A rather new Christian came into a group of older believers and noticed that the conversation had gotten rather sour, and that these older believers were expressing their fears about the world, and about this and that. They were really being very cynical, and in being that way, these older, mature believers were really grieving this new Christian that they would talk that way, having all that they have in Christ. Later she said, “You know, I don’t want to be a mature believer if that’s what you become.”
“My Dad, Ray Ortlund Sr., started Renewal Ministries with my mom in 1979. I wish you could have heard my dad preaching there at Lake Avenue Church in the 1960s and 1970s. Dad had the most uncanny, I believe, God-given ability to help people connect with the living God. So that’s what this preaching is about. And I want you to enjoy these sermons from my dad which I treasure and which still help me today. I think they might help you, too. So here they are, I hope you enjoy them.” – Ray Ortlund, Jr.
You’ve played that game, “Who Am I?” haven’t you? You ask a person to say who he is in three short sentences. A person who is aware of his role as a father will probably say something like “I am a father; I am a man: and I am a breadwinner.” Or a person committed to Christ might say, “I am a Christian; I am a Christian woman or man; and I am a witness.”
World War II correspondent, Ernie Pyle, saw a lot of suffering and death. Once deeply discouraged, he wrote to a friend, “I wish you’d shine any of your light in my direction. God knows I’ve run out of light.” I believe that’s the need of many people in the world today. On every side we see things that greatly distress us.
“We purpose to magnify and exalt the Lord by being agents of revival among younger Christian leaders and bodies of believers both at home and abroad.” – Ray & Anne Ortlund, 1979