Our Dissapointments = Divine Appointment

It is my honor to serve on the advisory board of Praisefest Ministries God has allowed me to preach on all FIVE of their cruises. We have been to Bahamas, Jamaica and now Haiti in June 2014. Dr Matthew Dunaway asked me to be in a commercial to promote their “WATER & WORD” relief effort. Over 27,000 Haitians die weekly because of E-coli and contaminated bacteria in the water. Newton, CT lost 27 precious children. Picture that classroom times 1,000 dying EVERY SINGLE WEEK!! Praisefest has partnered with Global Effect and they have designed a state of the art filter enabling people to bathe, wash dishes and clothes but most importantly drink worry free from the deadly toxins that have killed so many.

The video will be released in next month and I was asked to film a segment alongside Mark Hall – frontman to CASTING CROWNS, Josh McDowell, Dr Johnny Hunt – FBC Woodstock, Tyler Perry’s hit show “MEET THE BROWNS” with Mr Brown himself, David Mann and a few others! Initially, the plan was to fly me directly to Haiti to film on location earlier this month. However, due to costs and by adding other voices to the project the green screen avenue made much more sense and saved several dollars!

My trip to Texas was around the corner. My dear friends, Pastor Larry & Shannon Baker @ New Hope Church in Baltimore, MD where I have been blessed to preach several times said they had the green screen I needed to shoot the commercial. My four year old, Andrew and I drove the three hour round-trip in rush hour traffic to film. Shannon is a professional and we were out in no time. However, once the film was emailed to the proper media contacts to edit along with the other segments to make it complete opposed to “3-2-1 ACTION” we had HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! Sharon said in all her years it had never happened before but the audio didn’t record correctly and our efforts were in vain. She got straight “A’s” for graciously willing to help out. It was dissapointing but not her fault and had to reschedule and do it all over again. It wasn’t the end of the world but time was running short. Short on me with a full schedule and shorter for those dying (literally) in Haiti to get help.

Two days later, I had the pleasure to speak at King’s Christian Academy in Callaway, MD for their Spiritual Emphasis and we had 34 students confess sin and profess Christ as Savior! Go God!! On Monday, March 18 it was my privilege to board a plane and fly to Dallas, TX. That evening I was honored by “Olympian of the Century” Carl Lewis, nine time gold medalist and Dr Sam Mings with the “Founder’s Award” from Lay Witnesses For Christ for our recent involvement during the 2012 Olympics Outreach. It was held at the gorgeous Dallas-Fort Worth Marriott in their grand ballroom at a black tie dinner in front of 1,200 at the annual Texas Christian High School Athlete of Year Awards.

The very next day, I had to catch a cab to ride 27 miles to Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas. They have a massive 16,000 member church and graciously agreed to loan me their green screen with their staff to re-tape the Haiti project video. The hotel desk clerk when securing my cab shared on the phone that I am a preacher. I didn’t tell her I was but she said that she could just tell when I initially walked in the lobby to check in. PRAISE THE LORD! The man who picked me up was Muslim. I jumped in the car and as I sat in the back of the taxi I could see the meter on and dying to run. At first he was rude, impolite and even told me the price would be higher than what he agreed to on the phone. I was tempted to bail. In baseball terms, he had three strikes and I was almost out (of the car). However, those who display love least often need it most. God said “stay put” and we were on our way. The first 15 miles, I let him do the talking. We talked about life, sports, business, politics and his family. I really believe when we LOVE folks first we can LEAD them from there.

At the 16 mile marker I asked him of his faith. His reply made me curious. He said “I am not a very good Muslim.” I thanked him for his honesty. We talked some more and on my left side of the interstate was a WHATABURGER hamburger restaurant. If you have not been to Texas you may be unfamiliar with this particular food chain. I said: “Whataburger!!” He said: “Do you want me to pull over so you can get something to eat?” In all my years of trains, planes and automobiles I have never once asked a cab to pull over much less turn around and get me something to eat. For starters, when you live BY FAITH you have to be conscious of the ever turning meter on the taxi dashboard. I have never found one to slow down or stop much less go backwards. Perhaps, I am “Frugal Frank” but he asked me again however we had already flown by the exit. I knew by turning around that was just adding more to the fare. This time, something was different. At this moment, concern for price was out the window. Not because I was starving en route to the video taping but I had a HUNGER to see this man consider Christ as Savior.

