The early Salvation Army officer, Samuel Brengle, was preaching on a
Boston street corner, when a young hoodlum attacked him by throwing a brick.The blow to Brengle’s head caused severe injury, which threatened his very life.
Laid up for eighteen months, Brengle was unable to perform his duties.Housebound, he could not accomplish important tasks, and felt totally useless.
But Brengle lived by this principle:when life throws you lemons, make lemonade!
Attempting to redeem time during his housebound recuperation, he began to write a few articles to encourage people in their faith.To his surprise, the articles were published.
This launched a splendid writing career, which led to the publication of eight books with over a million copies sold.In fact, today, Samuel Brengle is known far more as the writer of books than a preacher of sermons.
Looking back on that painful ordeal, Brengle realized there was an unexpected blessing in the brick that had been hurled at him, stating, “No brick, no book!”
Similarly, John Bunyan was imprisoned for nearly twelve years in the Bedford jail because of his unbending religious convictions.This confinement caused tremendous strain and heartache for him and his family, but in those years of captivity, he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, widely known as one of the most significant works of English literature.
Leonard Ravenhill was a pretty good preacher, until he was seriously injured after leaping from a burning building.The recovery was a long painful process.
Like Brengle and Bunyan, Ravenhill wrote in his confinement, and became a powerful voice of conscience for church leaders around the world.
No brick, no book.
No jail, no book.
No fire, no book.
Sometimes, the greatest blessing comes in the most painful disguise.
Everyone deals with financial setbacks from time to time. Money doesn't buy happiness - -but the lack of it can sure bring a lot of stress. My father, talking about the lean years of the Great Depression, said they pinched pennies so tight, Abe Lincon hollered! George Washington has hollered in my hands a few times!
When facing hard times financially, it pays to remember these are the only times we have. We need to keep a proper perspective. Here are some important reminders as we face adversity:
1. God is far bigger than the problem. If a financial crisis looms like a mountain, remember -- God is the mountain mover! There's no challenge too great for the Almighty. There is not one situation beyond His ability. Instead of telling God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big God is!
2. Hard times teach us wisdom. Difficult days force us to stop and evaluate where we are, what we're doing, and why we're doing it. Nobody becomes wise with ease. It takes trouble t…
I was ordained July 10, 1987, when General Superintendent, Dr. Earle Wilson, laid hands on me, shook my hand, and thundered, "Take thou authority to preach the Word!"
I was thinking about this a while back, and wondered how far back I could go with the succession of my ordination. So, I did a little research.
* I was ordained by Earle Wilson
* Earle Wilson was ordained by Pilgrim Holiness General Superintendent, William Neff.
* William Neff was ordained by the Pilgrim founder, Seth Rees * Seth Rees was ordained by Nazarene founder, Phineas Bresee (Note -- Rees was initally "recorded" as a Quaker, because they did not ordain their ministers. Later, he moved over to the newly formed Church of the Nazarene, and I am taking a leap by assuming that when he became a Nazarene, they ordained him. Rees was certainly worked beside Bresee as his contemporary.)
* Phineas Bresee was ordained by Methodist Bishop, Levi Scott
* Levi Scott was ordained by Elijah Hedding. …