Greetings from the great folks at the Red Roof Church in Bulverde, Texas. I’m Lee Harder, the senior pastor, coming to you with another of my weekly vlogs and a personal invitation to worship with us this Sunday. We have worship celebrations at 8:30AM with a more tradition flavor and 10:45AM for the more contemporary appeal. Either way, I promise you will hear God’s Word from Scripture being preached without apology. You can also check out our delay broadcast of worship at our redroofchurch.org web site. Join us in praising our Lord, sharing in some good eats, and some inspiring Christian education for all ages. We’ll be looking for you this Sunday.
As of right now, we have survived Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In addition, I have made it one more year with another birthday with a 48th anniversary with the love of my life looming on the horizon. However, before we get there we celebrate the 4th of July — Independence Day. I thought for a few weeks leading up to this important day, it couldn’t hurt to remind ourselves and some of our younger millennial types, as well as the historically challenged, just what makes this nation great. Please note, I said great, not perfect.
To begin, allow me to set an important tone from a Christian pastoral perspective that reminds us all, Christians and non-believers alike, we are all by nature sinful and unclean. Simply, none of us is perfect. The persons that seem bent on chastising to the point of exorcism important persons of our American history, events of great distinction and significance, and their contributions to who we are as a people and a nation should take serious note that what they do endangers their future. Some day a generation that follows them might deem it necessary to cast condemnation on their belligerent disregarding of the absolute truth that they too are by nature sinful and unclean. The guilty parties & the historically challenged are now warned.
One of the favorite targets of today’s elites is one of the greatest persons in the history of this nation, Thomas Jefferson. A good friend sent me some information about Jefferson that we need to see & I would share it with all, especially those who see him as evil because he owned slaves at one time in his life. Was it wrong? Yes, but still a condition of the period in which he lived, and including blacks and whites being indentured as slaves, too. Would Jefferson be proud of the fact today, decidedly not, because he was opposed to slavery even in his own time. I know, the nay Sayers would submit that he believed that blacks were inferior to other races, which was an attitude held by many foolish people. Is it right? No! Does that mean everything a man like that did is now valueless? Again, I say No! Let the one without sin cast the first stone. He is in some ways a product of his time and culture.
Look at what this man did in his lifetime.
1. At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
2. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
3. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
4. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand, while writing the same in Latin with the other.
5. At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. 6. At 23, started his own law practice.
7. At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
8. At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America," and retired from his law practice.
9. At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
10. At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
11. At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
12. At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia, succeeding Patrick Henry.
13. At 40, served in Congress for two years.
14. At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
15. At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
16. At 53, served as Vice President and was elected President of the American Philosophical Society.
17. At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party.
18. At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
19. At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation's size.
20. At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
21. At 65, retired to Monticello.
22. At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
23. At 81, almost single-handedly, created the University of Virginia and served as its' first president.
24. At 83, died on the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, along with John Adams.
When Jefferson was drafting the documents that would become the foundation of this nation and democracy, he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson knew his stuff.
Was he perfect, by no means. But he was brilliant despite his flaws. And we would not have this nation with its liberty and standard of freedom for all if it were not for him. The stone throwers had better take that into account.
Once John F. Kennedy, revered by both sides of the political spectrum (even though he was a philanderer in his own right — meaning not perfect) held a white house dinner for the brightest minds of the nation. At that event, he made this statement: This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence to ever gather at one time in the white house, with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
I truly hope that this information gets some people thinking, but it probably won’t since thinking is a luxury some people can’t seem to afford. Jefferson was a God-fearing, devoted servant to humanity and his Creator that strove to plant a nation which all people could look to for inspiration. He was a man who saw into the future and could not have done so without some help from God which he always acknowledged.
Next week some quotes that shows he envisioned some of the struggles we endure today from those who always persist in diminishing the greatness of this nation for their own purposes.
And those are my thoughts as we get ready for Independence Day.
God bless. Have a great week.
Greetings from the good folks at the Red Roof Church in Bulverde, Texas. My name is Lee Harder, the senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran, wishing you God’s blessings and joy in the week of Father’s Day. I would personally like to invite you to join us this Sunday as we celebrate our heavenly Father and His continual love for us shown every day. We worship at 8:30AM and 10:45 AM with a focus on Scripture because we are a family of believers Where God’s Word Is Heard every week. There’s something for all ages. If you can’t join us in God’s house, then visit us at our web site and watch our worship celebrations there. You just might decide the Red Roof Church is the place to make your spiritual home.
Sunday, June 16th is Father’s Day. I’ve noticed that Father’s Day doesn’t seem to have the same high priority as other holidays. In contrast, Mother’s Day is a huge deal. If one forgets Mother’s Day you can be pretty sure that life is coming to an end. At the very least, you will be in the dog house until Father’s Day rolls around and only then will you possibly receive a pass to get out of the hot water you have been consigned to since that day in May.
There can be little doubt that a billion dollar industry has been made out of Mother’s Day. I mean the cards (and there seem to be no cheap ones—not that I would ever consider buying a cheap card for my wife or mother), the flowers (thanks goodness for HEB here in Texas which provides a storehouse of cut flowers for any emergency need, including Mother’s Day), special meals (as in taking the whole family out to brunch or a nice restaurant), candy, and don’t forget the jewelry (personally my favorite if one plans ahead, which I wisely did). Dad is lucky to get a card and a tool (which one never can turn down, since there are never enough tools). Don’t forget, he can also go out to grill as the family gathers on his special day.
