Brother Prater regularly writes Eagle’s View, “Concerning Prophecy.” However, in this issue we have asked him to share with us the E-SERMON ministry in which so many have been blessed.
When asked to contribute this article to Eagle’s View, I thought it to be one of the greatest honors any earthly being has ever bestowed upon me. Therefore, the article is written with heartfelt gratitude in response to that honor.
E-SERMON in the Beginning
Two brothers in Dyersburg, TN, gave me my first internet modem on November 12, 1996. I had some email addresses from sources, such as Eagle’s View and a few friends. To these addresses I began sending prayer requests and testimonies of answered prayers. Soon the response to these activities began growing, by others passing the testimonies to their email contacts. Finding it to be a great blessing in reading these testimonies, I thought it may be good to incorporate a positive thought from the Bible, the Message, or other source with the requests and testimonies. Due to not receiving prayer requests, or testimonies daily, I soon began sending the positive thoughts on almost a daily basis. Since every article was no longer only a prayer request, we thought it may be well to identify the article with the technology we were using. Hence, E-SERMON, which means a sermon by electronic means. The greatest blessing in the project is receiving a response stating an article helped with an issue in someone’s life.
According to Bro. Branham, a soul is worth at least ten thousand worlds. Imagine the precious metals, gems, and other items in ten thousand worlds, and to think one soul is worth more than that. With every E-SERMON penned, I am reminded of the event of “The Three Dresses.” Therefore, and in conclusion may I say that each E-SERMON sent is a blessing to me, and each response is appreciated, read, and considered for a future article. Who knows, your response may be the next E-SERMON, and from that, a soul may be added to the Kingdom of God.
The Three Dresses
My favorite article was done in 2001, where I talked of an assembly in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with some people in it who had some special needs. Certain saints who read the article in Tennessee donated some clothing to the needy in Arkansas. From the clothing, a lady selected three dresses which would play a prominent part in her life. Because of having a dress to wear, she responded to an altar call and repented. A few days later she was married in the church in the second dress, and then shortly thereafter she was buried in the third dress. Somewhere in eternity, a sister in Tennessee will be rewarded for donating three dresses which influenced a lady in Arkansas to repent. Every E-SERMON published has been worth this one event.
Have you ever heard the phrase today is the first day of the rest of your life? Some years ago I remembered being asked what this meant to me. Today, my answer would be the same as then… Regardless of how long the rest of my life may be, today is the first of the rest of it. I have the ability to make it different in a better way than the part that as passed. How? Yesterday may be used as a lifeline to a more perfect today. Because of my knowledge of yesterday, I do not have to repeat it, if there is something there which I wish not to repeat. PHILIPPIANS 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Pyramid Of Relationships
"I want to get close/closer to God." Have you ever heard, or made a similar statement? If you, and I are like minded, and wish to be closer to Him, why are we not getting closer to one another? The attached diagram is from a sermon entitled Pyramid of Relationships. It was used to show how individuals who have the same goal of being closer to God, will actually become closer to one another. Placing God at the top of the pyramid, with you, and I in the bottom corners, as each of us move up the pyramid the closer we get to Him, the closer we get to one another. How close are we to God?
A Dad’s Sermon To His Daughter
An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters: “When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”
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