For Mother’s Day–Do you need a boost, mothers to encourage you as you raise your children to be Christians? Well, let me talk to you about Mary, the mother of Jesus. But I would like to start with a scripture which is the last time her name is mentioned in the Bible. Acts 1:14–“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
What’s going on here? We find that after the resurrection of Jesus, His mother and His brothers are with the church. Praying together in the upper room, waiting for the promise of the Father, waiting for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on them. Mary is with them because she too, is a disciple. She is a follower of Jesus. She was also His mother. And she was a follower of Jesus… She was also a disciple. This sermon will draw you closer to God and help you to influence your children to follow Jesus.
I am calling this Season 1, for the year 2021, my first season to produce here, and episode 18-3. 18-3 means the 18th sermon of 2021 dash 3 means the 3rd sermon of a trilogy of sermons that I put together relating to children and raising children. I will post later episodes 1 & 2 of this trilogy (“What About the Children?” and “Teaching Children to Receive Jesus”). Stay tuned… Here is the link to the podcast: https://anchor.fm/dean-c-read/episodes/Godly-Mothers–Gods-Purpose–A-Mothers-Day-Sermon-2021-e10m0v1
I am a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. Thus, God has led me throughout my life of now over 6 decades. I have been married to and in love with the same woman for over 38 years and we have children and grandchildren whom I also love. That does not mean my family has not been through trials. We human beings certainly know how to test and even hurt those we love. But, God Himself also knows the challenges, the trials and even the fickleness of human love. Yet, Jesus has demonstrated that God's love is sure and secure, faithful to the very end. So, yes, I love because God is love. And, I seek to make the love of God known as it should be. I am a pastor, a preacher and a teacher of God's word, the Bible. Before I became a preacher, I was a public school teacher, and before that I worked at various jobs including, painting, construction, ambulance EMT, parts assembler, and even a paperboy back in the day. In school I played trumpet in the band, was a track and cross country runner, enjoyed most subjects including History, English and Science, and yet, after graduating from high school, I struggled to find my path. Perhaps you can identify? I did not graduate with my Bachelor's degree until I was 26 years old. And yet, from an early age I knew that God was a God of love, and that He had a plan for me, if I would just be open to His leading. God has brought me through many trials, and has always been there to pick me up when I had fallen or been discouraged. And now, I hope to write in such a way to attract others to this God of love. By the way, I also enjoy camping, reading and outdoor activities, especially strolls on the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. My favorite places on earth are Sequoia National Park because of the Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park, and the jewel of Georgia known as Jekyll Island. I could tell you more; but hopefully, as you read my posts you will learn more about the God whom I love.
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