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June 4, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton in a message called a wonderful story today will be going. The book of acts chapter 3 for Dr. Wilton's message called a full story and as we do so Dr. Don Wilton you know we're here for you. Would love to talk with you.
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Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton right here on The Encouraging Word. Now I want you to know that I could stand here for the next few moments and share a lot of challenging bad news we got a lot of pretty bleak thing going on directly. Have you looked at those fires. It is staggering, staggering. It is staggering. I was looking up that lost not thinking about those people.
I mean it's just mind-boggling. So much so many homes, lives could be destroyed. One of the stories about a couple and jumped into a swimming pool and you related to I'm sure and the file was around them for women more marked in the two of them husband and wife in the swimming pool with just sticking out the and when the sun rose and they were able to start the fire had gone over had died and he survived an interest you know stories like that just grab my heart. I'm reading stories like you do. People going through just the worst circumstances, the storms that have hit our coastline the suffering of people I want to share with you today a wonderful story. This is what I want to say to you this morning is God's put it in my heart I know that some of you are going through some deep waters. I know that I do not know a lot of you and then they lock that I might not know others might somebody's going through a breakup of your marriage right now and really hurts doesn't and maybe you you have a solid bolt that you've loved you and you really clinging to deal with the way they behave today is not the way you brought them up, asking that the Lord would take you out of that pain that that all that Valley that struggle and protection. Just show you something very wonderful side like to read to your most wonderful story.
If you haven't heard this, it's in acts chapter 3 is what the Bible says.
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer in the ninth hour, and there was a man lame from to the extent that he was being carried and those who carried him, lead him every day at the gate of the temple that is cool, beautiful, so that he could be from some people that were parsing. By. Excuse me. How else was he supposed to live going get a job somewhere.
This man was laying and so he had some friends who took him to church. Actually, I'm supposed to be reading this, but God just keep speaking to me of all the places of old places where there are people whose hearts pulsate just love the love of God, who understand what it means to give, you find them in church. So what happened your bursary so seeing Peter and John about to going to the temple. He begged from them. He lost for all Peter directed these guys a game as did John save look at us any 60s attention on them expecting to receive something.
Maybe a dollar to to help them very important very important. But Peter said to him, I'm sorry, but right now we don't have any cash, silver and gold have on by the way, is it ever occurred to you that one of the big problems we are facing in America today is that normal people don't carry cash.
Excuse me. So what you knew hand someone a credit card on the street. How do we help them out. Just thinking about these things, silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and in the Bible says and he took him by the right hand raised him up. Immediately his feet and ankle bones were made strong any leaping up, stood, began to walk entered into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God and all the people saw him walking and leaping and praising God. If you ever noticed how many times people who understand the real meaning of being placed show it. Have you noticed in yourself that if you been placed for a long time. You tend not to show it anymore as you got it might a church. Let's not get so big and so important we don't show it anymore and all the people storm and I recognize him as the one who said at the beautiful gate of the temple begging for money and they were food with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him that a wonderful story. I do know you know I don't even feel like preaching anymore, because the Bible says a goal to let me just pull out a couple of things here that the Lord has put in my heart this this is what this is all about someone. It's about real life.
This is a real life story. You know I need to explain it again to real life story. This is about people. Lots of people and places and cities and shopping malls and leads everywhere. It's a real life story.
It's about to people who love the Lord. Now, in this case.
Their names were Peter and John. They could be Susan and Philip in this case. This event that happened here that God wants us to know about. It's a story about these two people in this case, these two men was what about them. So what about them.
They were two people they were fishermen. They were probably all I do know maybe grandfather's father's sons. They were, you know, they sat around the fire love barbecue.
We know that I they would just two people who really love the Lord Jesus, whose own lives had been changed that. That's the thing. They would to people whose own lives. They themselves had received an unparalleled blessing to whom much is given much is required.
This is what's what's this all about one church.
So in this case we torment one church. Now we will know this is the first Baptist Church of Jerusalem. We know the know this is the temple in Jerusalem and it's one church.
It's a meeting place and I think that's very important.
I say to you that the moral is not a good meeting place all the race strongly lots of wonderful meeting place, but I meant to tell you something is nothing like the meeting place called church the church the local church where people gather who have received the blessings of God and who are receiving placing what we torment come to church with me why the least we can. People we care about when lost. You invite someone to come with because this is a happening place is a happening place because of anything about us because Jesus Christ is given to us a wonderful story. We put something up. Also in the midst of the reality of life… Back in just a minute with the rest of today's mind you think right now the situation is after God's offer plan prices will a wonderful resource. Again, it's available online DEW online.org faith in the midst of crisis to get it right now called at 86689918668999673 or Ms. online W online.org not understand.
I'm sorry and it would just one person, one lady, one child, one, one grandmother, one would you know every one person you touch is with you know in the church. We know that you not lost in the crowd not care probably, and I'm just speaking personally, probably the most exacerbating thing for me is your pasta which would be true of all of us are not singling that out is is just perpetual thought that they somebody that I haven't responded to and I'm not please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that you would expect that all that we would expect that of one another but do you understand the importance of one one baby that one person is hurting that one missionary that that one that one person it comes to refuge that one child who's coming to the bridge now that's just one person.
Our investment of our blessings is not for the millions it's for one if we can impact one person. So this is about one minute that one encounter this just I mean can you imagine having to get this this fella comes in.
Then he sits these done at a couple of times before.
Evidently, and he's doing what he supposed he wasn't.
That's the only way this man could survive in God caused them to come to church and in wall just to fishermen who spent a lot of time squabbling with each other than they just love the Lord and he turned to them and it was just one encounter in the Bible says, from verse three and following day.
