“We take in strays, orphans and widderwimen.” (see James 1:27)
Y’all all remember Lois. She was the old lady that used to babysit for us when Lindsey was a little baby. She was pretty crazy, and she had a drinkin’ problem off and on during her life. She had some pretty hard times, what with her husband dying when he was a young man, and them having a boy with Downs Syndrome. She had to raise that boy by herself. He lived to be about 20 years old. But oh what a caring heart that lady had. She was like a member of our family. She went camping with us in Big Bend; and she took y’all fishing at her lake house. She took us out there to feed the chickens and have puppies in her living room floor. She needed us and we needed her, and God saw to it that we all got what we needed, which was mostly somebody to love us, and hug us, and answer the phone when the call came in the middle of the night. I was glad to know her.
And there was this guy named Dave Twoomey. I’m not sure how it happened (somehow thru the church I think) but we ended up with his wife and two little girls living in the basement apartment while he was sitting in jail for kiting checks. Somehow or other he finally got out after about a month and they all left; but in the meantime we fed ‘em and talked to them about Jesus; and got ‘em clothes and stuff. I don’t think we changed their lives or anything, but something was going on. And at the time God had blessed us with extra stuff and money; so it didn’t hurt us one bit. We even gave him a Bible, but I think he left it there when he left.
When I first got baptized in the Spirit, I was working for Paul Campbell remodeling apartments. He had this cabinetmaker named Jim Haynes who was a recovering alcoholic who hadn’t quite made it to recovery. One time he didn’t show up for work for 3-4 days and Paul got me to go with him to Jim’s apartment to see about him. He was so drunk he couldn’t even get his clothes on, so we helped him. Continue reading →
You’ve heard that old song, “If it’s good for Paul and Silas, it’s good enough for me.” There’s lot of stuff from “the good ole days” that IS good enough for me. I mean not from ‘their’ era, but from the days of my youth. Good ole Gospel singing. Billy Graham preaching. Maybe even a tent revival with preachers speaking the truth of God, and the people truly rising to the occasion and meeting the Spirit with their hearts. It’s been a long time since I experienced the movement of the Spirit like that.
But as it applies to ‘making disciples’, what I experienced when I was young fell short of what I now perceive as God’s will for our lives as disciples of Jesus. Even now-a-days I find much of the teaching in churches about discipleship is pretty dry and academic. I hear about programs for college kids where they spend the summers working at jobs and spending all their ‘free’ time walking the beaches talking to people about Jesus. High intensity training in making disciples. In six to eight weeks each kid gets to talk to several hundred (200-300) people. People are getting saved, making a commitment to Jesus. Their lives are being transformed; the kids (the evangelists) as much as their contacts. No matter what they do for God in the future, it changes their whole perspective on what it means to “follow” Jesus. Continue reading →