Spiritually Speaking

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We can make a difference

By Pearl Harper

Have you noticed in the LaFollette Press how they list the area churches? I was so impressed, there are 127 listed. Think of all the people’s lives that could be touched for Christ. We who are so thankful, who have accepted Christ should constantly be praying for others. When we find the opportunity to plant a seed, the Holy Spirit continues to touch their heart.

I have shared my experience many times how I accepted Christ. There were three churches in the coal camp at Leatherwood, Kentucky in 1959. One evening a young minister from one of the churches came to our house. He shared the message of Christ with me, he prayed with me. I didn’t make a commitment at that time but I will never forget what he said to me. He told me I needed to find a church and start taking my son to church; and he added, if you don’t come to our church, go to the church of your choice. He was truly a disciple.

At that time I didn’t realize what was happening to me. I couldn’t get the young pastor, or the prayer and the words he spoke to me off of my mind.

It was much later before I realized the Holy Spirit was finishing what the pastor had put in my mind. I didn’t realize you could pray and accept Christ anywhere at any time. To put it mildly, I could not wait to go to church the following Sunday. When the invitation was given, I am not sure I didn’t run down  the aisle. How wonderful the free gift of forgiveness.

I don’t know about you, but I find my prayers are so much more fervent today than ever before, for men and women to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. With all my heart I can say, I don’t want anyone to go to hell.

II Peter 3:9 puts it this way, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-word, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

As we (you and I) have the burden to see people accept Christ, I believe they are open and receptive to hear the good news. It has been quite some time since I went door to door with a group and asked for opportunities to witness about Christ. But I will never forget it. Many we talked to were already Christians, some wouldn’t come to the door and then there were some with tears in their eyes saying, pray for me.

If we don’t remind them that our great big loving God sent His Son to earth to die for our (yours and mine) sins who is going to? He came to seek and save the lost.

John 3:16, “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.”

What a promise. He sacrificed his Son for you and me. All we have to do is believe and repent of our sins. We pray, read God’s word, find us a good Bible based Church and obey His commandments.

I believe that we could not comprehend how many lives would be touched if we faithfully prayed for the lost in our county. It is exciting to think of 127 churches, pastors, and members of the churches praying for the nation, our county, our lost loved ones. We can make a difference. God Bless.

Always pray for the peace of Jerusalem.