Greetings in the Precious, Saving Name of Jesus Christ!
Please accept my sincerest hopes that you have enjoyed the week, basking in the Presence of The Lord. May He accept the sacrifices of praise, fasting, and consecration that we pour out daily, as a congregation, highly favored, and distinguished with the life-changing revelation of the Mighty God in Christ! (This is not putting anyone else in unfavorable light, it’s just an out-flow of a pastor’s heart who is filled with gratitude for the gospel of Jesus Christ and it’s overt effect on the Body of Christ, the world over!)
I only have a couple of items to share today, but I’m thinking you may find them interesting, if not absolutely vital…
First, please be reminded that THIS SUNDAY is our Friends & Family Day with one worship service at 2:00 PM. (Please make sure you’ve covered the bases and notified all your Friends and Family! Also, you should see this noted clearly on our website, as well as a fresh and up-to-date calendar of events).
Second, today is the Homegoing Celebration for Rev. Tom G. Marshall, my wife’s grandfather. He would have been ninety years of age on October 10th! What a legacy of endurance, faithfulness, and solid commitment to reaping the harvest of souls from his generation. He founded several churches in several southern States, as well as pastoring several more. The list of ministers who call him their father in The Lord exceeds some thirty names! He was a man who lived beyond himself in so many ways, by overflowing into lives and futures that only God can keep track of!
It’s a sincere honor to speak at the funeral this morning in behalf of the Ellard family. My remarks will conclude along these lines:
The priest of the Old Testament tabernacle had his hands full. He ministered the blood of sacrifice from the front of the tabernacle courtyard (at the brazen altar) all the way through the compelling factors, furniture, and functionality leading into the Most Holy Place where the blood was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat beneath the Shekinah Presence of Almighty God. Wow. What a powerful picture of mediation, God to man and man to God, embodied in the work of the priesthood.
Amid the glories and majesties inside the tabernacle, there was a stark, and even somewhat insulting contrast: The tapestries were fascinating and beautiful, hung overhead. The fine linens of the inner walls were expensive. Gold, brilliant, reflective GOLD was everywhere, lighted by the radiance of the golden menorah (candlestick). Every piece of furniture, covered with hundreds of pounds of gold, reflected God’s glory and His unspeakable worth. A veritable treasure trove! But ALAS! Upon what does the priest walk? With amazement, bordering on shock and awe, we realize that the priest is walking on DIRT! The floor of the tabernacle is DUST! Everywhere he places his feet, or kneels (as before the table of the Bread of Presence), he must do so, constantly reminded that he is indefinitely and cohesively harnessed to the very material out of which he was created! Could it be that the priest, in the midst of the shine, ostentation, glory, and of God’s very finest was intended to be reminded that “From dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return?” My thoughts turn to the simplicity of this reality check: The man may die, but the message lives on!
May God bless your day, in Jesus’ Name! Rejoice in the message of Jesus’ Name baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost as clarified in Acts 2:38!
Know you are loved and appreciated.
P.S. Please continue to send your prayers for my wife’s family during this time of loss / celebration!