Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A few years ago, my now deceased husband Gordon, and I taught English as a Second Language (ESL).  We did this as volunteers at our church.

The majority of our students were masters degree university students, from various countries around the world.  Mainly Asia.

Teaching at our church, we always opened and closed in prayer.

Not all lessons were of a Christian basis, of course.  And, many of our students requested extra help for their speaking abilities.

Whenever it was a holiday time, lessons reflected the time of the year.  Christmas and Easter were the easiest times to include a gospel message, of course.  Valentine's Day, was also a good time to include the issue of love.

When it came time for St. Patrick's day, we were able to easily explain the concept of God, to our students who had never grown up hearing about Him.

The shamrock was the way we described God.  The whole shamrock is God. 

God is three (3) persons:  God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God, the Holy Spirit.  Each leaf of the shamrock reflected what we explained.  Just as the shamrock above, does.

We were thankful when our students understood.  And, we were even more thankful when some of them came to Christ, obtaining salvation.

Acts 16:31, was one verse that we relied upon while teaching a gospel message, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..."

Of course, our students obtained salvation by trusting/believing on our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Just as we all, do.

If you do not yet know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please read the book of John, in the New Testament portion of the Bible.  There you will see that in order to spend eternity in heaven, you need to be born-again, or saved.

No one is guaranteed tomorrow.  Today, is the day of salvation.

Until next time...

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