Bryan Kelly, who is with Common Ground Ministries in Montgomery, sent in a message from the Gospel of Mark for this issue. Bryan says that central to Jesus’ message to this young, successful ruler was a desire to make him put his life in the proper perspective. Jesus wanted the man to be truly free, according to Bryan, so that he would know God and really love others. Bryan points out that “it’s amazing that we are loved by a God who pays detailed attention to us, even in our places of unhealthy attachments.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Mark 10:21, 22
John Gibbons, who serves as State Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Alabama, sent in a verse for this issue. John and all of the folks at FCA do a tremendous job of spreading the gospel message in our schools and ministering to thousands of students in our state.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Chris Turner, a lawyer in Abbeville, Ala., also sent in a verse this month. Chris, a cancer survivor and a very strong Christian, says the verse means a great deal to him. He is also a native of Blue Springs, Ala. Chris and I have been good friends for a long time.
God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in God, whose thoughts are fixed on God.
Another long-time friend from Barbour County, Gracelyn Graves, sent in her favorite Bible Verse. Gracelyn, who lives in Eufaula, says the verse has been especially meaningful to her through the highs and lows of her life. Having known Gracelyn for a number of years, I can tell our readers that she is a very special person.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
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