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Aug 4, 2017 - Hearing From God    2 Comments

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!  ALL THE TIME-  GOD IS GOOD.  I encourage you to say this to yourself at least three times a day.   But most of all, say it like you believe it. This is not some sort of mantra that is used in meditation.  This is an affirmation – affirming a Biblical truth.

I got a better understanding of this Biblical truth during a conversation with another brother in Christ who was experiencing some marital difficulties.  He told me that he wanted to give up.  That’s when it came to me.  What do people do when they come to a wall?  Most of us would try to climb over it; when that fails we attempt to break through it; if that fails we might try to dig underneath it or try to walk around it.  These were the answers I was given when I asked several Christian friends what they would do if faced with a trial or challenge that was like a brick wall.

 

OVERCOMING AN OBSTACLE

The funny thing was when asked what would you do if you faced a trial in your life that was like a brick wall, not a single one of my friends said, ” I WOULD ASK GOD FOR HELP.”  Are you getting it?  We love to go it alone, although most of us hate to admit it to ourselves.  We would rather go it alone and say look what I did all by myself instead of asking for God’s help or ,for that matter, the help of another Christian.  Instead we’d rather give up and go back to what we were doing before we hit the wall. But when we do this, we just add another brick to the wall making it even more difficult to over come.  And believe me, there will be another time you’ll face that same wall.

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Jul 5, 2017 - Hearing From God    2 Comments

God’s In Walmart

So all you faithful Wade in the Word readers may have noticed that my posts had been less frequent the past several months.  Ministry work has been keeping me very busy.  There is hardly a single time when I go into Walmart that I don’t end up connecting with someone, be it a friend or stranger I always seem to end up sharing the word of God with them. God must be in Walmart. I know this must sound strange coming from a pastor because God is everywhere; we just aren’t necessarily paying attention at times.  God must know that Walmart gets my attention for ministry and sharing the gospel.

GOD’S IN WALMART

One day, about a year ago, I was in Walmart and I ran into the wife of a pastor whose congregation had been sharing space at the church my family was attending.  They had gone on to purchase their own building and I hadn’t seen her or her husband for a couple of years. They’re predominately an all-Chinese congregation and her husband often took trips back to China.  During one of his trips to China I was invited to preach at their church.  So it was great to run into her and catch up.

As we exchanged hellos and how’s things, she began to share that their church was looking for a youth pastor.  She asked if I knew of anyone who might be interested.  I have no idea why, other than the Holy Spirit’s prompting, I began asking questions … Is there a language requirement – does the person have to speak Chinese?  Nope.  Is there an age requirement – are they looking for a young adult to fill this position?   Nope.  I didn’t realize it at the time but all my questions were more to disqualify me instead of qualifying me.  Again, I don’t know why other than the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I said, “Well, I’d be interested.” Read more »

Oct 10, 2016 - Hearing From God    8 Comments

GOD DOES NOT CALL COLLECT!

Where did the summer go?  We spent Labor Day Weekend with family.  As we were all sitting down having dinner, I began to share the message that I had preached on Sunday with them.  Our church is doing a Bible series on when God calls a person’s name twice like Abram, Abram or Saul, Saul.  When God calls many of us don’t hear Him simply because we aren’t paying attention or we don’t realize that it’s Him who’s calling us.   I thought of the Verizon Television Commercial as my title, “Can You Hear Me Now.”  I went on to explain how I used their slogan to segue right into my message.  My brother-in-law imageimmediately chimed in, “That’s a great introduction.  It really speaks volumes to your message.  Why stop there?  You could of gone even further and said, “God Doesn’t Call Collect” because He’s already paid the price.”  He was so right!  My next sermon was going to be on the Apostle Peter from Luke 22:31.  Peter was also known as Simon before Jesus gave him the name Peter.  Names given to people in the Bible were of great importance and would often define their character; if not their purpose or who and they would become.  God knows you by name. Read more »

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