October 15, 2004


Billboard After Hurricane Charley
"THE LORD CAME AND CALLED AS BEFORE, "SAMUEL! SAMUEL!" AND SAMUEL REPLIED, "YES, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING." 1 Samuel 3
When Hurricane Charley slammed into Florida in mid-August 2004, battering the state with up to 100 mph winds that knocked over signs, uprooted trees, and left thousands of homes destroyed or uninhabitable, one billboard on Sand Lake Road in Orlando survived the onslaught relatively unscathed. The storm peeled off the most recent advertising message displayed on the board, however, revealing in its place an ad from an earlier campaign. A few years back the Smith Agency of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, handled an assignment from a client by placing of a variety of billboards bearing non-denominational religious messages around the U.S. All the billboards presented short, simple inspirational notices in large white text on black backgrounds and were signed as if they came from God. Seventeen different messages were used in the campaign:

"Let's Meet At My House Sunday Before the Game" — God

"C'mon Over And Bring The Kids" — God

"What Part of 'Thou Shalt Not . . .' Didn't You Understand?" — God

"We Need To Talk" — God

"Keep Using My Name in Vain And I'll Make Rush Hour Longer" — God

"Loved The Wedding, Invite Me To The Marriage" — God

"That 'Love Thy Neighbor' Thing, I Meant It." — God

"I Love You . . . I Love You . . . I Love You . . ." — God

"Will The Road You're On Get You To My Place?" — God

"Follow Me." — God

"Big Bang Theory, You've Got To Be Kidding." — God

"My Way Is The Highway." — God

"Need Directions?" — God

"You Think It's Hot Here?" — God

"Tell The Kids I Love Them." — God

"Need a Marriage Counselor? I'm Available." — God

"Have You Read My #1 Best Seller? There Will Be A Test." — God

See them HERE. The LORD is speaking to each of in various ways: billboards, people, the Scriptures, nature, but if we have ears to hear and the patience to wait, He is speaking directly to each of our hearts. Stop now, be still, and listen to Him. His messages are always wrapped in love, so don't be afraid. He so wants to have a more intimate relationship with each one of us TODAY! "Speak Lord, your servant listens..."

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