April 20, 2015

 redeemed say soPsalm 107:2

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so ,

whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”

We have so much to be thankful for. God, in his mercy, reached down to sinners like us and paid a price we could not pay, even the death of His dear Son, Jesus, for our sins. Surely, we should take a moment in the midst of all which is going on around us and praise Him and say “Thank You”. Surely, we should, as the redeemed of the Lord “SAY SO.” In that spirit, I ask for your prayers as God has given opportunity to both Loretta and me in the recent past and the near future to SING SO and SAY SO.

SING SO because Loretta had the privilege of singing in a Christian chorale of singers and orchestra a beautiful testimony in song of the greatness of our God. Sometimes when we become cold or despondent or worried or doubting, or frustrated, or whatever is a drag to our Christian life, a good inspirational song can be used of the Lord to lift our spirits. It reminds me of the Disney rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I still hear and see those little guys in my mind’s eye as they sing and whistle while they work. Praise is the neutralizer of a depressed spirit. This is so because you cannot do both at the same time. Paul and Silas were thrown into prison and made a choice to sing and praise God in the midst of terrible affliction. Talk about joyful noise! They caused an earthquake! Loretta has further opportunities in August and October with this chorale. If you want further information on recordings and concert dates check out the Deo Cantamus website.

SAY SO because Loretta was able to speak at the MBA Ladies meeting as a workshop presenter.  She agonized over the material for weeks to give a workshop on contentment. God enabled her to share with others from her studies and personal life experiences. She is going to present it again to the ladies of our church on Mother’s day.

SAY SO because this Saturday I could use your prayers to speak as I ought to speak at the Gideon’s Minnesota state convention. I have an opportunity to share my testimony to the convention because it was from a Gideon New Testament I was reading in the Gospel of John when I trusted Christ as my Savior.

SAY SO because I get to share the gospel this Thursday at the Martin County Jail.

SAY SO because I have been invited to preach this Sunday in my daughter Charity’s church in Granite Falls.

SAY SO impromptu as God gives opportunities to distribute tracts and meet people on the fly.

SAY SO because man does not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Now it may be argued these singings and sayings are the result of being part of professional ministry and you would be right. But every Christian ought to SAY SO in whatever sphere of influence they find themselves in.      SAY SO  is not just for the church house, it is for the home, the workhouse, the prison house, the neighbor’s house, the nursing home, the hospital, the jailhouse, the street and for your house.

Therefore, Let the Redeemed of the Lord SAY SO!

I told you SO in Christ’s love,

Pastor John Schofield