EVANGELISM AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD (PRELUDE TO JONAH)

It was a Friday night in mid-winter, and Steve was troubled about a patient. “She’s a sweet woman named Mildred and I think she has but a few days before she faces God. I sent her home today for there’s nothing more medicine can do for her. I’ve gone into her room several times in hopes of sharing Christ with her, but her husband is always there and always talking non-stop.” “What are you going to do?” “How would you feel about driving to their farm with me to visit tomorrow?” “What about the talkative husband?” “I’ll ask him to show me his barn, and while we’re out at the barn, you can share the gospel with her.” “Hmmmm,” I said, feeling some Jonah like reluctance. Steve smiled. Slowly, I nodded. He hugged me and prayed God would give us […]

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A ROYAL WEDDING POINTS TO A DEEPER LOVE STORY

In the midst of hard times, England and the world celebrated a royal wedding. People camped out for days, Americans got up early — and the news is everywhere. Why? Because every love story points to a deeper love story, the love story for which we were made. Our hearts are stirred because this earthly story taps into the music that began before the dawn of time, the music God put in our hearts. In Jesus’ culture, a wedding feast lasted for days, and the wedding feast for a king’s son might last for weeks. Thousands of people would be invited and the preparations and expense would be akin, in that culture, to the wedding of Kate and William in ours. But all these point in a dim way to the ultimate Royal Wedding. Jesus tells about it in Matthew […]

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