• Pastor Mark Hisle

From the Pastor's Desk

From R.T. Kendall: I was given an amazing wake-up call by the Holy Spirit many years ago. In April 1986 I was preaching on Philippians 4:6: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." This only happened to me once during my 25 years at Westminster Chapel. Right in the middle of my sermon, the Holy Spirit elbowed His way into my preaching. When I referred to the two words, "with thanksgiving," in that sermon, I was smitten all over--from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet and to the end of my fingertips. Never in my life had I felt anything like this. I felt horrible. As I spoke, my whole life came up before me. God showed me one thing after another for which I had not shown thankfulness. As I was preaching! Big things. The most conspicuous things God had done for me, which I had not said "thank You" for. I felt so smitten in the middle of my sermon. I prayed as I preached, "Lord, help me to get this sermon over with so I can get to my vestry and pray." Somehow I got through the sermon. I went into my vestry (pastor's office) and prayed and repented like I had not done in years. As I prayed, the Holy Spirit led me to see one thing after another I had not thanked God for. Huge things. The most obvious things. "Lord, You know I'm thankful," I said to Him. "But you didn't tell me," He seemed to reply. "But You must know I'm thankful for these things," I said. "You didn't tell me," He responded. I didn't realize that saying thank You meant so much to Him!

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