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Rejoice! What Was Lost Is Found!

rejoice_smallRecently, I was helping take care of some extended family affairs after my father-in-law received word that space was now available in a nearby veteran’s retirement community. While working around my father-in-law’s home, I borrowed the keys to unlock the shop so I could stow some items there. Later that day, I realized that I had lost the keys! Sadly, forgetting where I put things is not all that uncommon – ha!

I thought that I had given them back to my sister-in-law, but I could not be certain and she said that she did not have them. I had taken care of so many projects around the farm that I could not remember what I did with them! If it was just a key to the shop I could have replaced that easy enough, but this key ring had ALL the keys to every lock on the property. I was really starting to sweat and initiated a hunt to find the keys. I retraced every step I had taken that day and even went back over the same territory again with a flashlight as evening approached.

I finally came to the resolve that I would just have to replace all the locks…and there were quite a few. All of the family came together the next morning and went over every place I had worked the day before to no avail. The keys could not be found. Then, the girls came out of the house and shared that the keys had been found…in my sister-in-law’s coat pocket! I had actually given them to her after opening the shop. But, when she went back into the house, she switched coats. She felt terrible about the incident, but I was elated! What I thought was lost had been found.

Can you imagine how much more valuable you are to your Creator than a set of keys? All through the ages God has been trying to restore a right relationship with someone so precious to Him—you! The Scriptures tell us in Romans 5:8 (KJV), “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s why the Bible reveals God’s joy when someone finds their way back to a right relationship with Him through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus reveals this in his stories about the lost sheep in Luke 15:3-7, the lost coin in Luke 15:8-10 and the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-24. So today, let Jesus Christ take his rightful place in your life and let the rejoicing begin!

For Him,
Dr. Marshall M. Windsor, D.Min.

February 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotions | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outreach – Celebrate The Little Things!

celebrate_smallI recently had the privilege of helping a church with some outreach events. The schedule included a time of encouraging those participating in the outreach (about a dozen) on Friday evening, a breakfast and teaching session Saturday morning, followed by our outreach event. This was the first time that this church had conducted an outreach like this so everyone was wondering how it would turn out (would anyone actually come to the event?!).

First of all, I was so encouraged by the number of folks coming together to help with the outreach! Having a dozen-plus folks show up for outreach in a smaller community is huge. The event was held in the church parking lot and included free hot dogs (cooked onsite) with all the fixings, chips and drinks; as well as some prize drawing giveaways—all while the church’s worship team played and testimonies were shared. The outreach schedule started at 11 a.m. and began wrapping up at 2:30 p.m.

Initially, the pastor wasn’t too excited about this first time event. But, I brought several things to his attention. First, the community was more aware than ever that a church existed in their community that cared enough to offer some hospitality to their neighbors. Second, approximately seventy (70) visitors wandered through the festivities, which was great for a first-time event like this! Third, consistent events pay off. Don’t make pass or fail judgments on the turnout of one event. Word will spread and the community just may begin looking forward to a church’s annual event if it’s done with excellence in the right spirit of ministry.

The pastor agreed that this would be something worth continuing and that the event was as good for the church family as it was for the community. As a matter of fact, at one point the pastor stated, “If this outreach was for nobody else, it was for us.” That’s one of the paradigms of working with God and obeying the Great Commission: when we are obedient to take the gospel to our communities, God actually does a work in us and in our church family as well. How ironic, that we truly receive something new and refreshing from the Lord when we work to give away that which we already have—the hope of Christ. So celebrate the little things and watch them grow!

December 25, 2016 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Divine Adjustment

GymnistSmallThe older I get the more I realize that I’m not as flexible as I used to be back in my high school days. On rare occasions, when I overexert myself now, my back gives me fits and gets out of sorts. Sometimes, it even forces me to go to a local chiropractor for a little adjustment. I’ve found over the years, that the doctor’s initial adjustment usually isn’t the last adjustment needed, but that there are little shifts along the way to recovery. Recently, I had a really stubborn case of back pain—to the point that my wife, Nancy, even said: “You’re still walking crooked.”

I almost never go back to have a second adjustment with a chiropractor—once is usually enough for me! However, this past week I just couldn’t get things lined out myself. I had upcoming services and did not want to battle back pain while out of town. So, I made a decision to see if there were any openings at the chiropractor’s office for another adjustment—not realizing that God was getting ready to work through me to touch someone’s life.

Luckily, they had an opening and I was able to drive right over. After my adjustment, the doctor and I started talking about things and he shared some serious challenges he was facing. I asked if I could pray for him and he readily accepted my invitation. I hardly ever ask my doctors if I can pray for them—and actually hope that I don’t need to see them very often at all! However, this time I felt impressed to ask permission and afterwards, I could tell that this had been a divine appointment. The frustration of having to go through another round with my chiropractor paled next to the realization that he needed God’s touch on his life.

All that to say, evangelism isn’t always about preaching to someone—sometimes the Lord just wants to use you as a vessel of His love and blessing for someone else. After all, our lives might be the only imitation of Christ that most people will actually listen to or see. The apostle Paul even said in 1 Cor. 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Honestly, our actions usually speak louder than words, but sometimes the Lord prompts us to speak, to ask, to listen, and to pray. I hope you will.

May 23, 2016 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , | Leave a comment

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