Friday, April 29, 2011
For those of you who may not be familiar with the name of David Wilkerson, I would think you will recognize some of his doings. He was the founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York City (in 1987), the author of the well-known book The Cross and the Switchblade, the founder of Teen Challenge in 1960 (a Christian outreach program for troubled teens including those with drugs and alcohol addictions) and in 1971, he started World Challenge, Inc. as an umbrella for his crusades, conferences, evangelism and other ministries. The Times Square Church is now led by Pastor Carter Conlon and has more than 8,000 members.
His last blog post title that was posted on the morning of his death was, When All Means Fail where he encouraged those facing difficulty to "hold fast" and stand strong in faith. He went on to write, "To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights, and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, "I am with you,'" Wilkerson wrote. "Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail-his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world." (Click here to read the entire Wilkerson blog entry.) INCREDIBLE "word" he is writing... he touches on how to "stand" when things don't quite go the way "you" think they should..."Stand fast in his Word."
Prayer is still needed for his wife, as she survived the crash but is in critical condition. Pray also for his four children and 11 grandchildren during this difficult time for their family.
Over the last several months I have been listening to some links of David's teachings and have been intending to blog them but wanted to listen to them all and let them "soak" into my spirit before I shared them. Well, I am going to share them tonight even though the Lord called him home, I know his message will live on.
A Call to Anguish by David Wilkerson
Remembering David Wilkerson - Charisma
500 Sermons by David Wilkerson - Sermon Index