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Sold Out To God

November 12, 2009

Luke 10; 38-42

Quoting verse 42 KJV …Mary hath chosen that good part.

I have often thought that what Martha was doing was very important, as she was trying to meet Jesus and His disciples’s physical needs. One can even understand her criticizing her sister for not helping, and then….it dawned upon me!

I have often heard ministers speak of God’s perfect will, and His permissive will, and now, I feel that I understand the situation a little better.

Many things we do are “good,” but there is a “best.”

It seems that the tendency today is to walk as close to a line of disobedience without stepping over; doing just enough to “get by.” What Martha did was good, but Mary went one step farther in doing God’s will.

William booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, and his story is one of great interest. Someone asked him the secret of his success, and as tears ran down his face, he stated “I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me to have.” I am sure that was a sincere statement. Still today, the Salvation Army is reaching out to the outcasts, and troubled people of this world, and has spread into 58 countries. (Perhaps even more by now)

Dwight Moody once said, “The world has yet to see what could be accomplished by one man, who was totally sold out to God.” To me, William Booth is a good example of that statement.

May God help us to be totally sold out to God. We need to arise to the defense of Christian principles, and live more closely to Him. Let us quit walking “close to the line and go all the way with our Lord and Savior.

All the way my Savior leads me

What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercies,

Who through life has been my guide? Fanny Crosby

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Verna Mull has had the desire to write poetry and stories for many years.  The pen name, Cheery Blossom, comes from the fact that her mother intended to give her that name when she was born.  When the Dr. thought that her mother said "Cherry Blossom", he laughed at the name ,and stated that she must be Indian.  (Verna was born in the month of May, when the cherry blossoms were in bloom.)  Her mother changed the name!  She had nothing against Indians, but felt that the Dr. must, and she didn't like him laughing at her.   Verna has only a high school education, is 78 years old, and finally, giving a whirl to the thing that has always been a deep desire. 

Verna married at the age of 18.  Most of the couples life has been spent farming, but they are now retired, and have celebrated their 60th.wedding anniversary. God has blessed the couple immensely, and led them through the accidental death of their son, when he was 18 years old.   They have one daughter, 4 grand children, and 6 great grandchildren.

Verna's greatest desire is to bring praise to her Lord and Savior, hoping to bring others into the relationship with her Lord, that has sustained and blessed the couple.  Verna and husband, Paul, have spent 3 weeks each year, for the past 8 years, ministering in the little country of Ukraine, and plan to go again this year if it is God's will.