Beloved- this past week I spent a few minutes reading over the biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Robert was a Scottish preacher who ministered in the early 19th century and died at the young age of 29. Yet, the depth of his ministry and words carry on. Some of his quotes are:
· “I think I can say, I have never risen a morning without thinking how I could bring more souls to Christ.”
· “Get your texts from God - your thoughts, your words, from God.”
· “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”
· “The great fault I find with this generation is, they cry that ministers should be more in public; they think that it is an easy thing to interpret the word of God, and to preach. But a minister's duty is not so much public as private.”
The ministry of Robert Murray M’Cheyne revealed a man who like the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:2- “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Like the early church, the power for his ministry came from the purity of his life.
Beloved, purity and power were the early catalysts to propel the church to reach the lost. I pray that purity and power would also empower us to reach the lost for Christ.
Beloved, the parable of the Prodigal Son has been a favorite for many of us over the years. Today we will study that portion of Scripture and focus on the heart of the Father who loved his prodigal son.
Obviously, since it is Father’s Day the application is for fathers, but it also reminds us of our heavenly Father who loves us so much.
If there was one characteristic in this parable that stands out it is the characteristic of grace. A godly Father is gracious, just like our heavenly Father is gracious!
May you have a blessed Father’s Day!
We live in a world today, which honors those who pretend to be someone they are not. Every year Hollywood holds the Academy Awards. These are the highest awards for actors who portray someone other than himself or herself. Billions of dollars and millions of hours of time are spent on watching these actors. At least we know that they are acting.
However, the Lord did not hold the acting of Ananias and Sapphira in high esteem. Ananias and Sapphira were pretending to be someone they were not without telling anyone. This is hypocrisy. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines hypocrisy as “an act of playing a part on stage; a feigning to be what one is not; the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion.” A hypocrite is one who fakes virtues or qualities he does not have.
The essence of hypocrisy is this – you appear strong on the outside, but in reality, you are hollow and rotten on the inside. Beloved, are you as real inside as you are outside?
Beloved, Pastor Joel Hernandez will be teaching in my place today with a message from Jude 1:17-25 entitled, “Our Daily Walk.” As I write this, it has been one week since I had my surgical procedure. The knee replacement surgery went well and all that is left is the rehabilitation process. They say the first 2-3 weeks are the most difficult and I concur. While the pain has not been overwhelming it has been consistent. I look forward to the day where we will be in a place where there is no pain or suffering!
Speaking of pain, we must continue to pray for Uvalde and the families affected by that horrific incident last week. Our hearts are broken, and we know that the answer is Jesus. Please pray that our Lord and Savior would show Himself through the many people ministering to the people of Uvalde.
I am scheduled to teach next Sunday, June 12! I hope to see you then if not sooner! I Love you!