The Umpire in Your Heart

By July 29, 2016Sanctuary

Mike Marshall150Do you know the people with whom you share your “birth day”?

My birthday is December 5. I know a number of dear people here at FUMCFW who were born that day. There’s J.T. in our youth program; a beautiful young adult named Robin; Sharon, who I call my birthday buddy; Sally, whose wedding I happily officiated; and H.T., who died five years ago and is still missed today.

There are some famous people with whom I share this day . . . Little Richard was born in Georgia in 1932. He sang in an African Methodist Episcopal choir as a child, and went on to introduce America to “Tutti Frutti” in 1955. Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901. This year is the 50th anniversary of his death. He also had some introductions for us — Mickey Mouse in 1928, Disneyland in 1955, and a “magical kingdom” that has brought joy and wonder to all the world!

I have discovered one more person born on December 5. William Barclay was born in Scotland in 1907. He was a Church of Scotland minister, a professor at the University of Glasgow, and the author of “The Daily Study Bible” series. Dr. Lamar Smith has used Barclay to lead hundreds of you through the New Testament each Sunday at 8:30 am.

Colossians 3:15 says: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body” (NRSV). Barclay said that Paul used a verb from the athletic arena, so that another translation can be: “. . . let the peace of Christ be the umpire in your hearts . . .”

My wife says that my sermons always have at least one reference to sports and food. Come join us this Sunday to find out what the food item will be . . .

Dr. Mike Marshall
Associate Pastor of Leadership Development/Evangelism


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