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1/7/2018

God’s Grace Is Sufficient

Annie Johnson Flint

 

      The biographical account of poetess/hymn-writer Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932) is a story of both heartbreak and triumph. Born on Christmas Eve in the small town of Vineland, New Jersey, she was welcomed by Eldon and Jean Johnson as their greatest earthly gift. Three years later, little Annie would lose her mother, who died as she gave birth to Annie’s baby sister. Mr. Johnson, who himself was suffering from an incurable disease, willed the children to the Flint family who would bring them up in the Baptist faith.
    It was during a revival meeting at the age of 8 that the Spirit of God brought Annie’s young heart to faith in Christ. She always believed that at that time, she was truly converted. Though she did not join the church until 10 years later, she never doubted that “the eternal work was then wrought.” She strongly opposed the idea that young children cannot comprehend spiritual truths. She felt that divine mysteries were often plainer to the simple faith of a child than to many adults, blinded by their own prejudices and intellectual doubts.
    Whether by nature or through her early Christian experience, Annie was generally disposed to be cheerful and optimistic. She looked on the bright side of life and was able to get much enjoyment out of life. Her forward-looking, lifted-up head was a characteristic attitude and was typical of the courage she was to manifest in later life. She certainly learned to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
    After high school, she spent one year in teacher training and had a position offered to her, but felt that she was really needed at home. Later in her second year of teaching, arthritis began to show itself. She grew steadily worse until it became difficult for her to walk at all, and she was soon obliged to give up her work, followed by three years of increasing helplessness. The death of both of her adoptive parents within a few months of each other left Annie and her sister alone again. There was little money in the bank, and the twice-orphaned children had come to a real “Red Sea place” in their lives.
    Her verses provided a solace for her in the long hours of suffering. Then she began making hand-lettered cards and gift books, and decorating some of her own verses. Testimonies came from many directions of blessing received, so two card publishers printed some of her greetings and released the first little brochure of her poems. The publication of her booklets and the action of the Sunday School Times linked her up with a worldwide fellowship, and she carried most of the correspondence, though one wonders how she could get a pen through those poor twisted fingers. Her letters were as rich as her poems, always bringing a touch of humor that was refreshing.
    She loved to give to others, but was reluctant to receive, even though she suffered great times of trial and testing. Eventually she gained new understanding and learned how to share the hard moments of her life with others who could not understand the hardships of their lives.

The timeless written treasures of Annie Johnson Flint are actually available at Amazon, but her books are now collector’s items and range in price from about $40 on upward over $100. Here is one of them . . .

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   She put into poetry words that she titled, What God Hath Promised. And through those words and many others, she became convinced that God intended to glorify Himself through her in her weak, earthen vessel; and like Paul, she gained real assurance and could say with the apostle, the promise granted to him: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” She could also say with Paul, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” She believed that God had laid her aside for a purpose, even though that purpose was obscure to her at times.
    The marvelous thing is that Annie’s faith never faltered, and that she was at all times able to say, “Thy will be done.”

REFERENCES:
https://hymnary.org/person/Flint_Annie

1/14/2018

Fixer Upper

Chip & Joanna Gaines

 

     Have you ever watched HGTV? You know, the channel that carries all those home improvement shows. One of those shows in particular features the very warm and funny couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. They help clients buy old houses, fix them up, and make them look spectacular. It’s a very popular program and the couple gives all their praise and the glory to God for their huge success.
    Now Chip was raised in a Christian home. His mother was saved at a Billy Graham crusade in 1974. He grew in that faith and was strongly influenced by Danny Lotz, the son-in-law of Billy Graham.
    Joanna had a very different experience. Her mother was Korean and her father was Caucasian. She knew she was different and had a personal crisis about it at a young age. As a bi-racial child, she felt she wasn’t quite good enough. In spite of that, she found her confidence and overcame her insecurities. She also learned to walk with the Lord. Then one day she heard God speak to her. He said, “Joanna, there’s going to come a time when I’m going to say for you to, ‘Go,’ and I’m going to need you to step out.”
    Time passed. Joanna graduated from college and met a man she describes as a “handsome, rugged cowboy who was hilarious.” The man was Chip Gaines. They married and began to share their dreams with each other. Chip knew that Joanna had many dreams to start several businesses, but was afraid to step out and take the risk. Through his encouragement they opened Magnolia Market together.
    Before long, they started their family. By the time they had their second child, the couple knew God wanted Joanna to stay at home to raise the children. They closed their store which made Joanna very sad. She felt as if the rug was being pulled out from under her and that their dreams were about to die. At the same time, she clearly heard God tell her, “Trust me . . . one day I will take Magnolia farther than you’ve ever dreamed.” That gave her complete peace.
    A few years later, God spoke to Joanna again and said, “It’s time to re-open your store.” But Joanna had doubts. At they same time, they had received a call from a production company wanting a short video of the Gaines’s describing their family and what they do as a business. That turned into the show they now have called Fixer Upper. Everything came together and Joanna realized that because she trusted the Lord with her dream, He made all of His promises to her come to pass.
    The couple told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “Our family has made a commitment to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well. They showed us how to keep our marriage and family centered around God. As for Fixer Upper, we have been surprised at the impact of our faith through the show. We haven’t been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith. Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and we’ve glimpsed this in practice and strive for it every day.”

