One Solitary Life

November 16, 2014


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SCRIPTURE

He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and He sustains all things by his powerful word.

~Hebrews 1:3, NRSV

QUOTE

“God does not require you to have great faith. You simply are to have faith in a great God.”

~William R. Bright

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I was reading a book by Bill Bright, the author of the FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS which David Platt mocks in chapter two of his book Radical, and I came across a great quote by James Allan Francis [1926] which is worthy of repeating.

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying—and that was his coat. When he was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.

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  • Deacon’s and wives meeting this morning at 8:55 in the Sanctuary. At the end of the prayer, you men give your wives a good hug.
  • I probably will not make the am services but I am planning to be at the Dedication of the Ramp. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 6:00 for Praise and Worship and then walk to the FORTE.
  • Thanks for all the cards, calls, food and prayers. We are making progress: a little slower than we had planned but the LORD does not abide by our plans, does He. We are just glad to be making progress. I had planned to be back at work on Monday but that is not going to happen. A half of a day on Wednesday would be good! We will have to play it by ear.
  • LUKE 14 next Sunday night so we need to get TURKEY’S donated today.

Leroy of Detroit

In a Detroit church one Sunday morning, a preacher gave an altar call for special needs. Leroy responded in good faith. The preacher said, “Leroy what do you want me to pray about for you? Leroy replied, “Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing.” Immediately, the preacher stuck one of his fingers in each of Leroy’s ears and began to pray. He prayed loud and long and the congregation was praying with him. Finally the preacher removed his fingers from Leroy’s ears and said, “What about your hearing?” Leroy said, I don’t know, it is not until Tuesday.”

 

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