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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 »

UNJACK YOURSELF

One Sunday after church, my daughter, Emma Grace, came into my bedroom to talk to me.  She was getting all bent out of shape because she felt that she was purposely being overlooked for something by some other people.  Now if I felt like she was really being mistreated, I would have been all over it.  But in this case, things had less to do with Emma Grace and more to do with a dysfunctional situation.  And, I sensed that Emma Grace’s dissatisfaction was out of a selfish spirit.  She was passing judgement on someone else without knowing it.  It is so easy for us to pass judgement especially when we believe that someone has wronged us and without knowing all the facts surrounding the circumstances. So after she was done ranting about this somewhat trivial situation and her somewhat selfish point of view, I said to her “Emma, just because other people are “jacked-up” doesn’t mean you have to be. You need to UNJACK YOURSELF!”  My wife laughed and said that would make a great blog post! I had to agree.

I am sure we have all heard the phrase, “Jacked Up.”  I’ve even caught myself numerous times, saying things like, “What a jacked up thing to do or why does he or she put up with such a jacked up person.”  I wondered how this term came about?  The imagethought of a automobile with a flat tire jacked up came to mind.  Maybe the inventor of the car jack was named Jack.  Right? Wrong!  Interesting enough a car jack is used to fix something on an automobile that’s broken and in need of repairing to bring it back to a standard of road worthiness again.  This is just what I meant, when I told my daughter she needed to “unjack herself.”  She needed to examine herself and bring herself back to a place of road worthiness.  Rather than cruising down the road of judgment she needed to get on the road of self-examination which is exactly what the word of God tells us to do.  The Bible cautions us against passing rash and harsh judgement onto others.

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