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.

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     Joanna also shares, “Whether you’re staying home and raising beautiful babies or you’re the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, let God speak into your life,” she said. “Let the Father’s heart come and say, ‘This is what I have for you.’ I think that’s the key–not believing the lies, fixing our eyes on Jesus, and walking in the truth.”
    Is God speaking into your life today?

REFERENCES:
https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/fixer-upper-s-joanna-gaines-says-god-let-her-to-hgtv.html


http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/59415/20151103/fixer-upper-stars-chip-joanna-gaines-reveal-commitment-putting-christ.htm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456GcpzCOpE

1/21/2018

He Met Jesus On The Moon

Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin

 

      Apollo Fifteen’s Commander David Scott and Pilot James Irwin spent three days on the Moon. During that time James Irwin had an encounter with God he would never forget.
    James Irwin was the eighth man to walk on the moon and the first man to ride in the Lunar Rover. Outside their spacesuits, the temperature on the lunar surface was 150 degrees. Irwin’s wife, Mary, said, “He was perspiring like crazy and losing his electrolyte balance. He also had a sodium and potassium imbalance which can trigger a heart attack.”
    Flight surgeons on earth who monitored the men were alarmed when they saw both astronauts develop irregular heart rhythms. But Mission Control told neither of the men about their condition as flight surgeons reasoned they were getting 100 percent oxygen and could continuously monitor their vital signs, even at zero gravity. Also, they had partially replicated and exceeded these conditions at an ICU unit back on earth.
    As Irwin moved about the lunar surface, apparently unaware of his precarious health situation, he was struck by the size of the earth. It was about the size of his thumbnail. He went on with his assignment and was attempting to set up some equipment that would not erect due to a cotter pin or something.  Frustrated in trying to get the experiment to work, Irwin decided he would pray.
    Irwin was raised in a Christian home; he was a believer and churchgoer since age 10, yet he was a nominal Christian at this stage of his life. Mary said, “Maybe he walked away from his walk with the Lord a little, as he described himself as a ‘bump on a Christian log’.”
    Irwin prayed for wisdom to complete his task. He said, “God I need your help right now.” Suddenly he experienced the presence of Jesus Christ in a remarkable way, unlike anything he ever felt on earth. He said, “The Lord showed me the solution to the problem and the experiment erected before him like a little altar.” He said he was so overwhelmed at seeing and feeling God’s close presence that he even looked over his shoulder to see if God was standing there.
    After his return from the moon, Irwin rode in a ticker tape parade through the streets of New York. “There were thousands of people lining the street and he was trying to see all their faces,” Mary recalled. “God dropped it into his heart that he had a responsibility to mankind to share Jesus with everyone after that.”
    Like other men in church history who have experienced dramatic encounters with God, the result was an increased power to witness for Jesus, and a new confidence and boldness that fueled his passion to become an representative for Christ to the nations. Within a year of Irwin’s return from space, he resigned from NASA and formed High Flight Foundation, with a goal to reach the world as “goodwill ambassadors for the Prince of Peace.” Irwin said, “. . . As I travel around I tell people that Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.”
    Irwin’s heart problems continued. On the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission, he spoke in Aspen, Colorado. The next day he took a long bicycle ride to the Maroon Bells near Aspen. After the ride, he collapsed due to a massive heart attack and went to live forever with the God he loved – the same one he encountered on the surface of the moon. It’s ironic that his heavenly homecoming was within hours of the 20th anniversary of his return to earth from that mission.

