There are a few things this morning that I am extremely grateful to the Heavenly Father for:
First of all, it was 42 years ago on this very day, my parents, Rick and Donna Toburen exchanged their wedding vows with one another.
At the time neither were followers of Jesus. My father, who was in the Air Force, was stationed in Ogden, Utah. While there God sovereignly brought into their lives a chaplain on their base who faithfully proclaimed the Gospel and led my parents to faith in Jesus Christ. That event changed their lives…and it changed mine. You see, my parents have never been the same. No, they are not perfect, but they have sought to model for me and my siblings (and now our spouses and our children) what it means to live lives of faith and repentance.
They are my heroes and I am forever grateful for them, and for the chaplain who faithfully, lovingly, and patiently shared the Gospel with them! Happy Anniversay Mom and Dad!
Secondly, I am so excited about the opportunity that we have to impact our community with the Gospel. I was reminded this morning of a passage in Luke chapter 4. The Scripture says, “And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brough up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has annointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and revocering sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to the, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Love Winston-Salem and Mission Winston-Salem are initiatives that are encouraging people to fulfill our responsibilities of being a blessing to our community by sharing the hope of Jesus Christ and meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that exist. There is much to be done…let’s be found faithful!