Glenn M. Stockton, The Pastor’s Friend — Sarah

Happy New Year 2018

May this be the year that you have more souls saved than ever before because He is coming soon!

It almost seems impossible that we are in the year of 2018. It seems like yesterday we were talking about the year 2000, but time marches on as we serve our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

Sarah spent seven weeks in the hospital and over one week in rehab after a simple surgical procedure went wrong. She is now doing rehab at home twice a week. She is so weak after all those days in bed. She is progressing but it is a slow process. Please continue to pray for her as she is a miracle of God. Only God!

December is always a slow month for evangelists but that’s expected. However, I did preach twice at my home church on a Wednesday night and a Sunday. If you can use me, please call.

Thank you for your prayer and financial support. You have made it possible to get through the last two months.

Encouragement

We throw the word “love” around so loosely today. People say things like, “I love football!” or “I love ice cream.” or “Don’t you love going on vacation?” Well, yes, I love going on vacation but not nearly as much as I love my family. You see, we put varying degrees upon love based on our emotional attachment. The fact is, while God’s love is great toward the lost (John 3:16), His love is greater once we are saved for He has espoused us to Himself (2 Corinthians 11:2). Within that context, God’s love has varying degrees. John was “…the disciple whom Jesus loved…” (John 21:20) To the church of the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:16, God says “…because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” They had become detestable and yet, God goes on to say, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19)

Whether you agree with the above or not, I think you want to be “greatly beloved by God”. How did Daniel gain this recognition? There are three things that stand out to me. Daniel was on his knees before God. (Daniel 6:10, 9:3-19, 10:10) He worshipped God. I mean, he truly worshipped. He bowed himself at God’s feet and talked to God. How is your worship and prayer? Daniel was obedient to God (Daniel 10:11). I have actually heard Christians say, I know what God’s Word says but…” Daniel’s obedience was always immediate and without regard for the earthly consequences.

Lastly, he was on his feet before God (Daniel 10:11). I picture this as what made him “a man greatly beloved…”

Because of Calvary,
Glenn M. Stockton
The Pastor’s Friend