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A Word From Pastor John
I was reminded of the verse this week found in the sermon on the Mount. The words of Jesus tell us:
"God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Matthew 5:7
So what does it mean to be merciful?
I think forgiveness is at its core, being people who are quick to forgive, and being people who are slow to hold grudges. We give people the benefit of the doubt, and if someone wrongs us, we aren't quick to take revenge.
We already know that God has shown us true and ultimate mercy. We have been forgiven, our past has been wiped clean. Perhaps we can carry that mercy with us as we seek to show mercy to others in our everyday dealings.
May the God of mercy enable us to be people who are merciful to others!
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Delighting in the Lord
God has blessed me with a long journey. I became a follower of Christ at age 14, so my story is really His story—I take no credit for anything good I have accomplished. I have lived keenly aware of Jesus’ statement, “… apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). As a kid, I was so bashful that I would rather fail an English class than give an oral book report before my fellow students. A call to teach and preach was at the very bottom of my list of future careers. However, God calls all of us to follow Him on a journey. Although my journey has not always been easy, God has blessed it in many ways.
My desire was to be a pilot; if not for God’s call on my life, I would have chosen a career in aviation.
A life verse I have claimed is, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Because I continually chose to delight in the Lord and surrender my life to Him, He made a way for my desires to be fulfilled. For 20 years, I led a group of pilots who flew blood for the Red Cross.
His blessings continued in all areas of my life. One of the greatest joys in my life has been to be a part of mission work in Haiti. For more than 35 years during the many trips serving my brothers and sisters in this beautiful country, I have seen God’s grace and mercy at work repeatedly. I was privileged to help start a mission organization called International Allied Missions (IAM). I love and appreciate my many friends all over the world.
I have pastored churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Even though I’m getting older, I have no intention of retiring from my call. At present, I am serving as an interim pastor at a church near my home.
At this stage on my journey with Christ, I feel the pull of two worlds: the spiritual gravity of this world pulls me to keep sharing the good news of Jesus, but the yearning for heaven also tugs on my heart. I remember hearing the astronauts on their first trip to the moon talk about leaving the gravitational pull of the moon and returning to the gravitational pull of earth. Like the astronauts, I am in between—but at 81 years old, the pull toward my heavenly home gets stronger day by day. Nevertheless, my heart remains fixed on Jesus, the “author and finisher of our faith,” (Hebrews 12:2) and His will for my life.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21-23). To God be all glory and praise for His story written in my life!
James Spruill is a retired minister still working for the Lord. He and his
son Mark together wrote a book titled Reflections of Our Journey.
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