on our home page. We’d love to share your photo and this interview with our readers. Please send this back with your responses and attach a photo you’d like to use as soon as possible as portions of it will be included in a Press Release and Newsletter being written to announce HGIM’s new website!

Jan: Do you have any final thoughts you’d like to share?

Mike:

I am humbled and blessed that you chose my slogan. I hope that everyone who visits your home page will catch the vision of the Lord’s love for the lost… and like the song says, ask Him to “break our hearts for what breaks yours”. And pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers…Thank you again!

Thank YOU, Mike … you have blessed us all! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. It’s always such a blessing to meet a new brother or sister in the Lord who shares the same passion and purpose in life.

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What a blessing! When you visit the new website (http://heartofgodinternational.org), you will find Mike’s quote has found a permanent and prominent place on the homepage.

Thank you, Mike, for participating! We’re grateful for your contribution to our exciting new look!

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