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Living the Good Life (4 of 7)
Series: Unleashing the Power of God
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Thank You, Lord, for being so good to us. Thank You for the sacrifice that You made for us, Lord, so that we can come before You boldly to the throne of grace. Thank You that we can be free, not just as Americans, but as people; free to worship You, and free to walk with You, and free to have a relationship with You. Lord, I just pray for hearts today, that they would be open to hear from You. Speak to us, God, in mighty power from Your Word. We just want to hear. Dig out our ears and soften our hearts. Help us to let our guard down, Lord; to really let You in and let You point to the places that we need to attend to and issues that we need to work on. Lord, help everyone in this place to be so aware of where they are spiritually and where they are with You, for we pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Well, in April of 1820, a little girl was born. She was a beautiful little girl, a perfect little girl, so special, so loved. Her parents, godly people, they had prayed for her and loved her. And when she came, everything was fine. And after about six weeks she got sick. And there was some type of virus, and her eyes got all swollen and red. And there was a doctor in town that wasn't really trained, and he made a misdiagnosis, and he applied something on this little girl's eyes. And as a result of that, she lost her eyesight. You know, it would have been very easy for this girl growing up in the 1800s
to be bitter because of what happened to her, because some quack doctor took her eyesight away. But she never allowed herself to get bitter. And her parents taught her to trust God, and she did trust God. And God used her disability in such a great way. This woman grew up and she became the most prolific hymn writer that the world has ever seen. She wrote over 8500 hymns in her lifetime. We sing many of them today. "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine." ...
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