Faithful is He that Calleth You

by Mike Ratliff

[23] Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [24] He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)

My friend Jon Cardwell put me on the list to receive a pre-publication copy of his new book Christ and Him Crucified. I received it on Friday from the publisher. Some of you may know, but some may not, that Jon suffers many of the symptoms of ALS, which is often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His symptoms started when he was serving as Pastor in Scammon Bay, Alaska. Because of the severity of the onset and the need to have a proper diagnosis, he had to leave the flock he loved. He is now serving as a Pastor of a church in Alabama. When I think of my friend Jon, I am reminded of a sermon I heard from Steve Lawson at the 2010 Shepherd’s Conference in which he exegeted Job Chapter 1. The message was titled “The Invisible War.” In this message, Dr. Lawson shows that God uses adversity in the lives of his people to make them broken vessels, who humbly walk with a limp before him, dependent upon him, not in love with this world, but wholly dependent upon him for everything. Continue reading