Irwin testifies, “I am now more than an earthling because of my moon walk–but in the spiritual sense we can all be more than earthlings by surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ and living for Him daily.”

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This unusual encounter with Jesus–some 238,000 miles from earth–changed Irwin’s life forever. Are you looking for a life change? You don’t have to travel to the moon. Jesus is right here for you.  Seek Him today. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,” (NIV).

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Irwin

Read more at-http://blog.godreports.com/2011/03/encounter-with-jesus-on-the-moon-left-astronaut-changed/

1/28/2018

The Apostle Of Faith

Smith Wigglesworth

 

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      Smith Wigglesworth was a British Evangelist and faith healer who lived from 1859 to 1947. His father was a manual laborer and received very little pay. Smith went to work at the tender age of six so he could contribute to the family’s income.
    His parents, John and Martha, did not know God. Yet they took young Smith to Methodist and Anglican churches on regular occasions. His grandmother was a strong Wesleyan Methodist and would take Smith to meetings as well. At one of these meetings Smith heard a song about Jesus the “Lamb”. Smith realized God’s love for him and became born-again that day. He was immediately filled with the desire to evangelize and led his own mother to Christ.
    In 1892, Smith married a gal named Polly Featherstone. They had a daughter and four sons over the years. Wigglesworth learned to read after he married Polly; she taught him to read the Bible. He often stated that it was the only book he ever read, and did not permit newspapers in his home, preferring the Bible to be their only reading material.
    Wigglesworth began to preach around the turn of the century. He actually worked as a plumber but gave it up when his ministry began to bloom. In 1907 he visited The Sunderland Revival led my Alexander Boddy. During the meeting, Alexander’s wife laid hands on Smith and he was baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. He spoke in the Assemblies of God Church, and later for the same denomination in the United States through the 1920s. He also received his ministerial credentials through them.
    Wigglesworth was called The Apostle of Faith because of his absolute trust in God. In his meetings, he would quote passages from the Bible and lead lively singing to help build people‘s faith and encourage them to act on it. He emphasized belief in the fact that God could do the impossible.
    Supporters of Smith said they were miraculously healed. There were reports that people were raised from the dead, including his wife Polly. Many people said they were cured of cancer through him. Wigglesworth described cancer as “a living evil spirit”. He sometimes attributed ill-health to demons and said that many diseases were “satanic in origin”.
    Smith believed that healing came through faith, and he was flexible in his approach. When he was forbidden to lay hands on audience members by the authorities in Sweden, he preached for a “corporate healing”, by which people laid hands on themselves. He also practiced anointing with oil, and the distribution of “prayer handkerchiefs” (one of which was sent to King George V).
    Ministering at many churches throughout Yorkshire, he also had an international ministry including the countries of Sweden, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Pacific Islands, India, Ceylon, and several countries in Europe.

Excerpt from Smith Wigglesworth Devotional:
–(January 1st)  God has a plan beyond anything that we have ever known. He has a plan for every individual life, and if we have any other plan in view, we miss the grandest plan of all. Nothing in the past is equal to the present, and nothing in the present can equal the things of tomorrow. Tomorrow should be so filled with holy expectations that we will be living flames for Him. God never intended His people to be ordinary or commonplace. His intentions were that they should be on fire for Him, conscious of His divine power, realizing the glory of the Cross that foreshadows the crown.
–Thought for today: There is a good; there is a better; but God has a best, a higher standard for us than we have yet attained. It is a better thing if it is God‘s plan and not ours.

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     Thousands came to know the Lord Jesus Christ through his meetings, and many hundreds were healed of serious illnesses and diseases through the supernatural gifts God gave him. His secret to a strong Christian faith was his deep and intimate relationship with God and his unwavering faith.
    Some of his sermons were transcribed for Pentecostal magazines, and these were collected into two books: Ever Increasing Faith and Faith that Prevails. He continued to minister until the time of his death on March 12, 1947.

