THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
My former pastor, Perry Lassiter (now retired) sent the following to me.
"I was watching a football game on TV about 20 years ago.
The camera scanned the crowd.
There was a man holding up a sign that read 'JO 3:16.'
An announcer asked, 'What's that?'
Another announcer said, 'I dunno. Looks like Job 3:16.'"
(Job 3:16 is where Job is lamenting his birth!)
(JOHN 3:16 is another story altogether!!)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Yes. I know...I used that same Scripture yesterday.
(See LIVING EVERLASTING LIFE NOW)
Actually, John 3:16 was the Scripture base for the first feeble attempt I made at preaching.
And, I have used it many times since.
Bro. Perry had asked me to preach the "Layman's Day" sermon.
He didn't know it, but I was already struggling with God about surrendering to the ministry.
After studying for over 2 weeks about what text to use, I chose John 3:16.
I developed the sermon, and had seven pages of notes.
When I preached the sermon, it lasted about 8 minutes!
Before that Sunday, I had prayed and asked God, "If You really want me to preach, please send someone to make a confession of faith that has not been talking about it beforehand."
After that feeble sermon, a 12-year-old girl came down the aisle and made a confession of faith in Jesus!
Her mother had been my wife's Maid of Honor when we got married.
So, I asked her, "Cookie, has Deidre been talking about being saved?
She said, "Butch (my nickname), I had to SIT DOWN! She hadn't said a word about it before!"
That was 30 years ago!
Needless to say, it's not the ability of the messenger that counts....
It's the MESSAGE!
Ain't God GOOD?
P.S. You can read about God calling me into the ministry at:
(See Bro. Bruce's Testimony of his Call To Ministry )