by Dan Hill

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Rise Up … And Break Through (4 of 4)
Series: UP
Dan Hill
Luke 4:18-19

I'd like to tell you the story of a friend named John. John was one of those guys who seemed to have the world by the tail. He was a really smart sort of guy with degrees from some of the finest universities in the world. He had a warm, winning kind of personality; in fact, he was one of those sorts of men that everyone liked and everyone respected. John committed his life to Christ and applied the same diligence to living the Christian life that he did to everything else. Right out of the university, John was hired by one of the most prestigious companies in the world and he began to quickly rise in the company with promotion after promotion. It just seemed that John had the "Midas touch" with everything he put his hand to.

Along the way, John met and fell in love with a beautiful woman who complimented him in every way imaginable. She too was bright, refined, and she was a godly, Spirit-filled Christian too. God seemed to bless their marriage with the same kind of success that John's career and life embodied. Then, God blessed John and his wife with two beautiful daughters; they had a lovely home with fine cars to drive; it was truly the picture of the American dream. John's daughters went to the best schools where they excelled academically and athletically.

John was very active in his church and community and was highly respected for his character, compassion, and integrity. He was an active Bible student and considered a leader in their family's local church home, and John even served on some national boards of the church's denomination. John was always one of the first considerations for leadership positions in the church and wherever he or his wife served, together or separately, they always served with the highest level of excellence. If anyone would have been identified as a passionate follower of Jesus, it would have been John. He rarely missed in his attendance at chur ...

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