The Bible tells us about this encounter, and it's a beautiful encounter. I'd love to write her like a short story or play. You know that we could produce. I'd love to do something like that without children here reproduce something like the sleep came in acted.
I can just see this man in such need sitting there in walking through comes Mr. and Mrs. sans nieces excuse me. Would you mind could you help me out a little bit maybe had a hat ever seen someone sitting on a road with a hat, holding up a sign name and and and he was doing what that's all he could do. You know, could you could you spare a Bobby coming. That's a dime here. Could you could you drop a little extra to help me in these two looked and I think I think they were silver and gold. I have none, to take them at their word and a better deal with Jesus if they actually had some of the Bible say silver and gold have on none this this encounter lead to one message, but such as we do have in the name of the Lord Jesus rocks up and it's such a beautiful story this wonderful story in the name of Jesus rise up and walk right there in the church right there with these two people and they was instant hope when I when we share with one another about the Lord Jesus.
What God is done for us. He has already done, use the southern phrase it's done done already. He done did it. Now that's not good English Jesus Pat has paid the price and he has given to us. He's off his grace come to me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. This is a picture here. It's an amazing picture. The Bible says immediately.
Strength came in his feet entries ankle bones and and and it's such a beautiful story because they were instant blessings that would just in blessings and when I began to think about the blessings the place in this wonderful story of the blessing. First of all, for those who share this you know I I love Greek GUI man that I love so much in our church say my favorite part of what he said was when he said you know you can come by and you can give an offering in this case, but I'm in a tell you you to get ready because the blessings you going to get him going to fall out. Give what you think you giving great now. Those of us who know that we know that it's it it's an incredible blessing when you give to others when you serve others when you go for others, how do you explain that it's not black I'm doing this because it's gonna make me feel bad. It's just a spiritual blessing sister wonderful thing tried but was also blessing for the one who received the blessing. I mean this man was able to walk again and then it was an incredible blessing for the many people who benefited from the blessing that these 2 Men Pl. this man with with which he was placed everybody was blessed. That's what it says here, I didn't say this at sea is it sees all the people they recognize them and they will food with wonder and amazement at that which had happened.
Blessings, no, no boundaries, and all of us are missing and Rove and Allen Mrs. Ann Allen was a most precious lady she was always standing right there in the just unbelievably precious lady. Let me tell you about her husband Ralph, who is equally precious just love it.
Any rights are going way back then. You know, and he he served the country and make and you can put all those different things together like came back to Spartanburg and Ralph II don't throw any kobolds at him, but he sure didn't know the Lord Jesus. This just leave it at that. Coming to sleep and and they'd just gotten married and they attended went to cod Memorial Baptist Church, one of our great wonderful sister churches here in in our city and uncomfortable.
Ralph went to church with his wife who love the Lord Saturday with ants in his pants. Maybe this someone sitting next to you right now. Got ants in their parents. This is like you just get me out of here. Deliver me, will he he was there and and they went home. The pasta's name was Gideon long brother Gideon long brother Troy. Maybe some of us would would remember these wonderful man of God, will the pasta not knowing any better. You know what it preaches no immediately goes once to visit Ralph. That's like Ralph would draw. The room had three months on death row. Then to have the preacher come to see him so he ducks out.
He's out of the will. The cost along comes back again some other time he ducks he's gone. I mean real felons out of that he doesn't want to deal with this preacher but you know pasta alone wouldn't give up any makes of course the Golden mistake that preachers might. He lets them know that he's coming in and somehow gets word to Ralph and that you know the plaster law is coming to see you again.
Ross's man this is not wrong I'm not doing so instead of coming home he ducks out and he goes to his brothers house and easily hard to get his brothers house and the door opens and in walks pasta along. I mean I just love the story. Ralph Ellen said they were without a ministry team and he said I knew it.
He said it's like I was up against the wall, he said. Game over.
I was dating Ortiz and I couldn't run I couldn't hardly see this man just kept coming and he said he turned to me and he said to me, Ralph, do you know Jesus as your Savior know so I don't would you like to give your heart to Jesus, yes. So I would write me on that spot Ralph Ellen gave his life to Jesus. Tell you what happened. I think pasta long received a great basic I think Ralph Ellen received an unparalleled blessing me times he's told me already you know pasta God's in control and water. Wonderful Savior. You could just, I mean right in the midst of this real-life business wonderful story but there's 1/3 group of people who receive the blessing we did find it because you know something please use that to serve the Lord just loved on people like me always had a hug to give didn't matter.
Nothing ever was too much trouble. You know that passage in the Psalms are brought to be a goalkeeper give me a door to keep on keeping mean serving the Lord, how you doing bottom line story you've ever wondered what this gospel really is. Just let stop fighting with everybody and everything church. This church that I don't do this, why don't they do that.
Not about the time I live. This wound tell you that you didn't do this with man doing something always had and he works everywhere work by schoolyard on the something special I'm looking at people today just like me, you know, with all the things that we go through life we live together you know Jesus. Jesus it's part of my own testimony and perhaps it could be yours as well that you know a lot about what you don't know and knowing about him is wonderful information.
We can even gain insight on how to live our lives by knowing about how Jesus as Savior and it changes everything, not just of the wonderful Bible teaching Dr. some of these heartfelt money from our past Dr. Don Wilton are you raving to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I'm so happy to hear that wanting to pray this prayer with me. Dear God, I know that you love and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross that I might be today. I repainted my sin. I can face my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart and into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer.
Let me be the first one to welcome you to the family of God.
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