Pastor John Doll, introducing National Donor Sabbath speakers

Pastor John Doll, introducing National Donor Sabbath speakers

With annual National Donor Sabbath upon us shortly, Pam and I have been invited to give the children’s message, preach the Sunday service sermon and also lead the Adult Bible Study class tomorrow at our local church. While we have done this speaking at many churches over the years, including this one when we were new attendees there, now as formal church members and “family” it takes on a different level of concern with making that message more impactful. So off we go searching for some strong biblical references to build our message upon.

For those out there who may find themselves with a similar opportunity, Pam offers this really useful resource on the LifePoint of South Carolina’s (OPO) web site: which gives a long list of bible references and suggests how they relate to the message we were seeking.

As a heart recipient, I found that list lacking (smile!), and would add the following for anyone looking for yet a stronger biblical reference (at least if you’re a heart recipient presenting) to use with a talk like mine:

Ezekiel 18:31-32
31Put all your rebellion behind you, and get for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 32I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn back and live!

Ezekiel 36:26
26And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.

Well, come back tomorrow to see how it all goes. For something that was supposed to be quiet, we were surprised this evening at the church’s roast beef dinner to have more than one person come up and ask: “So, I hear you are preaching tomorrow…” with friendly anticipation, having heard the sharing three years ago, and looking forward to hearing it again, now that they really know us as family. No pressure, huh?