Thursday, January 24, 2019

Daily Devotion: A Tip From John Newton

Bible Reading: John 3:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 4 - "Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

Key Words: How can a man be born when he is old

The word precious carries the idea of something or someone that is very special to you.

John Newton was a rough, dirty sailor with a foul mouth and an appetite for rotten living. He hated life and life hated him. He was captain of a slave ship. Then someone placed in his hands a copy of Thomas Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ. He also had the gift of a good mother who told him about the Savior when he was young. And then he was saved. He went all over England sharing his faith.

Well past his "retirement" age, he had to have an assistant stand in the pulpit with him on Sundays. He was nearly blind and spoke in whispers, but nothing could keep him from preaching while he still had breath.

One Sunday, while delivering his message he repeated the sentence: "Jesus Christ is precious." His helper whispered to him: "But you have already said that twice." Newton turned to his helper and said loudly, "Yes, I’ve said it twice, and I’m going to say it again."

The stones in the ancient sanctuary fairly shook as the grand old preacher said again: "Jesus Christ is precious!"

What to do:
✞ Answer honestly. Is Jesus truly precious to you?

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