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Warmth Opens Doors

I remember a lady who did not like my preaching, so she stopped coming to church. I set out to draw her back and began knocking on her door. At first, she just refused to answer. Then, she came to the door, saying, "I am not coming to your church."

"That's obvious," I responded. "But can't we come in just to talk with you?" "No, you can't." And with that she shut the door.

A month later, I went back, and her response was the same. But then, things started to happen. I heard that this woman had become sick, so I went to her home with flowers. This time she let us in, and she started to weep. Soon she came back to church, faithfully attending every service and loving the preaching.

A little warmth was all it took to bring life out of that lady.

Any pastor can build a church if he really loves people and is truly sensitive to their needs. What a pastor really has to do is reveal the warmth of God's love.

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Father declared that charity suffers long, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Charity never fails. The love of God never fails.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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