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A Box Of Chocolates

  • And the Spirit said to Philip, Go over and join this chariot. So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, Do you understand what you are reading? And he said, How can I, unless someone guides me? And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:29 ESV

    At two in the morning, I stood in the parking lot of a bar and preached one the best sermons on salvation that I had heard. It wasnt mine. It was given to me at that moment. Conviction fell on the ones that heard it, and one started shaking. I led him to the Lord soon after.

    I was playing music with a local band and they had booked a bar for the weekend. I needed the money to help pay my way through Bible college, so I played in bars until four in the morning, got home, showered and then went to play in the praise team at church on Sunday.

    That Saturday night though, I felt the Holy Spirit descend on me while in the middle of a song. Suddenly scriptures started coming to my mind and a man caught my attention. I knew the scripture was for him, but he was drinking. I told the Lord When break time comes, I am going to my car. If you want me to share this with him, send him over.

    Break time came and everyone headed to the bar for a drink, I headed to my car and opened my Bible to the scripture the Lord had given me. Soon there was a tap on the window. It was the man and he had some questions about God. I started reading him the scripture and it became a sermon.

    The excitement that Phillip lived still happens to those who listen and are willing. When you get serious about serving the Lord Jesus, your life will become like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get, but you can bet that it is going to be good.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me divine encounters today. Help me live my life to the fullest and become the person that you want me to be, in the name of Jesus.

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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the message!
May 22, 2015
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Agnello Sagar
Agnello Sagar Amen!!!
May 22, 2015
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen.
May 22, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen
May 22, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Yes Lord
May 22, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Hum very cool! This brings back too Mind the Joy I had for the Lord growing up! I felt the day would come when I would be ready To realy excel Out of Me and be the one for the Lord on so many places- whom like Jesus when His Ministry began! Amazing Draft and War came! I've been side tracked! Saying now my prayer has been to be used mightily for Him! Saying it excites Me that that day is still at hand for Me! Desire- a Grat Emotion!!!
May 22, 2015
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Sharilynn McIntosh
Sharilynn McIntosh What an experience!  To God be the glory!  I can relate to your experience, as I am also involved in an outreach multi-genre band that plays at different venues.  
May 22, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you Father for filling me up today with your words not mine your will be done today amen
May 22, 2015
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Maria Williams
Maria Williams Amen
May 22, 2015
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Linda Morris
Linda Morris Always love a repost of this one. Thank you Pastor Todd.
May 22, 2015
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Teresa Bridges
Teresa Bridges My day is never complete until I read your inspiring words!
May 22, 2015
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Debra lynn Hubbard
Debra lynn Hubbard Amen ....we serve an awesome Father, Son, and Holy spirit praise God...
May 22, 2015
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki Amen! Great word and reminder to be ready in season and out of season. 
May 22, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, in Jesus" name I pray!
May 22, 2015
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Chad Hale
Chad Hale Amen we are were we are for a reason, if we weren't supposed to be here we would be were we are supposed to be. GBU thank you Jesus for today Praise and Glory belong to you Lord. Amen.
May 22, 2015
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Mark McCoy
Mark McCoy Todd, I love my box of chocolate. Started new job at NASA as a Rocket Scientist. G2G - Glory To God!!! B2B - Blessed to Bless, Pastor Mark
May 22, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen we never know when we are letting our light shine out for Jesus, who we might lead to Him.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt What a God thing. I pray that I will use all the opportunities that God sends my way to use His word to share with others. The Holy Spirit does lay people on our hearts that God sends our way, and scripture to pass on to them.
May 22, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen and God Bless 
May 22, 2015
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill Praise God for His love and guidance.
May 22, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member What a beautiful way to pray.
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful prayer for us all to pray.
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Kathy Harris
Kathy Harris AMEN, at all time my Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 22, 2015
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Deleted Member Ahhhhh, that is so sweet. God bless you
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Deleted Member Amen, congratulations on your new job. God bless you.
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy I believe because am a living witness, Amen.
May 22, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Good morning to All... THANK YOU LORD GOD!!!!! Thank Yooou for Allowing me to serve as Your vessel. Today's experience in the client morning meeting was extraordinary  LORD, I LOVE YOU  God Bless You and First  Lady, Pastor Dion.
May 22, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, let our light shine for You.
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Deleted Member Amen, I want to be a light in this dark world.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is amazing.
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Deleted Member Amen, the message and the prayer sure helps me to remember to try to be a light shining out to others for Jesus.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord for His mercy and grace.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen:):):):):):)
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
May 22, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Shades of Forrest Gump--LOL! This is a great story--thanks so much for sharing!
May 22, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I love the title "A Box of Chocolates" because in life you never know what you are going to get.  I also laugh because when my daughter was very little probably about 6 or 7 there was a box of "Whitmans" on the coffee table and when I went to get a piece I noticed a little finger indent in some of them so I asked who put finger marks in the chocolates and she admitted it was her, so I asked why and she said cause "I wanted to know what it was"  and I had to laugh because she is like me and only likes the nuts and chews....LOL
May 22, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker And just like the "Box of Chocolates" ~ One never knows what God has in store for us when we wake up in the morning!!  Bless us this day ~ and please make it a Good Day, for it is a gift from God.   Amen~
May 22, 2015
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Dan Cordosi
Dan Cordosi Help us dear Lord to use each and everyday for greater Glory.   :)
May 22, 2015
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Rod Fortner
Rod Fortner Amen! We all have a testimony to give and if we're serious in being used by God in leading others to Christ ("personal" witnessing), God will use us! Paul says in Colossians 4:3 (ESV), "At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ,..." I've read a number of testimonies where people have prayed this prayer, myself included, and not long after, as happened with Pastor Dion, God will bring a needy soul your way. This is why we need to study the Word as 1 Peter 3:15 says, "... always being prepared to make a defense  to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; ..."
May 22, 2015
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery Pastor Dion, did you here about the FAAD meeting last night.  Linda gave us a list of 10 suggestions, and Beverly Boyd said #11:  chocolate helps depression, and everyone got on the subject of chocolate instead of depression...lol.  and Rod Fortner brought up; the fact that his dog's name is CoCo!!!  God bless you and your wife with a nice weekend!
May 22, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen. Praise God! Thank you! This is my prayer Today.
May 23, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Sounds like a theme at work ;-)
May 23, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Perfect timing :)!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd That is wonderful, Pastor Mark, blessings to  you!
May 23, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams THIS IS SURLY MY PRAYER THANK YOU JESUS.....
May 23, 2015
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Roger Osborne
Roger Osborne Amen i find the Lord puts people im my life through the day at times just as i need them !
May 23, 2015
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Noraima Crespo
Noraima Crespo Amen
May 24, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo so true
May 25, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh I have often found that God has used complete strangers to speak to me. Praise God, he never ceases to amaze me.
May 27, 2015