In my Spirit, the Lord told me to have him turn around and buy his lunch. So he turned around at another exit and came all the way back and we pull in to the restaurant. He said: “Do you want me to go to the drive thru or eat inside?” I asked him did he have ten extra minutes? He said: “YES!” We walk in and I told him to get whatever he wanted. He ordered a hamburger, large onion rings and Coke. I paid for our meal and now I am sitting across the table from my new friend (and taxi driver) and in between bites allowing him to ask questions. He peppered me with some spiritual questions and began to answer them in love with the help of the Holy Spirit. Talk about “fast food” God was serving up some SOUL FOOD!

We get back in the cab and with just over ten miles to go I gently switched gears. While I was in the back seat staring at his rear view mirror I could read his eyes. It was as if the Lord gave me a window to his world. He looked anxious, tired and running on empty. He was in his mid 50’s and he already told me he had a wife and two children whom were more adults than kids. I asked him if he believed in Heaven? He did and I asked him to describe it to me. He said it was “paradise.” I shared that I could relate. I asked him if he believed in Hell? His eyes got wide and said he did. I asked him to describe how he envisioned Hell? He said “It will be a place of fire and torment.” I told him I agreed completely, it reports that in the Holy Bible and he was surprised. From there I asked him how he could enter Heaven? He told me if he did enough for Allah than he might be accepted in. Politely, I asked if he died before he dropped me off at my destination what were his odds of going to Heaven? He looked down while driving nearly 70 mph and said almost embarrassingly “50/50.”

God spoke to my heart and told me to ask him what did he think of those odds? He said: “Honestly, not very good.” The next thing I said was without a doubt a dialogue between the Holy Spirit and me and His Presence that permeated the cabin of that taxi from then on. Knowing his eyes already looked weary and running on fumes I asked him if he ever lost sleep at night worrying about tomorrow? He said: “Yes.” I asked him if he ever stayed awake at night fearing of dying before the sun rose in the morning? He said “Yes.” I asked him if any of the stress in his life was tied directly to the fact that he was not certain that when he died that he would arrive peacefully at Paradise (Heaven). He said: “Yes! Yes! Yes!” In baseball, three strikes you are out! In wise words of my buddy, Evangelist David Ring in bowling – three strikes and YOU ARE ON A ROLL!!

I shared that every other religious leader was still buried in their respective tomb. I told him in 1995 (age 23) that I paid nearly $3,000 of my own money to go to Jesus’ tomb in the Holy Land knowing I would travel to see absolutely nothing. I told him the plaque on the tomb reads “Why do ye seek the Living among the dead, He is not here but HE IS RISEN (Luke 24:5-6)!” I told him him as Christians’ we don’t serve a dead god but The Living Lord. He liked that!

From there, I went from gradual to Grand Prix and when I saw the opportunity we went into over-drive (God and me). Faster than a Ferrari, I asked him if I could tell you that you could have 100% guarantee of Heaven would you be interested? His eyes while looking in the rear view mirror had me locked in like Tom Cruise in TOP GUN trying to shoot the enemy down. But this gentleman was no longer arrogant but available. He was no longer scheming for money but searching for The Master. He was still driving the car but God was leading the conversation. I shared in love but with Biblical boldness how Christ died on Calvary’s cross not for His sins but our sins (including the driver). I shared how His sacrificial death, shedding of blood and Bodily ressurection paid the SIN DEBT and by faith he could trust Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. He would take our shame and clothe us in His Righteousness. We could graduate from religion to a relationship and according to The Bible in 1 John 5:13 “KNOW that you have everlasting life.” I told him why “hope it” when you can KNOW IT!”

