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May 22, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton on this edition of The Encouraging Word today.
Dr. Wilson talks about his message: when our neighbors talk about the opportunity we have to come together, not just in a worship service so that's very important part of coming together with our neighbors with each other and watching God do the work in us together cannot be done were a part of course right now were apart more than ever in this time of separation. But seeing God connect us electronically in other ways and sometimes just by the power of spirit is been a remarkable thing if you like to have someone pray with you. We love to do so right now at 866899 word 866899673. We would love to pray with you right now Dr. Don Wilton incredible thing just worship the Lord Jesus to give you know late worship lead means just that worshiping God's giving up and saying, Lord, everything is yours. We just gonna turn everything over to you.
So as I stand here as we are here today you will not know that there are thousands of people really hurting today we know that everybody knows that. Just hot. You know I found myself constantly just try to put myself in their shoes. So I wonder just you know before I open God's word. We had such a wonderful time of worship. I'd like us to just some quality. This is symbolically I want you to stand with me. Everybody stand just for a brief moment. I know you been standing a lot just this is important.
This is not for us.
This is for our neighbors mixtures symbolically just join up together as one.
Just an a in a solid show of love and petition before the Lord in an en bloc to voice a pray for all of us here today Lord we just really when one thinks about it in terms of America and the size and the population of our country. Even the fourth-largest city in the world like Houston who are we, what difference can we make in you, Lord Jesus, you not on across every one of us. You see us individually, one at a time.
Every person right now, Lord, we just joining in a symbolically nice spirit of unity and love prying frown neighbors mold right now I feel in my heart. This is not Lord I just feel in my heart. I just know there's somebody right now may be about to lose their life. Somebody is contemplating taking their own life because they've lost everything they have no reason they thing to live. Lord intervene Lord I want to join with all my friends today and praying for the National Guard first responders for our brave police men and women doctors and nurses, medical personnel and thousands of people just giving of themselves, because our neighbors are weeping with praying from brothers assist with praying for churches for hospitals for schools for children, old people, young people were praying right now we just praying we coming to you that we do. We know we just want to say Lord Jesus please discontinue to touch their lives in Jesus name, amen. We just started a new series in the book of acts, and God is showing us some incredible things about who we are and trying on so the Christian know what's next. How do you something, so to speak out of nothing. How do you how do you do what God wants you as a plaster off illumes it applies to our nation. Plus every well this week you not told my wife Karen increasing the over the week. My heart God was saying to me Dawn, you need to be very focused on what's going on so today I want to speak to you for a few moments on the subject. When Alan neighbors. We went on neighbors. We saw just want to say this to you how you talk about a cloud that has a silver lining.
I want you to hear me saying here today. Man these this catastrophe. They and look at this good thing here, but I tell you without any hesitation. I'm an attorney that we are looking at. We really all as Americans. People you know who we are. We are Americans we are not black and white and Republicans and Democrats were not up this way and that way and down this way and that way we all one people united together undergone. This is who we are. This is what the world knows us to be. This is why God gave us this nation. This is what reaching out heartbeat and it's time for us to show us that we never going to stop some many years ago I was in China and in Mongolia and I was on the Russian Peninsula that did only one channel from America on television. You noted was MTV.
That's the only channel I got and I was amongst tribal people in Mongolia that actually truly believed that MTBE is who we all actually believe that Charlottesville is who we actually believe that we are people who stamp one another in the back are so right, so if you are putting one another's lives apart to assassinate one another. We know we can we stand together I'm telling you now in the middle of the great catastrophe gone just comes down upon me and renews my hope, my vision and in the middle of the catastrophe.
So who are you waiting. You and I fit into this went on neighbors Noster Laura said, Lord, please just take me somewhere where you want me to be. He took me to Matthew and you can turn it with me to Matthew chapter 5 something that Jesus said, and I love this. We put it a million times I have this what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5 in verse 14 and he was speaking to me.
