Saturday, March 21, 2009
My plan was to have a group of friends over for dinner and games, but God had other plans. I went to work, as usual for a Saturday. Then afterwards my friend picked me up, and we went over together to the church for a woman's in-house retreat. Wow, was I blown away, and blessed! We had a wonderful dinner then worship and a guest speaker. It was a fabulous time. Our speaker told the story of how Yorba Linda was changed forever by the life of one man, one obedient man, one obedient man to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He had experienced difficulty in life, and who hasn't? But, instead of turning into bitterness and unforgiveness, he chose to forgive a man for a crime committed against one of his own family members. That decision resulted in alot of good outcomes, especially for the city of Yorba Linda. He began to go door to door to share his faith, he had an urgency for people's salvation; he didn't want to see anyone go to hell. This person got saved, another got saved, including the pastors to be, John and Carol Wimber. They eventually started a church what is now known as the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and God has used the Vineyard globally, worldwide. All because one man obeyed. One man chose obedience to the Lord, forgiveness over bitterness,and the world has been blessed because of it. How many vineyard worship songs have you ever sung or heard of? So, I hope today that we become people who choose obedience to the Lord rather than bitterness. Who knows what good God can do? By the way, I feel so blessed from attending the women's "in house" retreat this evening.