Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"How often, in the choice of a text, or in the course of a sermon or in a letter to a friend, have I been led to speak a word in season!
And what I have expressed at large and in general has been so exactly suited to some case which I was utterly unacquainted with that I could hardly have hit it so well had I been previously informed of it. Some instances of this kind have been so striking as hardly to admit a doubt of Superior agency. And, indeed, if believers in Jesus, however unworthy in themselves, are the temples of the Holy Ghost; if the Lord lives, dwells, and walks in them; if He is their life and their light; if He has promised to guide them with His eye; and to work in them to will and to do of His own good pleasure - methinks what I have mentioned, and more, may be reasonably expected." John Newton
I know of no Christian that hasn't had this experience happen many times. We hear a sermon that is so suited to our circumstance we think the preacher has listened in to our private conversations or thoughts!
A ray of hope when we need it most.
Photo by Patrick P.


Mel said...

Yes, I've experienced that very thing, many times. What I find truly incredible is when the entire congregation, or most of them, feel the same exact way--that the message was intended for them personally. It recalls to mind the day of Pentecost, when everyone heard the message in their own language.

Beautiful picture! :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Fred :)

Very interesting post and a fantastic photo.

Many thanks for sharing.

Happy Christmas celebrations :)

FCB said...

Hi Mel,
Great illustration. We serve a personal God, bless the Lord,

Hi Joseph,
I have seen this location photographed quite a few times, I have no doubt being there, and being surrounded by stone, but to have a clear shaft of light come in must be very moving and symbolic.
God bless,