Heritage Baptist Church

Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc.  www.mmiga.org


In 1687 England's Sir Issac Newton was named the most brilliant mathematician and physicist of his day. He is best known for his discovery of gravity. What the history books do not teach is his devotion to Jesus. An outspoken Christian, Newton identified with the Apostle Paul who wrote, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ . . ." Romans 1:16. Newton acknowledged his achievements came from a God gifted mind. Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer wrote, "Your life cannot go forward if your mind goes backwards."


Major League Baseball player Mickey Mantle hit 536 home runs, 1,509 runs batted in, won 7 world championships, and 3 MVP awards. At Mantle's funeral, team-mate Bobby Richardson, all star second baseman, shared his last conversation with his longtime friend. "Mickey, I love you, and I want you to spend eternity in heaven with me." Mantle replied, "I've been wanting to tell you that I have trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior." Richardson closed his remarks with John 3:36, "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life . . ."


When we pray the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6) "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," we're praying for heaven on earth. Revelation 21:1-21 describes a future earthly city illumined by the light of Christ. God's Holy City will have pure crystal clean water, diamond walls, streets made of gold, gates of pearl, and a foundation of beautiful jewels. Billy Graham wrote, "Even when we allow our imaginations to run wild on heaven, we find that our minds are incapable of conceiving what it will be like."


The 20th U. S. President, James Garfield, grew-up in a log cabin, poor and fatherless. From a student/janitor to college professor, to the highest political office in the land, he is a role model for kids living in poverty. Garfield wrote, "Let me ask you to choose the undying Jesus as your everlasting Friend and Helper. Let me urge you to follow Him." Colossians 2:10, And you are complete in Him who is the head of all authority and power.


When the religious authority instructed Peter not to preach in the name of Jesus, he responded , "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). The day after the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that states would recognize same-sex marriages, a county clerk was arrested for refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple. Her supervisor disobeyed God's law by issuing the license. Everyone will face Judge Jesus to give an account of their conduct. Pray that we would stand-up for what we stand-for.