Archive for the ‘Personal Experience’ Category

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

October 26, 2010

I was on my way home yesterday from Raleigh and had to stop and get some gas.  The little store where I stopped had a man from Nepal working the counter.  We spoke briefy about his country and he seemed to enjoy someone to talk to.  I gave him an All that Glitters evangelistic CD and his face lit up with a smile.  He followed me all the way to my car to ask when I would be back in to see him.  I assure you that my next trip to Raleigh will take me right by his store.  I have a New Testament in his language that I plan to give to him next week.  I was amazed at how a little kindness toward this man opended doors to share the Gospel.  While we are busy running from place to place, remember to take the time to show kindness to someone.  It just may be the door God uses to give them the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God Speaks Every Language

October 8, 2010

I walked into a store in South Carolina and noticed that the man behind the counter was from India.  As I payed for my items, I asked him if he was from India.  His eyes lit up and he began to tell me about his country. “I’ve been to your country several times,” I told him.  “In fact I think I have something in your language.” I went to my car and started looking through the materials I had with me. I try to keep Bibles and other christian literature in several different languages. The only thing I could find from India was a language that he would not know very well.  I took the booklet and went back to the counter. I said, “I’m sorry. I thought I had something in your language of Urdu.  All I have with me is this booklet in Hindi.” He looked at it  for a moment and with a broad smile said, “This is not Hindi, this is Urdu!” I walked back to the car rejoicing that the Lord had provided me an opportunity to give this man the Gospel in his own national language. What an encouragement to know that our God knows every language and every tongue. Revelation 5 tells us that there will be people in heaven from every nation and every tribe proclaiming the glory of the Lamb of God. I have had the opportunity to preach the Gospel in 38 different countries around the world. We must reach the nations. But sometimes God brings the nations to our door step.  Let’s be ready to give the Gospel to people at every opportunity the Lord gives us.

The Attitude of Gratitude

August 24, 2010

I have recently been convicted of how little I pause to thank the Lord for all of His goodness in my life, family and ministry. I was reading about a pastor who was preaching to his people on thankfulness. He was preaching from Phil 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.”  He said the more he preached the more he felt convicted of his own lack of thankfulness.  By the end of his message he said he could not wait to tell everyone good bye so he could get on his knees in his study and repent!  I can relate. Even as I read this account, I had to put the book aside and give some thanksgiving to my Lord.

It didn’t take me long to come up with a long list of things to be thankful for. Here are a few things found on my list:

  • My salvation
  • God’s calling on my life
  • My faithful wife
  • My children loving Jesus Christ
  • The privilege of preaching the Word
  • Precious friends who support our ministry
  • My health and strength
  • For souls saved through our ministry
  • For prayer partners who constantly lift me up to God’s Throne of Grace.

So I am asking you…have you stopped to thank Him lately?

The Life He Came to Give

July 10, 2010

Last Saturday I was driving home from North Carolina for a speaking engagement. I was about an hour from home when I saw several police cars parked on an overpass bridge. I assumed it was a normal traffic stop until I spotted a man sitting on the guardrail of the bridge looking down on the traffic below. This man was getting ready to commit suicide. The officers were trying to talk him down from the bridge. I stopped to see if I could help. I carefully and slowly approached one of the officers and told him that I was a minister and that I would be available if they needed me. The officer told me that this man had lost his family, his job, everything, and felt he had no reason to live. I got as close as I could without alarming the man and began to pray silently – “Lord please don’t allow this man to jump. He’s not ready for eternity and I’m sure he’s going to jump straight into hell.” I continued to pray and waited close by in case the officers called for me.

The man slowly stood to his feet on the edge of the bridge and made the sign of the cross over his heart. I knew he was about to jump. “Oh Lord, please don’t let him jump!” I prayed. In the next second, as he prepared to leap to his death, a police officer forcefully grabbed his arm and quickly pulled him back over the guardrail to safety. A second longer and this man would have jumped into on coming traffic and certain death. The officers put him in handcuffs and took him off the bridge. The 3 officers approached me and thanked me for stopping – “We knew you were praying. It was only Jesus who enabled us to stop him.”

I wonder how many times in the course of a day we encounter people who think they have no reason to live. May our Lord give us the opportunity to tell them of the life He came to give.

“I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly.” (John 10:10)