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Wigglesworth

http://healingandrevival.com/BioSWigglesworth.htm

Smith Wigglesworth Devotional by Smith Wigglesworth (Whitaker House)

2/4/2018

The “Leper” Priest

Father Damien

 

     Jozef “Jef” De Veuster was born in the land of Belgium in the 1800s. He lived on a rural farm through his growing-up years, so it was assumed he would take over the farm one day. But God had other plans for him.
    Jozef was very interested in becoming a Priest. However, by the time he was of age to enter the Priesthood, he was thought of as too uneducated and was not accepted. He still wanted to serve God with his life so he decided to gain that needed education; enough to qualify him as a missionary. He attended a college in the town of Braine-le-Comte. It was there that he became known as  Brother Damianus or Damien.
    His first assignment was in Hawaii. He served through several parishes on Oahu. But there were so many diseases on the islands that it caused a shortage of priests. Father Damien offered to step in and help fill the need. So he served on the island of Molokai; an island that was home to a large leprous population.
     Father Damien arrived at the isolated settlement at Kalaupapa, on Molokai, where 816 lepers lived. When he was introduced to the lepers they were told, “He is one who will be a father to you, and who loves you so much that he does not hesitate to become one of you; to live and die with you”. This reminds us of our Lord, Jesus, who spared not Himself to rescue us.
    “It’s obvious, of course, that he [Jesus] didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us . . . That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself–all the pain, all the testing–and would be able to help where help was needed,” (Hebrews 2:16-18; MSG).    
    During his time there, Father Damien not only cared for the lepers but also helped to improve their state of living. He helped this leprous colony by teaching, organizing farms, and aiding in construction of chapels, roads, hospitals, and churches.
    He also personally dressed residents, dug graves, built coffins, ate food by hand with lepers, shared pipes with them, and lived with the lepers as his equals.
    Damien had always wanted to serve as a priest. He had now finally realized his goal, serving as a priest and spreading the Catholic faith. He would tell his people that despite what the outside world thought of them, they were always precious in the eyes of God and he ensured the people were taken care of.
    Under his leadership the standard of living was greatly improved for all residents in the region and some historians believed this was the turning point for the community. Father Damien made a real difference. Through him basic laws were enforced, shacks were upgraded, painted, and improved, working farms were organized, and schools were established. At his own request and of the lepers, Father Damien remained on the island of Molokai.
    For several years he not only taught as a priest but became a medical care-giver to the people. That put him in direct contact with their disease but he was not concerned for himself; he cared more for the people. He bandaged their leprous sores and tended to their needs. He cared for them until their death and then hand built coffins to bury them in.
    At one point Father Damien wrote to his brother, Pamphile, in Europe, saying, “I make myself a leper, with the lepers, to gain all to Jesus Christ.”

He relentlessly gave of himself and served the lepers who had been exiled to this barren island even at the cost of his own life

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    After serving these leprous people for eleven years, he one day put his foot into a hot bath and could feel no pain as it burned his skin. He realized that he, too, had contracted leprosy. That next chapel service, he stepped to the podium and addressed his congregants as, “ My fellow lepers . . .” He had truly become one of them. Three years later he died.
    What is the will of God for you and me? Jesus said, “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’” (Matthew 22:37-39; NIV).

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=2817

2/11/2018

Why Did He Do It?

Oscar Schindler

 

     We hear all kinds of stories about Christians who have sacrificed their lives or risked everything for the sake of doing a good deed. So what makes unsaved or non-religious people do good deeds? Some would say it’s because people are all “basically good. But there’s a flaw in that argument: People are NOT basically good. The Bible says all people are sinful. How can we know it’s true? Well, if you can show me anyone who’s lived a life of sinless perfection then I’ll rest my case. But there isn’t one. Here’s what the Bible says.
    “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9; NLT).
    “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of GOD’S glorious standard,” (Romans 3:23; NLT; emphasis added).
    Well what about people like Mother Theresa, or Mahatma Ghandi, or Oscar Schindler? They sacrificed a great deal to help others. Yes, they shared much goodness but they still were not perfect.
    Take Oscar Schindler. He went into the enamelware business in 1940. He was interested in profits and hired 1750 workers; 1000 of them were Jews. Why Jews? Because they were cheaper to pay than Poles.
    In the midst of trying to do business during the Nazi take-over, the horrors of that government began to emerge and Schindler was sickened by it. So when the Schindler Jews were threatened with deportation, he claimed exemptions for them.
    By 1941, the Nazis began transporting Jews out of the ghettos and sent to Belzec extermination camp to be killed. This affected Schindler’s workers. So he let them stay at his factory overnight to keep them from harm.  He also expanded, adding a secret outpatient clinic, co-op, kitchen, and dining room for the workers.
    Oscar Schindler was a Nazi himself; he had signed up in 1935 and said he did it for the money. But now he was appalled and said he, “changed his mind about the Nazis. He decided to get out and to save as many Jews as he could.”
    In 1943, Plaszów concentration camp opened. The man in charge of that camp was Amon Göth, a brutal sadist who would shoot inmates at random. He wanted to move Schindler’s business inside the camp. Schindler prevented it and convinced Göth to allow him to build a sub-camp to house his workers plus 450 Jews from other nearby factories. There they were safe from the threat of random execution, were well fed and housed, and were even permitted to undertake religious observances.
    Schindler took great risks and made great sacrifices. He was arrested twice for his deeds against the Nazis. As a Nazi Party member, Schindler was also in danger of being arrested as a war criminal. But a statement was prepared for the Americans by credible witnesses on his behalf that attested to his role in saving Jewish lives.
    By the end of the war, Schindler became almost destitute, having spent his entire fortune helping the Jews. Why did he do it? Well he wasn’t a saint. He was an alcoholic, a womanizer, and a one time Nazi spy himself. Yet he risked everything and rose to the highest level of humanity. Some say that his strong Catholic conscience kicked in. But the truth is no one knows why he stood in the gap to protect hundreds of Jews from death camps.

