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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

1 Peter 3:15

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."

I cherish our small church fellowship. It would be very difficult to explain it since so many churches are much larger and have a different format. We have more of a family atmosphere and attempt to focus on the pattern of the New Testament church in Acts 2:42: The apostles teaching, prayer, breaking of bread and fellowship.

Sunday morning as I asked for prayer requests, a small girl raised her hand. She stunned me with a question rather than a request: "Why do we have to give our heart to the Lord?" It was an electric moment and the Holy Spirit seemed to impress me to forget everything and everyone in the room and speak directly to her.

I explained that the Lord tells us that it is the only way we will be born again and be with Him in heaven. One after another questions streamed from her. I blocked out everything else and gave her my undivided attention.

I cannot recall all of the questions she asked, but I do know that I was praying that the Lord would give me wisdom to answer them in such a way that this small girl would know that there is a God in heaven who cares about her.

This exchange seemed to draw us all close together and closer to Jesus who loved the little children. In Luke 18:16-17 we read of how Jesus felt concern for children: "But Jesus called the children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'" Lord, may I always have ears to listen and be prepared to answer the sincere questions of either an adult or a little child!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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