God answered prayer

March 5th, 2018

God answered your prayers. Praise His name! And thank you for praying.
The memorial service for former police chief, Jim Jimison, went well. Family members and Bill Repke shared heart-warming memories. I shared a few memories as well, and then pointed out that both Jim Jimison and Billy Graham died on the same day. Both of them had a positive impact on many individuals during their long, distinguished record of service. I believe both of them were now enjoying the joys and blessings of heaven. But they were not in heaven because of their illustrious record of service. They were there because of the amazing grace of God’s forgiveness and loving acceptance when they put their faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Billy made that decision over 80 years ago as a teenager when he responded to the invitation in an evangelistic service. Jim made his decision in his mid 70’s after I shared the Gospel over a cup of coffee at Panera Restaurant. Both of these men received the gift of eternal life by faith. Paul explained this transaction in Ephesians 2:8-10, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Please pray that those who were at the service will remember what was said and respond by receiving God’s gift for themselves. Pray also that many who heard what was shared at Billy Graham’s memorial service will also receive God’s gift.
From there Mur and I went to the annual National Religious Broadcaster’s convention. Amazingly, within the first hour after checking into the hotel I ran into almost everyone I intended to see there. To understand how unusual this is, there are almost 5,000 registered participants!! One of them is the director of a radio ministry in Puerto Rico that carries my program in both English and Spanish. Remember, Puerto Rico was devastated by two back to back Hurricanes last summer. Right after a warm greeting she spontaneously asked if I would record a word of greeting and encouragement to those who listen to their radio stations. Her associate, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, reached out her cell phone and recorded my one minute add-lib message. Now, that’s what Paul meant when he wrote in 2nd Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season…encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”
We now are enjoying a few days of rest and reflection. Then, on Monday, March 12, I will be speaking to the staff of BBN, the network that carries my program in four languages. I’ll also be meeting with the Chinese staff that produces my program in Chinese. Please pray these meetings will be blessed by God.
On the family front, our grandson, Zack Wilson, just moved to Dallas, TX with his wife, Erika, and daughter. He will be working for the Josh McDowell Ministries division of CRU. Our granddaughter, Sarah Farnsley, will be moving to Shelbyville, IN in a few weeks with her husband, Mike, and their three children. Mike will be finishing his Seminary studies on line, and looking for work. Please pray for both of these families as they settle in these new endeavors.
Again, thank you so much for standing with us in prayer.