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     Here’s what Schindler himself said in a 1964 interview: “The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways. In 1939, they were forced to wear Jewish stars, and people were herded and shut up into ghettos . . . With people behaving like pigs, I felt the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them. There was no choice.”
    As human beings, we’re all flawed by sin and that creates a barrier to God’s friendship with us. God gives us many chances, but if we never admit we are sinners, we’ll even miss heaven when our life comes to a close.
    If we admit we are sinners and ask for God’s forgiveness, He will gladly accept us into His family. That’s how a person becomes born-again by the Spirit of God to live a new life in Him.
    God uses all kinds of people along the way to bring us to Himself. He can even use a debauched Nazi with a compassionate heart to rescue us from an early grave. Ultimately, that will afford us more time to come to know God as our true Lord and Savior. Do you know Him personally? Click, https://www.kathyveer.com/become-a-christian.html for more info.

 

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler

http://oskarschindler.com/11.htm

2/18/2018

The Toughest Fight Of His Life

George Foreman Part I

 

    George Foreman is a good old Texas boy. He was born in Marshall, Texas–200 miles north of Houston–but grew up in Houston’s tough Fifth Ward. He said, “From the time I was six or so I was a mean dude and I always wanted to fight, anyone!” He was raised in poverty and said he was always hungry. His mother worked steadily but had a hard time making enough money even to buy food.
    George was sixteen before he ever read a book all the way through. He said, “By junior high my rage and violence had become second nature. I cultivated the tough guy reputation and so when I reached high school, I dropped out.” George adds that he never really got to know his natural father, but later in life, it made him determined to plant deep roots for his children. He said, “I wanted my kids to have a foundation that nobody could ever take away from them.”  

    His road to trouble took a turn when at 15 years old George joined the Job Corps and was sent to Pleasanton, California. He was the most difficult of the many troubled kids at the center. But he believes God allowed him to stay because of a supervisor who took him aside to train him in boxing. As a result, he became an excellent student.
    On a dare, someone challenged George to an Olympic boxing event and said, “Put your money where your mouth is.” So in 1968 Foreman competed at the Olympics in Mexico City, in the heavyweight division.
    In the final match, Foreman drew a Soviet Union fighter, Jonas Cepulis.  Cepulis’ face was already bleeding in the first round from Foreman’s powerful punches. Then early in the second round, Cepulis had to take a standing eight count. Foreman defeated Cepulis in that same round; the referee stopped the fight and Foreman won a gold medal in the heavyweight boxing division. After Mexico City, Foreman became a sparring (training) partner for ex-heavyweight champ Sonny Liston, who lost his title to Cassius Clay in 1964 (later known as Muhammad Ali)..
    George turned professional in 1969 having a total of 13 fights that year, winning all of them including 11 knockouts. In 1970 he held the undisputed heavyweight title, winning all 12 of his bouts, including 11 knockouts. George  went on to battle some of the biggest stars in the boxing world such as Ken Norton, and Muhammad Ali. He also knocked down Smokin’ Joe Frazier five times to claim the WBA, WBC, and The Ring, heavyweight championship titles in Kingston, Jamaica in January of 1973.
    One of Foreman’s biggest disappointments came in Zaire, Africa, less than two years later,  when George lost the heavyweight title to Ali. The loss tormented George. He felt empty and his personal life became a train wreck with many women scattered through it. Boxing fans actually booed him when he came into the ring. Feeling unappreciated just made him meaner.
    At the same time, George had always been very close to his family. When he learned his five-year-old nephew George was hospitalized and in a coma, he bargained with God to take his life instead of his nephew’s. He had really tried to reach out to God at that point.
    A couple of more years had passed but George hadn’t given much more thought that God was real. In March of 1977, George took on Jimmy Young in Puerto Rico and lost. It was the fight of his life. When he got back to the dressing room, he sensed he was dying and heard a voice say, “I don’t want your money. I want you!”

