How fitting an expression so frequently resounded by Bishop L. Foday Farrar, usually when heís taking a whimsical sidebar or a commercial break during a sermon, to share a story in his own life to bring home an important point on which he is teaching.
And a Celebration it has been. Since I first started going to SRMI (Solid Rock Ministry International) four and a half years prior, I have been inundated with Truth. Not according to L. Foday, but according to the unmistakable, infallible, transforming, uncompromising and eternal word of God, besides Bishop wouldnít have it any other way. John 8: 32 (NIV)
As for the impact of four and a half years of life altering truth, let me see (Iíll take a little sidebar of my own), as I step out of the church building onto the pavement and make the walk across the parking lot to my car each week, Iím left with a monumental soul stirring challenge. Not the kind that enters through one ear and complacently disintegrates out of the other. It echoes. From my drive home, to my time alone, to my evening walks through my community, to my journey on the city bus to work each day, through the bus depot, to my trips to the grocery store, and the hair salon. It ricochets as I light on a meandering stroll through the busy downtown streets on my lunch break and when I travel the inner beltline and journey the outer beltline while cars come and go in the wave of every day living. In each of these pockets of life are people. Each strategically placed in my path for a reason. Itís not about religion, itís not about joining SRMI, it is about a relationship. The celebration is that relationship.
So when Iím asked about the immediate impression one manís life has made on me, I can do one thing besides give you Bishop Leonard Foday Farrar, I also give you Crystal Richardson. She is just one person there are innumerable more just like Crystal who were lost, waiting for someone to introduce them to Jesus.
Who is Bishop L. Foday Farrar. Just my Pastor, and a highly influential sold out man, whom God uses to transcend generations.