Posts Tagged ‘generations’

  

“Promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.” (Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

In 2009, Tammie Lohman, 37, was incarcerated at the Washington Correctional Center for Women, doing a stint for robbery. Then her daughter, Nikki, 18, was sent up for identity fraud. While in prison, Nikki gave birth to a son, Logan. For a time, three generations of family resided under a single prison roof. Would this be a legacy? They are hoping not. 

We are all products of what we are taught and what we choose. Being taught good morals doesn’t necessarily translate into a right lifestyle, but the odds are greater that they will be. By being in a healthy, vibrant church and among encouraging people, we tend to become a more moral, healthy, blessed, and happy people. And although some people aren’t, you can virtually guarantee that you won’t be by not participating in a church. Absence of good will always lead to bad.

As you start your weekend, come to church and make sure to involve God in your life. A strong church family is necessary for godly growth and emotional support. Let your generations be found in better places because they are being taught and raised right! Have a great weekend! You are loved! 

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Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Yesterday I preached a sermon about the extravagant love of the alabaster box offering. One year ago, I preached an illustrated message of Jesus’ last hours called “The Whip, Hammer & Cross”. Ten years ago, I preached a message entitled “The Prayer of Evangelism”. Fifteen years ago, I preached “The Corruption Of Good Character” to my first church in Hereford, TX. There’s been a lot of sermons I’ve both preached and heard in my lifetime!

As believers, you and I are not the product of a new ministry or a word come lately. We stand firmly on the shoulders of men and women that have preached, taught, and labored to share the Gospel since the days of Jesus Himself. We can trace this hope through history all the way back to then! We stand on the shoulders of a long legacy of faith!

So don’t let this word become dormant in you. Remember that yours is an ancient and strong faith, passed down from generation to generation, all the way to you. Be sure to do you’re part and keep passing it on! Continue the legacy by standing firm! You are loved! 

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I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me, that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭3‬ NLT)

There is a place that I love to be. Every year during Thanksgiving, we visit family at Bearden, AR, where my father-in-law pastors a Methodist church. In the bright of the day, with the sunshine passing through the stained glass in the sanctuary, it bathes the room with a warm glow. Coupled with the architecture style inside from generations past, it creates a nostalgia of wonder and peace!

When I sit in that century-old room, it’s like I can feel the generations of Central Arkansas families that stayed faithful to their spiritual post, passing down to each successive generation the faith and beliefs that they themselves had received. And in this very room are future generations of believers being groomed and trained to know what they believe and to stay faithful to the truth, regardless of society’s ever-changing ways.

In a place of continued thankfulness, say a prayer of thanks for countless hands that have helped to pass down the saving knowledge of Christ to you! Beyond persecutions and death, fads and false teachings, it now lies in your hands. Be careful to pass it on to those that follow so that they may share in this blessed legacy too! You are loved today and forever!