Over the last several years, as I’ve gathered and compiled my grandfather’s letters, pictures and other mementos, I’ve gotten to know him at a different level than I’d ever thought possible. I’ve had the distinct blessing to see his insights, struggles and deep homesickness for my Grandma Sarah. It has been amazing.
Without a doubt though, the biggest takeaway from all of what he left behind was a deep, abiding love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Grandpa loved Jesus with all his heart and it was through this lens of love that he impacted others. I was young when Grandpa was the pastor of my church and he stepped down from his head pastor role when I was eleven. In the times that I had the opportunity to hear him preach after 1985, I didn’t understand how much I would yearn for it later in life.
It was awesome to discover the sermons that my father had stowed away in a basement closet. They were given to him by a dear family friend – Carol Abbot (formerly Carol Beltz). I couldn’t wait to listen to his voice and hear his what he had to say. For those of you who had the chance to hear him preach – this will certainly bring back memories. For those who never did – it is just another piece of who he was. We will continue to post sermons. Hopefully, about once a month. Listen and enjoy.
December 24, 1978 – “How Good Are Your Promises?”