Saturday, June 14, 2014


Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

When fairly newly married, and my wife pregnant with our first-born, we wanted to purchase a house in which to raise our family.  My parents both became excited about the prospect and my father in particular jumped in with both feet to help find a suitable house.  And, find a house, he did.

The one Dad found was beyond our price range however, which simply frustrated us. But he toured the house; talked to the homeowner and their Realtor, and was convinced it was the right house for us.  He encouraged us to submit the best offer we could, and we did.

We learned that a full-price offer had also been submitted.  But a few days later, the Realtor called to say that our offer had been accepted! Dumb-founded, we bought the house, and stayed there for more than 20 years while we raised our sons.

How did Dad know? One might chalk this up to “Father Knows Best,” but the simple act of conversation gave him insight as to the house’s availability.  The owners were anxious to sell.  The full-price offer was based on the buyer selling home.  Our lower offer was not contingent because we had already sold our home.  The homeowner jumped at the chance to make sure the house would be sold in time for their scheduled move.

Some of what we celebrate on this Father’s Day is the loving guidance shown by our fathers.  Honor, ethics, fairness, and many other traits we learn as a result of their example to us.  That example, good or bad, has even brought many of us to Faith that we might be called the children of God.

God directed Abram out of his home town, and eventually directed him to a mountain “which I will tell thee of.”  The specific purpose was a sacrifice, but the land of Moriah was the place where God led Abram to, and there God established a Kingdom, and a throne for all of Abram’s descendants. The world now calls the place Mount Zion, which translates to “Sunny Mountain.” On that mountain, the City of Jerusalem remains to be home to God’s Children.

Jesus said, “In my Father’s House are many mansions,…I go to prepare a place for you.” - John 14:2

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