WSGMA Chaplain's Corner

May 2017 WALK TALK

Our lives should preach good sermons. According to the book “Life of Francis d’Assisi,” Francis once invited a young monk to join him on a trip to town to preach. Honored to be given the invitation, the Monk readily accepted.

All day long he and Francis walked through streets, byways, and alleys, and even into the suburbs. They rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people. At day’s end, the two headed back home. Not even once had Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the Gospel. Greatly disappointed, his young companion said, “I thought we were going into town to preach.” Francis responded, “My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!!!”

Paul writes that through us, the true believers in Christ, God spreads everywhere the ”fragrance” of the knowledge of Christ (II CO 2:15). For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. [Every person’s life emits a scent that either repels or attracts. For Christians, their “fragrance” should be that of Christ … the sweet lingering aroma of His love and salvation.]

As you walk, sing this great chorus either to yourself, or, if it is appropriate, others:

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
His wonderful passion and purity!
O Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me."

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Rev. Dick Hilleary is a co-founder of the Western Gospel Association, known today as the Western States Gospel Music Association and acts as its Chaplin. With a lifetime of musical experience as a soloist and quartet member, Rev. Hilleary has appeared with some of the most recognized names in southern gospel music. As a skilled lecturer and recognized 'Master of Ceremonies' for national music conventions, Rev. Hilleary has received the prestigious "Communication and Leadership Award" from Toastmasters International. A pastor / teacher of 35 years, today Rev. Hilleary's passion is for preserving southern gospel music on the west coast and ministering to those committed to keeping that music and ministry alive for the body of Christ.