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- TITLE: A New Beginning
By Patricia Charlton
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Oh, what a night to remember. It was Saturday night at the local watering hole. Everybody was ready to party. The music was loud but lively. The jokes and language was anything but heavenly. There standing in the doorway was old Tom. Around this town he had quite a reputation. Tom was a whiskey drinking, fowl mouth, wife beating dead beat. Certainly not a person you would invite to a church social. At this watering hole Tom was king. Now a familiar voice was heard “Tom, come on in the party is just starting.”
This Saturday night the little misses had enough of old Tom. This was a night for divine intervention. Betsy-Sue called on her church friends. There was be a prayer meeting at her house at 8:00pm. The pastor, the deacons and the women prayer circle, everybody was there. Now, the pastor began with this promise: “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.” (Hebrews 7: 25) These prayer warriors will not leave until Jesus confronts old Tom about his wayward life.
Sunday morning finds old Tom staging past the church. After the all night parties, he was ready for bed. God has other plans. Tugging and tugging at his heart was this urge to go into the church. Now, Tom felt the weight of a wayward lifestyle. “Alright, alright, I’m going in.” With the swing of the door, old Tom enters the church.
Now, the story starts. If old Tom walks into your church Sunday morning, how will your greeters and ushers handle him? Would they take him to the front or usher him to the back rows?
Remember the promise “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.” Yes, old Tom came forward that Sunday morning and turned from the wayward lifestyle. Now, old Tom can start again to rebuild a life honoring Jesus. Prayer and trusting the promise that God is willing to give anyone a new start on life.
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