The marginal status of our day, guys, is somewhat self inflicted. Men have allowed themselves to become so de-masculinized it’s hard to recognize ourselves. In fact, the whole culture has marginalized the male, a man, into something to be shunned at all cost if we fail to fit the culture’s feminized version. We get no recognition at all and if we are noticed, we are looked upon as a sub-species. Sometimes I think the LGBTABCXYZ communities are more favorably received by our culture than a man’s man is accepted. Just look at the shopping parking lots. They have places for the handicapped (not totally there yet), pregnant mothers (heh, I’m carrying around a lot of extra weight too) or mother’s with kids. Where is the spot close to the entrance for “old, over-weight guys”? I won’t even begin to discuss the commercials on TV. The only things we get recognition for is erectile dysfunction and low T, incontinence, and the latest old people’s drugs. Oh, and balding. But there’s more.
Look, I’m of the opinion that since God made us different, male and female, He intended us to be the way we are. He gave each one a different set of operational specks upon which to function. They are different. That’s okay. I suspect the reason God made us different is because He intended for us to compliment one another in a partnership that makes the sum greater than the parts. I think that’s a good thing. So what if we have different ways of communicating or problem solving (Men tend to operate like waffles doing things one square at a time, while women function like spaghetti, multi-tasking in the extreme, but still getting a mountain of stuff done). We just need to respect each other’s approaches.
I am also a firm believer in women and children first — in the life boats and in everything else. The role of man, husband, and father is to protect, cherish, and provide for our families. If that means sacrificing ourselves for the benefit of those we love, then so be it. That doesn’t mean we lord it over the family, in particular our wives because that’s not working in a partnership. We guys do our things and the gals do theirs. (Oh, that’s right, that kind of talk is sexist too. Like I care.) As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve seen my wife’s job and I don’t want it. I don’t think she wants mine either.
We fathers have an important role to play. We need to step up to the plate and take on the responsibility we were created for by God to be a provider, a protector and, most importantly, an example for which our wives & mothers can be proud, and our children can look up to as a pattern on how to live their lives.
We don’t need cards or gifts as much as an “I love you, dad!” or “I’m glad your there, dad!” or “Happy Father’s Day! Wish we could be together.”
And those are my thoughts.
God bless and don’t forget to thank the father of us all who does everything for us. Thank you, Lord!
Greetings from the great folks at the Red Roof Church in Bulverde, Texas. I’m Lee Harder, the senior pastor here at St. Paul, inviting you to check out my weekly vlog and share it with your friends. I try to have a few thoughts that might bring a smile to your face or give you something to wrestle with. If you are searching for a church that uses Scripture to help deal with life’s concerns, then I invite you to visit the Red Roof Church. I promise at our worship celebrations you are guaranteed to find the help and encouragement you need because it is WHERE GOD’S WORD IS HEARD and I don’t compromise His message. We worship every Sunday at 8:30AM and 10:45 AM. There’s plenty of room in our family for yours to join in and we would love to have you join us.
This Sunday, June 9th is the celebration of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came into the world. The Christian Church thinks of it as the birthday of the Church. In many ways it is. As Jesus was about to ascend, He told His disciples to return to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit, the Comforter promised by the Father, to come. He did with the sound of a mighty wind rushing into their presence as tongues of fire appeared upon their heads and they began to proclaim the mighty works of God. The Church was indeed born as 3,000 souls came to believe that day alone.
The Christian Church has done a lot of growing since then, as well as face a great many challenges and trials. Yet, despite all the up and downs, the Church is still here to meet even greater challenges. You know why, because it’s not our church, it’s God’s. The Church is the body of Christ, His bride, called to share a message of love and salvation with the world. However, it is a message based on God’s definition of obedience predicated in His holy and precious Word, not ours.
Now, that’s big, but I can go one better. When God made the world, it was perfect. So was the relationship we human beings had with our Creator. God made us to be His eternal companions. Unfortunately, when given the opportunity to choose between doing God’s will or our own, we put the gifts of intelligence and knowing right from wrong given to us by God as He created us in His image, on the sidelines. To quote the knight in The Last Crusade, “we chose poorly.” We thought we could be our own gods.
Yet, even as God drove us from paradise, He promised to restore us to the relationship that existed before sin came into the world with our poor choices. It took a long time, eons, and much patience on God’s part because we are indeed slow learners. Yet, the moment came. With Jesus taking the sins of humanity upon Himself, paying the price for our disobedience, salvation and restoration were a reality. When Jesus told His disciples, “I am with you always even to the end of the age” He laid the foundation for that promise of God’s to be fulfilled.
When the Holy Spirit came to the disciples, He not only paved the way for the birth of the Church, He made God’s promise of old true. Where the Word of God is heard, the Holy Spirit is present in us. That means we can come to God any time, any where knowing that we have a deep, personal, loving relationship with our Creator, Father. We don’t need to offer sacrifices because Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice. We don’t need priests to intercede for us because we are all ministers, a royal priesthood, and can come to God on our own thanks to the saving action of Christ, our Lord.
Yup, birthdays are a wonderful thing, cause for celebration and happiness. But knowing we have the relationship of love and devotion with our God, at long last restored, is even better. It means the only thing that can make that better is when we actually come into His heavenly presence and be with Him for eternity.
For those of you who already believe — Happy Birthday. For those who don’t know Jesus, I invite you to come to the promise of eternity that awaits by faith in Christ Jesus.
And those are my thoughts. God bless and have a great week.
Pastor Lee R. Harder