by Jerry Vines

I Tim. 6:1-10
Dr. Vines May 31, 1987
I was thinking this week about some things that had meant a great deal
to me as I was a boy coming up in the church. I was saved at the age of nine.
My folks had me going to church even before that age. All of my life I have
been brought up in the church. I had no idea when I was preparing this messag
that it was going to be as close to the way it was in church when I was a boy
as it was going to be this morning. About all we need now is some fans with
Martin/Hightower funeral on it and I would feel like I was back in church whe
I was a boy. One of the things that really meant a lot to me when I was just
kid growing up was learning the choruses they would teach us. In Vacation
Bible School, in RA's and all of those kinds of things, we would sing all
kinds of choruses. One of the choruses I remember we learned when I was a boy
was I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus down in my heart. I have the
wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer way down in the depths of my heart. That
was a pretty good one. Of course, we always threw in that stanza that had deep
theology in it - if the devil doesn't like it he can sit on a tack. Remember
that one? Then we would sing choruses that had all of the motions to go with
them. Deep and Wide, deep and wide, there's a fountain flowing deep and wide.
There was another chorus that really just kind of ties in with what I want to
preach today that went like this - Isn't it grand to be a Christian, isn't it
grand? Of course, we boys always sang it this way - ain't it grand? ain't it
grand to be a Christian, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
Saturday and all day Sunday, ain't it grand? I used to think about that song
and wonder just exactly what it meant? Did it mean it was alright to be a
Christian just part of the day on Monday through Saturday, but you had to be
sure and be a Christian all day long on Sunday. I'm not sure that's what it

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