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I’m Spiritual but Not Religious—Sound Familiar?

The Pastors Pen Logo smallDear Church Family,

We live in a very non-churched and non-church minded society. It is becoming more non-churched all the time. If we are to exist into the next generation we must learn to reach them.

Note: The following is an excerpt from the new book by James Emery White, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated (Baker).

Marcus Mumford is the 26-year-old lead singer of the phenomenally successful British band Mumford & Sons. Mumford is the son of John and Eleanor Mumford, the national leaders of the Vineyard Church in the U.K. and Ireland, part of the international evangelical Christian Vineyard Movement. He recently married actress Carey Mulligan, whom he’d met years earlier at a Christian youth camp.

As the main lyricist for the band, he has lavished the music of Mumford & Sons with the themes and imagery of faith, often drawing specifically on the Christian tradition. As Cathleen Falsani has observed, they “explore relationships with God and others; fears and doubts; sin, redemption and, most of all, grace.”

Yet in a Rolling Stone interview, Mumford declined to claim the “Christian” label as his own.

The reporter asked Mumford whether he “still consider(s) himself a Christian.”

Mumford replied, “I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage. So, no, I wouldn’t call myself a Christian. I think the word just conjures up all these religious images that I don’t really like. I have my personal views about the person of Jesus and who he was … I’ve kind of separated myself from the culture of Christianity.”

Describing his spiritual journey as a “work in progress,” Mumford said that he’s never doubted the existence of God and that his parents are not bothered about his ambivalence toward the Christian label.

Before anyone makes a rush to judgment, Falsani suggests that we “consider why he chose to answer the way he did.”

“What I heard in his reticence to label himself a Christian was not a denial of faith, but instead something that falls between Dorothy Day’s famous, ‘Don’t call me a saint—I don’t want to be dismissed so easily,’ and Soren Kierkegaard’s, ‘Once you label me, you negate me.’”

She also hears echoes of another rock star whose own Christian faith has been a topic of conversation. When Bono was the same age Mumford is now, he shied away from Christian labels and stopped talking about his faith in public forums. When asked about his faith in 1987, also by Rolling Stone, Bono said: “I am a Christian, but at times I feel very removed from Christianity. The Jesus Christ that I believe in was the man who turned over the tables in the temple and threw the money-changers out.”

Fifteen years later, in 2002, Bono told Falsani, “By the way, I don’t set myself up to be any kind of Christian. I can’t live up to that. It’s something I aspire to, but I don’t feel comfortable with that badge.”

Such statements by Mumford and Bono, and the legions of “nones” like them, are not disavowals of faith or beliefs. Instead, it is the rejection of a label related to faith or belief.

In years past, an unchurched individual might still claim to be “Baptist” or “Catholic.” Now there is great cultural freedom to drop the label entirely.

But it’s more than simply being “nothing.”

Perhaps one of the more disconcerting marks of the typical “none” is that they are very content with holding their “nothing in particular” stance toward religion.

Among those who say they believe in “nothing in particular,” 88 percent are not even looking for a specific faith or religion.

Think of their stance like this:

Spirituality? “Yes.”

God? “Probably.”

A specific religion? “Not for me.”

But at least seeking? “No, not really. Not a priority.”

The breakdown for a church or denomination could not be more complete. It is akin to having a world full of people being open and even interested in coffee, but purposefully driving past Starbucks with complete disinterest.

The significance of this cannot be overstated.

For the last few decades, the key word in most conversations about evangelism and church growth has been the word “seeker.” As in “seeker churches,” being “seeker-targeted” in strategy, talking about reaching “seekers,” or what a “seeker” might think about our service. Let’s not forget the widespread embrace of being “seeker-driven” and “seeker-sensitive.”

All things “seeker” came on to the scene during the late ’70s and was vibrant until the mid-’90s. It is now irrelevant at best and terribly misleading at worst.

The term “seeker” was used to refer in a general way to the unchurched who were turned off to church but open to both spirituality and religion.

Think back to the flood of baby boomers wanting to find a church for their kids, but feeling freedom from the religious and denominational moorings of their youth. They weren’t rejecting religion per se; they just felt the freedom to explore other traditions.

For example, consider the number of Catholics who explored nondenominational evangelical megachurches. These were people who were truly “seeking,” open to exploring the Christian faith for their life, and often in active search-mode for a religious faith, and even home, in order to plant themselves.

They had rejected the religion of their upbringing (often Catholicism), not religion itself.

