Over the years, God has given me countless opportunities to serve Him. My opportunities in life have included many areas of service. As song leader at Liberty Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, I often quoted Scripture before a choir special or congregational song. At Thanksgiving, we often quoted Psalm 100—for JOY, GLADNESS, SINGING, GOD’S GOODNESS, THANKSGIVING, PRAISE, MERCY, and TRUTH should flow through us, from the crown of our head to the soles of our feet, both NOW and FOREVER!
For the last while, I have had the privilege of teaching Revelation in our Wednesday night services here in Hua Hin, Thailand. If you want to get excited, read the heavenly throne scenes of Chapters 4 and 5 in Revelation! We are all praising God for Creation, for redemption, for life, and for life everlasting! I believe that the best thing that ever comes to the child of God is to go home to Heaven, and Carmen and I would rather go together in the Rapture. Wouldn’t we all?! May THANKSGIVING truly be the melody of our hearts!
For some time now, Starr, Carmen, and I have had a Monday night Bible study in the Nong Phlap area, about 40 minutes from Hua Hin, our home. Several weeks ago, a gentleman attended who had just arrived in Thailand from Burma. In our Bible studies, we give everyone a John and Romans and a pen and paper—so everyone circles words, underlines phrases, and draws my pictures. (I love to sketch while teaching!) This gentleman’s concentration and facial expressions were striking! After hearing the Gospel for the first time in his life, he trusted Jesus that evening. The following Monday, he arrived with his wife and three daughters. Two of his daughters were teenagers, and the third one was a bit younger. That night, after circling, underlining, and sketching, God wrapped His loving arms around all four of them and brought them into His family! I learned that there was a fourth daughter (the oldest). The next Monday night, she came with the whole family, studied the Gospel of John with us, and sweetly trusted the Saviour. There is one more member of the family, but he is quite young. We trust that, in time, he also will believe and be saved!
Your prayers make a wonderful difference! I can hardly wait to introduce this precious Burmese family to you when we all get to Heaven! May the joy of THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS and the joy of God’s goodness and birth stir our hearts to FAITHFUL SERVICE!
Randy and Carmen Shook