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December 2014 Newsletter
This morning I walked the halls of the Faculty Building of the 15th largest college in the USA. This college has about 50,000 students and not one faculty office had any sign that this is the month that we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. How different it was from a few years earlier.
I know some of the faculty are Christians and yet not one of them had a Christmas card or Scripture that acknowledged that God so loved us that He took the form of a little baby, Jesus Christ, and paid the penalty for our sins with His blood.
I have met some wonderful Christians in my 80 plus years. One of my favorite is a paralyzed (from her neck to her toes) black woman I met in 1975. I was pastor of a small church, going to seminary, and working a part-time job to support my family. She lived in a poor part of south Fort Worth in a very old house. When I entered her home, she was laying on a chair made into a bed. She could not sit. She could only lay flat on this “home made” bed, but she was friendly and talked about her neighbors who took care of her. They fed her and changed her clothes and stayed with her when she needed company.
We talked for awhile and when the time was right, I asked her the two EE (Evangelism Explosion) questions:
1. Have you reached the place in your spiritual life that you know for certain that you are going to Heaven? She said she did and told me why.
2. I asked the 2nd question: Suppose you died today and stood before God and He asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?” How would you answer that question?
You probably have already guessed her answer to both questions. She loved Jesus and had confessed Him to be her Lord and Savior when she was very young.
We talked a little longer and prayed and as I was leaving, she said the words that I have since carried with me, everywhere I go, “now remember, you can always say a good word about Jesus.”
You can always say a good word about Jesus. In an elevator, on a plane, in a restaurant, to your children, or spouse – You can always say a good word about Jesus.
That old crippled woman has changed many lives. When Maxine and I teach witness training classes we always start by telling a few experiences we have had:
1. Say a good word for Jesus and the old crippled woman
2. The divorced mother with the five little girls
3. The woman who loved her alcoholic husband
I’ll tell you the second story next month!
Merry Christmas and remember to “Say a good word about Jesus”