Sunday, May 5, 2019


1301 Beacon Street Springfield, Ohio
(937) 325-5900


Larry Hayde, Mary Daniels, Bud & Betty Wagner, Carolyn Byers, Scott Robbins, Deb Brown, Dave Fannin, Lowell, Randy, Kay Bower, Justin & Alyssa, Jon Brown, Leonard Brown, VBS, and all involved, Sandy, Trey, Bri, Gene


When I think of the promises of God, I am reminded of the story of the young man who had a dream to go to America. He scrimped and saved, and did everything in his power to save enough money to buy a ticket on a boat bound for America. The day came when he had precisely the amount of money needed, and he went immediately and purchase that ticket. The ship was to leave the next day, so with great excitement, and with all of his possessions wrapped neatly in a blanket he boarded the ship, and settle down for his great journey. After the first couple of days, the young man had exhausted the meager supply of food that he had been able to scrimp and save in his blanket, and he began to get hungry. He knew that if he could only survive for a few days more, he would enjoy all the riches that America promised. It was that evening that a steward found him preparing to sleep in a secluded corner on deck. The Stewart confronted him, accusing him of being a stowaway. Protesting his innocence the young man produced his ticket. The steward apologized, but then ask “Then why are you sleeping here on the deck, when you have quarters below”? When the young man replied that he had only enough money for the passage but no room, the steward explained that the room was included in the price of the ticket. As the steward led the astonished young man to his room, they passed a large dining room where a sumptuous meal was being laid out. The young man peeked in and saw that the room is filling with people, and the steward told the young man that he could be seated for dinner in about 15 minutes, as that was included also.

So many times we understand that we have redemption, and we look forward to the beauty of heaven, but we are ignorant of such that is in between. We fail to grasp all that God has prepared for us.