Who do you need to thank God for sending to you?

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  1. TexasSky

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    I've been thinking about this a great deal.
    Who is your Ananias? Who has God sent you to, or sent to you, that has helped you greatly in your growth?

    My grandparents, parents, and most of my aunts and uncles were Christians, however the greatests influences in my walk have been Christians God sent who were outside my family.

    There was "Dr. Prince," the minister who explained to me that despite the hatefulness of some people professing to be Christ, it is not a lie to say that Christ is loving. This dear man helped introduce me to Christ.

    There was "Mrs. Johnson," a Sunday School teacher, and a third grade teacher, who aided Dr. Prince in teaching me about the love of Christ.

    There was "Mrs Moore," my grandmother's neighbor, a widow who had done mission work in China and who had been married to the President of Hardin Simmons University. She taught me the importance of memorizing scripture, she taught me how to apply scripture to my daily life, and she taught me to witness to others. I was just a child, but she viewed every Christian as a potential Paul.

    There were Judy Marcum, David Doty and Joe Carrole who taught me the value of music in Christian witnessing, and who really taught me about Christian fellowship in ways most church organizations had failed. They taught me about responsiblity too. Choir and handbell rehershals might not be "convienent" but they were for God. They taught me that "whatever you do, do it for God."

    There was Bod Ed Shotwell who taught me how to teach and who trusted me enough to let me teach. Bob Ed let me teach in VBS, then bus ministry, then Sunday School. Slowly showing me how to hone my skills. Eventually I went into Children's Ministry.

    There was Mrs. Bee Bee who taught me the beauty of working with the totally unchurched, and the poor. She got me into the community center work and the soup kitchens and to working with the homeless.

    There were ministers: Dr. Ralph Smith, the former President of Southwestern Theological Seminary; D. L. Lowrie, former head of the SBC Home Mission Board; Chris Sutton, former professor of theology at a Baptist University. There were professors of theology and bible historians and religion professors in my life, but these men taught me how to study God's word in depth. To go back to the Greek and Hebrew, to read in context, to pray over scripture, to apply it to my life.

    Billy Graham, and various members of Campus Crusade for Christ - who taught me how to share the word without shame or fear.

    Franklin Graham - who reminded me that caring for the physical can open the door to teaching about the spiritual.

    These people, and many others, have really been on my heart lately, and I have to stop and thank God for bringing them into my life.

    Who has He brought to you?
    Who is your Ananias?
     
  2. John Ellwood Taylor

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    First and foremost I thank God for sending the Lord Jesus Christ into my life.

    -My wife, Jamey, she is my perfect counterpart. As well, she is spiritually like-minded, tolerant of me (not a doormat but one who understands my shortcomings), and she is content to be my helper and grows where she is planted.

    - Floyd Marasco, 82 years old, a retired barber who pastored ever since he left school (just completed 40 years at his current church). As a teenager, I knew him as my grandfather's barber who would visit him in the hospital. Years later, in my early 20s, I was 'accidentally' reacquainted with him in his old barber shop (he was retired but dropped in to hand out Christmas cards). Every since then he has been my mentor (he's even called me his Timothy). He has shared his experiences as a bi-vocational pastor and how he balanced that with his family.
    As well, he has to this day modeled tireless service in sharing the gospel, whether from the pulpit, in the counseling office, or in hospital visitation.

    -From a distance-John MacArthur- not only for the content of his teaching but for the discipline and one-mindedness of purpose.

    -Most recently I am very drawn to the teaching of the late S Lewis Johnson.

    -former (Jeff Johnson) current pastor (Gary Schneider) for not only encouraging me, but for directing my studies, and offering me opportunities.
     
  3. exscentric

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    I've had a policy for many years to try and thank these people before it is too late. It was the result of finding the phone number of a dear man that had done wonders in my life (realizing it was the Spirit :) and calling to thank him only to find he had died the week before.

    Since, when someone like this comes to mind I get on the net or phone or snail mail and thank them for being used of the Lord in my life.
     
  4. Joseph_Botwinick

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    The Lord Jesus Christ,
    My mom and dad,
    My wife and son,
    Mr. Blair (7th Grade History teacher),
    Mr. Burgett (Jr. High Band Director),
    Ms. Brown (8th grade English teacher),
    Mr. Joe Francis (High School Choir Teacher),
    Mr. Rico Belotti (High School Band Director),
    Ms. Karen Dismuke (High School Band Director),
    Mrs. Martin (High School Geomotry Teacher),
    Ms. Rhonda Hawley (High School Choir Teacher),
    Mrs. Antollick (Private Voice Instructor),
    Mrs. Esch (Piano Instructor),
    Mr. Anders (Low Brass Instructor - college),
    Mr. Cooper (Band Director - college),
    Mr. Parker (Theory / Composition instructor - college),
    Dr. Connelly (Music History / Piano Instructor - college),
    Dr. Morgan (Education Instructor - college),
    Mr. Worthen (Christian minister who prayed for me during college when I was having a hard time),
    Calvin Miller (Church Growth prof - SWBTS),
    Dr. Robert Ellis (Hebrew prof - SWBTS),
    Dr. Boo Heflin (Old Testament Prof - SWBTS),
    Dr. Lemke (Hermeneutics Prof - SWBTS),
    Dr. Fasol (Preaching Prof - SWBTS),
    Pastor Birdsong (Former Pastor),
    Pastor Jim Copeland (Mentor),
    Dr. Amirkanian (Algebra Prof - college),
    I am sure there are many more, too many to mention.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  5. Benjamin

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    My Grandmother, I didn’t really get to know her until my late teens. A daughter of a Baptist minister that ran off with the Sunday school teacher and left her, her mother and five siblings to fend for themselves, My great grandmother ironed clothes for a living.

    She didn’t speak of God often, but lived a Godly life in every thing she did, setting an example that when I started learning about God I realized just how much she must know and how wise in the way she was and righteous in the way she lived her life.

    When the whole world seemed to say I was no good and wouldn’t amount to anything her hand went out to me; never judging me but asking me what I wanted to do with my life and then truly listening and believing in me and guiding me into accomplishing those goals. She knew the right questions to ask and how to ask them teaching me to follow my heart and determination to do what was right; cleverly showing me what was “right” through her knowledge. If I messed up she would let me know about it and it hurt; she could say things to me that no one else would ever get away with, things that I needed to hear and knew she was telling me because she loved me, never a doubt. I couldn’t imagine my life without her and her example. She taught me about the love of God by example. Hard to explain, but a precious gift.

    God truly brought me to this woman who defines the word “Grand” in Grandmother. She has been gone for two years now and I am still learning from her and though I have thanked God for her unconditional love and wisdom I will always continue to thank God when the blessings from this lady hit my life.
     
  6. TexasSky

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    Benjamin,

    That is one of the most beautiful testimonies I have heard in over 40 years as a Christian.

    God bless you.

    Thank you for sharing.
     

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