S.B. “Burk” Burnett was a true Texan. He carved the Four Sixes Ranch out of the parched land north of Wichita Falls. Drought stalked his herds one year, so he drilled for water but hit crude. News of the oil brought only a scowl from the beef baron. With a curse referring to oil, he spat out, ‘I need water for my cattle!’ He had blundered onto enough black gold to buy longhorns on many ranches, water included, but it took him a while to love what he got.
Tragically, many people fail to embrace God’s bonanza because He offers blessings that are too deep and rich for their shallow perceptions about life and truth. The Jews of the first century panted for a military Messiah who would lop off the heads of Roman legionnaires. They even crucified the Suffering Servant, Who only seemed to offer towels, crosses, “turned cheeks” and “second miles.”
In our obsession with self in our current culture, people hunger for a Christ who “empowers,” “fulfills” and “makes us prosper” instead of One Who forgives, saves and changes. C.S. Lewis nailed it: “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
During this Holy Week, we face the possibility of a God-given “gusher” from His Word through preaching and teaching. We offer joyous obedience to Christ’s command with water baptism at the beach at Lowdermilk Park. Our hearts will be thrilled with worship of “The Saviour” along with our choir, orchestra and Veritas. Those men have the finest collection of male voices that I have ever heard, not dedicating their talent to Italian opera or the Grand Ole’ Opry but to Jesus and His kingdom.
The week concludes with a Good Friday Worship Service centered around the cross and the Lord’s Supper. We will remember our raised Redeemer during Easter Worship Services: contemporary band-driven services at 6:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday, as well as our time-tested blended worship style at 8:00am and 9:30am with choir and orchestra. I will preach an Easter message in all formats.
Invite unbelievers to join you in the House of the Lord. They will learn about the facts and acts of Christ’s glorious resurrection. They can “strike it rich” spiritually by discovering God’s grace. Let’s drill down deep this week!