As some of you know, my wife was in the hospital earlier this week for hydration and cortisone IV's, so I've drawn upon an article from several years ago.
How we praise God for our family Dr. who helps to 'keep La Moyne going'.
Thank you for your prayers for us and our ministry!!!
1) YOU ARE SPECIAL BY CREATION:
"I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:13-14)
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you and before you came forth out of the womb...I sanctified you and appointed you, a prophet to the Nations." (Jer.1:5)
When a singer was leaving to sing in England, his mother said,
"Son, remember 'who' you are and 'whose' you are."
Each time our children left to go on a date or to run around with their friends...
we always reminded them to "Remember 'whose' you are!"
2) YOU ARE SPECIAL BECAUSE OF THE CROSS:
Christ died for you. If you were the only one who needed to be died for...
Christ would have done it for YOU!
So you are not your own....your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit...
and you've been bought with a price!
Therefore, glorify God in your body and Spirit which are God's. (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
3) YOU ARE SPECIAL BY CONVERSION:
Jesus knew that Nicodemus had religion, but needed conversion (the new birth).
In our 55 years of ministry, we have seen many individuals come to know Christ and begin to feel "I am special".
One of these was Yoo Jin Soo (last names are put in front).
We had been missionaries in Korea for about 10 months and were studying the language for 7 hours each day at Yon Sei University.
I also served as pastor of the English language part of the Choong Mu Ro Baptist Church in Seoul where many American soldiers attended, as well as some Koreans who wanted to learn English.
In June of 1961, we decided to hold revival services with myself preaching in English with Philip Kim interpreting in Korean.
The second night, I received this letter from Yoo Jin Soo, written in simple English.
(I could tell that he had used a Korean-English dictionary).
Here is his letter, just as he wrote it 48 yrs. ago:
"To hononur pastor Sir.
I am very sorry to writ this letter. Last week, your sermon is very benefaction to me Sir. I am grown up from orphanage when I was lettle boy. My family all slaughter by Communist. So I was war orphan. I am drafted to R.O.K. Army 1958 and discharged from army last 21 March.
So I don't have very much education and incompetence. If it is not misdemeanor to god, I want killed by myself. Because I think that life is no good. I am looking for job every place and looking for place to live all ways and all my best. But it is not so easy for me.
Sir, I have simpl question to you? If you can would you please help me. I don't know what shall I do from now without your help. Please help me on any tipe of job.
Would you please forgive me this poor letter.
I wish god bless to you and I will prayer with this.
From unfortunate human,"
Jin Soo Yoo
The next night, I preached as if to one person....and Jin Soo accepted Christ as his Savior. He lived in our home and during that time, finishing high school...
(even though he was in his 20's).
He later married, had 2 sons and attended our Baptist Seminary in Taejon, Korea.
Oh, the difference that Christ makes! Jin Soo thought that his life was no good...
but God in Christ knew differently!
Worth is often determined by the price paid for something.
Jesus paid "in full" for your salvation.
4) YOU ARE SPECIAL BY THE CARE THAT GOD GIVES
"Cast all of your cares on God, for He cares for you" (II Peter 5:7)
When something is valuable to us, we take good care of it.
You are valuable to God, so let Him help you take care of you!
5) YOU ARE SPECIAL BY GOD'S CALLING AND GOD'S CONTROL:
I put God's call and God's control together because God's Call must be followed by God's Control, all the way and in all situations. (Jeremiah 29:10-14)
We read of famous saints and wonder 'why' we can not be like them.
We can....if we remember:
~His presence has not ceased,
~His program has not changed,
~His promises have not lessened
~His power has not diminished.
Also remember that:
~God has intimates, not favorites.
~God has originals, not duplicates.
~God loves EVERYONE, not just some.
6) YOU ARE TO BE SPECIAL BY YOUR COMMITMENT: (Matt 11:28-30)
Vs. 28: Be identified with Christ - don't let anyone/anything steal your identity.
Vs. 29: Be informed by Christ.
Sometimes, we are informed about everything except Christ and the Bible..
Vs. 30: Be involved for Christ. Take His yoke upon you - get in the harness with Christ and become a team with Him leading.
In early US History the Moravians had a symbol which pictured:
followed by "Ready For Either." We must also be ready for either.
We are truly SPECIAL because we have been SO blessed...
but we are BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!
That will make you FEEL special.
Another great and inspiring article Travis. I loved these two things especially. "Worth is determined by the price paid for something." That truly lets us know the worth we are to God. And this one: "We are blessed to be a blessing." That truly lets us know what God expects from us. Both you and La Moyne are such tremendous blessings to so many including me. My prayers are with La Moyne. I love you both, Sharon