Blog # 24
A few Sundays ago Bess and I joined our friends, retired Nazarene pastors, to attend a home mission church worship service. A tenor singer that has sung at Lake Gibson Church in several Saturday Nights In Lakeland concerts was the featured singer. He sang with the Dixie Echoes and Florida Boys back then, but now has his own concert ministry. He had a wonderful ministry to all of us that attended.
After our friend completed his music ministry, the 40 year old pastor of the church gave a mini message from Exodus on Moses, the Israelites and Pharaoh on following God’s leadership. In the message the pastor told the congregation he had been a bi-vocational pastor all of his ministry. He told us two weeks before the Holy Spirit impressed on him to take a step of faith, and resign his job as circulation manager at the Newport Plain Talk newspaper and become a full time pastor. He stated how the past week had been a very difficult time for him as he had battled Satan over his step of faith. I was really moved by his faith and his trust in God to provide for him, his wife and his son.
To say the least, the Holy Spirit moved on my spirit to help him. The Holy Spirit clearly spoke to me to write a check for $100.00 to give the pastor as I was leaving the service. As I put the check in his hand I blessed him for his step of faith, and told him I would keep him in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot begin to describe the joy I felt in my spirit as Bess and I got in our car.
Through the years Bess and I have really been blessed as we have honored and obeyed the words of our Lord in Luke 6:38,
“Give, and it shall be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For the same measure that you use, it shall be measured back to you.”
I need to tell you that $100.00 has already returned to me many fold in so many ways! I do not have the space to name all the ways because they are legion. It is a fact, Luke 6:38 is really true! I encourage all of you that are reading these lines in this blog to let God guide you in the days ahead in all the ways you can give, and they are so many. It really is fun to prove our Lord, and to enjoy His abundant blessings!
Don’t forget, our Lord gave His all for us!
HURRICANES AND PRAYERS
Thinking of the seriousness of the weather and the projected path of the recent Florida hurricane, Charles and I were constrained to pray for life and property, to ask for God’s protective blood covering over our FL home, and the homes of our children and grandchildren, our Creekwood neighbors, our Lake Gibson Church property, and our Lake Gibson Church family and friends. Before and during the 2 hurricanes, we prayed for all Texans and all Floridians, who would be affected by them.
And yet today, we are still praying; this time our prayer is 3-fold.
1.PRAYING FOR HELP
We often hear the phrase, “Help is on the way.” Well, truly, God’s help is on the way (many times in the lives of His vast army of volunteers); He’s on the way to those who have lost so much during these hurricanes.
2. PRAYING FOR HOPE
The scripture says, “Hope in the Lord.” There is always a brighter tomorrow. So, dear God, blow away the dark clouds of depression, despair, disillusionment, and doubt. Replace it with hope, expectation, blessing, and the sunshine of a new day.
3. PRAYING WITH THANKSGIVING
And finally, after Irma, my personal prayer to God for my family, neighbors, church family and friends. It’s a short prayer...a simple prayer… a clear prayer...a universal prayer...a prayer approved by God...a daily prayer...a heartfelt prayer...a joy-filled prayer...and a prayer written for the whole world to see.
THANK YOU JESUS.
I’m loving Him more everyday,