Correction or Perfection in Trials – I recently read in a daily devotion that trails come in two forms. The trial of correction is perhaps best illustrated in the Bible by Jonah as he ended up in the belly of a whale because he was going in the wrong direction. The trial of perfection is aptly illustrated by the disciples who were asked by Jesus to get into the boat and go to the other side of the lake. They did so in the perfect will of God, then a storm arose on the water, and they panicked! They cried out to Jesus and then he appeared to them walking on water calming the storm. This trial of perfection increased the disciple’s faith. If you are like me perhaps you are experiencing one of these trails now or will in the future. Take heart, Jesus will meet you in your trail as you call out to him!
The DCC and Florida Tours with Prisons - The GTS Team of Pastor Michael Hewitt, Brian Pauley, Tom Rossman, and myself will be ministering in the GTS Booth at the Derby City Classic (DCC) from 1/23 – 2/2. The DCC is considered the all-around championship of pool as thousands of pool players and fans will be present both live and over live streaming. After the DCC, Tom and I will head to Florida on 2/9 to meet many GTS partners and friends for yet another portable pool table tour. We will be working with the Florida correctional system which does not have a budget for three events so we would ask that you would consider helping us as we need $1,200. We will also be at the University of Florida campus for two days along with senior centers, a drug and alcohol rehab, schools, and churches. Please pray for these exciting opportunities to minister!
Lillis Family Update – Camille and I diligently continue our prayer ministry for GTS and friends. We have seen many answers to prayer in 2019 and continually praise God! Our oldest daughter Amanda continues in the Wanaque Public Schools in Basic Skills while husband Tim works full time at Shiloh Bible Camp as a missionary. Both continue to attend and play in the Emergence Church band at the Ringwood campus. Daughter Sarah and husband Gregg have a busy household with Chloe (2), big sister Isabelle (4) and Jayden (11). Jayden still attends Stockade with “Pop Pop” while Grandma Camille visits and has “girl” time. Please continue to pray for the Lillis Family in 2020!
Year in Review 2019 – After 24 years of full-time ministry with GTS, I was blessed to publish my second Gospel Trick Shot book entitled “God and Pool – The Gospel Trick Shot Story!” in May 2019. An unprecedented three portable pool table tours were completed in 2019 in the NY/NJ/PA tri-state area in July, the Midwest in September, and down South in October. Venues included summer camps, colleges, schools, churches, a prison, drug and alcohol rehabs, and a major billiard event. More PowerPoint presentations were done on “Building Bridges in the Middle East and Beyond” which brought the total to 25 over the last two years. There also was a return to Las Vegas in late July as GTS has ministered there over the past 20 years. Please pray for our new 2020 calendar of events. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support!
“In Memory of Ella” by Steve Lillis
On October 12th our dear granddaughter Elizabeth “Ella” Rose Fuehring 2 1/2 years old went home to be with the Lord Jesus. My Mom Ellie Lillis Arntson 86 years old went home to be with the Lord in January of this year and today as I write this it is October 29th which would have been Mom’s 87th birthday. The picture that my niece Christina had in her mind was that Mom was holding Ella in her arms in heaven the day she departed earth. What a beautiful picture that all of us who know Christ will be reunited with loved ones.
From an earthly perspective the colliding of two buses with Ella, our daughter Sarah, and her friend Joanna crushed between them was a total disaster. Sarah will perhaps be six months before she can walk again and Joanna is about in the same condition having damage done to their hips and legs. We rejoice that our grandson Jayden six years old was lagging far enough behind that he was not stuck by the buses but did however see the whole thing including seeing his sister Ella lying on the ground having instantly departed from this world. Again from an earthly perspective this was a disaster! However knowing Christ we can be assured that God has a plan to cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28).
The good has already started as the past two days I was privileged to do my Gospel Trick Shot Shows at two locations with a new show entitled “In Memory of Ella”. I believe the Lord came to me in a dream on October 22nd at 4:30 am as I began to perform this show while dreaming of doing trick shots and speaking about Ella. I woke up half way through the dream and just sat up in my bed continuing to visualize shots and thinking about what I would say. On October 27th I went to the Players Billiards Café in Eatontown, NJ and did this show for about 25 men from a local church along with another 120 APA pool league players there that night to compete. The next night on October 28th I went to the Crossroads Ministry Center in Paterson, NJ to do the same show “In Memory of Ella” for about 25 young boys and leaders in a Royal Rangers church group with another five friends of mine in attendance. I performed this particular show last night in Paterson on the very table I started my ministry on some 18 years ago when I lived, worked, and ministered in Paterson, NJ. A friend of mine helped to repair the table back then and we both chipped in for the cost. And now here we are some 20 countries later, 30 states later, and over 1,000 Gospel Trick Shot Shows later, returning to Paterson with a new show entitled “In Memory of Ella”. Needless to say people were deeply moved as I shared and lives were touched by the Lord Jesus Christ as an invitation to join my Mom and Ella in heaven was given. God has put in my heart to continue to share this all over the world and by His grace I will. We have received four more invitations in the last 48 hours and we have a GTS board member Rob Boswell over in the Philippines now making plans for us to go back there. Please pray and give financially so that Gospel Trick Shot can go and share the story of Ella and more importantly share the story of Jesus! We appreciate you! God bless!
Gospel Trick Shot Relaunched! by Steve Lillis
New Book Release: “But You Must! The Steve Lillis Story”
The true story of Steve’s life and unimaginable 19 1/2 year separation and subsequent marital restoration to Camille in 2009 has been published by Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. and is available for distribution. The story includes his childhood, turbulent years as a pool hustler, military experiences, and travels as a professional pool player in search of meaning and purpose. The book transitions to finding faith in God and his divine leading to become a college professor and founder of the worldwide ministry called Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. The events and the people are real as the story was written to help and encourage those on life’s journey in search of true meaning and purpose. Co-author Devra Robledo adds the female touch to keep the story suspenseful yet sensitive to all people. Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman a world renowned professional trick shot artist and GTS RACK team member has written the forward to wet the reader’s appetite. In a recent note from a person who recently read the book here is what was said:
Steve, I just had to drop you a note saying that I loved your book. I won it at the New Jersey Expo Center while you were demonstrating. I am going through some of the same things you went through regarding my wife leaving me and my two young daughters in the middle. Your decision to put your trust in God is beyond inspiring. Thank you for your story. - John Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10
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The right picture is the cover of the new book entitled: “But You Must! The Steve Lillis Story”.
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