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Finding Favor In The Eyes Of The Lord

One of the most exciting expressions in the Bible is the above caption. It was said that
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen. 6:8).
 
When one wished to obtain a favor from a king, a person would show his humble submission
by saying, “if I have found favor in your sight, O King, if it pleases the King to grant my
request. may the king” do such and such (Est. 5:8), and that was his wife.   It is said of Mary
that she found favor with God, Lk. 1:30. It is even said of Jesus (Lk. 2:52).

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Super Dad

Scripture: “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off,
his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed
him” (Luke 15:20).
 
On Father’s Day Josh Jones, our Youth Minister, spoke on “Super Dads.” His wife and
young daughters had given him a apron with the title of Super Dad on it, so he wore it.
Josh talked about fathers from the Scriptures–David, Abraham, Jacob, and Moses. He
showed that they made mistakes. His point was that there is only one super Father,
and that is our heavenly Father.

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Fatherless

“. . . Or have eaten my morsels alone and the orphan has not shared it” (Job 31:17).

There is a responsibility to those left as orphans, or those we usually render as
“fatherless.” To illustrate, the plight of children in 1852, the New York city
population was 500,000 of which 10,000 and more were homeless children.
 
With so many youngsters running loose, derelict and crime prone, city planners
moved them bodily to other locations. In September, 1884, a steamship carried
46 boys and several girls, ages 7 – 15, to Albany where they were placed on a
train, the first “orphan train” to homes in the Midwest.
 
The program continued over the next 75 years with nearly 100,000 orphaned,
destitute, and unwanted children from New York making the journey west with
the emphasis being, “To make every kind of religious family who desire the
responsibility, an asylum or reformatory institution for the vagrant child.”
There was to be “individual influence” to get the wild, neglect outcasts off the
streets and give them love and gentleness of home to make them honest,
healthy labor.
 
Fifty years after that first “orphan train” a survey showed that of those children
placed in homes “87% were doing well, only 1/4th of 1% had committed petty
crimes, while of those who had achieved success, one was N. Dakota’s governor,
and one governor of the territory of Alaska.”
 
Care for the fatherless? Those who have lived through an experience without
assistance missed out on adults fostering young lives. How many souls might
have been saved by His church for the Lord, who care for them without reservation?

Hymn: “Father, Hear The Prayer We Offer”

Majestic Father of all, we offer up prayer for the lost children of the day, many
abandoned, others left to find their own way. May we as a body be drawn to the
task to seeing after those of our number and as many of those who are maintained
by homes in this country. May they learn of Jesus and a better life to be. In Jesus’
name, Amen.
 
Gordon V. Herrmann, (Deceased)
Gor.ver.her@comcast.net (Vivian Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA)