The Unexpected Visit

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it one side of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon.”

(via: Pastor David Sumrall, of Cathedral of Praise)

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Fresh Maui Rain

It’s been an amazing two months so far here in Maui. God is moving in an amazing way! I don’t think Jesus’ motto was, “Just Hang Loose”, because the Christ-Followers here in Maui are on the move, and hungry to see souls saved, and discipled.

This picture is of a rain cloud that came in yesterday. It so reminded me of the prophet Joel’s promise of God pouring-out a latter rain. In the Hebrew culture it was a rain that came just at the nick of time. I don’t know about you, but in times of feeling like I want to give up, or throw-in the towell, the faithfulness of God shows up and refreshes your soul to make it through.

I pray He does that for you today.