EDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
"The Difference is Worth the Distance"
Dr. Jerry P. Jordan, Senior Pastor
From the Pastor's Desk:
May is upon us, dear Edge Family, and the earth is beginning to dry from
our recent rains that served as the traditional "April Showers." The crops will soon be planted and the garden will be growing. The blooms and blossoms displayed all around serve to remind us that Resurrection Day is not too far in the past. This month, on Mother's Day, we will pause to honor dear Mother, or her memory if she has passed. On Memorial Day, May 28th, we will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in preserving our freedoms as Americans.
In Exodus 20:12, the Bible declares, "Honor thy father and mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord the God giveth thee." This is God speaking to Israel in what we know as The Ten Commandments, but the lesson and principle speak to us ALL. God did not put into parenthesis to honor your mother ONLY if she was a good mother. We are to honor her, because she was ordained of God to be our mother. In order for some of us to honor our mother, there is a great deal of forgiveness required, BUT, God said to honor her, nonetheless. God used her to bring you into this world and draw your first breath. Many mothers made great sacrifices to provide for and nurture their children. Yes, and sadly, there were mothers who failed their children and left emotional scars and pain behind. You may have been adopted or God may have put someone in your life to be like a mother to you. Thank Him for that act of grace.
My mother was not perfect, but, she taught me many valuable lessons and instilled within me a work ethic that has served me well over the decades. Pulling weeds in the garden or drying dishes were two of my most disliked chores, but by doing them, I learned that you often must do things in life that are not a great deal of fun, but you still do them in the context of meeting a responsibility. My mother taught me good manners and to always say "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am." Sadly, I must confess that I have overheard children and grandchildren speak to their parents or grandparents in a tone with which I would not speak to a stray dog. Much has gone wrong in our culture and society, but, much that is right is a direct result of what mothers taught their children in decades past. I will choose to honor the memory of my mother this month, and to honor my wife for the godly mother that she has been to our 5 children and the example she has set for our 6 grandchildren. I will also choose to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation in order that you and I can worship together at Edge Baptist Church in freedom and in truth. How about you ? If you look, you can find many things for which to be thankful regarding both your precious mother and our heritage and traditions as Americans. Think about it ! Pray about it ! Do it ! I'm excited !
In His Service,