“We preach Christ crucified”

Monday was a sad day for my family (and many others) as we drove to Temple, Texas for the funeral of Laura Loper Parker. She was a precious lady whose love for the Lord had a positive effect on all those who knew her, especially her husband, Roy Parker, a Southern Baptist pastor of almost forty years. Seeing Roy again brought back many memories of my days as a teenager, and the profound influence he and Laura had on many who were members of the McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Orange, Texas.

Those memories brought to my mind once again how God uses people to accomplish His purposes on this earth. Yes, He is the one who builds His church so that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it,” but He uses people as the means whereby He does that great work. That beautiful passage in Romans 10 speaks about His plan of action: 

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.  13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:12-15)

It is through the “foolishness of preaching” that God has chosen “to save them which believe.” (1 Cor. 1:21) Thus, I am grateful for the faithful men that God has raised up to preach His Word, and, I am also grateful for all of those ladies who have been used of God to teach their children (and others’ children) the truth of the Gospel of grace.

May God raise up a new generation of pastors and teachers to preach, not clever stories or emotional anecdotes, but the pure, unadulterated Word of God, since we are “born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25)

May the Lord continue to grace His church with those whose hearts have been changed by His grace, and who are committed to the truth of His Word.

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5 Comments

  1. Sandra A. said,

    October 8, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    You are working early this morning!
    Thank you, Clifton, for this reminder of the importance of the preached Word. Thank you for your faithful teaching and preaching of the Word. You are a blessing to us.

    • cliftonr said,

      October 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM

      Thanks, Sandra. His Word is “sharper than a two-edged sword.”

  2. Charlotte said,

    October 9, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    “Our Lord does all things well.” Laura Parker

  3. Pat Cheek said,

    October 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    I remember Roy Parker with fond memories, how very sad for him to lose his life partner.

    • cliftonr said,

      October 13, 2009 at 4:07 PM

      Laura was a precious Christian lady on earth and now is one of those that the Bible speaks of as “the just made perfect” in Hebrews 12:23.


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