On April 18th, I worked on my writing and publishing prep.  Lane rearranged our BR, fun.  We went to 5 Guys for dinner, and I gave three tracts to staff.

On the 19th, I worked on my publishing prep.

On the 20th, I worked on my publishing prep.  We watched Thunder Over Louisville air show on TV.  Wow.  Later we watched the fireworks show for Thunder.  Double wow.

On the 21st, Lane and I went to Hurstbourne BC for worship, then picked up McDonald's fast food as we started to Frankfort to pick up her mother.  Two tracts to staff at McD's.  We got her mother, and came back home.  Later, we three went to Hurstbourne for a special praise and worship service, featuring the church's choir and a choir group, named Doxology, from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  We were members of Hurstbourne while I was theology student at the seminary.  It was interesting to see the young students, and wonder where they would be, and what they would be doing in the Kingdom almost 40 years from now!  All three of us were blessed by the singing.  We had dinner at a chili place, and I gave two tracts to staff.

Thank you so much for your prayers, and please continue to lift us up!

Food for Thought and Prayer:

On September 22, in 1871, an elderly British lady, 82 years young, was ushered into her heavenly reward.  Earlier in her life, in 1835, her frustration at being an invalid left her feeling useless and questioning her very salvation.  What she did next would echo through history. 

As a young woman, Charlotte Elliot was not sure of her relationship with Christ, not sure of how to be saved, even though she had been raised a minister's daughter, and the probing question of a Swiss evangelist, “Are you at peace with God?”, would not leave her mind.  When she saw the evangelist a few weeks later, she mentioned that she could not shake his question.  But, she protested, what could she possibly bring to God?  When he replied that she need not bring anything but herself, she gladly accepted Christ.

Some twelve years later, in 1835, crippled by illness and constant fatigue, she felt saddened by her inability to help a local church’s cause.  Remembering her conversion, she took out pen and paper and wrote a poem to encourage others who felt perhaps they too had nothing to give. . .

"Just As I Am, without one plea,

But that Thy blood was shed for me, 

And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,

Oh, Lamb of God, I come..."

Her poem was published and she was inundated with requests for it.  She was gladdened to discover later that some copies were being sold to raise money for the very cause she felt helpless to assist! 

After her death, thousands of letters were found in her home, written by people whose lives had been transformed by her words.

Her song has been translated into hundreds of languages, published in more than 1600 hymnals, and has reached billions around the world, and continues to bring people to Christ even today.

Sixty years later, on this date, in 1931, a 31-year-old man riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle in England finally came to the end of his internal struggle against whether Christ was indeed the Son of God.  He finally knew in his soul that indeed Jesus was just who He said He was!  He realized that God calls us to Him "just as we are". 

When C.S. Lewis stepped out of the sidecar, he was a new man, saved by grace! 

Ninety-nine years after Charlotte Elliott penned her words, and 3 years after Lewis’ conversion, the 16-year-old son of a dairy farmer listened intently as he heard the message of salvation preached at a revival service in Charlotte, NC.  When the song, “Just As I Am,” was sung at the end, young Billy Graham went forward to accept Christ. 

Twenty years later, Billy Graham had become a successful evangelist and was invited to speak at Cambridge University in England. His nervousness over the event nearly led him to cancel it.  But he was introduced to a kind man named C.S. Lewis who encouraged him to disregard the critics who had spoken out against him, and to continue with the revival. 

Rev. Graham went on to speak to an overflow crowd of 2,000 each night of the revival, and when he returned to England in 1989, he addressed a crowd of 80,000 at England’s Wimbley Stadium!  As always, he closed the event with the same song that brought him to Christ, “Just As I Am.”

Never think you have “nothing” to bring to Jesus!  That is exactly what He wants you to bring... nothing!  He wants you, just you,  as you are!  He can take frustration like Charlotte Elliot’s, skepticism like Lewis’, and nervousness like Billy Graham’s, and reach the world through you!  —TK

“Just as I am, though tossed about

with many a conflict, many a doubt,

fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

The “romance” of a missionary is often made up of monotony and drudgery; there often is no glamour in it; it doesn’t stir a man’s spirit or blood.  So don’t come out to be a missionary as an experiment; it is useless and dangerous.  Only come if you feel you would rather die than not come.  Don’t come if you want to make a great name or want to live long.  Come if you feel there is no greater honor, after living for Christ, than to die for Him.  —C. T. Studd

Martin Luther: “If we profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.  Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point” (cited in Francis Schaeffer, Collected Works).

If your life's work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you're not thinking big enough.  —Wes Jackson, author and founder/president of The Land Institute

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that prisoner was you.  ―Lewis B. Smedes, author and theologian

For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: How do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?  ―bell hooks, author and activist

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.  ―Oscar Wilde

Dr. Wilbur Smith very aptly stated the matter when he said: "I never get time to pray - I've always got to make it!

Biblical Christianity is unpopular.  Popular Christianity is unpopular.  —Anthony Caputi 

If Christ is not ashamed to indwell them I will not be slow to embrace them.  —Sinclair Ferguson

The Gospel does not call us to receive Christ as an addition to our life, but as our life.  --Paul Washer

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor.  Jesus can understand you.  --J. C. Ryle

Unbelief about the existence and personality of Satan has often proved the first step to unbelief about God.  --J. C. Ryle

“The sad thing,” Kirkup said, “Suicide doesn’t end the pain.  It just passes it on to someone else.”  —unknown

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration.  The rest of us just get up and go to work.  —Stephen King, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

Never trade temporary pleasure for permanent regret.  Every choice you make will create either future opportunities or future difficulties.  —Dave Willis

What is YOUR Ultimate Problem?  DON'T MISS OUT--see the drop-down menu showing  the link UNDER "Solving Our Ultimate Problem" above for more information, please!

If someone you speak to today dies tomorrow, will you be satisfied with the last thing that you said to them?  Share Jesus and the Gospel!  It is very easy with a tract.