Precious Truths We Still Know in Times of Plague: Meet LaReau Thorwall
LaReau Thorwall is a man that Becky and I will always hold in high esteem. He was our District Superintendent when we pastored our first church in rural Balaton, Minnesota. Becky and I arrived in Balaton, fresh out of seminary, ready to lead the Skandia Evangelical Free Church. In reality, we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. But what a ride we had! LaReau not only helped us obtain this first church, but he then served as a mentor and wisdom provider on several occasions over the next few years. He was especially helpful at one point when we had to discipline a church leader who was being divisive and would not repent. Even though LaReau’s district was large, and we were in one of his smallest churches, he took time to answer phone calls and give us valuable support. We will be forever grateful for his wisdom, perspective and encouragement.
Fast forward to today. LaReau’s son and daughter-in-law are now attending our church—what a joy to get to know them! After LaReau died a couple of years ago, his family distributed some of his Bibles to his grandchildren. Found within one of those Bibles were some notes LaReau had typed up for a lesson he taught in December of 2008, a few months after the October economic crash and the beginning of the Great Recession. Recently, LaReau’s son sent me a photo of that very precious piece of paper. LaReau’s son remembers asking his dad how 2008 compared to the Great Depression, and his dad’s instantaneous response was, “Not even close.”
As I read over LaReau’s points, I was encouraged and reminded of some precious truths from God’s Word, these Precious Truths We Still Know in Times of Plague. SO…with full permission from LaReau’s son I offer them to you below. Be encouraged by these precious promises (called “predictions” on the original piece of paper).
Predictions for 2008:
1.The Bible will still be the Word of God.
2. The Bible will still have all the answers.
3. People will still come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
4. God will still pour out His blessings upon all who love and obey Him.
5. The Holy Spirit will still empower people to live lives that honor and glorify God.
6. People will still overcome evil behavior because they have been transformed by the power of God.
7. People will sing praises to God for His love, strength, forgiveness and mercy.
8. Preaching and teaching the truth of the Word of God will still be anointed by the person of God.
– LaReau N. Thorwall, December 2008
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor
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