Family and Friend

    You probably have heard me tell the story about being in the long line to see the second “Star Wars” film in the 1980’s and how a young man from our church approached me. Roger said, “Darth Vader is Luke’s dad!” Oh no, the ultimate spoiler! Janet and I were still praying to have more children and hopefully a son, yet asking God to not give us a child if he or she would not love and serve Jesus. Thankfully, our children have not “gone over to the dark side” of evil and Satan, but are “walking in the light” and “in the truth” (3 John 4).

    We are in Portsmouth, Ohio at Evan’s wedding to Lauren Bell. As I officiate this precious wedding, I know that the forceful power of the Heavenly Father will see them through many seasons and wars. As Janet and I share last-minute encouragement and send off our young warrior on this great adventure, we thank you for loving all of our children and praying for them. We believe that the baton of the Gospel is safely in their hands as they continue to run the generational relay race, bearing fruit from their heritage of faith.

    Evan is a gift from the Lord, just like Kristin and Allyson, and so are Lauren, Eric, and Scott, all whom I love dearly. I have every confidence that Evan and Lauren, “my son” and new daughter, will “hear a father’s instruction, be attentive, gain insight” and particularly “keep God’s commandments and live” (Proverbs 4:1-4).

    I welcome an old friend to our pulpit this weekend, Dr. Jerry Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Jerry and the NRB have a powerful impact on our nation and its leaders. Through his visionary guidance, Dr. Johnson is expanding biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech, not only in the pulpits of America, but also in other venues. He served as President of Criswell College in Dallas and Dean of Boyce College in Louisville. He was also Vice President and Dean of the faculty at Midwestern Seminary.

    Jerry is an outstanding communicator and discipler of the next generation. He also has pastored a number of churches. He and Rhonda have two children. Pray as he and his ministry continue to birth “sons and daughters” in the faith.


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