In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Friday, April 29, 2011

David Wilkerson is in Glory

On the evening of April 27th, 2011, I read some very sad news.  The Rev. David Wilkerson died in a head-on car accident on US 175 in Texas.   He was driving when he veered into oncoming traffic and straight into the front end of a tractor trailer truck.  His wife was in the car with him and she along with the truck driver were rushed to area hospitals.  Pastor Wilkerson died at the scene.

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

REVISED 6-26-13:
Remembering David Wilkerson - Charisma
500 Sermons by David Wilkerson - Sermon Index