I remember living in New Mexico, serving in the United States Air Force. I was somewhat moderately religious, but the moderation was because of heritage more than anything else. I did read the Bible and had some low-level knowledge, like knowing where the Ten Commandments could be found when someone asked me. I was also a member of the Nazarene Church, the church of which my parents were associated, but one to which my grandmother was loyal. My experience in the Nazarene Church was good, but my commitment to them was not as good.
As a member of the USAF, while in New Mexico, I was introduced to the “church of Christ” for the first time. To me, one church was a good as another and, by and large, they were all good. The churches I knew I had no real interest in would have been the Mormons and Catholics, but Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists – I had no real objections to these. Continue reading
CONVERSION OF A BAPTIST FAMILY
A few weeks ago I received an interesting email from my friend and fellow gospel preacher Raymond Elliott of Prattville, Alabama. Raymond told the story of the conversion of Andrew Jackson and Lonia B. Harden and their family from denominationalism to the purity and simplicity of New Testament Christianity. I was so impressed with the story that I asked Raymond for permission to use it as a “Hugh’s News & Views.” He gladly granted permission. The fascinating story follows in Raymond’s words. Continue reading
An evangelist in Bahia state wrote that Gilmar taught and baptized his own mother. Now there are eight members of the same family in Christ. Click below for photos.
Three great stories yesterday and today on BNc, and I didn’t write any of them. 🙂
From Rick Kelley: Baptism365: College Grove, TN reports baptisms – B365 brings a dose of encouragement from around the world. Enjoy! http://www.baptism365.com/2011/11/college-grove-tn-reports-baptisms.html
My father studied with a man who had belonged to the Baptist church and was never able to “turn on the light” for him.
When I took over preaching duties from my father in the church, it was my turn to study with him and I failed to lead him to the truth. He was so deeply entrenched in that doctrine since his family for several generations had taught him so that he was thoroughly entrenched.
About 20 years passed and news reached me he had been baptized. Though delighted, I was surprised he finally obeyed his Lord. When I saw him, I expressed my happiness that we were brothers, and asked him what had happened to convince him to obey the gospel.
He said he obeyed the gospel because of the conduct of his wife. Through the years, her faithful Christian example convinced him of the truth and he obeyed the gospel. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,” (1 Peter 3:1 ESV).
By visions and verbal commands, the Lord sent Philip to the Ethiopian, Ananias to Saul, and Peter to Cornelius. The miraculous was involved, although the Lord still had people teaching people, according to his plan.
Let’s back off the miraculous and go with the providential. Tell a moment when you sensed the Lord working to bring a teacher-evangelist and a ready soul together for salvation.
The Lord is always working, of course, but there seem to be times when we notice, through circumstances surrounding a moment of time, the involvement of the Lord, more than at others.
I was reading a bit from Esther recently so maybe providence is at the front of my mind.
I think mine is the one of Saul of Tarsus. I know if we were the ones deciding who would or could become a Christian and lived back in the First Century–I don’t think we would have him high or low on our list. You have to read Acts 9, 22 & 26 to get as Luke says, “The Whole Counsel of God.”
This shows the longsuffering and mercy of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Many times those who we think will be no use to the Lord and His Church can become fruitful disciples. Remember, as one song has as its title: “There’s Room in the Kingdom for All.”
My favorite conversion story in the book of Acts?
Not because the story contains the highest concentration of visions and angels of any of the stories. Nor because of the strangeness of the sheet full of animals. In the conversion of Cornelius, the gospel makes the jump to the Gentiles. Yes, the Samaritans had heard the gospel, but they were half-breeds, part Jews, and that puddle jump wasn’t as momentous as the one that crossed the only true barrier of the ancient world, that of Jew and Gentile.
It is retold for the benefit of the Jews in chapter 11, so only one retelling behind the conversion of Saul.
This man and household who cared deeply for God are given the opportunity to repent for eternal life.
God makes all this happen, as he changes minds and moves men to a meeting and a message for redemption.
May we see many a sheet full of all manner of beasts coming down from heaven!
Your Acts conversion story?
What is your favorite conversion story in the book of Acts? Thus reads the Daily Nudge for this cool Tuesday morning. Tell us why a particular story draws your attention. What details make it special to you?
This next Saturday I’ll teach a special study for God’s family here in SJCampos and Taubaté, actually, an evangelistic training session. It will use the teaching about the kingdom of God to demonstrate the importance and essential nature of the church. Tying the church to its identification with the kingdom today shows what value the Lord gives to it.
Well, it’s time to head for the office today. I worked from home yesterday as I recuperated from my trip this past weekend. But my books will get lonely if I stay away for long.
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