Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
This Sunday we will be celebrating Father’s Day, which is an opportunity to honor the dads in our lives that have influenced us with their wisdom, insight, and experience. The influence of a father is overwhelming, as shown by recent data collected by Promise Keepers and Baptist Press. The research shows that if a father does NOT attend church, only 1 child in 50 will become regular church attenders.
If you were to ask different people around the world those four questions, you would get a lot of different answers. But how you answer those four questions are of utmost importance. Let’s take origin for example. If you are here because of a cosmic accident, through billions of years of struggle, mutation, and chance, then what does that say about your identity, purpose, and destiny? Let’s just say it’s not so encouraging.
$430,000,000. That’s how much the Los Angeles Angels, a Major League Baseball team, will pay their star player, Mike Trout, over the next 12 years. $430 million. At my current salary as a Youth Pastor at West Pines Baptist Church, it would take me over 8,600 years to make what Mike Trout will make in the next dozen. I don’t think I’ll live that long.
I have said it before: "I have a good memory, but it's short."
Unfortunately, when it comes to the THE GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST, many of us have good memories, but they're short. We remember the cross and remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but sometimes we forget about Christ's suffering. This is why Jesus Himself tells us to remember Him.