In the Christian calendar the days between Easter and Pentecost were marked by Jesus giving many convincing proofs that He was alive. Then about ten days before Pentecost He was taken up into heaven. It is not clear what all those proofs were, but when the Holy Spirit came upon them on Pentecost “the proof was in the pudding!” Their lives were changed and through them multitudes followed them (Acts 2 and following).
Conversions take place in many different ways. I mentioned in our last report how a man Mur and I met at church came to faith in Jesus. His life has been changed, Praise the Lord! A few weeks ago our youngest grandson wanted to talk to us. When we both got on the phone he was Sooo excited to share he had trusted in Jesus and was on his way to heaven. When I talked to Jeff a few days later he jokingly said, “God has a job on his hand!” How true for all of us. We need His touch in many different ways if we are to become all He wants us to be. Let’s trust the Holy Spirit to transform all of us who believe daily until
that day when we meet our Savior in heaven.
I would appreciate your prayer for the follow-up of contacts made at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. There were some good prospects of adding stations and networks to our outreach – pray that they might materialize. Pray also that the thousands who hear the program daily will be touched and transformed by what they learn. Following are some answers to your prayers for us:
Radio listener: “I Started following you a few months ago on Moody radio in Jackson, MS. I’ve come to look forward to the broadcasts and the opportunity to read the same on your website archives daily. Thanks for your time. It is inspiring and a blessing every day. I’m learning so much and it moves me to walk in a deeper way with Jesus…I will add you and your family to my morning prayer list!”
Book reader: “How can I obtain a few copies of ‘A Call to Responsible Freedom?’ I would like to give them to some of my friends that have come to grips with their relationship with Christ & I couldn’t think of a better publication to help further them along. I am currently reading it for the second time to capture what I might have missed the first time!”
Two additional requests for God’s blessing on:
-Our grandson Zack Wilson graduates on May 11 and then prepares to serve Jesus in Central Asia for a year.
-Our grandson Drew Golz will be married to Tiffany Oberlein on Memorial Day.
For further reflection check out this adaptation from scripts about my Mother’s Day reflection:
Whenever I read Psalm 78 I think of my mother. She did what this Psalm says parents should do.
Listen to verses 3-7, “What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done…he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.”
My mother never went to school in her life, but she knew Jesus as her Savior and Lord from the time she was sixteen. She had a very rough life as a child. When she trusted in Christ, her mother threatened her with her life. She experienced painful persecution. But God wonderfully sustained her.
She shared many of her “faith stories” with us as children. As we married and had children, she made time and created suitable settings to share her faith stories with her grandchildren. Before she died at age 86 she had the joy of doing the same with her great grandchildren.
When given a Bible after her baptism as a teen, she realized she would need to learn how to read. She prayed that God would teach her, and He did, without help from others. She knew the Bible well, and shared what she knew with her family. Most importantly, she daily lived out what she taught and shared. She became a Spiritual Matriarch in the best sense of the word.
My wife has researched both of our family’s roots. As a result of that research, she discovered many “family faith stories.” We’ve shared these with our children and now with our grandchildren. It is important to teach them the Word of God, but it’s also important to share how what we teach from the Bible is experienced in life. Hopefully they can see it in our lives as well.
Why is it important? In Psalm 78:7 it says, “Then they would put their trust in God, and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” It’s important to do this throughout life because it is so easy for children to forget. Throughout this Psalm we are reminded of how often the Israelites forgot and rebelled. Through facing the bitter consequences they would be brought back to God, but then shortly after they would forget again.
Our teaching, sharing and modeling is to help our offspring remember. But like Israel’s forefathers and like us, we often forget and need to be reminded. We are helped when we work at trying to help our offspring not to forget.
Every parent or grandparent would be wise to read this Psalm periodically to be reminded of their unique privilege and responsibility toward their offspring.