The ping of the notification was annoying because of a headache. I glanced at it and froze. “Franklin Graham is following you.”
I took off my glasses and read it again. “Frank Graham is following you.” Frank, not Franklin.
It was David Wilkerson all over again. I was looking at who was following me, instead of Who I am following.
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A couple of months ago, my ego got a huge boost. David Wilkerson and his son, Gary, started following me on Twitter. It brought back a memory from my childhood at Elim Bible Institute.
David Wilkerson brought Nicky Cruz and some former gang members to Elim. They acted out a skit of their lives before they accepted Jesus as their Savior. We sat in the back of College Hall because every seat was full!
As a first grader, whose entire life had been at Elim, it was shocking! They portrayed drinking and fighting. It horrified me when one man broke a bottle over another man’s head! I swore I would never go to New York City! It’s a scary place.
Then an amazing thing happened. The men finished the skit and lined up in two rows. They clasped their hands behind their backs and started singing…
“We’ve come this far by faith
Leaning on the Lord,
Trusting in His Holy Word,
He’s never failed us yet!
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh,
We can’t turn back.
We’ve come this far by faith!”
Those words burned on my heart! The men were no longer scary – just messy. I admired David Wilkerson for going to the gangs. And I prayed God would never ask me to go!
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A few weeks ago, I finally told Mom. She wasn’t impressed. She told me David Wilkerson died several years ago. That deflated my ego!
Why do I do this? Why do I write a blog? Money is not an incentive – I’ve never made a dime. Each year I wonder where I will get funds to pay for the next year. Each year God provides.
Jeremiah 51:10, “God has set everything right for us. …” The Message
I’m studying Proverbs 14 and one of the cross-reference verses was 2 Chronicles 15:7.
2 Chronicles 15:7, “But it’s different with you: Be Strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!” The Message
Why do I write? Because I have to share what I’ve read and how it affected my day. I have written this personal journal of my walk through the Bible for 9 1/2 years. The prophet Jeremiah put it best.
Jeremiah 20:9, “But if I say, ‘Forget it! The words are a fire in my belly, and a burning in my bones. I’m worn out trying to hold it in. I can’t do it any longer.’ ” The Message
I’ve come this far by faith. I can’t turn back.
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