Sunday June 14, 2009 – The Front Porch

The Front Porch

Matthew 5:16

”Goooooood Morning Again!” Rise and shine on this ‘Beautiful God Blessed Day!’…Come on now, grab that ”Fresh” cup o’ joe, wipe the sleep from your eye’s, and pile in that ”easy chair”…

Time to talk about when we was ”Little Fritter’s” growing up,.those day’s of innocence, when the word ‘God’ was ”The Law” in our little spiritual mind’s…

Remember when it ”thundered and lightning, it flashed real loud and bright?”…

We as kid’s would hit the ”prayer” position as fast as our knee’s could bend, and pray for forgiveness for everything we did, and thing’s we didn’t do!, on account of we knew ‘God’ was after us for all those ”terrible” kid thing’s we did, and our ”parent’s” would say…”God’s going to punish you for that”…Wow!…What if He came right now to catch up to us for all that!?……My ‘backside’ would be cooked real good!

I am grateful though,that God is all ‘knowing,..all loving,…and a Forgiving God’…
Bring’s me to today’s subject,..”The Porch”….Matthew 5:16..read’s like this…
”Let your light so shine before men,that they may see your good work’s and glorify your Father in Heaven,”

OK…What does a ‘porch’ have to do with that!..Well, some of us grew up with a porch at our house, Grandma had one any way,..but picture this and ‘remember’ way back when…We as kid’s would storm out of the house at ”sun-up” and take off all-day long,..seeking out our daily adventure’s,…..eating at ”what’s their name’s house”…well, after a long day out in ”adventureland”,..night would start to fall,..”Be home for dinner” was the ”Battle” cry from our moms,..stretching our play till that last minute, we would ”struggle” home,..from a distance, you would see your father standing in the doorway, or porch with the light on, waiting,.looking at his watch.

Picking up your step, you would try to ”circle” out of his site to sneak in, only to met with ”Welcome home son or daughter” dad would pick you up, give you a ‘Big’ hug,..you would ”sleeply” mumble,..”sure is good to be ‘Home’…
Well, now for some of us,..”The sun is slowly starting to go down”,..And through our ‘Life’s’ Adventure’s,..We see that at time’s, we wanted to return to our own ”agendas” when we got discouraged with our walk with Jesus…But God, in all His Splender and Wisdom, Let Jesus be our ‘guide’,..giving us His Promise in His Word of ”eternal life” with Him,..

Proverb’s 3:5-6..state’s..”Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your way’s acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path’s”..So beautiful a promise, so strong in His Word…
Now,..Picture this,…As our life come’s to a close, when it is ”Time to come Home” We, as children,..God’s children,..look up toward’s Heaven, Standing there, at ‘Heaven’s Gate, on ”The Porch of Eternal Life” ,..With Angel’s all aroud is…

”Our Heavenly Father,with the Light on, Arm’s Open,..Picking us up, Hugging us,..
He say’s,”Welcome Home My Child”… and after our ‘Lifes adventure’s and long journey, you can ”Sleeply” say,”It is Good to be Home”…..What a Beautiful thought!

Remember in your life, when your path get’s ”rocky” Jesus call’s us to follow Him on the right path, and repeat’s His call when necessary!…When you need help,..
”Knock and the door will be opened”…

We as Christians, are windows through which Jesus can shine!..

By golly, Me, I need a second cup o’ joe, and to wipe me ol’ eye’s, kind got a little misty,..I really get emotional thinking How Jesus,..God,..really Love’s us all, and want’s us to be with Him,..Home and safe..

That’s it for today,..Again, Sherrie and I hold you all in ‘prayer’ in Our Father’s Name,..Thank Him for your Blessing’s, no matter how ”Big or small” they might seem to be…May God watch over our ”Warrior’s” in Harm’s Way,..Some of us know how it was for us, how it must be for them…Blessing’s Pastor / Chaplain Frank..the ”Preacher”

”When you get lost, Start at the ”Foot of The Cross”,..
”People who follow Christ,…lead other’s in the right direction’… AMEN