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Why Do We Suffer?

By The Editor, Ron English
God used me in a tiny way to whisper a thought into this man’s ear when he was just a teenager.  He had no interest in preaching.  He had loads of personality, potential and performance, with no thoughts of preaching.   But God had a plan for him and he used me to strike the first spark (if not the first spark, for sure God used me to fan the spark already ignited).   I gave him a book about Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Builder of Bridges.  Among other things I wrote these words on one of the blank pages of that book, “My prayer is that somewhere down the line God will speak to you about preaching His glorious Gospel and that you will say yes to His call.  If you are willing–The call will come.”  Below my signature on that good book I wrote these words, “Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. was one of God’s greatest servants –maybe this book will help you in “Building Your Bridges.”

Mike remembers reading those words and laughing.  He spoke to a young lady about those words and said, “Me, preach?  Not a chance!”  But he did become willing and the call did come and he said, “Yes” to God.  He has been a successful pastor, now a busy evangelist and still finds time to help his dad and son in the family business.  He is one of the most gifted speakers, musicians and singers with a boat load of talent and an extra measure of good old fashioned Southern common sense.  Like E. F. Hutton of old, when Dr. Mike speaks, people listen.

His growing Internet site has been visited by thousands who have attended his meetings and church services. http://www.drmikestevens.com

Here is a sentence sermon broadcast on his Internet website, www.drmikestevens.com titled, Why Do We Suffer?

“WHAT ARE YOUR ORDERS, SIR?”

Story reported by Dr. Michael Guido

Sir Henry Shackelton was a world famous explorer of the Antarctic. As he was completing the plans for his last expedition, he began to advertise his final journey around the world.

Asked a friend, “Why so much publicity?”

“My friend and colleague, Mr. Wild, has traveled to the deepest, darkest part of Africa,” came the reply. “He left no address, no contact. I wanted the news to reach him. If he knows that I am going, he’ll come with me.”

Shortly after making that statement, his secretary announced, “Wild is here!”

Wild said, “News of your trip reached me in the heart of Africa. Here I am. What are your orders?”

Many years ago there was a great need for people to hear God’s message. It was a time of great moral and spiritual decay. There was one individual who was well established in a respectable career. One day he heard a voice speaking clearly and with compassion. He realized his sinfulness and felt his inadequacy. But he said, “I have seen the King, the Lord almighty.”  And after God cleansed him, he heard God’s call and responded by saying, “Lord, I’ll go, send me.”

God is calling on each of us to join Him in a journey to reach those whom He loves and died for.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, cleanse our hearts, open our ears, and put within us an attitude of willingness to hear Your voice and to willingly follow You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

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