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597th -- The Church The Bible Built


We should never underestimate the work that we do in the name of the Lord.
God is able to be bring extraordinary results from the most ordinary of
people. The Lord doesn't look for ability or talent when seeking servants,
but He does seek for a surrendered heart ready to follow where God leads.
When we take the limits off of God and allow Him to work through us, we 
will see amazing results in our life and in the lives of those around us.
Be encouraged to surrender your will to the Lord and allow His will to 
take root in your heart where your life will be used to minister God's 
grace to a hurting and dying world. (1 Samuel 16:7) (1 Corinthians 1:25-29)

I hope today's message encourages your heart to be a surrendered vessel in
which God can work through to touch others all around the world and make 
them better.


Many years ago the Rev. Robert Burris, now 92 years of age, worked for four
and one-half years as a missionary in South China. As part of his ministry,
he journeyed into the mountains carrying copies of the Scriptures in 
Chinese for distribution. In this way, although he could not speak fluent
Chinese, the people were given God's word.

Toward the end of his term Mr. Burris and three companions began a 180-mile
journey with 4,000 copies of the Chinese New Testament. In the first ten 
days about half of these New Testaments had been distributed. Then, in the
remote countryside, they were stopped by five armed bandits who took 
everything--money, clothing, shoes--and the remaining 2,000 copies of the
New Testament. Mr. Burris and friends limped home barefooted in their 
shirts and trousers, glad to be alive.

Approximately 25 years later when Mr. Burris was the pastor of a church in
Ohio, he and his wife attended a lecture with slides presented by a 
missionary to South China. Among the slides shown was a picture of the very
place in which he had been robbed by the bandits. “Now,” the missionary
said, “we come to the most important slide in my collection. I call it The
Miracle Church.” 

The picture on the screen showed a large rough empty building. “This is 
The Miracle Church,” the missionary continued, “Because no one knows who
started it, or how, every Sunday, 400 people attend, each with a copy of
The New Testament in Chinese.

No one knows where they got these New Testaments. So far as is known, no 
missionary or distributor ever went into these mountains which are infested
with bandits and robbers. Yet today, the church is there and the people 
have God's Word.”

Mr. Burris smiled in gratitude. God's Word, taken from him that day by 
bandits had been building it's own church in China for 25 years.

Author Unknown

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many
wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But 
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and 
God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which 
are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, 
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things
that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence.”

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so 
are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance
or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord 
does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the
Lord looks at the heart.'”

Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong 
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem125.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: A NEW HEART FROM GOD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony193.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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