Heritage Baptist Church

Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc.  www.mmiga.org


Evangelist Billy Sunday wrote about a little girl in the mid-west. Billy was scheduled to conduct a tent revival, and had mailed ahead invitation cards for church members to distribute. One little girl was giving cards to neighbors when a man tore the card in-half, and demanded she get off his property. Her mom hugged her and told her to pray for the man. The next day, she went with her mom to a store. She had two cards left; she gave one to a customer, and one to a teenage girl behind the counter. Suddenly the man appeared and yelled, "get out of my store!" On the first night of the revival, the man came forward and gave his life to Christ. He turned and pointed to the little girl, and said, "I could get away from her, but I couldn't get away from her prayers." 1 Samuel 7:5 . . .I will pray for you unto the Lord.


During World War II, an army chaplain came upon a soldier near death on the battlefield. He took him up in his arms and said, "Is there anything I can do for you?" The young soldier thought about his sins; how he had hurt his parents with his rebellious living. He replied, "No, sir, there is nothing you can do for me. I need somebody who can undo some things for me." Who hasn't  wanted a do-over? Jeremiah 15:19, Therefore this is what the Lord says, "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me."


Comas are a medical mystery because they are impossible to predict. In 1978 a team of physicians conducted a study and produced the Glasgow Coma Scale. Based on eye, verbal, and motor responses, they assign a number for unconscious patients. Forty percent of the people who remain in a coma more than twenty-four hours die within two weeks. It is a rarity to be in a coma for weeks and then return to consciousness. Conversion to Christ can be just as dramatic as waking-up from a coma. Ephesians 5:14, Wake-up sleeper, and rise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you.


There is a cemetery headstone in Tombstone, AZ that reads, Here Lies Les Moore, No Les, No Moore. Psalm 49:17, For when he dies he shall carry nothing away. You may have heard it said that an armored car has never followed a funeral procession to the cemetery. Death is truly the equalizer, dissolving all separation by social status or net worth. When speaking at graveside services, I call attention to the markers; pointing out the dash between the date of birth and the date of death. The dash represents the life of the deceased. I say, "Life will soon be past, only those things we do for Christ will last."


During my career, I observed several methods of management. Hundreds of books have been published on effective business management. One entitled, God is my C.E.O. by Larry Julian, caused Publishers Weekly to write, "Many leaders will find tools for the trade in this excellent guidebook." Larry uses the Q. & A. Method to help manage people; solutions are based on Christian principles. True stories of successful Christian managers are used to support suggested solutions. For example, How to define success? Answer: Expand your definition from making money to making a difference. Q. How do I do the right thing when I'm pressured to do otherwise? Answer: Walk with Christ-like courage. The writer concludes with, "Effective leaders seek God's wisdom, and live with the hope that God will reveal the right solution."