Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thank you, BlackEagle - that sure fits!
Howard Hendricks told a story about his church in Dallas that was having trouble finding a teacher for a junior high boys class. The list of prospects had only one name -- and when they told him who it was he said, "You've got to be kidding." But he couldn't have been more wrong about that young man. He took the class and revolutionized it. Hendricks continues:
“I was so impressed I invited him to my home for lunch and asked him the secret of his success. He pulled out a little black book. On each page he had a small picture of one of the boys, and under the boy's name were comments like "having trouble in arithmetic," or "comes to church against parents' wishes," or "would like to be a missionary some day, but doesn't think he has what it takes."
"I pray over those pages every day," he said, "and I can hardly wait to come to church each Sunday to see what God has been doing in their lives."
Isn’t that a great story? How do you stack up against that young man? There are MANY Christians today that do not know the names of people they sit behind every Sunday! I remember one young man that I invited to our church in IL many years ago. He asked me about it, and I told him about how it was small and struggling it was. He never come to visit even once. He said he did not care for small churches; he preferred to go to a big church where he could get lost in the crowd, and no one expected him to do anything.
James 5:16-20 (KJV);
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
May God richly bless each one of you!
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.