And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it
You spread His love to ev’ryone you want to pass it on
She and her farmer husband Graybill raised one son, Samuel. Sam became a pastor and then went on to be one of the early leaders in the Youth for Christ ministry establishing the international outreach. He served as president of Youth For Christ from 1965-1973 during the time I was involved in YFC in a Kansas City Area High School and Brooksyne was also active in YFC in her high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
But both types of sparks are of equal and vital importance. One of the greatest detriments to our service for Christ is the sense that what we do is little and thus not really very important. But ultimately the faith is spread one spark at a time. Of little importance is man’s estimation; what really matters is that we remain faithful to our calling to share and to serve however and wherever He leads us.
I have been seeking to share the truths of the Gospel for over forty-five years now. Only a tiny, tiny fraction of the earth’s population know who I am. My sparks are relatively small, but I’m part of a great worldwide team spreading sparks!
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, lay upon our hearts the unquenchable desire to pass on the spark of faith to others the important truths we received from reliable followers of Christ and from our own study of Your Holy Word. Help us not to relegate our duties to others, but take up our responsibility as we link together with other believers all over the globe transmitting Your timeless, life-changing truths to those who have ears to hear. Amen.
At the end of the service the pastor announced that a friend of the family would like to say some words in conclusion. Imagine my surprise when Ravi Zacharias, took the platform and shared from his heart.
He said that this dear woman and her husband were a remarkable blessing to him in his early years of ministry. They shared with him in an unpretentious and simple way words that he recalls profoundly encouraged him. It spurred him on in his calling to ministry.
He smiled as he told us of her very honest assessment of his ministry. She candidly told him, “Ravi, I really don’t understand a lot of what you say, but you’re very good at it so just keep on doing it.” Obviously he listened and God has poured out His blessings and used Ravi throughout the world.
“He stands as a wonderful beacon to young people today who we are engaging with who want to see an example of someone who knew what they believed but wasn’t so antagonistic in how they communicated it that it made the gospel unattractive.”
“Apologetic” and “apology” are two similar sounding but entirely different words with two entirely different meanings.
1) systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine).
2) A branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity.
1) A regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure: “my apologies for the delay”.
2) A formal, public statement of regret, such as one issued by a newspaper, government, or other organization.
For the next 57 years, he dedicated his life to the Savior he found in that hospital room — building a global ministry that he described as, “helping the thinker believe and the believer think.” From 1984 on, after two decades of theological study and writing, he founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries — brimming with Christian scholars and authors who set out to help people deal with the difficult questions of faith. Over time, the soft-spoken man with a great sense of humor and purpose would become, in many places, a household name.
To many people who knew Ravi’s passion for answering people’s questions about God, his last article on the RZIM website seemed fitting: “Just Thinking: At All Times.” It was there that he could answer personally a question he had answered publicly — about suffering, faith, and God’s goodness.
After his sudden diagnosis in March, and an even grimmer prognosis in April, Ravi wanted people to know that even in the midst of cancer, “The Bible assures us that at all times God is with us. He is our comforter; He is our healer. He is our physician; He is our provider. He knows better than we do… God has an appointed time for all of us. His protection and security is ours ’til that moment comes when it’s ‘closing time.'”
Closing time for Ravi came early Tuesday morning, surrounded by his wife of almost 50 years and family. His daughter, Sarah, says that his tombstone will bear the verse that turned a hurting teenager into a man determined to help people find God — John 14:19: “Because I live, you also will live.”
Ravi came to the Lord, he wrote in his final days, “uncertain about his future.” But he remains, as he hopes everyone is, “certain about my destiny.” It is a destiny that, because of his life’s work, many will share. #ThankYouRavi