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2 Cor 5:17 (NIV)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Richard was an interesting character to say the least. I met him in 1998 while ministering in England when he wandered into our church, sat down, never looked up, didn’t speak to anybody and left. We tried to communicate with him but it was obvious he was not interested. I simply chalked it up to another odd incident in ministry and thought I would never see him again. If anybody was not attracted to our church and its people it was this man. To my surprise he came back the next Sunday and repeated this odd behavior. This would carry on for weeks, no interaction, nothing but a blank look and downcast eyes.

Then one day Richard looked up and Richard smiled and Richard talked and talked and talked. We discovered he had been suffering from clinical depression and on that day had been delivered through the preaching of the Gospel. God had swooped down into his personal darkness and had turned on the light and Richard was beaming.

Richard epitomized 2 Corinthians 5:17. He was truly a new creation in Christ, the old had gone, the new had come and it was glorious to watch. He started attending everything we did; he volunteered to help and was one of the most faithful servants in our church. Every aspect of Richard blossomed in Christ including his sense of humor; to our surprise he was hilarious!

This is why we do what we do as a church. Why we continue to proclaim the message of Christ service after service. It alone has the power to take a man who barely existed, who was just keeping his head above the water and give him his life back. The gospel gave Richard his smile back, it gave him his laughter back, it gave him a family that loved and cared for him and most importantly it gave him heaven by bringing him into an intimate relationship with the living God.

No wonder the gospel is called the Good News.

John 10:10 (NIV)  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Richard was living proof of how true that scripture is.

Also see: How the gospel saved a hero.

Any comments?

What about your testimony? What has God done for you?

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