Lay Pastors Weekly 04-17-16

The Meaning of Redemption!
 
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should no perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
 
I recommend reading John 3.
 
George Bennard was born in Youngstown, Ohio. His father, a coal miner, moved the family to Iowa, after the end of the Civil War. George came to know Christ through the ministry of the Salvation Army. George’s father passed away when he was sixteen. He worked to support his mother and sisters during the day. He moved to Chicago, married and began ministry with the Salvation Army. Later, he was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a traveling evangelist. In 1913 while reading John 3:16 the words to the hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross” came to him. Friends were so moved they helped pay the fees to have the hymn printed. He was a distinguished man, short and slight of built with glasses with beautiful long, white hair.
 
My prayer for the week: 
Dear God, the cross is the symbol of Your boundless love. If we want to feel blessed, we look skyward. If we want to feel happy, we look inward for every blessing we have received from You Lord. Thus we find there are many chances for us to give help, serve and love each other. Praise God. Amen