GOSPEL OUTREACH CHURCH

The Fault In Our Stars! 8/25/16
The Fault In Our Stars! 8/25/16





1 Corinthians 9:2 (KJV)
2  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Day Late/Dollar Short!

I don't really know EXACTLY what this old slang means but how well do I remember dear old mom and dad often saying the phrase?

BUT, I am a "Day Late/Dollar Short!" in writing yesterday's message!

I well remember my dear friend writing an excellent sermon on his "calling" a few years ago.

He was COMPLAINING to God about his HAVING to care for his aged mother INSTEAD of having the time, space and quietness to prepare his message.

God quietly reminded him of his PRIORITY-the CARE of his one and only mother-THAT was his FIRST calling!!!

Amanda had a GREAT day yesterday!

She slept almost the entire night before, woke up chirpy and rested, and was relaxed all day.

My wife had appointments to make that afternoon and so she and I enjoyed what we call "MARATHON TV VIEWINGS."

Over the many years of her disability, she and I have enjoyed special times of fellowship as re recorded and watched entire TV shows and series-start to present!

Now we also have NETFLIX and can watch many entire series without commercials.

The TV is Amanda's ONLY venue of entertainment.

My wife cannot swallow whole foods and Amanda only eats one solid food meal a day.

It has become increasingly difficult to load Amanda AND a wheelchair and her SUPPLIES and medications up to go anywhere.

I hate to admit it, BUT THIS "OLD GRAY MULE IS NOT WHAT HE USED TO BE!"

And God forbid when the power goes out in the house for any extended time!!!

In our TV viewing the last few weeks, I sat and watched a movie entitled "THE FAULT IN OUR STARS."

One line stood out to me and touched my heart.

The young girl who was fatally "FLAWED" with cancer told her equally "FLAWED" cancer stricken boyfriend that:

" HE was her ENTIRE world!"

It mattered NOT to her that her love of HER life was world renowned and/or worldly loved.

It mattered NOT to HER that he would not live much longer and/or accomplish any "great" accomplishments with his remaining life.

" HE was her ENTIRE world!"

I applied that wisdom last night!

1 Corinthians 9:2 (KJV)
2  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

The Apostle Paul WAS and IS world renowned!!!!

But-PLEASE HEAR THIS TRUTH"-not to EVERYONE, both then and now!!

Please note his use of the word "IF."

The Apostle Paul is ONLY an APOSTLE to those who believe, know and trust in him.

Better yet, Jesus is ONLY Lord and Savior to those who "BELIEVE, KNOW AND TRUST IN HIM!!!!"

To others Jesus is and was "JUST a man" IF He is even acknowledged!

To put in contrast, to my little Amanda, we-her mom and dad-ARE her entire world!

I spent the afternoon-the time I had allotted to write YESTERDAY'S sermon-enjoying a "TV SERIES MARATHON" sitting beside my daughter.

When it became her normal bedtime-5:30 PM-she WANTED to stay up longer and watch ONE MORE TV series.

Again, I "needed" to use the time and write YESTERDAY'S sermon.

I acquiescence her need and "sacrificed" YESTERDAY'S timely sermon.

Did I/do I feel guilty-YES, GUILTY AS CHARGED!

But NO ONE knows how many more opportunities I will ever have to watch another "TV SERIES MARATHON" with her?????

This past Tuesday-the day BEFORE our watching a "TV SERIES MARATHON," I had the honor of PRAYING with the husband and father of a precious family!

He passed away 3 hours later.

I then had the sad duty of visiting a person who may possibly never enjoy life as a free person ever again.

The very night before they had spent the night in their bed and comfortable home.

I may NOT be an "apostle" to you and YOU may not be an "apostle" to someone else, BUT to some and SOME ONES YOU ARE AN APOSTLE TO THEM!!!

YOU may NOT be "the WORLD" to some BUT to some YOU are!!!

1 Corinthians 9:2 (KJV)
2  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

AMEN!!??

GOD BLESS YOU TODAY!


PASTOR DOUG

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