Ministerial Meanderings

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Location: Springfield, Missouri, United States

I was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland. I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years then retired. Then God led me to become a pastor. I was converted to Christ in the summer of 1966. I enjoy the company of my wife, children and grandchildren. I live with my three cats Taz.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Soli Deo Gloria. That is Latin for "To the Glory of God Alone." It is called the fifth 'sola' of the Reformation. Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, the glory of God alone. These are the pillars on which all the Reformation stood. But that last one is the tie that binds all the others together. For the glory of God alone. We are Christians and the highest calling of our lives is to live and die for the glory of God. Paul the Apostle said "Whatsoever things you do, do all for the glory of God." Our heart is to have God glorified in our lives, in our homes, in our churches, in our hometown and elsewhere. But is it? It is good to speak of the glory of God in our personal lives, and in church, but do we really worry about Him being glorified in our towns and in the world? We ought to. Christ left the earth while giving us the Great Commission. "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Even as Christ was ascending into heaven his mind was focused on getting the gospel message out to the very ends of the earth. The Church does this in two important ways. The first is by personal evangelism. The vast majority of people who become disciples of our Lord do so by being shown the gospel by one faithful Christian. One on one evangelism is the main means of the conversion of the world. To often though, when people think of the world, they are thinking of the lost people overseas. But evangelism begins at home. It starts when we seek the conversion of our lost loved ones in our own homes, our workplaces, our marketplaces, in short, our hometown. Everytime you walk out of the front door of your church, you are stepping into the mission field. But we must not stop there. No! The glory of God and the desire to see Him worshipped among all the peoples of the world compels us to go further. Indeed, we have to see that the gospel reaches the furthest corners of the globe. If there is a place where the Name of Christ is not known, and God is not worshipped in Spirit and in truth, then we have to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to that place. The gospel is the only good news that brings salvation to all men. It is the only saving message their is. Only born again people can worship God as He is. For His glory, we must go. In our church we can share in reaching the world through the money we give to the church. Every week a percentage is sent to our state convention and then on to the national Southern Baptist Convention. The SBC have over 5,000 missionaries in North America and another 5,400 missionaries overseas. Our giving helps keep them on the field, in hard places, reaching people for the glory of God. As we are His people, we must be busy with His business. His business is the salvation of the world. We cannot reach it all alone, but he has called us to be faithful to do our part. To witness to those we can and send those to witness to those we can't. Are you faithful in doing your part? If you answered yes, then praise God! If not, will you today purpose in your heart to be faithful in your part? Telling us of his desire for the world were the last words of Jesus on the earth. Shall those words be ignored. I pray not. Amen?


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