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I don’t know if you’ve ever had a best friend. I once had a best friend named Ken. We hit it off from the first time we met. He was a defense attorney for the military, and we often joked with one another. I’d say to him, “I was going to be a lawyer until I got right with God.” Ken would shoot back, “That’s all right, Sammy. I was going into the ministry before I became a Christian.”
Ken and I were jogging partners, but he was in much better shape. We would often climb one very difficult hill. I nicknamed it “Difficulty” because of how hard it was to run up. Ken would always make it to the top long before me. As I would be struggling up the hill, Ken would yell out in true military fashion, “Up the hill, over the hill, through the hill, conquer the hill. Come on, Sammy, you can do it.”
Ken was a dreamer, a planner like me. We’d dream together about reaching the world for Christ. We dreamed about the very things I’m doing today.
Then one day I received a phone call from another friend. He said, “Sammy, sit down. There’s something I have to tell you. Ken has just been killed in an automobile accident.”
I couldn’t believe it. Ken was so young, so strong. He had so much potential, so much to give. His wife, Lyn, asked me to preach the funeral. I didn’t know what to say to his dear, godly wife and four beautiful daughters. As I prayed, I remembered the hill called “Difficulty.” It was almost as though I could hear Ken calling from heaven, “I know I’ve already made it to the top. I know I’ve left you a tough hill to climb, but you can do it. Up the hill, over the hill, through the hill, conquer the hill. Come on, you can do it.”
His four young daughters stood to sing at their father’s funeral. They sang with tears streaming down their faces, “Our God Reigns, Our God Reigns.”
I don’t have the answers to Ken’s death. I don’t understand why God let Ken be taken from this earth in the prime of his life. But I’ve come to understand this great truth sung by Ken’s daughters: “Our God Reigns.”
He is Sovereign. That doesn’t mean we are exempt from the hurts of life, but it does mean we can be more than conquerors of that hill called “Difficulty.” Remember the Bible says, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 esv).
Up the hill, over the hill, through the hill, conquer the hill. Come on, you can do it.
Romans : Chapter 8
31) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32) He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33) Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34) Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36) As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j] 37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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