Working Together for Good …
Romans 8:28-29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
This truth cannot be fully known with human intellect. The natural man would laugh at such a premise. We must launch out into the deep with our God-given faith to receive the above truth. I cannot explain how it works, but I know it works. Period. The “good” produced is toward the believer AND God, The “good” produced is that the believer is conformed into the image of Christ, and God is glorified. Jesus deserves that from us, and any hardship put upon us by the Lord is worth enduring that we might be pressed into Christ’s image.
This past month has given Linda and I many “things,” some good, some bad, but we know that things good or bad are working to conform us to the image of Christ. On the good side, our sending church, White Oak Springs Baptist Church, in Dallas, GA, held our annual summer Jubilee revival meetings. The Lord greatly blessed, and the saints were challenged and edified. In all, there were around 29 messages preached from Sunday morning through Friday night. If you would like to listen to any or all of those sermons, visit our website (wosbc.com).
On the bad side of things (which we know will work together for good), Linda continues to experience daily weakness and nausea, along with chronic sinus infection. She is scheduled for further tests in August, so please do pray that the Lord will heal her, either by doctors or by His healing touch.
Richard P. and I were in Rutledge State Prison in Georgia this month for a three-day revival meeting. This was our first time at this prison. We were pleasantly surprised when 71 inmates came to the first night’s service. Several inmates entered into a contest to see who could bring the most visitors to the last two night’s services. Six men worked hard, and each one earned a Rock of Ages study Bible. The attendance grew each night, with 114 inmates at the last service. A total of 23 men made profession of faith. Prayers for them would be appreciated.