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As a boy, Larry Crabb stuttered but now he is a popular speaker and psychologist. He recalls one time as a young man when felt pressure by expectation to pray out loud because that was the tradition of his church. In a terribly confused prayer, he recalled “thanking the Father for hanging on the cross and praising Christ for triumphantly bringing the Spirit from the grave.”

When he finished, he vowed that he would never speak or pray out loud again in front of a group.

At the end of the service, he wanted to escape before any of the elders came to correct his theology. But Jim Dunbar caught him before he could get out.

“Larry, there’s one thing I want you to know. Whatever you do for the Lord, I’m behind you one thousand percent.”

Larry wrote in his book, “Even as I write these words, my eyes fill with tears. I have yet to tell that story to an audience without at least mildly choking. Those words were life words. They had power. They reached deep into my being.”

The outward call can be so powerful when we hear God speaking through others.