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By W. Jay Tyree
College Hill Church of Christ 

Spiritually Speaking

More than our worst


August 2, 2019

“None of us are the sum total of the worst thing we’ve ever done.” I believe that statement, from a woman identified only as “Lisa,” is dead on target. Her son was killed while committing a crime. When his name was released by the news media, the only thing most people knew about him was that he was a dead criminal. Obviously, no mother wants her son remembered that way. None of us wants to be remembered only for the worst thing we’ve ever done.

Elmer Morgan, a good friend and mentor of mine from my teenage years, wrote a book entitled “The Jerusalem Church” (Rawlins Printing, Dallas, Texas, 2005). As Elmer has already gone to be with the Lord, I contacted the printers and they graciously allowed me to share the following concerning the Apostle Peter’s “comeback” after denying the Lord three times. It was a definite “worst thing he ever did” sort of occasion. But later ….

It no doubt was inevitable that people would draw comparisons in the early Church. Some would say John was the great one, for his flights of thought went higher than any other man and the depth of his great heart of love was deeper than the average. Some would say that Paul was the great one for he fared to the ends of the earth for Christ. (But) Peter too had his place. He might not write and think like John; he might not voyage and adventure like Paul; but he had the great honor and the wonderful task of preaching the first gospel sermon in the Holy City of Jerusalem where 3,000 responded to the invitation to be baptized into Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). He also stepped up from the pulpit to become a shepherd of the Sheep of Christ.

Not bad for a guy who once cussed someone out for accusing him of being with Jesus. You’re right, Lisa; none of us is the sum total of the worst thing we’ve ever done.

See you Sunday.


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