Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Man After God's Own Heart (1 Samuel 13:13-14)


In Paul's sermon at Antioch, in which he briefly recounts the history of Israel, he refers to the statement made by God concerning David:

"I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will." - Ac 13:22 (cf. 1Sa 13:13-14)

This beautiful compliment, "a man after My own heart", is one that
should characterize every person who wears the name of Christ
a. For David was not only the ancestor of Christ according to the
      flesh... b. But he possessed many of the attitudes that:
      1) Were later perfected by Christ
      2) Should characterize all those who are disciples of Christ

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day: The Model Father (Luke 15:11-32)


The progressive reformer, Jane Addams, in 1911 wrote, "Poor Father has been left out in the cold. He doesn't get much recognition. It would be a good thing if he had a day that would mean recognition of him."

Sixty-one years later, President Richard Nixon signed a bill into law making Father's Day a national holiday.

Although this is not part of the liturgical calendar, I am happy that we recognize this day. The first four of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship with God. The remaining six instruct us about our relationship with our fellow human beings. The first of these human-relationship commands reads, "'Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you'" (Exodus 20:12).

It is a command with promise. Give honor to your parents, and you will be a person whose life will be a quality existence. Although the person who lives respectful of parents has a much better chance for long life, the primary theme is quality living. So it is fitting that we celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day.

The reason God includes this in his commands is that it runs against our human nature. Our tendency is to fight authority, whether it be the authority of God or the authority of our parents. We want to be free. We want to do our thing. Someone this week gave me this piece titled "Father."

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