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 »

Nov 25, 2016 - Prayer, Spiritual Growth, Worship    3 Comments

THANKSGIVING, IT’S IN YOUR PRAISES

As you read this, I want you to do this one thing.  I promise that once you do what I am about to tell you by faith in Jesus, it will energize and revolutionize your perspective on THANKSGIVING.  Here it is …

GIVE GOD PRAISE:  GIVE HIM THANKS FOR THREE THINGS.

Things that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOD is the only one who helped you out of a difficult time, blessed you, rescued you, etc.

I’m challenging you to give it some serious thought.  To go beyond the knee jerk responses of He woke me up, He gave me life.  Don’t get me wrong; I am not minimizing these things at all. I just know from my own experience that these were my responses when I didn’t want to really put much effort into my thinking.  If this isn’t you, by all means go there!

IT’S IN YOUR PRAISE

My prayer for you and me is that the Lord Jesus Christ will help us to give Thanks To God In Adversity.  Whatever the circumstances, we are to give thanks unto the Lord our God for He alone is good.  My point today is that being thankful is a condition of the heart not our circumstances.  It’s in your praise.  Notice that I said give thanks img_2179while IN adversity, NOT FOR adversity.  You see as a child of God you can praise God while facing difficulties because you know that you are not alone. God is with you, praise Him for His faithfulness right now!  It’s In Your Praise.

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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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