By W. Jay Tyree
College Hill Church of Christ 

Spiritually Speaking



January 11, 2019

Last week, I received a call from a young man who worships with the family at College Hill when he’s in town attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University (RRR). It seems he has run into a snag with his FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and may not be able to attend during the spring semester.

Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon problem. A few days prior to that phone call, I received a text from the family of another student; a young man who is making application to enter our prestigious nursing program (really proud of that department and their accomplishments). He was in need of a letter of reference, which I was happy to supply.

Today, I will pen another such letter that will go along with a high school student’s application for enrollment. (Since Ronald Reagan passed away, I have moved up from being the No. 2 choice for letters of reference.)

Our experience is filled with the need for someone to speak on our behalf. Most churches in our fellowship, when looking for a new preacher, will ask for three things – a resume, three references, and an example of one’s ability to preach (I’ve lived through cassettes, CDs, thumb drives, and YouTube for such recordings). Interestingly enough, the congregations do not always contact the references. They seem most interested in how well one can communicate from the pulpit – a mistake that has come back to haunt more than one group of leaders.

So, let’s play “punch line!” From what you’ve read so far, where is Jay going with this article? What is the final word? Where is the punch line? If you guessed it has something to do with Jesus being our ultimate reference, you get a gold star! (Disclaimer: The Alva Review Courier, her employees and/or representatives do not carry around gold stars for distribution – so don’t ask.)

Hebrews 7:23-25 23: Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them (NIV).

See you Sunday.


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