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The Power of the Gospel!

April 23, 2011

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

What an amazing privilege to see the Word of God and the gospel story touch the heart of an eleven-year-old boy tonight at the Hispanic ministry in Walland, TN. For the first seven weeks of Friday night services, we would have anywhere from eight to thirteen children and young people from a local trailer park, along with a family from an apartment complex 20 minutes away. This week due to family events, this young fellow, Saul, came by himself on the bus that went through his trailer park. When the van came from the apartments, the service started with some good songs about Calvary and the cross.

Tonight’s message was from I Corinthians 15 on the “point, person, and power” of the gospel. God’s presence and the convicting power of the Holy Ghost were evident! The two adults who have been so faithful to attend were visibly moved, and it seemed that one may come forward to receive Christ. Neither one moved, but after the service, Saul remained seated. When approached, he said he was “replaying the message in his mind!” After just a few minutes of counsel from the Word of God, this young boy stated that God was dealing with his heart and he wanted to know exactly what it meant to be saved. Then after a careful presentation of God’s plan of redemption, Saul bowed his head, confessed his need of Saviour, and trusted Jesus Christ to cleanse him and save his soul!

It is a joy to co-labor with the dear folks at Ridgeview Baptist, and I want to encourage our folks at Progress to continue to pray for this ministry. Also, please continue to pray for God to prepare hearts in our own county to receive the gospel as we prepare to launch a Hispanic outreach and begin services on Saturday, May 7.

Praise God for the Power of the Gospel!

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