Monday, February 23, 2009

God help our back slidden hearts!

Just recently I read a blog from my good friend Sam Ward. I must say my heart was so stirred within me that I fell under such great conviction about my present spiritual condition. I cried out to God to renew within me a compassion for souls.

Brother Sam is a layman at Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington, TX, which is my home church. He works more for the Lord than most preachers I know (including myself in that statement). Lately on his blog, which I would encourage you to read, he has been telling us about a Chinese restaurant he has been frequenting. He has been witnessing to the workers there, which are Chinese. He has been praying for God to help him reach these souls for the Lord. Well God opened a door for him to teach English twice a week at the restaurant. He will be going there at 10:30pm and teach to 11:30. He will be using a program that is heavily saturated with the Gospel. Now, I know Bro. Sam, and he has little desire to teach English, but He has a great desire to win people to Jesus.

Bro. Sam works a job and already has a full plate serving the Lord. Yet twice a week when others are sleeping he will be at a Chinese restaurant trying to win Chinese souls to the Lord. Did I mention to you that Bro. Sam has MD. He lives in severe pain, and yet still gives his all to Jesus. I've never heard him complain about anything. I've never heard him criticize others. He lives to see one more soul saved! I can tell you that he is my hero! Thank God for brother Sam Ward. We need more men like him in our fundamental Baptist Churches.

God help our back slidden hearts! Most Baptist spend more time complaining and criticizing than they do winning Souls. May we learn from men like Brother Sam, so that we can get out and tell some one that there is a Saviour who died on Calvary for them! Most Baptist are more wrapped up in materialism, than they are about soul-winning! Most Baptist would rather criticize than testify! May we cry out to God and beg Him to put a burden for souls in our hearts. God please help our back slidden hearts!

6 comments:

Tori said...

How true Johnny. What a huge blessing Bro. Sam is to Croatia and to us.


Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Romans 13:7

Michele said...

Wow, he sounds like he *really* loves and serves the Lord.

Welcome to the blog world!

Blessings,
Michele

Tammy said...

Amen, Brother... God help us to be more faithful in these last days!

Tammy said...

Welcome to blogging. May you meet many new friends and it be used as a tool to further your ministry. I so enjoy Tori's blog and she has opened my eyes to life as a missionary's wife. I pray for your ministry and family often.
This post is soooo true and well written. We get too complacent and sometimes just too focused on the survival of daily life that we lose track of the goals of soul winning. My husband just said to me Sunday that it has been too long since he lead someone to the Lord. He is sure that is why our church is slipping backwards of where he wants it to be. God used this post as another reminder of what our job is. Thanks.

Liesa George said...

HELLO.
I AM LIESA FROM LIFE BY GEORGE.
I READ TORI'S BLOG ALOT, AND SHE DROPS IN ON MINE AS WELL. MY HUSBAND SCOT ASKED ME TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG TO SAY THAT HE LIKES READING ABOUT MISSIONARIES; HELPING AND SUPPORTING MISSIONARIES; IF YOU ARE EVER IN THE STATES, YOU HAVE A SPECIAL INVITATION TO OUR CHURCH. MY HUSBAND PASTORS IN NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI.

GOD BLESS YOU.
SCOT AND LIESA GEORGE

Tobitha said...

Hi Bro. Johnny! I've been catching up and reading your new blog. It's been a great encouragement to me. I am one of Tori's faithful blog readers and she drops in on me from time to time as well!
We do tend to complain even here in the States. I just recently threw myself a pity party because of our current situation in our church. We are in a small church and there are no other children besides our children. We also homeschool so I guess I felt that we were deprived of fellowship.
Thank you for reminding me that we are never alone and God provides just what we need.
My prayers are with your family there in Croatia.