As the ARIS report concludes, “the challenge to Christianity … does not come from other religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion.”

Barry Kosmin, co-researcher for the survey, adds, “They’re not thinking about religion and rejecting it; they’re not thinking about it at all.” Or as the research of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found, “the unaffiliated say they are not looking for a religion that would be right for them.”

So much for seeking.

Jonathan Rauch, in an article for the Atlantic Monthly, coined a term to describe his own spiritual condition.

After a couple of glasses of Merlot, someone asked him about his religion. He was about to say “atheist” when it dawned on him that this wasn’t quite accurate. “I used to call myself an atheist,” he finally responded, “and I still don’t believe in God, but the larger truth is that it has been years since I really cared one way or another. I’m”—and this was when it hit him—“an … apatheist!”

Rauch went on to describe his state as a “disinclination to care all that much about one’s own religion and an even stronger disinclination to care about other people’s.”

He’s not alone.

According to the 2011 Baylor University Religion Survey, 44 percent said they spend no time seeking “eternal wisdom.” And 46 percent told Lifeway Research that they never wonder whether they will go to heaven.

So when it comes to matters related to God, religion or even atheism, millions simply shrug their shoulders and say, “So what?”

In his book Society Without God, sociologist Phil Zuckerman chronicles his 14 months investigating Danes and Swedes about religion. His conclusion? Religion “wasn’t really so much a private, personal issue, but rather a nonissue.”

His interviewees just didn’t care about it.

As one replied, “I really have never thought about that. … It’s been fun to get these kinds of questions that I never, never think about.” It brings to mind how sociologist Peter Berger once quipped, “If India is the most religious country on our planet, and Sweden is the least religious, America is a land of Indians ruled by Swedes.”

What we must now realize is that we are increasingly becoming simply a land of Swedes

In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

The Pastors Pen Logo smallDear Church Family,

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Anna M. Jarvis first suggested the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial service for her mother on May 10, 1908, Miss Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended. Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in a number of large cities in the U.S. On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” By then it had become customary to wear white carnations to honor departed mothers and red to honor the living, a custom that continues to this day.

Since it is Mother’s Day, I thought you’d enjoy this list of things our mothers taught us:

  • My Mother taught me LOGIC: “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me,” as well as, “If everyone else jumped off a cliff would you do it too?”
  • My Mother taught me HUMOR: “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
  • My Mother taught me GENETICS: “You are just like your father!”
  • My Mother taught me ANTICIPATION: “Just wait until your father gets home.”
  • My Mother taught me about RECEIVING: “You are going to get it when I get you home.”
  • My Mother taught me RELIGION: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
  • My Mother taught me about STAMINA: “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is finished.”
  • My Mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
  • And the all time favorite thing my Mother taught me, JUSTICE: “One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like! I can’t wait!”

It is for certain that Mothers need to be honored and deserve to be honored. I think about a little boy that forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help. Her son’s memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, “I am the light of the world.” The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said, “My mother is the light of the world.”

I’m sure that many feel the same way about their mother. There are not enough words in our vocabulary to say all that should be said about mothers. Abraham Lincoln said: “I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have followed me; they have clung to me all my life. All that I am and hope to be I owe to my angel mother.”

It is a mother’s duty to make sure that her children know and believe in the saving grace of Christ. In his sermon, “Today is Mother’s Day!,” Daniel Rodgers states “Mothers, there is no greater responsibility than the responsibility you have to make certain your children arrive safely in heaven.”

Mothers wear many hats. Typically, mothers are in charge of taking care of the home, raising and disciplining the children, and teaching them how to live a God honoring life.

We know that the devil would love for our children to be corrupted by society and not form a close relationship with the Lord.  In order to prevent this, teaching children about the Bible should be a priority for all Christian mothers. When our children know and believe in the Word of God, they will remain steadfast in their faith during any hardships they face in their lives.

Mothers should follow God’s Word in all that they do. Children will learn by example, therefore mothers need to be doing what is Godly and right at all times. If a child sees their mother praising and honoring God, the child will know that their mother’s faith is sincere.

Today, on Mothers Day, we say thank you to all our mothers for their undying love, their untiring work, their unselfish giving, and their undivided devotion. A mother who had scrimped and saved to put her son through college sat in her sons graduation. He walked across the platform, received his diploma with honors, and then walked down the aisle. But instead in turning into the designated row, he kept walking; down to where his mother sat. The young man threw his arms around her neck, kissed her on the cheek, placed in his diploma in her hands, and said, “Here, Mom, you earned it!” … To all mothers, I say you have earned at least one day of honor and recognition.

