God IS Real

God placed on my Heart to share this TRUE story with you all today. Take a moment to read it all the way through.

Father John Powell, a professor at Loyola University in Chicago, writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy:

Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session in the Theology of Faith. That was the day I first saw Tommy. He was combing his long flaxen hair, which hung six inches below his shoulders. 

It was the first time I had ever seen a boy with hair that long. I guess it was just coming into fashion then. I know in my mind that it isn’t what’s on your head but what’s in it that counts; but on that day, I was unprepared and my emotions flipped. I immediately filed Tommy under “S” for strange…Very strange.

Tommy turned out to be the “atheist in residence” in my Theology of Faith course. He constantly objected to, smirked at, or whined about the possibility of an unconditionally loving Father/God. We lived with each other in relative peace for one semester, although I admit he was for me at times a serious pain in the back pew.

When he came up at the end of the course to turn in his final exam, he asked in a cynical tone, “Do you think I’ll ever find God?” I decided instantly on a little shock therapy. “No!” I said very emphatically. “Why not,” he responded, “I thought that was the product you were pushing.”

I let him get five steps from the classroom door and then I called out, “Tommy! I don’t think you’ll ever find Him, but I am absolutely certain that He will find you!” He shrugged a little and left my class and my life. I felt slightly disappointed at the thought that he had missed my clever line — He will find you! At least I thought it was clever.

Later I heard that Tommy had graduated, and I was duly grateful. Then a sad report came. I heard that Tommy had terminal cancer. 

Before I could search him out, he came to see me. When he walked into my office, his body was very badly wasted and the long hair had all fallen out as a result of chemotherapy. But his eyes were bright and his voice was firm, for the first time, I believe. 

“Tommy, I’ve thought about you so often; I hear you are sick,” I blurted out.

“Oh, yes, very sick. I have cancer in both lungs. It’s a matter of weeks.”

“Can you talk about it, Tom?” I asked.

“Sure, what would you like to know?” he replied.

“What’s it like to be only twenty-four and dying?

“Well, it could be worse.

“Like what?”

“Well, like being fifty and having no values or ideals, like being fifty and thinking that booze, seducing women, and making money are the real biggies in life.”

I began to look through my mental file cabinet under “S” where I had filed Tommy as strange. (It seems as though everybody I try to reject by classification, God sends back into my life to educate me.)

“But what I really came to see you about,” Tom said, “is something you said to me on the last day of class.” (He remembered!) He continued, “I asked you if you thought I would ever find God and you said, ‘No!’ which surprised me. Then you said, ‘But He will find you.’ 

“I thought about that a lot, even though my search for God was hardly intense at that time. (My clever line. He thought about that a lot!) “But when the doctors removed a lump from my groin and told me that it was malignant, that’s when I got serious about locating God. And when the malignancy spread into my vital organs, I really began banging bloody fists against the bronze doors of heaven. But God did not come out. In fact, nothing happened. Did you ever try anything for a long time with great effort and with no success? You get psychologically glutted, fed up with trying. And then you quit.

“Well, one day I woke up, and instead of throwing a few more futile appeals over that high brick wall to a God who may be or may not be there, I just quit. I decided that I didn’t really care about God, about an afterlife, or anything like that. I decided to spend what time I had left doing something more profitable. I thought about you and your class and I remembered something else you had said:

‘The essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it would be almost equally sad to go through life and leave this world without ever telling those you loved that you had loved them.’

“So, I began with the hardest one, my Dad. He was reading the newspaper when I approached him.

“Dad.”

“Yes, what?” he asked without lowering the newspaper.

“Dad, I would like to talk with you.”

“Well, talk.”

“I mean. It’s really important.”

The newspaper came down three slow inches. “What is it?”

“Dad, I love you, I just wanted you to know that.” Tom smiled at me and said it with obvious satisfaction, as though he felt a warm and secret joy flowing inside of him.

“The newspaper fluttered to the floor. Then my father did two things I could never remember him ever doing before. He cried and he hugged me. We talked all night, even though he had to go to work the next morning. It felt so good to be close to my father, to see his tears, to feel his hug, to hear him say that he loved me.

“It was easier with my mother and little brother. They cried with me, too, and we hugged each other and started saying really nice things to each other. We shared the things we had been keeping secret for so many years.

“I was only sorry about one thing — that I had waited so long. “Here I was, just beginning to open up to all the people I had actually been close to.

“Then, one day I turned around and God was there. He didn’t come to me when I pleaded with Him. I guess I was like an animal trainer holding out a hoop, ‘C’mon, jump through. C’mon, I’ll give you three days, three weeks. Apparently, God does things in His own way and at His own hour.

“But the important thing is that He was there. He found me! You were right. He found me even after I stopped looking for Him.”

“Tommy,” I practically gasped, “I think you are saying something very important and much more universal than you realize. To me, at least, you are saying that the surest way to find God is not to make Him a private possession, a problem solver, or an instant consolation in time of need, but rather by opening to love. You know, the Apostle John said: ‘God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him.’

