Forgiveness in Alexandria
I arrived Little Rock, AR and was met at the airport by Rev. Dennis Yarberry, pastor of The Church of the Nazarene in nearby Alexandria, AR. I met Pastor Yarberry while conducting revival services at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Little Rock. He was kind enough to schedule me in June of 2014. Summer dates for full time evangelists are often difficult to schedule, so I was grateful for the opportunity to work with him.
When I arrived for Sunday morning Sunday school, Pastor Yarberry shared with me how thrilled he was to see a former attender present. The lady in question had not attended for several years. Monday night I felt led to preach a sermon dealing with forgiveness. Several people responded to the invitation to deal with un-forgiveness in their own lives. While praying with a person at the altar, I looked up and saw a man and his wife standing nearby. The “wife” was the one who had not been attending. Her husband continued attending the church even though she refused to come with him I stood and the lady told me, “That message was for me! Now, I need to speak to the pastor.”
I watched as she stood in front of the altar, and publicly asked her pastor to forgive her for negative feelings she had toward him due to an incident that occurred two years ago. He said, “I was not even aware this happened. I am so sorry!” It was a beautiful moment of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The following night friends from First Church of the Nazarene in Little Rock attended the service. Their son knelt at the altar and asked Jesus into his heart. His mother told me, “That is the first time he ever knelt at an altar to pray for salvation.” What a blessing to play a part in the beginning of this young man’s spiritual journey.
Revival services do and are making a difference. “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”(Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV)
by Lane Loman