2007 Monthly Letter
Partner in Ministry,
greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children
follow the truth." 3 John 4
certain mom and dad had two sons. They were two years apart.
Both were different. The older was out-going; the young more
reserved. Many years ago I baptised each.
Sunday they appeared with their parents at a church where
I was preaching. Fine looking young men. The pride of their
parents. The out-going one was in a Christian leadership position
at a local church. He introduced himself, highlighted his
ministry, and excused himself to go fulfill his Sunday calling.
younger stayed with his parent for the service. We visited
briefly. I initiated most of the conversation. He quietly
answered my inquiries. Always smiling as he did.
family sat on the front pew. Following the sermon, I gave
an opportunity for people to pray with me to receive Jesus
as Savior OR as Lord if there was a need for renewal.
heads bowed and eyes closed, people so led by the Holy Spirit
prayed with me silently. Afterward, I asked those persons
who prayed to raise their hands and heads as an outward sign
of their inward heart's response.
Mr. Quiet, Reserved Son was the first to raise his
hand and head, his face again accompanied with a big smile!
As I approached him (an each other person with raised hand)
to ask this question of confirmation: "Were you praying
to receive Jesus as your Savior Or as your Lord?" He and
each other person nodded their heads affimatively.
the service I asked him, "May I call you later today to
talk about what the Lord was saying to you." "Yes," he
responded. When we connected he indicated that Jesus was his
Savior BUT that he had been drifting in his relationship with
Him as Lord. He became extremely talkative as to the importance
of the opportunity at the end of the sermon to act upon his
heart felt need to reconnect with Jesus as Lord!
remember him saying, "It was timely for me!" I felt
led ask him, "Would you have done this if your brother
was there? Probably not," he said. "I have often lived
in his shadow. Today, I could stand on my own. That's why
I knew God wanted me at that service."
Before I phoned, he had shared with his parents what transpired.
They were thrilled! And stated to me, "We've always known
where our other son is with the Lord. He is public. This son
is private about his faith. We are blessed to now know for
certain where he is."
the Scriptures describe it as: "No greater joy can I have
than this to hear...." To God be the glory for His Divine
timing and Divine appointment with this family!