Great Sunday

We had 98 at my little church today.  We had a husband and wife saved and I was told that the message I preached today was the best one I had preached, in the 4-1/2 years the church has been open.
I have been under a lot stress lately with my friend dying, my sister having a stroke, my ex being transferred to Missouri and one of my best friends being diagnosed with Cancer.
I guess my message today included those friends of mine who have passed and those who have been diagnosed and are being treated for cancer.
God allowed me to lead this couple to the Lord today because He knew I needed a blessing to lift me up from all the happenings of this past week.  I also drove 70 miles after church today to visit with another family who hadn't attended the church in quite a while.  We shed tears together and they promised me they would be coming back.  Family issues had caused them to get off track in life.
I don't know, sometimes I think I get too close to people.  I hurt when they hurt and I am sad when they are sad.  I love people and God called me to be a "shepherd" and I try my best to be there for everyone, anytime, any place, anywhere.  My friend who died, was not a member of my church but, I stayed with his family and with him, till he went to be with the Lord.  His Pastor was there with him and his family but, I felt I needed to be there too.  I keep remembering the Great Apostle Paul's statement in Phillipian's , where he said "I can do all things, through Christ, which strengthens me".  This is what I do.  This is me.  I realize I am "different" but, man didn't call me to preach, God did so, I preach, I love, and I serve.

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deleted_user
deleted_user

who you are is what makes you so great at what you do. it is a double edged sword though because them that care the most for people are them who gets hurt the most for people but no one else can touch a hurting heart unless they care like you do! remember that as well and it will help you keep doing what you are doing until He calls us, and we rise to meet Him in the air!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf7t3P9ISrE
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\"Exodus 17:
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
9 Moses said to Joshua, \"Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.\"
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.
11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
12 When Moses\' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands upone on one side, one on the otherso that his hands remained steady till sunset.
13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.\"

My brother, I am holding up one of your hands...we were never meant to do any of this alone and you have many who are there to hold up your hands... together we can overcome... and the victory we will have will be greater than that victory, for our victory is the lost souls who are found and saved from death and hell. YES my brother, I am holding up one of your hands!
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deleted_user

I am happy for you that things went well with your church, sermon and the couple got saved. What a blessing.
bgoodwin44
bgoodwin44

You are a Very BEAUTIFUL, Person God Has called you to Preach,
& Help People....

\"I Can Do All Things, Through Christ Which Strength Me\"
starbright1949
starbright1949

In total agreement, told ya you was good!!!! I am proud of what God is doing thru you my bro.