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The best day of my life

 

I just experienced the best day of my life!

I met with John, my son’s boss at the Orlando Rescue Mission. John is a former attorney who practiced law for 25 years before transitioning to serve in ministry. He is a seasoned leader and has been a wonderful mentor for my son, Matt.

Matt, has served at the Mission for 13 years as the Youth Director for 60 homeless kids. Think challenging! Think chaos . . . children many of whom come from dysfunctional backgrounds!

Then think of a remarkably loving environment, and caring instruction and discipline.

For 30 minutes, John described Matt as a very, very godly person. Someone who has grown to become an outstanding leader in every respect. Someone who loves God’s word and teaches it faithfully to the kids at the Mission. Someone who has a burden for as many of the children as possible to come to know Christ as their Savior.

It was the best day of my life. The only way I can describe the feeling is this: “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 4). For those of us who are parents, we can experience no greater joy than learning of our children walking closely with Jesus Christ.

Let’s all pray that by God’s grace our children will walk in the truth.

Warmly in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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One Anothers

Dear Friends,

On the MoneyWise radio program, I mentioned that the Bible contains 41 “one anothers” in the New Testament. I’ve listed them for you below. They reveal how the Lord wants us to relate best to each other. Although these principles don’t apply exclusively to marriage, they do apply to it.

I recommend that husband and wife choose a different one another each week and really focus on making it a reality in their marriage. Bev and I have done this, and it improved our marriage sooooo much. Memorize a verse each week and ask the Lord to give you creative ways to practice it.

If your husband or wife do not know Christ or are not following Him, still practice a one another each week. You’ll be amazed at what happens in your life and the life of your mate!

Let me know how Continue reading One Anothers

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Encouragement

Dear Friends,

This morning I was reading (probably for the sixth time) a classic book, Spiritual Leadership, by J. Oswald Sanders. Something he wrote jumped out: “Great leaders have always been great encouragers.”

And when I reflect on those who have had the greatest impact on me for the past 41 years I have known Jesus Christ—guess what? Without exception, they all have been great encouragers. My wife, Bev, Tim Manor, George Fooshee, Dave Rae, Jess Correll . . . just to mention a few.

Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Let us encourage one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” We live in a time when the Great Recession and the challenges of unemployment, home foreclosures, political squabbling, and just plain hard times in life have lead to many discouraged and disillusioned people. People desperately need to know Christ as their savior, and His way of living as revealed to us the Bible.

I’ve so often taught that people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. May you and I ask the Lord to give us the gift of encouraging others, and the discernment to appropriately express this encouragement.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton