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Think On These Things
Dr. Larry F. Palmer, Clinical Psychologist

“Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true . . . honest . . . just . . . pure . . .lovely . . . good report . . . think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Working temporarily in Montana, I do not have the opportunity to meet with the saints at Harpeth Baptist Church regularly. However, I am very grateful for the sermon podcasts which I get to listen to. These sermons give me strength and encouragement to say nothing of the spiritual meat I am being fed.

I sat down today and thought of all the sermons our pastor, Brother Chanc, has preached since coming to Kingston Springs — three sermons each week, fifty-two Sundays in a year, plus the endless number of pages of notes taken in preparation of not only sermons, but also Bible classes and those special events.

Have these been of any benefit to anyone?

While thinking about all of this, I came across a story about an elderly pastor who was preparing to retire from the ministry. He gathered together all his sermon notes he had accumulated over the years, tied them together in a bundle and wrote upon it: “Where has the influence of all these sermons I have preached gone?”

When the janitor, a godly man who had grown in Christlikeness, came in to clean up, he found the bundle on the pastor’s desk and read what the preacher had written.

This devoted saint responded and wrote his appraisal of the sermons:

“Where are last year’s sunrays? They have gone into fruits and grains and vegetables to feed mankind. Where are last year’s raindrops? Forgotten, of course, but they did their gracious and refreshing work. Your sermons, preached over the years, have gone into my life and into the lives of others, to make me and them better, nobler, and more Christ-like. They have deepened our love for God and God’s Word, given us a vision of and love for unsaved ones, and have challenged us to go on in the Christian life!”

If just one of Brother Chanc’s sermons has brought you closer to the Lord, thank God for the man who preached it!

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10: 13-15 emphasis added).

Think on these things!