The Greatest Of Them All
“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come…” King James Bible. It is true; there is no denying that “Spring has sprung” and nature is providing a ‘new lease on life.’
Berean recently recognized as much as it embarked on an abbreviated “Spring Week of Prayer.” Our speaker, Jamal Alexander, pastor of the Kingston and Ellenville, New York churches, conducted the ‘week’ of prayer which began on Wednesday night and culminated on the following Sabbath which was appropriately dubbed “Senior Citizens’ Day.” Each night’s message began with a personal experience that not only provoked laughter but resulted in having a profound effect on the listener. For example, a camp meeting transfer of chairs by truck during a downpour ‘led to a mud fiasco’ and the title “Sometimes in Life, You’re Stuck.”
Alexander prefaced his sermon by referring us to Hebrews 13 and the verses pertaining to what should be our attitude toward our pastor, Robert Davis. “I admonish you to take good care of your pastor, one of the hardest working pastors I know,” he said. From there he announced that for the first time in his ministry, he got to preach for a senior appreciation day. “In the past, it’s always been to youth. I have finally arrived,” to the chuckles of his audience. His message “The Greatest of Them All” was based on Luke 5:17-25 and Jesus’ healing the paralytic. “Of all of Jesus’ miracles, which do you consider the greatest?” was the question posed to us. He then provided what we initially perceived as his own final answer – the healing of the paralytic – the miracle that appeared to have trumped all of God’s miracles. He began to share analogies between that miracle and today’s church. “Jesus knew how to ‘pack’ a place. When we show our churches Jesus, we will pack our churches. Those on the outside have as much right as those on the inside – regardless of appearance. Jesus allowed for interruptions as we must be willing to do. While man judges on the present reality, God judges on the potential.” Then the answer we were not prepared for “The greatest miracle was/is when God forgave/forgives me of my mistakes – unlike the devil (and some church members) who relish in reminders of how things were.” As we responded to the altar call, we were assured that our mistakes can be forgiven and were asked to pray for everyone else’s mistakes. And so with a sigh of relief, we left our “mistakes, mess-ups and flaws” there at the altar.
We then proceeded to our Community Wellness Center where those 62 and above and some ‘young’uns’ enjoyed a joint meal with the Faith and Berean churches courtesy of our pastors Michael Bailey and Robert Davis respectively, Berean’s residence chef Robert Landry along with their wives and the rest of the Berean kitchen staff. As the meal and fellowship came to a close, we thanked God for a program that has not forgotten its ‘Hoary heads.”
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