Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Thursday, May 27, 2011

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Thanks for the memories, me and tobie.

I consider myself very privileged to have lived my life in the 235 year hole in history marked by the United States of America. The era from the end of the Second World War until 2001 was an especially remarkable time of prosperity and freedom. We have experienced wealth unimaginable to earlier generations. Our poor have televisions. Thanks to the automobile and the airplane, we have traveled the globe at will. We take for granted a level of personal liberty unheard of before our Founders codified the notion. We live longer and better than our fathers. This weekend we take time to give thanks for all those who have paid for our privilege with their lives. I encourage you to spend a few moments thanking God for the men and women whose blood was shed to procure your liberty. Take time for memories on Memorial Day.

In addition to those who have died for my freedom, I got to thinking how grateful I am for those who have lived to impart gifts to my life. I am grateful for the folks who have given up their desires in life to serve the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So many have labored in places they would not have chosen doing things they would not have done for compensation they would not have accepted, save they were obedient to the call of God. I thank God for Kenneth Hagin who taught me esteem for the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. I thank God for Dave Larkin who showed me what a Pastor looked like, and for Jonas M’Butu who gave me lessons in integrity, and for Dennis Cook who showed me what Philippians 4:13 really means. I could go on. Just this month, a good friend ended his tenure here on earth. Gary Devoe went to be with the Lord very unexpectedly. He was a blessing to me in any number of ways – funny, intelligent, encouraging – but the big lesson he taught me was that a man can be realistic without being cynical. In a world filled with flawed human beings, that is a real gift. Thanks, Gary!

Scripture Reading: I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:5-7 NLT)

Somebody Said: Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

Memorial Day: A uniquely American holiday, but not a uniquely American principle. Take time to remember the lives that have been invested in you.

vls
www.fcftucson.org

Don’t forget to check out Faith Ministry Training Institute online. www.fmtionline.com

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