Just as the meter ticked that we had arrived at our destination. He was no longer looking in the rear view mirror but turned his head around to me in the back and said: “Will you pray for me?” I asked him if he were ready to confess his sins and trust Christ as His Savior and to be His Lord and way of life? He couldn’t nod his head fast enough. This 55 year old man acted like a kid and by God’s grace prayed with a child-like faith. In that taxi cab, he became a kid of the King when he trusted Christ. He even offered to knock off $20 from my fare. The irony is 27 miles before he was trying to raise it now he lowered the price. I recall when Jesus dined with Zacchaeus he said: “Lord, I will repay FOUR times for the wrongs he had commited.” That is not only restitution but renewal and revival all in one! Hearing that Christians and clergy are often considered the worse in area of tips I bought him lunch, paid the full fare and still tipped on top. Without question, when we LOVE them and LISTEN we can LEAD. Legalism is attempting to lead with no love. What the LAW couldn’t do GRACE gets done. When we go for the juglar first before getting to the heart of the matter (and stomach) we may miss out more than we connect.

Before flying home, I had the privilege to return for the second time and preach chapel @ First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas to their awesome students. We had three saved but 170 stream to the altar making various commitments to Christ and getting a burden for lost friends. I preached from Hebrews 12:1-3 “The Cost, The Cross & The Christ.” I preached about The Crowd in the Cloud, Christ on a Cross and Christians in a Crisis. God gave me that outline years ago during a season of fasting that will preach ALL day long. The day before I was sharing about Christ, His Cross and Coming again to one individual but very next day at one of the largest churches in the country. They move into their new $130 Million facility on Easter Sunday.

Immediately, after the chapel at First Baptist Academy I was whisked to the airport trying to catch my flight. This time I was not in a taxi but a car and it hit me like a ton of bricks! Looking in my rear view mirror last week I learned two things. What was a setback in Baltimore (driving three hours for a commercial that didn’t have audio) was a SET-UP from God in Dallas. Had the commercial worked in Maryland I wouldn’t have been in a cab in Texas. Our dissapointments are DIVINE APPOINTMENTS.

Plus, if we share our faith when no one is watching we will do it when a few others are watching. Regardless, if on TBN or a taxi it is always an audience of One. On Facebook, in one day I got over 500 likes and comments on this event. It also reveals that it is sincere when we minister not just “on stage” but off camera in daily interactions with others on the road of life. The Great Commission literally means “as you are going preach the Gospel.” No accident, that one of my all-time favorite tv shows is HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN. Every soul is saved one at a time and thank God for imperfections, Whataburger and U-Turns because God truly makes the cloudy – clear. The crooked – straight and gives us double for our trouble. THANK YOU JESUS! WHAT-A-GOD!!

About the Author:

Part author, comedian & visionary but FULL communicator of Biblical Truth, Frank Shelton travels the globe pointing people to a personal relationship with Jesus. He shares HUMOR, celebrity impressions and powerful life stories that Exalt the Savior, Encourage the Saints and Evangelizes the Sinner desiring to build God's Kingdom not his. Frank has a God given gift to "dial in" to those disconnected from God and hung up in life. He is an evangelist and encourager and ideal for students, singles and Sunday services speaking over 200 dates per year at various venues.

27 Comments

  1. Brian W March 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    It was a thrill to hear the Gospel from your heart last week (Wednesday, Mar 13) at the King’s Christian Academy in Maryland.

    Your passion for Jesus and how clearly He allows you to communicate His truth is,
    and I mean this sincerely, a stunningly beautiful offering. I was impacted, and I
    know our students were as well. Sharing your message might sometimes feel like an
    everyday thing for you, but it was a striking and special thing to hear for those
    of us meeting you for the first time. I told you on your way out that I can’t wait
    to party with you in Heaven, however I would sure enjoy taking you up on your
    invite to meet up at Bert’s before then.

    Let me know if there is a date that would work for you. The 25-27th of this month are currently completely open for me, and I would be happy to meet up for a meal. If timing doesn’t work out this
    time, please feel free to keep in touch until we can work something out. It would
    be a blessing just to sit and fellowship and encourage one another. For the King,

    Coach Brian W
    King’s Christian Academy
    Callaway, Maryland

  2. Dr Johnny Pope March 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    So glad you were able to preach at First Baptist of Dallas. A great Church, a great Pastor, a great college and a great history and when you preached for them, they had a great Evangelist. I love you Frank. Thanks for the good word on “Telly”!

  3. Jimmy G March 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Frank, you are so INSPIRATIONAL! When I finally grow up – I hope to be more like Jesus and you!

    Bro, I can honestly say, you are one of the great men of God in my lifetime, and I’m honored to know you and call you friend. Love ya brother. Keep preaching the Word. I think you need to have a counter that just keeps scrolling number of saved that encounter you!

