God’s Cannons in Haiti

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to Cheryl Cannon, the wife of the late Pastor Bill Cannon; Bill’s family and friends; and his church community; GGWO; both in the U.S. and in Haiti.

Though Bill passed a few weeks ago, I did not realize it until just yesterday, as I was trying to send him a message through Facebook regarding our Marisa’s current visit to the same country.

In a very ironic way, as I was digesting the news yesterday about the passing of this wonderful man, I was also being barraged with pathetic liberal news stories about how Mother Teresa was not as “nice” as originally thought to be.

Today’s Gospel reading cleared it up for me.

The Devil hates double-barreled action.

When Jesus, in Luke 11, heals the mute man, watch what happens;

He was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute person spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”

It’s one thing when we preach the Gospel through blog posts, or letters to the editor, or even by sending checks off to worthy places, as we retire each night, comfortably in our warm and modern homes.

The Devil can rather easily deal with us.

But…when we go directly to the sick and dying and dirt poor, with our very selves, like Bill and Cheryl Cannon have done, (and Christ, in today’s reading) that’s when Satan knows he’s being fired at by God’s cannons.

As we saw in Luke 11, he’s so confounded that he reaches for the nearest thing he has and throws it back at God.

Ironically, the only thing near to Satan is himself.

Just like Mother Teresa, Bill Cannon, through his poured out life, along with his beautiful soul-mate Cheryl, have furthered the kingdom by being anything but nice to our enemy, both preaching the Gospel and tending to the lowest of low.

May we all have a portion of Bill’s strength to fire cannons at our enemy.

So great a life–in so desolate a place.

Pastor Bill Cannon


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