Jesus said, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name.” Occasionally I see a tv commercial for the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. When describing their service, there is mention of great praise music and an uplifting message from the pastor. When I read this Gospel passage, I thought to myself, “How can I preach an uplifting message with this material?”
Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” One of my favorite days occurred just recently. It was the last Friday in May. What day was it, you might ask? The last day of school! I have different reasons for liking that day now than I had many years ago. This year, the last day of school means that our street gets very quiet, and about the only traffic is people who figure out it’s a dead end right about when they get to our house.
If you grew up in the North Texas area, you most likely went to Six Flags over Texas a time or two. Being from Ft. Worth, I went several times a year when I was young. One of my favorite rides was LaSalle’s Riverboat Ride. That was one of the original rides of the park, which opened in 1961, and it’s last trip was in 1982. LaSalle was a French explorer who traveled most of the major waterways of this country, and he called the Trinity River, the “River of Canoes” in 1687. The name “Trinity” came three years later in 1690 from the New Spanish explorer Alonso de León, who called the stream the “La Santísima Trinidad” (“the Most Holy Trinity”). (Handbook of Texas)