The life story of George Foreman is shared in this account of how God has built George into a man of faith who is seen worldwide as a positive role model.

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     In those next moments, George underwent an intense spiritual struggle that caused raised eyebrows in the dressing room. George began to act out in response to his encounter with a true and living God. He finally yelled, “Jesus Christ is coming alive in me!” He told everyone he loved them and kissed them. They thought he was losing his mind, but when it was over George knew he would never be the same again.
    Next week, come back and join us as we share how God has used George Foreman in the lives of other people. He’s done so much more than create a kitchen grill. God has given him a real ministry with real impact. Stay tuned for part two.

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Foreman

http://www.georgeforeman.com/

https://www.beliefnet.com/entertainment/celebrities/george-foremans-second-chance.aspx

2/25/2018

The Toughest Fight Of His Life

George Foreman Part II

 

     Last week we shared about George Foreman’s beginnings. He grew up in poverty, never knew his own father, and learned to be a real tough guy so he could get by in this world. As he progressed in the world of boxing he one day found himself in a  place of utter desperation. He lost the fight of his life with Jimmy Young and thought he was going to die. That’s when God reached out to him in a very real way. After that encounter, George spouted love instead of hate and he pursued God instead of boxing. His life had totally changed.
    George says he’s often wondered what would have happened if he had won against Ali and Young. “I could hear myself boasting, and then I would have continued traveling down the road to destruction. What looked like the worst . . . turned out to be the best . . . I needed to suffer those defeats so I could hit bottom and look up. Always look for God’s purpose in all your circumstances. Just take one step at a time, trusting that God still has a plan for you . . .”
    George Foreman left boxing in 1977 to become a preacher, and never expected to return.  He began a ministry for troubled young men by founding the George Foreman Youth and Community Center (GFYCC). Although he shunned public attention, his work with youth attracted lots of it and it was his love for these young people that led him back into the boxing ring.
    George’s youth center needed money to continue to operate. At the age of 37, 10 years after leaving the ring he decided to become a heavyweight champion of the world one more time. Other fighters said he was too old and washed up. Sportswriters ridiculed him for even attempting it, but George and his wife Joan sensed God was in it.
    He stunned the boxing world on November 5, 1994 when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the tenth round to gain the heavyweight title of the world. Of the 76 fights he won, 68 of them were by knockouts. He’s the oldest person ever, to hold the heavyweight boxing title. It’s amazing to see what God can do.
    George’s 50th anniversary of his 1968 Olympic gold medal win is coming up soon. George hasn’t decided yet how to celebrate this special date but he’s talked about a very colorful way he might do it. Speaking at the Houston Sports Award dinner he hinted, “Maybe I’ll get a red, white and blue jacket and walk around with it.”  That’s because after he won the gold in the 1968 Olympics he walked around the ring with an American flag that he had in his robe. “When I won the thing, I had to make certain everybody knew where I was from. In the Olympic Village, the only thing that differentiated you from everyone else was your colors.”
    He said; “The Olympics were my launching pad. From that point on, every dream I ever set my mind to, I accomplished. I’m just happy to still be around here.

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     George marvel’s at the goodness of God in his life. He is happily married to his wife Joan, and has a family he adores. His life has changed tremendously from the troubled boy he used to be in Fifth Ward in Houston, Texas, to the Preacher he is today. Plus he gets to impact the lives of many young people for the Lord.
    Because of that changed life George can minister to young people who come to the center. He says, “I see a lot of tough guys come into the GFYCC in Houston who remind me of myself when I was a teenager.” He goes on to explain how he can now be a positive, Christian influence, helping young people to change their lives for the better. So he happily says, “God, this is some kind of life You’ve given me.”

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Foreman

http://www.georgeforeman.com/

https://www.beliefnet.com/entertainment/celebrities/george-foremans-second-chance.aspx

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Matthew 16: 26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”