In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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SENIOR ADULT SUNDAY – SAD

The Pastors Pen Logo smallDear Church Family,

I enter the platform singing:

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

Repeat Chorus

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

Repeat Chorus

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter; I’m the clay

Repeat Chorus

It is a SAD day here at the Top of the Hill, Henards Chapel Baptist Church. It is a SAD day for several reasons: 1) it is Senior Adult Day, get it? S -A-D Senior Adult Day! LOL Well it is no fun when you have to explain it…LOL

2) It is a SAD day because you are having to listen to me preach. Brother Ed was suppose to be bringing today’s message, but he fell and injured himself and after many last many attempts to secure someone else, even Sister Linda Williams, I am the one standing here to deliver this Word.

There are in fact other reasons why this may in fact be a SAD day for us here. If you would open your Bible’s, your copy f the God’s Word, with me to Ps. 71:9 – 13.

Psalm 71:9-13 (KJV) 9  Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. 10  For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, 11  Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. 12  O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. 13  Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

You know it is a SAD day when we see seniors cast off in their old age, forsaken by family, friends and often even the church. One of my greatest frustrations and one of the most difficult task for me as a pastor is to visit the nursing homes. I go in there and it breaks my heart. Many of the residents are completely alone. Forsaken. I see some woes bodies are strong. But their minds are gone. Others have strong minds but their bodies have failed them and are crippled and the useful strength of youth is gone. It seems so unfair. And it is SAD when we see the senior cast off, forsaken when they have such vast wisdom, knowledge, experience and help to give us.

Cast off not by others but by our own selves. We have lived and worked hard in corporate America and we reach a place where we feel it is time for us to slow down, relax and enjoy a slower pace in life. But we do the same to the service of the Lord. At the very time on our lives when we have the most wisdom, experience, knowledge, resources and time to serve the Lord we stop. We say things like, “It’s time some of these young people stepped up and did tier part, I’ve done my share.”

Can I lovingly assure you of something this morning? When God gets finished with you, He will take you home. He set that example with Enoch and Elijah.

We as Seniors may be getting old, but we ain’t done yet. Getting Old? Yes Getting Old…Let’s be honest it is happening to the best of us, unless we die young that is.  Here is how you know you are getting old.

You Know You’re Getting Old When…

1. You and your teeth don’t sleep together.

2. Your try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren’t  wearing any.

3. At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you’re not eating cereal.

4. Your back goes out, but you stay home.

5. Your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.

6. Happy hour is a nap.

7. You’re on vacation and your ENERGY runs out before your money does.

8. You step off a curb and look down one more time to make sure the street is still  there.

9. It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.

10. The pharmacist has become your new best friend.

11. Getting “lucky” means you found your car in the parking lot.

12. It takes twice as long – to look half as good.

13. Everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt – doesn’t work.

14. You sink your teeth into a steak – and they stay there.

15. You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don’t even remember being
on top of it.

What is SAD er still is when seniors cast themselves off and forsake their following after God.

It is SAD when seniors fall prey to the temptations Satan places in the way of Seniors.

Look with me at Joshua 14:6-14.  Joshua 14:6-14 (KJV) 6  Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea. 7  Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. 8  Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. 9  And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God. 10  And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. 11  As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. 12  Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. 13  And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. 14  Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.

What are the temptations of senior adult life? Well they are:

I. A CRITICAL SPIRIT
A. I think this temptation has more to do with personality than age
1. If you’re optimistic, even-tempered, and pleasant at 40, you’ll probably be optimistic, even-tempered,  and pleasant at 70
2. If you’re pessimistic, critical, and negative at 40, it’s likely that not much will change in your twilight
years – unless God really gets hold of your heart
3. However, it’s also true that difficult circumstances, the normal aches-and-pains of aging, and the
tragedies of life leave many senior adults battling the tendency toward negativism

B. This temptation for a critical spirit just seems to intensify as we get older.
1. Our patience gets thinner and we gripe about unpleasant circumstances.
2. We often feel a loss of influence and criticize people who are now in charge.
–Dan Webb: “Criticism is sometimes a way of getting attention and reminding people that once we were important.”
3. A critical spirit just seems to become second nature to us as we get older
–Just refuse to become a grumpy old man or whiny old woman!
a. You might get attention with criticism, but you won’t make any friends.
b. Nobody ever says, “Let’s go talk with Mabel—I just love to hear her gripe!”

