What the Lord Has Done For Me
By Pastor John

1 Timothy 2:1-4
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

    In 1975, I married the sweetest, most beautiful, woman I had ever met. Little did I know that would begin a journey that would last for eternity.
    Karen was a Christian and a pastor's daughter.  I was an atheist. I went to church with her sometimes while we were dating, just to please her. But after we got married, I refused to go to church. I was okay with her being a Christian, but I wanted nothing to do with it.
    Karen began to do two things - she prayed fervently for me, and she lived out the love of Christ before me. This went on for more than five years.
    In April of 1981, we planned a long vacation along the west coast. We would drive from San Diego along the coast all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia. While we were packing, I found Karen's prayer list. There I was, right there at the top. I was furious, and I actually yelled at my wife, and commanded her to stop praying for me.
    Several days later, we were in a motel in Grants Pass, Oregon. Karen had gone next door to wash some clothes at a laundry. I was watching a talk show on the TV. There was an interesting man on named Hal Lindsey who was talking about his book, "Late Great Planet Earth." It was about Bible prophecy. For the first time in my life, I was beginning to find spiritual things interesting.
    That day I went and bought the book. I began to read it, and could not put it down. I didn't realize it at the time, but the Lord was about to turn my life around. I read the book throughout the evening until it was getting late. Karen urged me to put the book away and come to bed. We did have a big day of traveling planned for the next day. But I could not stop. I had to finish the book.
    I pulled a chair into the motel bathroom so I wouldn't bother Karen, and continued to read. Around 2 or 3 in the morning, the Lord opened my eyes, and I was overwhelmed by my sinfulness. For at least 20 minutes, I could not stop weeping.  I cried out to the Lord, asking Him to forgive me and save me.  When I walked out of that motel bathroom (what a glamorous place to be saved) it seemed like the whole world had changed. In reality, it was I who was changed.  Everything seemed wonderful.
    It took a week or so for Karen to really believe I had been saved. She had been praying for me for so long, and only days before I was yelling at her for praying for me. But soon it became clear to her that I was a new creation in Christ, the old had gone and the new had come.
    I went back to my job as a newspaper editor, but something was different. It wasn't as fun for me as it had been.  One day I was sitting in my office, and a strong thought came into my head. "I think the Lord wants me to go to seminary and become a pastor."  "That's crazy," I thought, and I tried to push the idea out of my mind.
    I went home for lunch, and as Karen and I sat eating, she said, "I've had this feeling all morning that God wants us to go into the ministry." I was dumbfounded. The Lord was speaking the same message to both of us. We were being called to leave behind our jobs, our house and nearly everything else, and to go off with two kids to seminary and the ministry of the Gospel of Christ.
    We went to seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, we planted a church. In all, the Lord has given us the privilege to pastor four churches over a span of 29 years.
    The Lord has proven Himself faithful and loving. He has been good to us every step of the way. Even in our darkest moment, when our daughter Jennifer was dying of bone cancer, the Lord was everything we needed.  It is hard to explain, but even in that time of our greatest pain, the Lord filled our hearts with joy and peace and faith. When we needed Him the most, He drew so very close.
   I want to encourage those who are praying for a loved one to come to Christ. Keep praying! Never give up. The Lord will answer your prayers, and do more than you can imagine.

1 Timothy 2:1-4
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

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Psalm 18:30-31
30 As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. 31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? (NIV)


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