This past Thursday night, Saturday afternoon(at our annual spring youth rally)and Sunday morning and evening, our church was blessed to hear the anointed preaching of Pastor Ron Townsley from Princeton, Illinois. Brother Townsley was with us 2 years ago as the speaker at our 2014 youth rally and was greatly used of God to help our church.
Preaching is really amazing to me. I find it incredible that a man of God can earnestly pray, study and deliver a message that can touch people’s lives in so many different ways.
1Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
It’s through the preaching of the Word of God that we can receive the greatest gift, which is the salvation of our souls.
There are a host of other things that we need saving from as well.
-despair when we’re being tested
-our own carnal nature
This is by no means a complete list, but God knows just exactly what we need and when we need it. He knows each person that is going to be in any given meeting and the needs that are represented there. For instance, on Sunday there was a young lady in our morning service that we had not seen for several months. We had no idea that she was going to be there. Having known some of her background and things she has been through recently, I knew that things that were being said by the preacher were speaking to her and her situation. The preacher had no idea who this young lady was, but God knew, and God was reaching for her through an anointed God called preacher. At the same time, the message that was coming across the pulpit was striking a chord with others who were there also. It is so awesome how God uses His Word to reach to us! I’m so thankful for the Word of God and God called men who are not afraid to preach it. I wish I could share all that Pastor Townsley preached, but I know I could not do it justice. I’m just thankful that he allowed God to use him, and many individuals responded to the Word and were strengthened and helped as God was reaching through the preaching.
The Word of God in your ears has been preached.
And by it, for your heart the Lord has reached.
Hark to the Master’s call.
Come to the altar; give to Him your all.
The things the man of God has said ring true.
And now it’s time, the choice is up to you.
Your will to God, do give.
He’ll give to you a better way to live.
As in His holy presence you do kneel,
And offer up a pure, sincere appeal,
The grace He does impart
To get back up and make a brand new start.
And from the church house as you go your way,
Knowing you’ve heard the things God had to say.
Leave changed! Leave changed!
And no more walk alone.
Go in the strength that flows from Heaven’s throne.