BIBLE TRUTH E-NEWS | DECEMBER 2006
“Let no man despise their youth; but
be thou an example of the believer in word, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy 4:17
My Dad was such an
example of a believer in my own life. I mention 3 great lessons that I
learned from his example. One, he was ‘Devoted To His Vows’.
The first vow he made was to his Lord and Saviour at the age of 17. He
was saved under the preaching of Boaz Smith in Jenkins, Kentucky.
During a 2-week revival 60 people were swept into the kingdom and my Dad
was one of those. For 67 years he never wavered. He made a vow to my
Mom to be faithful to her at 19 and for 64 years he never wavered from
that vow. What an example of the believer.
The second example I
learned from him was ‘His Dedication To His Vision’. My Dad
always had a vision to get the gospel out. For over 50 years my Dad has
done that. He started 2 ‘Youth for Christ’ ministries and
various Bible studies in the public schools in Virginia. He started a
Sunday School for 750 military students at a Military Academy. He
helped start a Baptist Church in Virginia where many were won to
Christ. He worked for years raising money for a Children’s Home. He
passed out about ¾ of a million pieces of gospel literature on the
streets of Gatlinburg, Tenn. Oh, what an example to the believer.
The greatest example
my Dad left me was his example of ‘Death To His Vanity’. My Dad
never got discouraged. He was always the one nurses picked to tend to
in the hospital because of his sweet spirit. He was so kind as my
Brother and Sister-in-law so kindly opened their home to the care of his
last days. As my Sister-in-law and Mom had to wait on him he was never
unkind but always Christ like. The Lord so emptied him of his vanity in
his last days with diapers and needing to be cleaned. I remember on one
occasion before he was bedridden we were in a restaurant for breakfast.
He had lost so much weight that while standing in the restaurant his
pants fell to his ankles. He never lost his composure or got put out
while I pulled them up and tightened his belt. (I was extremely put
out) As all of us watched him slowly die there was so little of Daddy
and so much of Christ seen in him. Oh, what an example he left behind.
Evangelist Tom Gilliam
DECEMBER 17 AM (Sun)
Pastor Ken Bowman
East Hendersonville Baptist Church Pastor
JANUARY 8-11, 2007
Calvary Baptist Church
Grace Calvary Baptist Church
Fletcher First Baptist Church
Grace Memorial Baptist Church Pastor
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