Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Well, you can go ahead and file this one in the ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ folder.  It is a fascinating story of the mysterious way that God works.  And it begins with a poor Scottish farmer by the name of Fleming... 
One day, while trying to scratch out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog.  He dropped his tools and ran in the direction of the cries.  There, mired to his waist in thick black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.  Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what would have surely been a slow and terrifying death. 
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s humble farmhouse.  An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.  “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman.  “You saved my son’s life.”  “No I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, refusing the offer.  At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.  “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.  “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.
“I’ll make you a deal.  Let me take him and give him a good education.  If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to become a man of whom you can be proud.”  And that he did.  In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Schoolin London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin!
Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia.  It was penicillin that saved the life of the nobleman’s son.  The name of that nobleman was Lord Randolph Churchill.  And oh yes, his son who was saved?  Sir Winston Churchill… 
Winston Churchill, unarguably Britain’s greatest leader and prime minister, rallied the British people during WW II, and lead his country from the brink of defeat to victory over Nazi Germany. 
Pray with me… Father God, we marvel at the way You move quietly in time and space, often unnoticed, but faithfully preserving the lives and securing the destinies of Your people.  We give You praise for every good and perfect gift.  In the Name of Jesus, amen.

Pastor Ken

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