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The Faith Of A Child

  • Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Luke 18:15 ESV

    At church one night, a visiting speaker called my six-year-old son up front and told him that the Lord had heard his prayer about the dog, and that he would receive it. I thought for sure the lady had missed it because he had never mentioned that he wanted a dog. After talking with him, we learned that he had been watching 'Smokey and the Bandit' and wanted a basset hound like Jerry Reed's dog, 'Fred'.

    His mom said we would look and I interrupted and said, 'Oh no, we are not helping God out. We already have a dog and are not looking for another one. If someone gives you a full-blooded male basset hound, we will know that it is God.' A couple of weeks later, I came home from seminary and heard a strange dog barking. To my surprise, out walked a full blooded male basset hound puppy about nine weeks old, along with papers showing that he was AKC registered.

    My son's mom explained that they were at the grocery story and while standing in line, they began talking with a woman, and she mentioned she had a puppy for sale. She had just purchased an AKC registered basset hound puppy for $600, but got it home and changed her mind. She wanted to sell him, but suddenly decided to give him to my son. She wrote 'God bless you' on the papers and signed him over.

    What could I say? I had spoken the requirements, and God surpassed it. My son had heard the word of God in church, he believed it, he prayed and God answered. A complete stranger gave him a full-blooded, AKC registered, male basset hound puppy. He named him 'Buford'. All we need is simple faith of a child, and believe that God will do what He said.

    Prayer: Father, please strengthen my faith and give me opportunities to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust You, in the name of Jesus.

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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Now that is who God really is! Amen! If God truly said it, it will happen!

April 6, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

What a great story!!  This cracked me up because it was like God saying to, "Take THAT"! But in a good way and that's our God for ya! Hahaha  Just to mention, I looooove Bassettes!  Thank you Pastor for reminding me that God does have a sense of humor  :o)

April 6, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

What a wonderful story to start off the day!! GOD NEVER FAILS!! Amen!!

April 6, 2017
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Heavenly Father, please strengthenter my faith and give me opportunitis to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust in you, in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 6, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

This gives me strength this morning Amen 

April 6, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Love the story pastor. 

April 6, 2017
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Pete Gauthier
Pete Gauthier

Great story. Thanks for sharing.

April 6, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Prayer: Father, please strengthen my faith and give me opportunities to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust You, in the name of Jesus. Amen <3 Thank you  
April 6, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!!!

 

April 6, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brownedited: April 6, 2017

Please strengthen my faith Abba Father! Help me learn to trust You and surrender all. I enjoyed that message today. Amen!

April 6, 2017
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Dwight Robinson
Dwight Robinson

Tears, of Recognition! Many times when God answers humble prayers like those of children He goes beyond what we in our limited perceptions expect. Thank you Dear God for answering.

April 6, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Faith cometh by hearing, hearing by the Word of God.

April 6, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

April 6, 2017
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Khalilah Horton- Spencer
Khalilah Horton- Spencer

 Good Morning, 

I love seeing the faith of a child. Be blessed church!

April 6, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I love it!! God just keeps doing His thing in His timing.

April 6, 2017
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Victor Lozano Jr
Victor Lozano Jr

I love the story! And I trust in the Lord, but it is the waiting part that is a bummer. I stopped praying for patience and trying to help God out; I have even spoken the requirements and still continue to wait. Faith is not the issue, it is waiting for direction in the wilderness that makes it seem hopeless. If anyone reading this feel so inclined - pray that we find a much better place to move to . . .

April 6, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praying with you, Victor, for that perfect place God has planned!

April 6, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: April 6, 2017

Prayers sent. Though our LORD GOD is quite, HE hears you and will give you the best place to move. Wait patiently for your prayers will be ansewered. GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH

April 6, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You, Pastor Dion!

April 6, 2017
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Aaaaaaamen!

April 6, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, please strengthen my faith and give me opportunities to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust you, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

April 6, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen 

April 6, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Father, please strengthen my faith and give me opportunities to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust You, in the name of Jesus. Amen. <3

 

Thank you for todays devotion Pasror Dion. :-)

 

You and Sylvia, are in my prayers. Praying to Jesus, that everythings going to turn out for the better. Amen. :-)

April 6, 2017
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Amen!  So true a child' s faith is pure as we get older we become more synacacal we need to pray to the Lord to renew our faith as when we were not influenced by our past,

April 6, 2017
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen 

April 6, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

 God has a great sense of humour. Just as well your son didn't want and elephant.!!! Pastors prayer: Father, please strengthen my faith and give me opportunities to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust You, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

April 6, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

This delightful story really brightened my day--possibly, my entire WEEK! Thank you so much, Pastor Dion.I'm sure God was smiling just as much as your son was when he met that puppy!

April 6, 2017
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

I had an experince similar to your sons when I was 12 yrs old and it shaped my faith in so many ways and it also strengthened my moms faith, Even all these yrs later I can remember it like it was yesterday what an awesome father we have who loves to see us smile and laugh in the same way we get enjoyment from our childrens smiles, Thank you so much for ur devotionals pastor Dion they are surely on point and thought provoking The Holy spirit has his hands all over these pages and all over this ministry sincerely Scott Riegelmann.

April 7, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Thanks again Pastor Todd!  Father, please strengthen my faith and give me opportunities to exercise it today. Help me learn to trust You, in the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

April 7, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.O Pastor I really do Love this Answer to your Son's prayer.Praise God how wonderful and that his faithfulness is so wonderful.What a Blessing. Thank you Heavenly Father for your word that when we pray and believe when we ask for something you know our hearts and our desires and that you are a loving caring Father.  and you answer our prayers.

April 9, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! The faith of a child :)

April 14, 2017