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Old 01-26-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: SC Foothills
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I was watching my favorite pastor yesterday and he told the most amazing true story that made me cry. I hope I can retell it properly.

About 26 years ago he was standing in line at a convenience store in New Orleans and noticed the family in front of him did not have enough money to pay for the few items they were buying. The pastor tapped the man on the shoulder and told him to not turn around, but to please take the money he was offering him. The man took the money, and never turned around to look at the kind stranger helping him.

Nine years had passed since that incident in the convenient store, and the pastor was invited as a guest speaker in New Orleans. He spoke, and after the service he was standing by the door greeting people and after most everyone had left, a gentleman walked up to him. He told the pastor an amazing story about how he had come to know the Lord.

Several years ago he, his wife and their child were destitute. They had lost everything, had no jobs, no money and were living in their car. They were not Christians at the time and had decided to make a suicide pact, including the child. They drove to a cliff and quietly discussed their fate. They decided that they should at least give their child some food before they killed themselves and drove away to buy him some milk and food.

They were standing in line at the store, and realized they did not have enough money to pay for the few little items they wanted to give their child for his last meal. Then, he said a man behind him spoke and asked him to please take the money from his hand and to not look at him. The man also told him and his family that "Jesus loves you."

The man said that they left the store, drove back to the cliff and wept for 4 hours. They knew that they could not go through with what they had planned to do, so they drove away. They drove by a church with a sign that said "Jesus loves you", and went to the church the next Sunday. The man and woman both got saved that day in Church.

The man then told the Pastor that the minute he stood up in the pulpit and started speaking that he knew immediately that the Pastor was that kind stranger from 9 years ago. He said he would never forget that accent. The Pastor is from South Africa, so he has a very distinct accent. He continued on to tell the Pastor that because of his one random kind act he saved three lives that day, and because he had told them that Jesus loves them, it had drawn them in to a church where they accepted Christ!!!!

Is this an awesome story or what??? Giving can be life altering. Not just for the receiver, but for the giver also.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: MI
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That is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it, DotL.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: On a road heaven bound !
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Amen....Wonderful testimony!....
Isn't it beautiful to hear how our Lord is moving in the lives of other's and they not knowing what is going on in that other life.....
I have always believed even giving a smile to someone may bring life to another heart that day!!
We just don't know.... but the blessing that comes by listening to the promptings of His Spirit and obeying them!
O, the joy of sharing His love with another even if it is in a simple act of a smile, hello, whatever it may be.

Blessings.... DOTL! Thank you for sharing such a life changing story!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: SC Foothills
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Thanks, SW and Curly. I didn't tell it like he did but it's still a powerful message.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:39 AM
 
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even though i am a christian but i lack the knowledge of God's love for me. I wish God forgive me
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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even though i am a christian but i lack the knowledge of God's love for me. I wish God forgive me
There is nothing to "forgive," ricky. That you don't experience that love is not all that unusual. What I would suggest to you is that you practice expressing that concern TO other people and see how that goes.
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