“Tom, could I ask you a favor? You know, when I had you in class you were a real pain. But (laughingly) you can make it all up to me now. Would you come into my present Theology of Faith course and tell them what you have just told me? If I told them the same thing it wouldn’t be half as effective as if you were to tell it.”

“Oooh…I was ready for you, but I don’t know if I’m ready for your class.” “Tom, think about it. If and when you are ready, give me a call.” In a few days Tom called, said he was ready for the class, that he wanted to do that for God and for me. So we scheduled a date.

However, he never made it. He had another appointment, far more important than the one with me and my class. Of course, his life was not really ended by his death, only changed. He made the great step from faith into vision. He found a life far more beautiful than the eye of man has ever seen or the ear of man has ever heard or the mind of man has ever imagined.

Before he died, we talked one last time.

“I’m not going to make it to your class,” he said.

“I know, Tom.”

“Will you tell them for me? Will you…tell the whole world for me?”

“I will, Tom. I’ll tell them. I’ll do my best.”

So, to all of you who have been kind enough to read this simple story about God’s love, thank you for listening. And to you, Tommy, somewhere in the sunlit, verdant hills of heaven — I told them, Tommy, as best I could.

If this story means anything to you, please pass it on to a friend or two. It is a true story and is not enhanced for publicity purposes.

With thanks, Rev. John Powell, Professor,

Loyola University, Chicago

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God Is Faithful Even When You’re Not

God knows what you are going through and knows some of you are beating yourselves up. You don’t feel good enough or faithful enough to ask to be Blessed let alone be loved by God. Regardless God LOVES YOU SO MUCH!!! He is showing me how incredibly deep His Love is for you. Yes, He disciplines you and is making your path straight because of His Love for you. The time of pruning is not easy but necessary. Yahushua doesn’t leave you the same way He finds you. You are a work in progress and your life is being shaped by His wonderful Hand. God is always faithful even when you have moments where you (and your thoughts) may have wandered from Him. Yahushua goes after His lost sheep. Truly He leaves the 99 to find the one … you. He has been trying to reach you so you understand that He knows what you are facing. He knows it isn’t easy at times. He knows it seems like you never get a break in life. But your circumstances do not define you, He does. He has a plan for your life. He is FAITHFUL.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares Yahweh, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Yahweh Bless you, with MUCH Love!

There is ONE who believes in you

Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You today with thanksgiving and praise in our Hearts. Thank You for all that You do each and every day for us. Thank You for Heaven’s bodyguard over our lives. Thank You for going after the one who is lost. Each of us was lost at one time and we are so grateful that you left the 99 to find us. Today we cry out for the one. The one who is alone and far from you. The one who doesn’t know where their next meal is going to come from. The one who knows in their heart that You are real but they do not have the courage to go to a local church. The one who is fighting suicidal thoughts at this moment. The one who is in a fog of depression. The one fighting for their marriage because it is in a downward spiral. The one who is confused about their identity. The one who is ensnared by lust. The one who is filled with regret and shame. The one who is committing adultery and cannot seem to break out. The one being pulled by the spirit of pornography. The one who feels unworthy and unloved. 

Father, there are so many who need help right now. You know them all by name and know every hair on their head. We ask that You send Yahushua to them today, at this hour. Please rescue them and let them know there is freedom and hope in Yahushua. They do not have to stay trapped in the shackles of this world. Please let them know how deeply they are Loved.

Amen and HaleluYah!

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

“Then Yahushua told them this parable: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:3-7

Faith Friday, God is Love

Dear Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for another day on this earth to serve You. Who are we that You, the God of the Universe, would choose us to be Your LIGHT and LOVE upon this earth? You have never given up on us. You continue to provide in impossible ways. You continue to go after the lost sheep. And when You find them, Your LOVE washes over them as You embrace them with OPEN ARMS. You meet them where they are in life. It doesn’t matter how deep or dark their sin is. Your Love makes a way and shines a LIGHT in the darkness to bring them back to You. I hear, “No sin is too great for My Love to wash away.” So many run from You because they do not feel worthy. They do not believe that You can LOVE them and REDEEM them. They have not yet had an encounter with the One and Only LIVING GOD. We cry out Yahweh that You send Yahushua to the masses. Send Him to the lost. Send Him to those who believe they are “bad” and have done such bad things that You would never LOVE them. PLEASE SEND HIM. 

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:44

There are so many who are lost and in need of Your LOVE. We are asking for Miracles around the world today for those that are lost and hurting. Father, we cry out asking that You orchestrate every detail to set up millions of Divine Appointments today so they come to know Yahushua. PLEASE SEND HIM. Satan has unleashed false teachings that You are not real and is trying to infiltrate through the children, college-age kids, and adults. They need a personal encounter with You without delay. PLEASE SEND HIM. Show up as You did in the time of Elijah. In one moment, they all knew the God Elijah served because You started a fire in a heavily soaked pile of wood when others could not. In response to Elijah’s prayer, You lit the FIRE. I am asking Yahweh, LIGHT THE FIRE. Let the WHOLE WORLD know the God we serve and Your AMAZING LOVE.

Amen and HaleluYah!

Will you Worship with me today? God is Love