by Fred Lowery

What kind of God would give you families & then ask you to leave them?

What kind of God would give you friends & then ask you to leave them?

A God who knows that the deepest love is not built on passion, romance, or selfishness - but on a common mission & sacrifice of obeying God

A God who knows that we are only pilgrims, here for a few days and that nay "goodbye" is in a reality a "see you tomorrow".

A beautiful verse: Matt. 19:29
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Alabama - Peggie Harris
Texas - Doris Hayworth
Evangelism - Bobbie Gatlin

One day Jesus came home from the shop early

He had heard that John the Baptist was preaching in the desert.

He pulled off his apron
Dusted off his hands

With one last look said goodbye to his mother. They both knew it would never be the same again

From then on she was to love him at a distance

On the edge of a crowd

Outside a packed house.

My own leaving

I can still remember as though it were yesterday -

My leaving home

In Fall of 1961
Car loaded - heading for college

Mom's hugs were different that day

Her tears were more evident

Somehow, we both knew that it would never be the same - And it hasn't been -

That was nearly 30 years ago

And I've only been back for brief visits

Separated by hundreds of miles & sometimes thousands - Most of us in full time Christian service do not have the privilege to minister close to our families.
Let's pick up the story in John's gospel (Jn. 19:23-27)

23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This ...

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