A great blessing in Ron Jackson

Ron arrived Tuesday morning, the 29th, from Florida for meetings about the next model of jet that his employer Embraer plans to release. He returns Thursday night to his home. And even though his three days here have been filled with meetings all day, he made it a point to come be with us and, at my invitation, speak to our home Bible reading group.

Ron has met with the church on two previous trips and preached both in Taubate and SJCampos. Most of our group had never met him, however. Of 12 adults present, two are not Christians, one is a new disciple, and another is unfaithful to Christ.

Ron spoke on the gospel as God’s power to save. Then what is necessary to enter Christ. And how important it is to be faithful.

His earnestness shone through and deeply impressed many of those present. He especially seemed to touch one of the non-Christians, the new convert, and the erring brother.

After the study everyone stayed for pizza and enjoyed the conversation; the last guests left around 11 p.m.

As I drove Ron back to his hotel, I told him how his presence had moved people closer to the Lord and closer to decisions, as well as confirming them in their faith.

Who knows but what the Lord brought him to us here for just such a time as this.

Father in Heaven, thank you for giving us family in Christ, for distributing your gifts richly among us, and for touching lives with your grace evident in your servant Ron. Bless his return home, his family, and his congregation, as we ask your blessing upon us, to your glory. In Christ, Amen.

Scrapping to win others

• Satan attempts to keep people from coming to the Lord. He will use even well-intentioned souls to throw up obstacles. Just as the well-meaning Peter became a barrier to Jesus, who told the apostle to get out of his way. An intense competition for the souls of men rages in the streets; we dare not draw back because we think we are above the fray, superior to those who are scrapping to win others. We do not use their under-handed tactics, nor do we make outlandish promises, but our feet must be swift and sure so that the true voice of God is heard by the masses.

•  Those hopes of mine not based on God’s specific promises are prayers for blessing on friend and foe. Hope in its biblical sense has a foundation, the truth of God, the promises he makes for our future. Then there are those human hopes that we desire for others: health for the sick, mates for the lonely, peace for the perturbed. Those hopes we turn into prayers, since to grant these things to others is beyond our powers. Continue reading “Scrapping to win others”