I'm the one he's talking to you should you Don Wilton you all the light of the world is city that is saved on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the stand, and it gives light to all in the house in the same way late your light my meeting on what a lot mean I am alive.
Let your light so shine before others, so that they may see what it is that you are doing in the name of Christ because you're a light bearer, and as result of that glorify your father who is in heaven. That's like a pray it's a personal prayer.
It's a mandated succumb on it tells me who I am.
It explains what's going on the American spirit. I mean it's just unbelievable.
Some of the things that get to me most when little children are involved soul. You know how many we've seen hundreds of videos watch the news as they try to bring this into our homes.
One sole couple of days ago. Maybe I've seen it many times were our first responders going in saving an elderly man. I mean, I just wanted to get in then just hug him and saw another one yesterday with her really elderly lady. She was so infirm I mean she never hardly moved. She just had a weak smile men. They were so gentle these early main just walking just picked up with such tenderness. This precious lady couldn't do a thing for herself. Nothing totally hopeless.
Most vulnerable of all people, just picked her up and carried out through the water waist deep and then placed her in this Pierrot probably part of the Cajun Navy just put in this little rustic boat and just just so ingeniously just laid her down, put life jackets and things. Can you imagine in that sweet lady's life just being in the boat. I look at a boat, nothing, men are rotten about for sweet precious lady like that just to move motion is an issue movement is an issue and I just wanted to weep as as these being wonderful main just to look like a blanket or a rug or something and just placed it just an odd, I am saying I want Jesus saying light of the world.
Tell me who I was going to become more that I need to sit down and decide whether I you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton to be back in just a moment with the rest of today's message but if you like to hear it again or share with a friend you could do so on our website.
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Pray for connect resources. Now back to today's message with Dr. Donald and you know the question is when labeling on neighbors, you know, it's one thing and we identify with it because we will face Christ also had our floods hurricane Hugo's and the list goes but I tell you when it's your neighbor, someone down the road someone in the next state and I'm telling you they are coming in from everywhere.
If I had 100 points today to my message, I just say thank you thank you thank you hundred times. That's what I want to say and I want to thank you as we have had a massive in this community so you know we say what can we do what can we do a couple of things we can price for them. That's what we do we do that just a moment ago you been trying I've been praying nonstop prayer of intercession. That's why Jesus died on the cross and prayer is a wonderful thing, and God knows everyone how many people in here. Do you suppose need prayer and the Lord knows you. He loves you.
We can pray for them. We can think about you know we've got so much we can think about them. So this is my challenge we use so involved in your team that actually you forgotten that we've got neighbors who are weeping, I tell you nothing gets me more than on these events when announces 1/2 time shows and whatever else they keep reminding us of this will as a believer I want to be kept.
I want I want to think about that we can give to them and give to them by the way, that's the single greatest thing that you can possibly do now you know we've been given, and we been receiving warfarin close and you name it and people are just so fantastic. You know that we got word from Texas not to send anymore to figure that out. This is drinking water well you go to beyond it's the people on the ground it's it's first responders. It's it's the officials it's the it's it's the government of Texas saying to just hold back right now we we could so much we don't a way to put it so even food and thing I'm telling you not. I'm just saying be very tuned in to our neighbors who are weeping. You understand what I'm saying and guys get one of the great things we can do right now is give even five dollars makes a difference and you might say to me, will foster way should I do not and I'm getting on until people waiting. I will tell you, be careful what you give height to bring this up, but there are scammers out there crooks out there do not give over the telephone. Someone call you don't give money don't give actual information over the phone.
Don't be sending out your number this in your number that to people you don't even know about every community in America has got tried and tested means whereby to give that go to the same place I can make lots of suggestion Samaritans purse international probably the greatest relief organization in the world. Every dime given goes exactly where it needs to go the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist convention seemed relief.org all on the ground. Thousands of people right now engage Billy Graham Association have mobilized a chaplaincy force charities and open as you can give to First Baptist Church and I will tell you every time you will go 100% to the neighbors who we we see to that. We do that in missions. We make sure that all people on the ground are doing what they supposed to do they not siphoning money off on the side you can do.
