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A Band of Men

In 1 Samuel 10:26 the Bible reads “And Saul went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.” I have a little note written in my Bible next to this verse that says “God is going to have to touch men’s hearts to follow you.” I believe I wrote that note there when my pastor, Austin Gardner, was preaching out of this text. What is going on in the surrounding verses is that Saul is being anointed king. And as he was the God chosen leader at the time, God also touched other men’s hearts to follow him. I ask that you will pray with me that God will touch men’s heart to get involved in His work. Pray in two ways:

  1. Pray that God will touch men’s hearts as we travel around the United States and preach in hundreds of churches. Pray that souls will be saved and that God will touch men’s hearts and allow us to band together to take the Gospel to the world.
  2. Pray that God will touch men’s hearts in China. Ones that we can raise up, train, and send out to plant other churches with a heart to not only reach the 1.3 billion in China, but the 6.5 billion around this world.

I have been privileged to work with such men whom God has banded together to get the Gospel to the world. As we branch off I pray that it will grow stronger, and we can see more fruit and men; as a result.

God vs The Stump

In 1 Samuel 5 we find that the Philistines took the ark of God and put it in the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. Dagon was the god of the Ashdod people. But when they woke up in the morning they found that Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So what do they do? They set him back up. The next morning comes and they find him fallen over again, but this time his head and the palms of his hands were cut off and there was nothing left but the stump of Dagon. The priest of Dagon and the people of Ashdod finally realize after that and a few other things that the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them in a bad way. Then, instead of repenting of their wickedness and turning to the true God, they send the ark of the Lord out of their presence.

So it comes down to this, when you compare the LORD to any other god, the end result is you are going to be left with a stump. And as we go to China we aren’t going to be afraid to compare the one true God against the “gods” of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and other Chinese “isms,” because when you compare God vs the stump, God is always going to win. Pray with us that we can see hundreds, thousands, millions of Chinese people repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ.