Friday, April 22 Devotional from Pastor John Hartman
“The Good News for Today!”
Lloyd C. Douglas was an American minister and author, who wrote the best-selling novel, “The Robe” during the 1940’s. That novel was later adapted into a Hollywood film starring the late Richard Burton, and actually won two Academy Awards. Before all of that, when Lloyd Douglas was just a university student, he lived off campus in a boarding house with other residents. On the first floor was a retired music teacher, who was confined to a wheelchair, and unable to leave his apartment.
Every morning, these two men had a ritual. This college student would come down the steps, open the man’s door and ask, “What’s the good news for today?” And this retired music teacher would pick up his tuning fork, tap it on the side of his wheelchair, and say, “That’s middle C! It was middle C yesterday. It will be middle C tomorrow. It will be middle C a thousand years from now. The tenor upstairs sings flat, the piano across the hall is out of tune, but, my friend, that is middle C. And that’s the good news for today.”
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end whose truth is never changing, and who love is never unending. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And my friends, that’s the good news for today!
This Sunday, April 24, I wrap up my sermon series titled, “The Great I AM” on the “I Am” statements of Jesus, and how his claims, and who he is continues to shape our lives. Please join us in the sanctuary at either 8:00 am or 10:30 am. For the 10:30 service, we will also be broadcasting on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube.
(the 10:30 AM service will be live streamed via Zoom, FaceBook and YouTube.