One Good Reason to Blog

You may remember (or not) back on January 18th, in my blog about Hebrews 12-13, a brother named Neil from the Rio Grande Valley International Church of Christ asked me to contact him about his brother:

please contact me asap or send to my way some Dayton, Ohio disciples of Jesus that you can vouch for or preferably both - my brother is near there and he is hurting but trying; especially in light of your 18 January quiet time.
thanks bro

I had no idea who this Neil guy was (still don't really, other than he's my brother and he lives in Texas. That's enough. :-D), but I emailed him to find out what was up. It turns out he found my site through a Google search for sites that link to Disciples Today. Huh, how about that. I don't even read DT that much anymore. :-D

It turns out his brother, just like he said, is hurting and seeking. As Neil put it in an email...

he knows God is trying to show him some stuff this last year, he even had a real long prayer walk in the rain in the middle of the night a few months back

You know a guy's searching for God when he takes a long walk, in the dark and in the rain just to pray. Neil had tried to get in touch with Dayton COC folks, but had no luck. So I contacted my old college roommate who lives in Dayton and helps lead the Dayton Church of Christ. I put him in touch with Neil and that was that.

Fast forward to two Sundays ago. I find Neil's email in my inbox doing some email house cleaning and I decide to see what's up. I knew from an earlier email that Joel (his brother) had come out to a couple of things, but that was all I'd heard. Neil responds pretty quickly:

well, brother thanks so much for asking your timing is impeccable and God's grace is infinite, he was just baptized into Christ within the hour
I'll be honest, at first I didn't know what to think. Really? Wow. (It turns out he emailed that from Dayton, just after the baptism. Had I known, I'd have been there.) As it sinks in, I can't help smiling and telling folks about it. This silly little self indulgent past time of blogging actually made an eternal difference for someone. Sure, my contribution was pretty minor, but without it the rest wouldn't have happened.

There's a lot more to the story, but I only know snippets. Maybe Neil will drop by and fill in some more. Besides, salguod.net + Google = redemption is cool enough.

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Now that's "way cool"! Keep on blogging, Doug!

for now i'll say praise be to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. my brother even said he fit in at bibletalk b/c he didn't relate to anyone, how's that for an answer to those of us who might be a bit scared... it was so awesome to be out there studying the Word of God with him towards the end and also getting to know Ohio brothers I'd never seen united behind the Bible... thanks again Doug.

Neil, glad you found it. I meant to email you, but hadn't gotten to it yet.

It's still cool to think about. I hope that after Easter to go to Dayton one Sunday to meet him.



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  • Neil, glad you found it. I meant to email you, but hadn't gotten to it yet. It's still cool to think about. I hope that after Easter to go to Dayton one Sunday to meet him....

  • for now i'll say praise be to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. my brother even said he fit in at bibletalk b/c he didn't relate to anyone, how's that for an answer to those of us who might be a bit scared.....

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