I don’t know if I’m over-sensitive or just old-fashioned; probably a bit of both. I’ve stopped watching regular television because I am offended and tired of the advertisements. I know money must be made and it’s done by selling advertising, but fortunately I have a choice so I’ve made it. In place of TV I’m watching videos. Thankfully I have a closet full that will keep me entertained for some time to come. Tonight I watched a wonderful old movie titled “A Man Called Peter.” It’s the story of the life of Peter Marshall, a Scottish preacher. Here is one of my favorite scenes as Peter Marshall preaches on what Heaven will be like – James 4:14. Watch that scene on YouTube here .
Rev. Marshall is addressing a military group and gives this message instead of one he had previously planned. It is a message that needs repeating today.
That is just one of the scenes of the movie that I like, but my most favorite is when Catherine Marshall accompanies Rev. Marshall and two other young people to a youth rally. The crowd is not attentive to Christian values, and they poke fun at Rev. Marshall’s attempts to tell them about Jesus. The other two young people who were supposed to speak were so intimidated by the crowd that they refused to speak. Not Catherine! She gets up and gives the most wonderful speech to those people. She completely turns the mood of the crowd around so Rev. Marshall can then carry on with the meeting. I think this is was endeared him to Catherine because the love story between the two of them is sweet and wonderfully encouraging following that meeting. Here is an interview of their son Peter Jon and an earlier interview with Catherine herself.
I was so happy to find the transcript of Catherine Marshall’s Speech. This too is one that young women need to hear today.
Peter Marshall (May 27, 1902 – January 26, 1949) was a Scots-American preacher, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and twice appointed as Chaplain of the United States Senate.
Watching the movie and listening to Catherine Marshall’s speech made me want to write a blog and tell others about it too. Not just the movie, but the thought behind it… that God is sovereign – one who has supreme power and authority – and He is to be honored, glorified and worshiped.
I’ve been giving much thought to the times in which we live. And it occurred to me that since “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” as the Westminster Confession states, then possibly we, us God followers and Christians, have severely missed the boat; much like the population of the earth when Noah built the ark and only eight people survived. Several passages in the Bible teach the importance of living in order to reflect the glory of God.
Here are a few (All are NKJV):
- Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
- Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
- 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
- 2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
- 1 Peter 2:12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
- 1 Peter 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
Somehow we’ve gotten off the mark and strayed from that “chief end of man.” If it is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever” then it must be that we are to start there – glorifying God. We are not to worry about the concerns of life, the opinions of other people, the latest craze on social media, TV or the news… we are to concern ourselves with the manner in which we truly “glorify God.”
So today is my first day of doing exactly that. I shall “glorify God.” Here is my first attempt:
- I will stop concerning myself with the fact that 2 of my 3 sons want nothing to do with me and I will glorify God that one still does !
- I will stop saying that I have “lost family members” and glorify God that all are still living!
- I will stop complaining that I don’t get to see much of my husband and glorify God that I have a husband who loves me.
Will you “glorify God” with me?
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