Baptism Sunday

For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever

believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
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Two gospel testimonies:

Fitzroy Dawkins: The still soft voice, “No, Fitzroy, not yet,” has pervaded my Christian journey. Medical school was a pursuit since I was 10 years old. “No, Fitzroy, not yet.” Clinical depression followed my initial rejection. I wanted to be married before completing medical school. “No, Fitzroy, not yet”. After graduating from medical school, I had an intense desire to relocate to a more exciting city and a more rigorous residency program. And besides, hadn’t all the eligible women in the city been taken? “No, Fitzroy, not yet.” I am now married to an exciting and loving woman I met in the very city from which I tried to “flee.” Then I told the Lord, “It would be wonderful to have children.” “No, Fitzroy, not yet.” Tammy and I now have two wonderful girls, born at the time of His choosing. “Lord, I want to make a contribution to the field of oncology!” “No, not yet” again, a phrase that has taught me patience, restraint, and dependency. That still soft voice has been asking, in kindness and mercy, “Fitzroy, what are your idols?” 

 

Jack Kinyon: When I decided to go to a Christian college, I assumed that the following four years would be nothing but mountaintop experiences. Reality was different. I struggled with loneliness, depression, and deep-rooted insecurities. It got so bad at one point that I almost transferred out. Recovery came in the form of a godly mentor: Bill. Every Saturday morning until graduation, Bill counseled me over coffee. Our meetings usually consisted of my vomiting out all my condemning self-talk from the week. He would listen patiently and then point me back to the cross, the ultimate sign of God’s love for me. A month before graduation, I remember strolling through campus and talking with God about my college experience. “Where were you, God?” I asked for what seemed like the millionth time. To my surprise, I Corinthians 12:12 came to mind: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. It hit me: Bill, a member of Christ’s body, was God’s way of loving me. For four years, God had been right beside me, and I nearly missed him.