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Gary Stone Speaking Out; Giving God the Glory

By Floyd Miller



I have known Gary Stone for over 20 years, but I’m learning more because he’s speaking more. Gary has taken care of the phone services for Jimmy Bailey and myself for many years. When I sat down to visit with him the other day it was about a different type of communication; it was about the things he believes God wants him to be doing at this stage in his life. Gary said that this new passion for speaking out began when he was sitting on a bank fishing. He said he was in the process of reading the Passion Driven Life. As he sat there fishing and reading he noticed a man and his two sons fishing. The boys continued to get their lines hung up among the rocks and their father continued to help them loosen them. As Gary watched this unfold he realized he was “hung up” also. He was hung up because of some things that happen over 50 years ago, plus, he couldn’t quite figure out what it was that God wanted him to do.Gary feels like God gave him the answer he was seeking as he sat on the banks fishing. The first thing he did was invent a fishing rod that, if used properly, will not get hung up among the rocks. {{more}}You would expect the next line to be, “and Gary made a fortune.” That’s not the case. Gary decided that he wanted to use it to help other individuals and use it as a ministry tool to Praise God. He is working with Disability Resources on this project.Gary is working on other inventions as well. He is currently talking to Just People, because that is where he feels he needs to be. Just People is an organization that gives people a second chance. The executive director is Allana Maddox.Gary believes that God has given him a second change. I mentioned earlier that Gary was “hung up” for over 50 years. That hang up was public speaking. He said it all started when he was 13 or 14 and was asked to lead a prayer in church. It terrified him. For the last 50 years he has served the Lord, but has gone to extreme measures to avoid praying or speaking publicly. As I listened to him I was reminded of Moses, who was afraid to speak, and Jeremiah, who said “But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak anymore in his name, “his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in, Indeed I cannot.”” Jeremiah 20:9I’m convinced that Gary is more like Jeremiah today. Gary is a member of the Highland Church of Christ.

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