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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Off By One Number

Psalm 75:1, 9 (NIV)
1 We praise you, God,
    we praise you, for your Name is near;
    people tell of your wonderful deeds.
9 As for me, I will declare this forever;
    I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.

I read a story about a worship leader who was given the name and phone number of a prospect for his praise band. He called the person and immediately began telling the man of the need at church for a percussionist. The man indicated that he was interested in visiting the church and seeing the "set up". At the conclusion of the conversation  he said, "Well, John, I'll look forward to meeting you Sunday." To which the man replied, "My name is Todd, not John, but I'll still see you Sunday?"

By the hand of God, the worship leader had dialed one digit wrong in John's number. By the hand of God, Todd and his band of three entered church for the first time on Sunday. Looking rough around the edges, the young men marched to the front row, and began to observe that they were warmly greeted and genuinely accepted by the membership.

They found a place of belonging and love among God's people, and several weeks later committed their lives into Jesus' care. Their past lives had been spent making worldly music, but now as their transformation occurred through the Holy Spirit, they were led to new heights in making music God's way.

What a story they tell, all because God caused him to dial one "wrong" digit in a phone number.

In a world that is skeptical of "church" and "God", it is important that Christians "everywhere tell of [God's] mighty miracles". Do we live in active expectation that God will intervene miraculously in our lives and in the lives of those around us? We serve a living God!

Dear Lord, thank You for the opportunity to see You working through Your children to change lives for Your honor and glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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