Monday, September 12, 2011

Listening and Learning

We only attended the church in Arkansas three times before one of LV's friends suggested that we might want to visit a church north of us. The only draw back was it was 150 mile one way but after hearing more about it we decided to go visit.

We immediately liked the church. It wasn't very big at all but we were very encouraged by the services and everyone welcomed us. It wasn't long before we decided to try selling our home and move but until then we would be making that long trip every Sunday.

The day after we had visited this church LV was at one of the weekly livestock auctions. A man walked up to him and handed him a CD saying that he doesn't really know why but he has a feeling that we might like this.

LV thanked him and put it into his coat pocket. When he came home we looked at it. It was titled simply, "Burdens"  It was a sermon preached by our neighbor, a pastor. The same one that had helped the Amish ministers on the evening they had come to talk to us. We had heard a lot about this pastor already and were curious how he preached.

The next Sunday we popped the CD into the player and listened to it on our way to church. We were speechless. We had never heard preaching like that before and loved every minute of it. After church we spent most of the afternoon with one of the families there before heading for home. We hadn't gone far before we decided we want to hear that message again. We again enjoyed it every bit as much as we had the first time. We listened to that message so often that it's a wonder the CD didn't wear out.

We wished we would have more of his messages to listen to and were delighted to find a whole stack of CD's at the local truckstop. We got one and listened to it and determined to check back often to see if there would be new ones added. As much as we liked the church we were attending there was something about these messages that kept us wanting to hear more and more. Our drives seemed much shorter as we listened to "When Dogs Bark"  "Lessons of Life from the Eagle" "Let God Birth a Manasseh in Your Life" and many more.


  1. I'm glad you found more truth in your new walk with the Lord. I can't wait to hear where the Lord leads you from there. :)

  2. I love to hear the way God works, as it witnesses to His loving kindness, thank you ever so much for sharing your testimony. It will be a joy to see your books come to print, keep us informed of the process please and I pray the Lord will open many doors for you and LV to witness of His grace and mercy, thank you.
    Mrs. J.

  3. How amazing it was that that man knew to give you that CD! God knew what you needed...makes me smile to read your story!
    Blessings, Joanne

  4. How wonderful, after slogging through so many boring services at your old church. Good preaching is such a gift and such a blessing! It makes me appreciate my own pastor that much more.

  5. I dont post comments often on blog posts but your post yesterday was God ordained. I clicked on the sermon links and Let God Birth a Manasseh in Your Life was exactly what I needed to hear today. This is the kind of preaching I'm used too. I pray God will bless you and your family for the sacrifices you have made to serve Him. May the new life you are carrying bring you joy beyond measure.

  6. I'm glad you found a church you felt better attending, and found something that would help you enjoy the long journey to and from it each week.

  7. Isn't it awesome to find a great Bible teacher/preacher and to be able to soak it all in? I was very blessed to be led very shortly after I was saved to a strong Bible-teaching church, and was grounded in the Word of God. There's nothing like good Bible teaching to help you grow as a Christian. I used to also listen to all the radio Bible teachers: J. Vernon MacGee, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley, Tony Evans, etc. I wish I had the time that I had back then to still listen to them all.


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