We can get. We can pray for them. We can think about that we can give to them. We can be among them. We've had people even go but don't just go find out I'm telling you. Sometimes you go and you won't get into those areas. The American spirit doesn't have a reserved seat. The American spirit is not even prepared to have a seat. You know why because they too many people who need to see if I don't have to sit down and to give you my seat so listen guys, we've got to get involved. We can, yes we can pray for them and think about them and give to them and we can be among them.
But let's stick with them.
This is a long term just because the want to go down and the sun comes out does not mean that those people have all of a sudden brought hope that you lost everything. Some of them are going to start all over again. Some of them no way to live nowhere to go, nothing to eat but hopelessly helpless missions department.
We got teams going young people mobilized dating among children and senior adults reconstructing knocking and moving carpet drying out stop serving about medical mission is doing what it is because Jesus said you are the light of the world. Dr. Jack Graham response to the Great Depression would church in Dallas seem I'm quoting him when crisis comes.
This is when the church can be at its base. He also made the statement.
The church is people. The church is made up of people making a difference in people's lives. I love you for that folks. I love you. I'm just here today to say thank you to you, so why would Jesus say this. Why did Jesus say to me you are the light of the world widely single us out individually. Well, perhaps because Christians know the light on. Make Jesus you know so because I make Jesus I can say what would Jesus do his life was filled with that Jesus knew what it was to be hungry and not have a place to Lays him down or be homeless and to be hounded to be no Jesus identified with us in every way, yet without sin you the light of the world and we know the light on the line because of maiden because I've given my life to have you given your life to Christ not only because we know the lie. Jesus say this because Christians have the light I'm telling you I've been trying to really get a hold of this you Jesus said Don Wilton you are the light of the world you not my natural inclination is it really am being honest with you.
My natural inclination is Jesus did not use a lot. My natural inclination is men let's get somebody else to. Now we can facilitate others doing by giving all these things that we do.
Sanding is a very part of being light, although the fact the don't need all of us, it would create a lot of added problems can't tell you those people from the National Guard. In our first responders and down the road men they trained train people need to be there right now. Jesus said you are the lie the will, because Christians know the Latin because Christians have the lot but also because Christians share the life that's what I share Jesus said, go into the world under we knew that's why we've got this time of prayer and fasting. By the way we're asking us to come together as God's people for 40 days seek his face to also gonna say Lord just move in our hearts.
This is what I call the spiritual revolution. This is leading worship lead. God gives to us so many opportunities and they rock the city you look at the work that's going on in the bridge in our neighborhoods with our neighbors do not how many of our neighbors, right ear, weeping. I believe today that America is reaping America's weeping with the light of the world. So how about it, you know what is God saying to us what is it look like what's next, make up your mind that you going to come and you go to worship God in the late worship lead in order that you can go out and respond because your neighbors are weeping what God knows your parents. I'm telling you stuff you do all the time you want to light a fire in your kids Thanksgiving day. Let them just go and serve the neighborhood for two dollars take them and get them involved in the mission trip. You know, we, there is just so much. I think we just seen the tip of it. They too many unions medians of dollars, while Congress fights over the who, what and how much they going to do this and all acts of the stuff and I understand all that manly thing it out over there. As for me and my house we can assume the Lord we are to serve the Lord. I want to show my people our people that we, the light of the just you value me from an value hinge something God has spoken somethings move these a shakeup going on. God has flooded your heart with what you know you are able to categorize it with a small smallest things in the world can mean the most. Take your light.
Let it shine is exciting God wants you light but you know there's an igniter.
There is a there's a way that we are coming on fire for God initialized power source to that knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You belong to Jesus Christ, you given your heart to him. Perhaps those words are confusing. Let me let Dr. Wilton explain better because today could be the day that you need to say yes to Jesus. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today. I painted my sin and by faith I receive you into my Jesus night, my friend. I would welcome you today into the family of God.
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