Today in my Bible reading during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read about the effective and powerful communication of God’s word by Apostle Paul and Barnabus in Iconium in ancient Galatia (part of what we now call Turkey)… Here’s how Acts 14.1-7 puts it…
“Paul and Barnabus went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed… They spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of His grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.”
These words caused me to express thanksgiving to God for all those, who anointed by the Holy Spirit, effectively communicate God’s word in our culture! One of the great joys of my life has been the privilege of hearing some of the greatest gifted communicators of God’s word – some of them local pastors, some itinerant evangelists, others missionaries and church leaders! What a privilege to hear God’s word proclaimed with integrity, skill, and power! There’s nothing like “anointed preaching”!!! And then as an added blessing to see the message confirmed by people putting their trust in Christ and accompanied by signs and wonders (the miraculous) – powerful Pentecostal preaching!!! Something to be grateful for!!! And believe me, I am grateful for it!!
So this Thanksgiving season, I want to pause and express gratitude for my local pastor, Lennon Noland, one of the finest young preachers I know, at Trinity Church, Waxahachie, Texas … for our General Superintendent in the Assemblies of God, Doug Clay; and for every pastor, evangelist and missionary that have powerfully proclaimed the life-transforming message of the Gospel that has enriched my life over the years!!! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! I’m praying for you (and doing my best to honor God with my personal communication of His wonderful word every opportunity I have)!