With Little We Can Impact Somebody Huge


Upon arriving in Nicaragua, Pastor Carlos shared a photo of a three year old boy whom he ministered to. We will meet him this week. He was born without stomach muscles or abdominal support. Basically he has is flesh covering his stomach. Thus he suffers from infections which compromise his kidneys. Unless God performs a miracle, this boy is destined to a life of suffering and being on medicines. As we speak, he is need of daily medicine that would help him. The family’s financial condition has forced the father to work in nearby Honduras and send money home. Yet it’s not been enough for the boy to obtain the medicine which he needs. We went to a pharmacy and inquired. We discovered that a bottle costs $4.00. We purchased five. With $22.00 this boy might have a month’s supply of something so critical for him, and yet he has never obtained.

Many times with little we can impact somebody huge.

Don’t look at someone’s need, and brush it off by saying I already gave my tithe. I used to be one of those. Take a moment to ask, “God do you want me to invest into this person’s need?’  This person and you will be blessed, and God will take you to the next level.

For Such A Time As This


Yesterday, a missionary friend wrote to me. He was in dire financial straits and needed money. I told him that I could not help him for the money that I had I was taking to Nicaragua.

These were my exact words.

“If a miracle happens in the next few hours I can get some money to you before I leave, but it would have to be a miracle.”

I then muttered a brief prayer.

“Lord, if you want me to give him money you are going to have to do the miracle.”
I proceeded to clean my office.

Rummaging through a basket of papers, I found an envelope with $60.00 which I had placed there and forgotten one year ago.

Needless to say, I wrote to him, rushed to Western Union, and got the money out to him.

Today, I leave for Nicaragua.

Not only is God is mighty to hear our shortest prayers which come from our heart, but His timing and ways are perfect.

He can be trusted.

He had allowed me to forget about the money for such a time as this.

 

Everbody Is A Star


In the early 80’ I was living with my father and mother in Key Biscayne, Florida.

I had given my heart to Jesus Christ in 1979, and through His kindness was coming out of catastrophic brokenness.

Fifteen years of drinking, ten years of drugs, many in pornography, a severe stutterer, a college dropout, and engrossed in many insecurities and rejection.

I needed God’s miracles to keep chasing after me.

I had never sensed love deep inside.

I felt handicapped, broken, unprotected, and un provided for, imprisoned by the fearful monster of panic in my mind.

For a person such as me, God’s wonders were tokens of love.

Like candies, ice cream, and toys they pursued me, slowly breaking me free from a world of fear which had been so ensnaring.

I was a jogger in those days and ran between three to five miles.

It was a blisteringly hot summer day.

The deep blue skies were brilliant and cloudless. I jogged to the beach.

I had no money or water. When I turned to go back, I was parched from thirst and dehydrating in the scorching day.

The sun beat down on me. I was sweating I could no longer run. I had three miles to walk back.

 “Oh God, I need water or a coke, or something…” I insistently pleaded. “Have mercy on me!”

“God, send some clouds for this terrible sun to hide behind”; but there were none.

I couldn’t find a water fountain in the office buildings as I walked back

Suddenly, it began to lightly rain!

Through my sweaty eyes I pierced up into the glittering sky.

Not a cloud in sight. I scanned the sidewalk.

There was a circle of rain ten feet in diameter following me!

As I progressed, so did the rain.

I squinted back up into the dazzling sun; no clouds. I gawked down at the pavement. My little patch of rain was faithfully falling on and following me.

For over a mile this little ring shadowed and splashed on me.

When it finally ceased, I was cool and refreshed and only a mile from my destination.

My merciful God had answered.

It’s the kindness of God which leads people to repent.

It’s the marvels of His love which drew me to Him and away from falling back to earthly pleasures.

Sly and the Family Stone wrote a great seventies song named; “Everybody Is a Star.”

Let’s face it. Everybody wants to be a star; need to be a star.

 Everybody wants to be unique.

Everybody wants to be acknowledged.

Everybody wants to be loved.

Through an experience like this, I learned that I am a star in God’s eyes.

If I was the only one alive on earth, Jesus would have come and died for me.

I am His favorite.

I am not just His beloved, but His lovely one.

In Jesus, I am the object of all God’s love, His blessings, and His favor.

And so are you, whoever you are, and wherever you are!

You are God’s star. He is madly in love with you. He’s ever dedicated to you.

Some call God the “bloodhound of heaven”, ever chasing after and sniffing you out, even in the darkest recesses of hell so that you can be His star.

You, you, and you are His favorites!

You, and you, and you are His lovely ones!

 

Let Sly sing over you and know that you are God’s star today!

 

Everybody is a star

Who can rain, chase the dust away

Everybody wants to shine

Ooh, come out on a cloudy day

‘Til the sun that loves you proud

When the system tries to bring you down

Every hand to shine tonight

You don’t need darkness to do what you think is right

 

Ba pa-pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba,

ba-pa ba-pa ba ba, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

 

Everybody is a star

I can feel it when you shine on me

I love you for who you are

Not the one you feel you need to be

Ever catch a falling star

Ain’t no stopping ’til it’s in the ground

Everybody is a star

One big circle going round and round

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