Summary: It a sermon about how God cares in the midst of trials and situations.
God’s Caring Touch (Happy Mothers Day!)
Presented at Grand Anse Baptist Church /Sunday 13th May 2007/Tone: Encouragement
The Origin of Mothers’ Day
As a western Christian society, a lot of the things we celebrate, has been commercialized and demonized by society. Often time you would have heard mention of pagan festivals or pagan worship that the church is practicing.
The truth of the matter is; most of those celebrations have had very humble beginning only to be twisted by Satan lies and deceits.
Mothers’ Day very idea started in a small Virginia Methodist church back in the early 1900’s.
So the idea of celebrating Mothers’ Day originated from the church!! Nor were it only from the church, but it originated from the heart of a woman by the name of Anna Javis who convinced her church to set aside a Sunday to honor all mothers after her own mother died in 1905. After some years, In 1914 the year of the first world war, American standard pass a resolution and the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921) Thomas Woodrow Wilson, proclaimed that the 2nd Sunday of May to be mothers’ day. He himself was a Presbyterian.
Thus we can celebrate Mothers’ Day on this Sunday the 13th May 2007.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers: From grand mothers to mother in laws, from step moms to foster mothers. Let us bless the Lord for them.
Mothers in general are not quite appreciated in our society although they do so much. Someone said the toughest assignment that God has given to anybody is mother ministry.
They describe it like this:
-She must be a helper to her husband, a teacher to the children, a financial manager to the family, a servant to make sure the house is clean b4 her husband is back, and she needs to be a good chief!!
-The worst is if she falls sick, she must get well at the end of the school day, so that she can take care of her children again.
Friends, this morning would you stand up and show some honour to our mothers. Amen
Backdrop: The Scenario
Israel was in Idolatry-they drift away from God and started to do wickedness.
Ahab becomes king of Israel; marries Jezebel, restores idolatry, and exceeds his predecessors in wickedness, 1Ki_16:29-33. In other words Israel spiritual decay reached it lowest point. He was even worse than his father, Omri, who was more wicked than all before him (v.25)
Elijah: Tishbite, a Gileadite and prophet
His name means “the Lord is God.” He was sent by God to confront Baalism and to declare to Israel that the Lord was God and there is no other. The autumn and spring rains and summer dew were necessities for the crops of Israel. The Lord had threatened to withhold if His people turned from Him to serve other gods.
(Leviticus 26:18; 19-Deuter 11:16; 17-28:23, 24) Elijah had prayed for the drought. It lasted three years and six months. (James 5:17) The drought proved that Baal, the god of rain and fertility was impotent (not able to stand) before God. But there was a widow in Zarephath that was severely affected. Please turn your Bibles to 1 Kings 17:7-17:24