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An Appointment Please

I received an interesting call from one of Chelli’s English students who has been helping refugees learn German. He requested an appointment to bring some of these men to meet me. The reason was so out of the ordinary that I was uncertain what to expect. We set the time and date and began to prepare by gathering materials and consulting with other pastors and missionaries. I knew that the men spoke very little German and some English, but knew little more about them.

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The Key to the Human Heart

For years I have been going to the Hospital cafeteria praying and ministering to whomever the Lord sends my way.  I have met many different sorts of people with various problems, questions, and needs.  Usually, people are polite and open.  There are the exceptions.  The heart of man can be an open door or a vault locked as airtight as Ft. Knox.

This past week I experienced the miraculous opening of such a heart.  She is a middle-aged lady, I would guess mid 50’s.  I have tried on many an occasion to communicate with her to no avail. 

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The Joy of Listening

I had a wonderful opportunity to witness to W---- this morning.  He is an elderly man that is suffering from prostate cancer.  I ask if I may sit with him in the Hospital café.  In no time, he was sharing his life with me.  I interrupted him quickly to share my name and then he marched on.  It is so neat to take the time to listen to the elderly. 

As he went on, the Holy Spirit was clear about the urgency of the gospel.  I told him of my father’s cancer and his home going.  I then ask him of his preparation.  Was he ready to meet God?  He said that he was and I pressed him about his relationship to Jesus as Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no man could get to the father except through Jesus.

As he was considering my words, I used the thief on the cross to spell out the simplicity of the Gospel in contrast to man’s religion.  I then prayed with W---- for his salvation.  Please pray with me as W---- doesn’t have much time this side of eternity.

Slavery in the Bible

Enslaving a person by stealing him from his life is a capital offence. So often Atheist cherry pick the bible in an attempt to invalidate the authority of God’s word. 

Exodus 2:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

They neglect to read verses that speak directly against the abuses of humanity.  Applying their logic, the Banks are the worst institutions in history.  People sell their lives to serve the Banks.  Some live their entire lives under the taskmasters we call banks.  

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The Simplicity of the Gospel

I had the joy of sharing the simplicity of the gospel with the administrator of the community center near our church.   She has always maintained that she was not a church goer.  After I explained Jesus call to repentance and faith illustrating it with the response of the thief on the cross, she asked in astonished surprise, “Is faith in Jesus all that is required?  That’s enough?"

I answered, “Repentance and a childlike faith in Jesus is what he called for.  That is enough for Jesus.”

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will work in her heart toward salvation.

Nothing More Rewarding

I had a wonderful time today with a young A--- believer. I met him last week at the local community center near our church. Today he ask about our church and revealed his faith in Jesus. He is very eager to learn about our Lord. Please pray for his family as they are still in their homeland. He has his appointment with the authorities soon. Please pray that his status will be changed so that he can bring his family to safety. It was so exciting as I revealed O.T. pictures, prophecies and truths that pointed to our Lord. There is nothing more rewarding as having the Lord use you to touch another! May God use R--- in the same way to reach more of his countrymen!

God blesses faithfulness!

We had a great day with visitors and the inspirational dedication of a young lady that has been attending our services for the three months. J messaged us this morning to ask us if it would be terrible if she couldn’t make the services. Her grandmother refused to let her come to church as she was suffering with a migraine headache. J’s father suffers with migraines as well.  I was just so impressed with her desire to attend church despite the pain. I called her to relayed that we were praying for her and thanked her for her commitment. I told her, that if the rest of humanity were as committed as she is, we would have a much different world. God blesses faithfulness!  Please pray as God uses us to reach Wittenberg and the refugees that are in our area.

From Stranger to Beloved Friend

Today God allowed us to meet M… while gathering necessities for the apartment of one of our Syrian refugees. As I looked at the pictures on the wall in her hallway I began to ask about her grandchildren and in no time she disclosed that her 3-year-old grandson has leukemia. After we finished the business side of our visit, I asked if we might pray for J…. She tearfully agreed and we prayed for healing for J…. and strength for the family. She was so overwhelmed with thankfulness that she gave us both a big hug; from stranger to beloved friend in moments. How God can use us to touch others is miraculous!

The Power of Repentance

Absolute is the availability of saving grace to the repentant sinner, of which no matter of degree or frequency of sin can block, to the chagrin of the religionists’ practice, of which no matter of degree or frequency can attain.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Ga 2:21

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