C. What about you?
1. Do you find yourself grateful for neighbors who stop by, or friends who call once in a while, for children who stay in touch?
–Or does it frustrate you that your kids aren’t as attentive as you think they should be.
2. Do you get upset because the preacher is busy and doesn’t stop by as often as you think he should?
3. Do you look for the positive traits of today’s kids, or are you constantly criticizing the younger generation?
4. Are you thankful for the health you do have or are you continually complaining about what’s not working?
D. The cure for a critical spirit is to develop a positive attitude.

II. SPIRITUAL RETIREMENT

A. By spiritual retirement, I mean the temptation to back off from church involvement and spiritual ”
–One person defied retirement as “half as much money, twice as much husband.”
1. Most career people will retire at some point in their lives.
2. However here is no biblical reason to retire from spiritual duties.
a. Some senior adults step out of ministry as they get older.
–In midlife we often experience an overload of activity, and we look forward to retirement when we can slow down and relax.
ll back off my weekly responsibilities at church that tie me down so I can ”
–They back away saying it’s time for the young people
c. It is understandable that some may need a break or sometimes health reasons cause us to slow
down but we should never stop serving the Lord and His church.
3. The Bible relates that Eli, the High Priest, got complacent in his old age and it caused a whole lot of  problems
–There is a temptation, like Eli, to become self-indulgent and spiritually passive when you become a  senior adult
B. The cure for spiritual retirement is continual service regardless of age
–don’t quit your church commitments just because you’re older
1. Continue to be active
–Use the additional time you have in service for Christ instead of in self-indulgence
2. What does the Bible say in Rev. 2:10?
a. “Be faithful to the point of RETIREMENT?”
b. NO!
–It says “Be faithful to the point of DEATH and I will give you a crown of life.”
C. Caleb was a man who remained eager to fulfill God’s mission.
–Look again at Josh. 14:10-11 – “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-
five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am
today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as
vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”
1. Three times in Josh. 14 we’re told that Caleb followed the Lord wholeheartedly.
2. He says here he can’t wait to go fight the Lord’s battles.
a. Rather than steeping away, Caleb was stepping up.
b. He eagerly set out to do the Lord’s work.
3. I read about a Christian named Sam Rosenberg. Sam just turned 90 and plays trombone every Sunday
m 90 years old and I just ”
s played that trombone all his life and continues to exercise his lungs.
4. Paul wrote to Titus: Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound  in faith, in love and in ENDURANCE. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they  live, not to be slanderers or addicted too much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the  younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.  (Titus 2:2-5).
Is no wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring ”
6. The Bible says to you as senior adults: YOU ARE IMPORTANT!
–we need your voice of experience, the warmth of your love, the force of your example and the strength of your work ethic

III. AN INCLINATION TOWARDS INFLEXIBILITY
A. No generation in history has experienced as many dramatic changes as our elderly.
1. Think of the technology changes they’ve witnessed:
–Airplanes, televisions, computers, space ships, cell phones, satellites, and the internet have all been invented during this generation
2. Even though all those things have produced a lot of positive results, it still creates a feeling of instability for our senior adults
a. Let’s face it, there is lots of new stuff and it can create lots of opportunities to use the new stuff for immoral purposes
b. Every generation experiences the winds of change, but this generation experienced a hurricane of transformations.
3. Andy Rooney: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper: The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”
B. Seniors, you have to accept that change is a regular part of life
1. Understand that nothing really stays the same
2. Recognize that “the good old days” probably weren’t as good as you remember–one comedian said, “Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be.”
3. Ecc. 7:10 – Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?’ For it is not wise to ask such  questions.
C. The cure for inflexibility is an attitude that says, “Let’s move forward.”
1. Caleb was 85 years old and he looked ahead, longing to claim new territory.
–He was eager o climb the next hill, to conquer the next obstacle, to seize the day.

It is also SAD when Seniors do not realize just how usable they are to God and what great things He may want to accomplish through them if they will let Him.

a. Abraham was 75 and his wife, Sarah, 65 before God called him
–God had promised them a child and Abraham was 100 and Sarah 90 before God fulfilled that promise
b. Moses was 80 when God spoke to him from the burning bush.
c. Daniel was most likely in his 80’s when he was thrown in the lions den
d. The apostle John was around 90 when he wrote Revelation.

What we often forget is, We are never to old to serve and be obedient to the Lord.

