I have a book on my dining table sitting by my Bible and my prayer book. I am afraid to read this book. I read the prologue and it made me cry, and I am wondering what it will do to me when I get to the meat of it. Sometimes I wonder about passages in the Bible like this one
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. ~Matthew 7:21-23
and I wonder about those of us who live in the “have” parts of the world and can easily choose not think of the “have nots” if we don’t want to think of them. We can throw a little bit of money at their problems now and then in programs like monthly sponsorship, and spend 4 times as much eating out with friends.
Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman was recommended to my by my Spirit-filled sister, Barb. [Hmmmmm, interesting last name for this fellow.] This past year Barb has run a Red Cross trailer to help victims of flooding, she has kept vigil by her sister’s side as she lie critically ill. Barb spent January in Haiti and lead the children and teen programs for an Arab Christian Convention. She is ready at any moment to answer God’s call. She is not a fan. She is a follower of Christ. I know Kyle Idleman is going to ask me, “Are you a fan or are you a follower of Jesus?”
This Multitudes on Monday I give thanks for all His followers I know
# 1286 Barb, who is sold out for Jesus.
# 1287 Deb, who runs St Anthony’s Free Medical clinic in our town. When someone needs help, she is there.
# 1288 Jodi’s mom, who runs a safe house for girls coming out of the sex trafficking industry.
# 1289 Sister Henry, who runs the soup kitchen and gives space for the Free Medical Clinic in her building.
# 1290 Vicki, who drops whatever she is doing to help wherever. I’ve seen her redirect her day dozens of times if needed.
# 1291 Alex, who sits with the dying and ministers to their families for hours
# 1292 Ann, Cora, Susan, Andrea Dawn, Michelle, Sylvia and Danelle whose writings in cyberspace convince me they are followers.
# 1293 Tina, who spends every Wednesday praying for the sick and the rest of her week making home visits to care for them.
# 1294 Dr. Eister, who is retired, but maintains his license to practice medicine so he can help those at the Free Medical clinic and do medical missions in places that have no doctor.
# 1295 Andrea, who works tirelessly to help pregnant girls and women in trouble, adopting three siblings and trusting God to care for their needs.
# 1296 Karol, who is a true prayer warrior and has served the Lord in Belize for 30 + years.
# 1297 Marilyn and Willis, who are totally sold out to Jesus and give of themselves and their possessions regularly and heartily “as unto the Lord”.
# 1298 Autumn, who always goes to the hard places and loves where it isn’t lovely
# 1299 Carrie, who taught rough teens in hard places always asking the hard questions, wanting to make their lives better.
Thank you, Lord, for the Visible Invisible
Thank you, Ann, for introducing me to More Than Rubies.
God is with us,