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He Threw His Miracle Away

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He Threw His Miracle Away

The Texas Evangelist forgot to bring his Bible to the Revival. He’d been at our church for two weeks already.  Every night, he’d have someone read his scripture for him. Some nights, he would have someone read a scripture of his or her choice and then he would preach a masterful message from that verse. His ability was unbelievable.

His singing was amazing. The people loved him. I sat on the front row and watched as he played my old Gibson J-45 box guitar. (We all knew he was a good singer because he had even ‘cut’ a record.)

He also had an incredible ministry of faith and a likeable personality. The church had not seen someone used in the ‘gifts’ like him before. Every night their faith was built up a little higher. Some of the saints testified of healings and blessings that had come their way during the revival.

After singing a few songs, one night, The Evangelist felt led to pray for the sick. The line formed and it was not short. Almost everyone could think of something they’d like prayer for, so they stood in line.

After 20 minutes or more, he raised his hands to stop the music and the praying. He got the microphone and said, ’How many here have never seen a miracle?”

Six men raised their hands. He said to them, “I want you to come up here by me. You are going to see a miracle tonight.”

He then bent over and asked the man he was getting ready to pray for, what his name was. When he found out, he continued talking in the microphone.

“Brother Marshall told me that he is a welder by trade. He said that several years ago, he was involved in a work related accident. A hot rivet fell out of a beam into his ear and it burnt out and destroyed his eardrum. The Doctors say it’s irreparable.

“Now, if God does not heal Brother Marshall completely tonight and restore his eardrum and his hearing, I will close my Bible and never preach another sermon.”

The saints and Pastor marveled at his faith and bold statements. Some cast furtive glances toward the Pastor in hopes of seeing his reaction. There was none.

“I want you six brethren to gather around Bro. Marshall.”

One at a time he had them place their hands on the man’s head, covering his ears. Finally all six pairs of hands covered Bro. Marshall’s ears.

The Evangelist prayed a prayer that didn’t seem to last 20 seconds.

With the hands still covering the ears, the Evangelist walked behind Bro. Marshall and stood about six feet away. He then turned his back to him and said in conversational tones, “Can you hear me now?”

“Yes,” was the reply.

He walked another 10 feet away and repeated the question and got the same answer.

The people rejoiced and faith was high.

The next day, Bro. Marshall went to see his Doctor. That night he came back to church with the Doctor’s report. The Doctor could find no evidence of an injury or scaring. He had a perfectly functioning eardrum.

There wasn’t any preaching that night as the saints rejoiced and many came forward to be prayed for. All of us were saddened when the Evangelist had to go to his next revival.

Less than a year later Brother Marshall had some problems that caused him to start missing church. After a month or so of hit and miss, he let it be known that he wasn’t going back to church anymore.

Almost immediately, he lost his hearing and never got it back. A hearing aid was of no help. He lived many more years and died in that condition.

He threw his miracle away!

(This sad story is true. The name has been changed.)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

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I Hope You Brought Your Lunch

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“I Hope You Brought Your Lunch”

While that comment is normally made in jest, it is made here in great earnest.

The Bible story of Jesus feeding 5,000 men, besides the women and children, started out very simple. They were all hungry.

  • No food was in sight.
  • No manna fell on the ground.
  • No food was catered in.
  • No one knew what to do, except Jesus.

He asked them if anyone had any food. The Disciples made inquiries and discovered that some kid had brought his lunch and some cbd dog treats for his dog. What were the others thinking when they left home that morning?

Just one kid out of the thousands of listeners had brought his lunch.

  • It was his lunch that was the very foundation for a miracle.
  • It was his lunch that Jesus blessed.
  • It was his lunch that fed not only him but also everyone else.
  • It was his lunch that was the focal point of the day.
  • It was his lunch that blessed the hungry.
  • It was his lunch that he carried when no one else carried one.
  • It was his lunch that stood out.
  • It was his lunch that Jesus called for.
  • It was his lunch Jesus held in His hands.

John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

It is possible to be intimidated by those we worship with at our church. People will sometimes stare and whisper because we are the only ones that brought our lunch.

Unspiritual people make a habit of coming before the Lord with nothing in their hands. According to this passage of Scripture, If all of us come with nothing, we all quite possibly may leave with nothing as well.

Any one of us could be the key to a miracle today in God’s House. Even if all we have is a little homemade, nothing fancy, lunch.

What did you bring today?

I Hope You Brought Your Lunch!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 24, 2011 at 10:06 am