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Proud of Jesus And His Words 

Mark 8:34-38

When we dedicated our new building back in 1985 on FM 663 it seemed to be way out in the country, but folks all over Ellis County found us. The true magnetism was not the new building, but the new hearts in the lives all over the area receiving the Gospel.

At that time two young women started coming. They sat together, and quickly people around them not only said “Hi,” but invited them to go out after church and pulled them in to smaller connecting groups. They came to know Jesus, and, like when new babies are born, our church family rejoiced. But early one Saturday morning I discovered that one of the young lady’s boyfriends was not happy. 

He drove a big pickup with no muffler, so I heard him coming down our street. It was early. Mary and the kids were still asleep when he started banging on my study door. He had a western leather jacket on with big pockets where both his hands were buried.

“Wyrtzen, I’ve heard you preach and so has my girlfriend. She believed in Jesus like you’ve been preaching and I don’t like it. She moved out.” My phone rang about that time, “Dave, my boyfriend called me and he’s not happy. I’m afraid he might show up at your place.”     

He was at my place and suddenly this sweet little town southwest of Dallas without a threat in the world became dangerous. He was mad because I had preached that Jesus condemned sexual immorality and he didn’t like the fact that his girlfriend had turned away from her sin and let Jesus forgive her. Why couldn’t I just talk him down by telling him that his girlfriend had simply taken this Jesus stuff too far? 

“And calling the crowd together with his disciples Jesus said to them, ‘If anyone is wanting to follow after me, he must deny himself and pick up his cross and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it. On the other hand, whoever will lose his life for me and for the Good News will save it. 

For what will it profit a man if he gains the entire world and loses his soul? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him or her whenever he comes in the glory of his Father with the Holy Angels.” Mark 8:34-38

It wasn’t often in the pastorate that I felt my life was in imminent danger, but that day in my study I didn’t know whether he was carrying or not  but I also knew that I couldn’t renege on what Jesus said about sin, including sexual sin. I gently reminded him that Jesus had died not only to forgive his girlfriend, but him too. He didn’t meltdown and receive Jesus, like often happens in Christian movies, but he did take his hands out of his pockets, calm down, and after an hour or so, he jumped in his truck and that big engine made a sweet fading sound as he drove away. 

LORD, help me to always remember that Jesus is the Son of Man that Daniel prophesied will one day rule the nations. As I speak to the international leaders of Word of Life this week, use me to strengthen their resolve to be willing to give their lives for Jesus and his Good News.

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