Good Morning Church,
This past Friday, November 11, 2016 was Veteran’s Day. On August 22, 1996 I was on a plane from Houston TX flying into St. Louis, MO. From St. Louis, I was bussed to Ft. Leonard Wood where I began my brief, yet profound, journey in the U.S. Army. I was not your typical 18 y/o that was straight out of high school. I was 23 y/o married with two young sons. It was a crazy chapter in my life but one that has impacted the rest of my life in such amazing ways.
You see on that summer day in August I was adopted into a fraternity of men and women that will last forever. On that day I became a United States Military Veteran who voluntarily served his country. Yes I am a part of a different 1 percenter club. I am not an outlaw biker but I am a member of the less than 1% of American who have joined the military. It has afforded me a different outlook on life.
I want to specially acknowledge all my veteran brothers and sisters this morning by calling your attention to our adoption as sons and daughters to our King of Heaven! Our Abba who sits on his throne listening to the unique cries of his children. Our Abba who “sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” As great as it is to be in the fraternity of U.S. Veterans it is so much more be an heir of the Kingdom of Heaven! I have now this Gospel Inheritance in which I can cry out “Abba! Father!” and my Abba hears my voice; comforts me in my affliction; shelters me from the storm; and seals me until the day of redemption! Jesus, My King, has paid the ultimate price so that I may know him as my Daddy!
Being a Veteran has taught me what it means to enjoy the benefit of comradery. Being a Veteran has taught me the benefit of diversity. Being a Veteran has shown me the benefit of patriotism. But being a Veteran is nothing compared to being a son or daughter of God! I am preaching this morning the 7th sermon in our #GospelLife series through the book of Galatians. The Apostle Paul is pretty clear and emphatic about our #GospelLife and what it looks like. He is pleading with these Galatian believers to not forsake their faith for a lie. He reminds them in chapter 4 about their Gospel Inheritance. This morning I invite you to come and see what it means to Sons and Daughters of God!
Prayer – 9:00 AM
Sunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:45 AM