David Preached in Old Age (Psalm 71:9, 14-18) / Caleb Battled in Old Age (Joshua 14:10-12a)

CONCLUSION:

“The world seems to worship youth and is terrified of aging. But there was a time when getting older was associated with wisdom and experience. In fact, some of the greatest accomplishments in history came very late in life. Immanuel Kant wrote one of his best philosophical works at the age of 74. Verdi penned his classic ‘Ave Maria’ at age 85, Michelangelo was 87 when he completed ‘The Pietà,’ his greatest work of art .

But even in light of all this what is SADder still? Is for a senior to go out into eternity Lost.

Prayers and Blessings,

Pastor Rick Signature

 

 

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Humm? Senior Adult Day!

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Senior Adult Day! Humm? It often grieves us to think of growing older. However, if you consider the alternative, and there is only one, it is not such a bad thing. Becky’s grandmother use to say however “growing old is not for sissies.” There do see m to be more aches and pains as we grow older, but I am praying the Lord let me grow older gracefully. As we celebrate Senior Adult Day I wanted to do a couple of things in the pastor’s pen. One is share a few lite hearted things abut seniors. Two, is offer a challenge to us 50 and above.
As I grow older, I realize I am not in the Spring Time of life anymore. But what gets me is now I am realizing my Summer is passing fast too. I maybe entering the Fall of life. Why call it Fall instead of Autumn? Well fall is what you do. Or at least you seem to do more of it than I use to. Are we as “Sonshiners” saying good bye to the summer of life? Think About It!
This is the time of year when I always felt a little depressed as a child. The end of summer. The end of freedom. The end of life. Death. Well, maybe death is a little over dramatic. Yet, to replace fun, freedom, no responsibility, and playtime with getting up early, bathing, and going to school it sort of felt like a great loss. It felt as if there should be a funeral, to say good-bye to summer.
Can you relate? We don’t have the mobility we use to, replace with more morbidity. We are not free to travel as we wish due to the many doctor appointments and our stays away from home are more often in the hospital than a hotel. And forget playtime. What use to be used to play don’t even work anymore. Responsibility has been replace with where did I put my keys, my wallet, or maybe even my teeth.
As the Summer of life fades…Beach volleyball and all of summer’s friends would come to pay their respects, and someone would say a eulogy that waxed poetic:
“We are here today to honor the memory of our dear friend summer. She was here for a short while, and her brief life ended too soon. She will be missed. School (the evil step-mother) cannot replace her, for she was grand, and beautiful and we all loved her.”
Then everyone will somberly leave the service with black backpacks and that new shoe smell. New shoes. Don’t you know it’s a trick! Your parents are trying to numb you from the reality that your childhood is being stolen right from under you!
Why cruel world?!? Why?
It should have been me!!!
…oh the humanity.
The Summer of life is quickly passed. And we somberly go off with black bags now not on our backs but under our eyes to sometimes evil step-mother of Fall, which can hurt by the way. We remember youth with great grandeur. But experience is a good thing too; as is wisdom! Life is short. (James 4:14) So make it count!
Which brings me to number two. I challenge you as seniors, who often have more hours in your day, often feel unimportant and left out, get involved. Be active in the ministry of your church. Don’t take the stand, “I did my part it’s time to let someone younger take over.” You as “Sonshiners” often have more time, resources and wisdom to offer than any other group in the church family.
Remember, God often called the “Sonshiners” of Biblical Characters to His most important task.
Acts 7:23 says Moses was forty years old when he left Egypt and Acts 7:30 says that it was forty years later that the angel spoke to Moses through the burning bush. So Moses would have been eighty when God called him.
Abraham was probably between 70 and 75 years old when God called him. Some scholars believe Sarah was probably in her late 80’s or early 90 when she became pregnant with the promised child Isaac.
Noah was 600 years old at the time of the Flood. It began to rain on the 17th day of the 2nd month of Noah’s 600th year. The 120 years in Genesis 6:3 may refer to the time left before the Flood which would put Noah at 480 years old when he started to work on the ark.
And ladies, remember Luke 1:36 tells us Elizabeth was answering God’s call on her life to bare the forerunner of Jesus, John in her old age.
So, senior, Sonshiners, Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. Ephesians 6:6-8 (KJV)

Remember Sonshiners, you are special to the Lord. Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.” (NIV) Proverbs 16:31
“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.” (NKJV)
Happy Senior Adult Day!
In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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