Amazing God Moment

Why do I still get surprised when I receive clear evidence of the existence of God? I feel so ashamed of moments when I realize how weak my faith is. Over and over again God proves Himself to me and one such moment came today. At our church, Riverdale Baptist, we have a fantastic and Spirit filled preacher who Michelle and I love very much. This young guy, not too much younger than us, preaches with an authority that only God could supply. The message today was a straight up, solid, powerful, message about the Gospel and how to be saved. After the message I texted a friend in the church, “give me the song ‘I surrender all’ and an invitation time, that was awesome.” I then began to pray for God to continue to use me to give this message to those who need it and to bring people into my life who need Him. We all sang another song and at the end of the song there was a lady standing by the side of Michelle. Startled a bit we looked over to see a neighbor from our apartment complex. She said, “Oh, I’m late! I woke up and knew I had to come with Bob and Michelle to church, but I looked out and you already left. I came in anyway, but know I am late, but I just knew I still needed to come in!” She had never even visited our church before, but somehow had the courage to just walk right in. She stayed with us through communion and another song. After the service ended we talked and told her, “obviously God is doing something and calling to you, what is going on? ” She had so many questions and we were able to work through them all. Toward the end of the conversation she said, “I talked to so many people, but today I finally understand what it means to have a relationship with God.” There was so much more said and shared, but the main point of this is to glorify a real God. Oh He is real folks. I have seen Him work. The things I said and Michelle said were given by God specifically for that neighbor. All we ask of you all is to be willing to be used. God wants to see people saved and He wants you ready to give that message to those He sends your way. Pray for this lady if you don’t mind and pray God will bring more people to a saving understanding of what He did through His son, Jesus. – Bob

From A Vessel

From A Vessel….

Set me on the shelf, but never let me go;
A finished mended vessel filled with inner glow;
Of this earth and soil came,
Clay to form a jar;
Spoiled by the elements my walls began to scar;
Crack by crack my wear displayed spoiling my beauty,
Little did I realize I saw not how you see;
For what I took as perfect form,
You longed for me to not conform,
To what degrades and what destroys,
Filled with earthly fleeting toys,
But in your hands if I would fall,
Heeding to your Potter’s call,
A mending love through sacrifice,
Provides for me to be formed twice,
Born a new upon your wheel,
In your hands I learn to heal;
The jar that was it is no more,
A Spirit now deep in my core has given me a new design,
A call, a cry, a mighty sign;
To all the hurting, cracked, and scarred,
Jars of earth who find it hard to bear the weight of life and death,
Fall to him who gave you breath;
For on his wheel you must be made in image of a Son that laid and rose again in victory,
All for Him and His glory.
Set me on the shelf, but never let me go;
A finished mended vessel filled with inner glow.