Stories by Richard Lawson

April 10, 2009

One day, I received a call from Jean, whose husband is a pastor of a non-denominational church. They had been watching the Revelation Speaks Peace, Unlocking the Signs rebroadcast on the local Comcast Cable channel and she had some questions. Over time, we established a rapport with her and her husband. They invited us to present a seminar at their church and we presented The Appearing series on five consecutive evenings. Following this, we were invited to present our beliefs at the Wednesday evening meetings at their church. We were able to preach eleven ShareHim sermons at their church, including a sermon on the Sabbath.

Another afternoon, the phone rang. The caller, Richard, was responding to the McDougall, M.D. program that we were broadcasting on the local Cox Cable channel. He requested a copy of the The Creation Health Breakthrough book that was offered at the end of the broadcast. While I was asking him for his address to send the book, he mentioned that he would also like to receive the Discover Bible Lessons. To my surprise, four days later, I received the answer sheets from the first four Discover lessons. I sent six more Discover lessons and received them back within a week. Within three weeks, Richard had completed the entire Discover course. Intrigued, I called him to arrange an appointment to visit him. When we arrived at his home, his first question was, “What day of the week do you worship?” Then he asked, “Did you know that the Catholic Church changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday?” I told him that we were Seventh-day Adventists and that we worshipped on Saturday. Then he said that he had become interested in studying Bible prophecy, especially the books of Daniel and Revelation. He was very excited that he had googled “Daniel and Revelation” and found a fantastic book titled Daniel and Revelation by Uriah Smith. I could not keep from laughing as I told him that he was reading a Seventh-day Adventist book. Until that moment, he had never heard of the Seventh-day Adventist church.