The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever. Psalm 37:18
A few years ago, my grandson, Corban, and I visited the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Spring. We were fascinated by the large steam engines housed there that had been used in the mining industry in the early 1900’s. Each engine depended upon several McCoy oil cups to keep the engines well-oiled and functioning. The McCoy oil cups were a popular and efficient system, and soon inferior copycat versions of the oil cup appeared. Unfortunately, they never measured up to the quality and performance of the original McCoy oil cup. After repeated failures, operators were soon demanding the “real McCoy” to keep their machinery operating.
In the arena of faith, a genuine follower of Christ—the “real McCoy”—is recognized not only by their talk, but also their walk. It’s being able to say like the apostle Paul,
“Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”
I grew up in a relatively small city in Wyoming where my father built a very positive reputation and name in that community. Almost anywhere I went as a young boy people knew my father and would say, “Oh, you’re Earl’s son!” Many years later when I needed to see the bank about a business loan, my father’s name opened the door for me to secure the loan.
As a child of God, I stand under the authority of the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our King. Paul says that all things are placed under His authority and that we have been adopted as sons bearing His Name. As His son and heir I come in the name of our Father, a representative of the King of kings. That means that whatever I do, I must be aware that I am acting as His representative… in His Name.
That includes being a grandparent. The words I speak, the actions I take, the lifestyle I live, the people I serve as a follower of Christ bearing His Name are done under the authority and as representatives of Christ, our King. At CGN we speak of our mission as mobilizing grandparents for Christ who intentionally represent Christ to the next generations.
I am so grateful to be able to share this article from my friend, Ward Tanneberg. Ward has a regular blog feature he writes. He is also a prolific author. One of my favorites of is his novel, Redeeming Grace. His most recent work, Sacred Journey, is his late wife’s story. You will be encouraged and inspired by it.
This story comes from the lips of two adults watching a little girl twirling on ice. Eventually she skates to the edge of the rink near where they stand watching. “You are so beautiful and so graceful out there,” they exclaim. “How do you do it?”
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding. (Prov. 3:13)
After watching this year’s Presidential Inauguration, I was pleasantly surprised by the regular references to Scripture, the Providence and Sovereignty of God, and prayer in Jesus’ name. It was not what I expected, though the incongruity was noticeable. On the other hand, it was a refreshing reminder of the foundations upon which this nation was birthed. Upon these truths, this same nation will perish if those foundations crumble.
The verdict is still out on whether this President will build and rebuild upon those foundations, or whether he will continue to build on the efforts of men rather than the leading of God. I’m not particularly optimistic, but I was grateful, at least, for those on the podium who prayed or read Scriptures referencing the need for wisdom rooted in truth—from God, not men.
Remember it was Job, out of great personal tragedy, who responded to the foolishness of his friends with a measure of sarcasm saying, “Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12:11-12) Good question. Does it? We do know what comes out of a man’s mouth exposes his heart.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:10)
Monday this nation honors the man who fought without using violent force for righteousness and justice for black Americans—and all those who love freedom. His name was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Growing up in the turbulent days of civil rights marches led by Dr. King, I did not always appreciate or sympathize with Dr. King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Yet, I later discovered that here was a man who stood upon the truth of God’s Word and the Gospel message. I now believe he was a prophet in his time who faced persecution, discouragement, failures and rejection with patience, forgiveness and hope. How will you use this opportunity to teach your grandchildren the truth about what drove Dr. King to do what he did?
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