Dear Brothers and Sisters,
One thing I have learned in the kingdom is the kingdom belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who did it all. He paid the price for our sins, past, present and future. He is the one who is making extraordinary men and women who will go with the gospel of Jesus Christ baptising in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and making disciples of all men.
It was my privilege in 1993 to meet a very extraordinary young man who survived a serious fire when he was one year old. Peter Gladwin is his name and I have not seen him since I left Elim Bible College in 1994. This weekend I had the privilege of a divine appointment again with my dear friend.
I want to tell you a story. Many of us never dreamed we would ever go to Bible college. Peter did not and neither did I. To say we were the biggest bunch of misfits that the kingdom has ever seen would be an understatement. We went to Bible college believing we were going to be pastors of great churches but when we left Bible college Peter was sent back to work in a nursing home and I was sent back to be a salesman. Why this happens we do not know, but Peter now has been given a vision for the world to look after the lost, the lonely, the downcast and the forgotten. He has ministered in many parts of the world such as Poland, India, France, etc. He is available to speak in churches all over the country and all over the world. Visit his web site at outofashes.co.uk.
His book Out of the Ashes is a must-read. It is a story about a man with his life in ruins through drink, drugs and gambling, who stood on a bridge one day contemplating his death but instead of jumping he decided to go to his mother’s flat on the fifth floor of a tower block. His mother then phoned his sister who had become a Christian a few weeks earlier because of a boy who walked into her butcher’s shop in Bradford, England, with a poster for a meeting. What happened next? Read the book.
What an amazing God we serve.
Rev Ross Rennie