When I got to the airport today my flight was oversold, so I put my name on the list to get bumped. I was going to rent a car to see the preview performance and join you for worship tomorrow morning, but people didn't show up for the flight, so they forced me to board. The performance is going on as I write, so I've been lifting you up and will continue to do so tomorrow for the finale. Lord bless each of you!
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For our closing program we performed an hour of improv, then did almost three hours of enacted prayer! It was only interrupted by some fireworks and some improvisational worship.
Dr. Kavanaugh then told the students they should know what they'd die for. Then he said, "Now ask yourself what you're going to live for." He encouraged us to spend our lives on people.
He was 16 when his village was completely wiped out by American B-17s. He put his hand over his mother's mouth to keep her from praying. He told her there was no God.
Years later he was in a Bible study to argue, but the leader was filled with so much love Mohr didn't know how to counter it with hate. The leader gave him a Bible and wrote his address inside, telling Mohr that one day he would write to say that he'd given his life to the Lord.
The Bible sat on his shelf for many years, but one day he opened it and started reading from page one.
By the time he read through Matthew he was ready to give his life to the Lord, but he didn't know how to pray, because all the prayers of his youth were written, and none of them fit. He remembered the thief on the cross and called out to Jesus: "Remember me!" He said, "The Lord changed my heart from a heart of hate to a heart of love."
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To find out more about Mohr's story, order his book, "My Life with the Great Pianists."
He urged us to consider how we can maximize our lives for Christ. People ask him when he's going to retire and he says, "When I go above!" We only have this lifetime to share God's love for the world.
For a season he felt compelled to share the Gospel every day. After one very long day he was climbing into bed and it occurred to him that he hadn't shared that day. He climbed into his car and drove to a gas station, where there was biker on his hog. Dr. Kavanaugh told him the situation and asked if he could share with the man. They both had a good laugh, but the man agreed to listen. After he heard about God's great love for him the man shared that he was on the way to commit suicide. He wasn't ready to commit his life to Christ, but it seemed clear that he would have many more years to think about it.
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