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Thirsty for God! Faith, Waiting for Truth!

Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand           This is an excerpt from “Tortured for Christ”

           by Richard Wurmbrand

            ‘Russians – A People with such ‘Thirsty Souls’

“For me, to preach the gospel to the Russians is heaven on earth.  I have preached the gospel to men of many nations, but I have never seen a people drink in the gospel like the Russians.   They have such thirsty souls.

An Orthodox priest, a friend of mine, telephoned me and told me that a Russian officer had come to him to confess.  My friend did not know Russian.  However, knowing that I speak Russian, he had given him my address.  The next day this man came to see me.  He longed for God, but he had never seen a Bible.  He had no religious education and never attended religious services (churches in Russia then were very scarce).  He loved God without the slightest knowledge of Him.

I read to him the Sermon on the Mount and the parables of Jesus.  After hearing them, he danced around the room in rapturous joy proclaiming, “What a wonderful beauty!  How could I live without knowing this Christ!”  It was the first time that I saw someone so joyful in Christ.

Then I made a mistake.  I read to him the passion and the crucifixion on Christ, without having prepared him for this.  He had not expected it and, when he heard how Christ was beaten, how He was crucified and that in the end He died, he fell into an armchair and began to weep bitterly.  He had believed in a Savior and now his Savior was dead!

I looked at him and was ashamed.  I had called myself a Christian, a pastor, and a teacher of others, but I had never shared the suffering of Christ as this Russian officer now shared them.  Looking at him, it was like seeing Mary Magdalene weeping at the foot of the cross, faithfully weeping when Jesus was a corpse in the tomb.

Then I read to him the story of the resurrection and watched his expression change.  He had not known that his Savior arose from the tomb.  When he heard this wonderful news, he beat his knees and swore – using very dirty, but very “holy” profanity.  This was his crude manner of speech.  Again he rejoiced,  shouting for joy.  “He is alive!  He is alive!”  He danced around the room once more, overwhelmed with happiness!

I said to him, “Let us pray!”  He did not know how to pray.  He did not know our “holy” phrases.  He fell on his knees together with me and his words of prayer were: “Oh God, what a fine chap you are!  If I were You and You were me, I would never have forgiven You of Your sins.  But You are really a very nice chap!  I love You with all of my heart.”

I think that all the angels in heaven stopped what they were doing to listen to this sublime prayer from a Russian officer.  The man had been won for Christ!”

Amen!  Hallelujah!

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This Year will be Different – SkitGuys

Do you feel sometimes that your life consists of waking up, eating, going to work and doing it all over again tomorrow.  Make next year different.  You can start today!

Source: http://skitguys.com/videos/item/this-year-will-be-different

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Men’s Retreat with PriorityOne

Great weekend everyone! We had our largest group ever, 16 people. One member of our group, Curtis, was baptized in the lake! We had a great time getting to know each other. It’s great to have good Christian friends. For those that couldn’t join us – we missed you!

Just posted some pictures on our facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/43848377913/  Hope you enjoy. Here are just a few:

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Finally, in the spirit of the weekend, here are 10 things I learned:
(1) Alhassan can play a mean game of frisbee golf.  After one of my throws he said “you aren’t very athletic are you?”  Thank brother!
(2) A letter in Vinny Coniglio’s last name is silent. Do you know which one?  Hint: It’s not the ‘C’
(3) John snores
(4) If you take a long time to drink your milkshake … make sure no one is around to continue to bring it up all weekend.
(5) Alhassan once shaved his head and John would for a $1000, any takers?
(6) Robert can’t drive a nail while wearing a blindfold, sunglasses and a funny hat
(7) Although it may have felt like it, we didn’t set a world record for the longest time between sinking a ball (other than the cue ball) in billards.
(8) Yves is fearless – zip line, swing, rope course …. bring it on!

(9) When you get baptized in Lake Champion, the Holy Spirit turns your potbelly into a six pack (Curtis)!

and #10….
(10) Yes Vinny, the water fountain works!

Come join us for one of our small groups this week.  Either Thursday evening or Saturday morning.  Send a note to learn more.