Our Walk Through the Valley
First of all, I want to thank Oscar for relinquishing the pulpit tonight. I thank him for the opportunity to share with you. I appreciate his sensitivity and graciousness. This is the first time I have ever come out and asked somebody if I could preach. Oscar has always meant a great deal to me but he has come to mean so much more to us personally since he has become our interim. I thank the Lord for him. I prayed much about this before I did it.
As I was flying to Anchorage a week ago Saturday night, the Lord was so real. Jack Taylor and I were flying up together. We had been in Kansas City where Kaye went with me and I preached Friday night. She flew back here on Saturday, and Jack and I flew on to Anchorage. The Lord was so real in blessing and ministering. Jack said they could have turned off the engines, and we could have flown them on in. It was during that flight that God began to overwhelm me with a compelling desire to stand here before you and share.
I asked Oscar if he would mind if I spoke tonight for three reasons. First of all, I think you folks have a right to hear a report. Most of you have known us and been a part of our lives, and a partner with us in all this. It would be impossible for us to be able to share with you what your love and concern in the past years has meant to us. Many a time I stood in this place trying to preach with wounds that some of you knew of, and I was always conscious of your prayers. You've been so faithful, understanding and loving I felt like you, as a part of our family, had a right to the report. I would not want to do this in any other church because it wouldn't mean as much to them, and it wouldn't mean nearly as much to me. I am doing this not just for your sakes but I am doing it for mine. By the way, let me say that I will be using the personal pronouns I and me but when I say that, I mean we and us. The testimony I wan ...
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