Mary Had a Little Lamb – 1830 Boston

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Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

These are regarded as the best-known four lines of verse in the English language.

The words were spoken, “Mary had a little lamb,” by Thomas Edison on Nov. 20, 1877, were the first human words ever recorded on his invention, the phonograph.

The author of this nursery rhyme is no mystery and was inspired by a true story written in Ladies’ Magazine in 1830 which led to the editor, Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale of Boston, penning the verses.

Mrs. Hale was also instrumental in having THANKSGIVING nationalized as a holiday. She wrote the poem as a result of a letter sent to her about a little lamb following a young girl named Mary to a rural schoolhouse. The rhyme was an instant success and we all know the verse from childhood.

Marv Rosenthal added a Christian message to it in the 1980’s…

Mary had a little Lamb, who lived before His birth;
Self-existent Son of God, from Heaven He came to earth.

*There are 8 stanza’s to this poem and I will be preaching a series of messages beginning tomorrow on the Lamb of God.

“Behold! The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”…  John 1:29, spoken by John the baptizer, when saw Jesus coming.

-Br. Larry Sparks…….Praying for good roads and sidewalks tomorrow!

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A Very Interesting Question

Pastor's PenThe questioned was posed to a group of students and Pastors at a meeting a few years ago that brought about scratching of heads and pulled out of the air answers. The question was, “What is the greatest need of the the Kingdom of God in our world today?”

The answers were good and diverse but fell short of what the instructor was asking. He said, “We already have the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the mandate from God, the revealed needs of our world and everything financially and physically and spiritually to get it done. So what is the need?”

The answer surprised me but as I looked at my Bible both Testaments validated the answer: LEADERSHIP!

Whether it be a king, prophet, priest, apostle, pastor, deacon, university president, women’s ministry, men’s, youth, children, etc. I think you get the idea.

We are in need of Godly men and women who with the call and power of God, wave their arm and lead into battle. We understand this in the secular world and in sports and politics but in church? Yes. LEADERSHIP is the cry of the day.

Good leadership trains and equips for the here and now and the future. It is the coach the team hoists on their shoulders after the win. It is the President that must have Secret Service protection.

Leadership is God’s way of doing things whether a David or Gideon or Paul or you in the place He has sent you.

We must pray for and support leaders that honor God. The devil hates Godly leaders who pray and lead the people of God righteously forward for the evangelizing and equipping of others to follow.

Pray for your Pastor, your other leaders in church and in all other areas of Christian work. Lets go do it but not alone.”and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare (equip) Gods people for works of service so that the body of Christ might be built up.” Eph. 4:12

And to that I would add HUMBLE, LOVING, GENUINE and BIBLICAL.

-Br. Larry Sparks looking for leadership for conquering the Commission.

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