Monday, May 9, 2011

Author Chuck Swindoll writes...

"When I served overseas in the Marines many years ago, I had a bunkmate named Eddie. When he found out I was a Christian, he told me in no uncertain terms: 'Hey, I want to tell you something, Swindle. I didn’t come over here to be evangelized. So just back off, OK?'
'Sure, that’s no problem,' I answered.

So, I’d try to figure out other ways I could get Eddie interested in Jesus.

One day I said, 'Hey Eddie, can you help me with some of these words?'
I dropped down some of my verse cards from my top bunk and said...
'Let’s see if I can do these.'
So I began: 'For God, uh . . .'
'SO,' Eddie added impatiently.
'Oh, okay,' I’d reply, 'For God so . . . uh . . .'
'Yes, yes, that’s it. For God so loved the world.'
We went through dozens of verses just like that.

Fast-forward 30years...and the phone rings one day...'Hey, Swindle!'
I said, 'This can only be a guy named Eddie.'
'Yeah,' Eddie answered, 'Hey, you know that trick you played on me in Okinawa? Well, it worked! I’m loving Jesus now.'

Isn’t God good? The power of the Word of God never fails to amaze me."*

It’s just as the prophet Isaiah recorded...
'The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.' (Isaiah 55:10-11)

God’s Word always accomplishes God's plan—primarily in the lives of those of us who digest it, apply it, memorize it, meditate on it, ponder it, declare it, and by God’s grace, live it out.