  4. Pastor D Daniels March 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Frank, you live the most amazing life of anyone I know on FB, or have heard of or know personally

  5. Sammy March 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    You are the man! Love you bro. Thanks for being a blessing and an inspiration to all you come across!

  6. Deb G March 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Frank, that’s wonderful! Our Lord’s favor continues to be upon you. You, who continually puts others before yourself.

  7. Margie Martin March 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I am witnessing to my ex-son in law who is a Muslim. Pray that I will use the right words to say to him to open his heart as you did to your taxi driver.

  8. E Miller March 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Great pic with Carl Lewis!! Not every day we see you wearing a tux!!!

  9. Pastor Smith March 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Well deserved with the Founder’s Award. Couldn’t happend to a nicer guy! We love you Bro Frank.

    – Thomas

  10. Pastor Smith March 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Well deserved with the Founder’s Award. Couldn’t happend to a nicer guy! We love you Bro Frank.

  11. Dr Morgan March 25, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I love your thinking and your attitude. It greatly pleases me that you are a product of Gardner-Webb University.

  12. Pastor Joe Lee March 25, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    GLORY!!!!

  13. Michael B March 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    U are the man next to the Big Man! What a blessing frank!

  14. Gary P March 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!! : ) and God bless your boldness Brother Frank!!

  15. Joyce March 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Love it ! No comparison between Jesus and Muhammed anyway! If I didn’t know anything about either and somebody explained it to me, Jesus would win hands down

  16. C Walters March 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Frank, this blesses me sooo much. I have a place in my heart for the muslim people. The blood of Jesus was shed for them as well as for us! I have been thinking about Haitti as well so am thrilled to see this total post! Bless you friend……

  17. Virginia March 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    You and Carl Lewis look GREAT!!! Good job!!

  18. Pam March 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    What a great service on Sunday March 24 at Union Baptist Church, Hayes, Virginia.
    I am so thankful I was able to sit the entire time and listen to you preach Frank Shelton!
    The Youth Rally that night was awesome. Even in snow souls were still saved. THANK YOU JESUS!!

  19. John March 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you Jesus! Every soul is special! God has a purpose for each one of us. I’m honored to know that you are walking in yours!

  20. Jeanna S March 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    WOW!! Praise the Lord!! That is AmAZING

  21. Jessica K March 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Remember when you were here at Hilltop Baptist in PA and you told us the story about how you went to dinner and had awful service? Well, tonight my family and I went to dinner and didn’t have the best of service either. But, I chose to not be OF the world and really give it to her, but be the WORD. Thanks for sharing that story. This is what I wrote to the waitress along with our tip. 🙂

    “Tonight was tough for all of us but JESUS loves you and sees how hard you work. HERE IS A BIG TIP for working so hard for all of us.”

  22. Ken March 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Frank, I heard you speak at the Maryland IRON SHARPENS IRON and my home church is actually in NY. My pastor will be contacting you about coming to speak to our men and possibly Sun service. We would love to have you!

  23. Dr Junior Hill March 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Incredible Frank:

    How exciting to read of all the places you have been and all the Lord is doing in your life. I rejoice in His hand of power upon you. I sure hope one day I can reunite with you again in person and maybe get you to sign my Bible. Now that would be a great blessing!

    Press on, Wonderful Man of God!

  24. Lori Heddings March 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    What an awesome story about the taxi driver! That just melted my heart… God is soo good and never ceases to AMAZE me! God bless you!

    Lori

  25. Aunt Janie Faff March 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    WOW. Loved the story about the taxi driver. Watched the video and loved the song He’s Alive.

    Love you,
    Aunt Janie

  26. Larry March 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Frank – that is simply AWESOME – being used by God is what we, in our feebleness, hope for and I am pleased to be encouraged by every interaction I have with you. I am blessed to call Jesus my Savior and to call you my good friend.

    Blessings to you Brother, and I hope you and your family have the most wonderful celebration of Easter ever!

    Larry

  27. Frances S March 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! What an awesome God we serve! So thankful for your obedience to His leading!! Frank you have a standing invitation to come to GWU anytime you can!!! We miss you and love it when you get back to visit! Blessings to you and your family!

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