by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted From Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
PROGRAM 160, CT 405203


"What's in a name?" That is what Shakespeare asked in Romeo and
Juliet. "That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as
sweet." What he was saying was this: The essence is not so much in
the name, but in the product; but that isn't necessarily true when you
delve into spiritual things.
What's in a name? Our names are very important to us, but sometimes
we get things mixed up. One summer at the Ridgecrest Conference
Center, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jackson,
Mississippi, was being introduced by Dr. A. V. Washburn, the
Executive Secretary of the Sunday School division in Nashville. When
he got up to introduce the pastor, Dr. Washburn said, "We are so glad
to have as our preacher friend of the week, the Pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Jackson, Tennessee," instead of Mississippi. When
the quick-thinking pastor came up to the microphone, he said, "Dear
friend, I correct you. I am pastor of the First Baptist Church of
Jackson, MISSISSIPPI, but that is all right, Dr. Washpot!"
Names are very important; the way we say them, and look at them. The
Names of our Lord Jesus and God, our Heavenly Father are especially
important. In the message on the first part of the prayer, "Our
Father," we learned of the relationship that we have through Jesus
Christ, the blessing of that relationship, and the brotherhood that we
This is the first petition in the Lord's Prayer, and we look at it
first of all, as a revelation. In the Bible, names always meant
something. For instance, Jacob's name meant "cheater," or "deceiver."
Later, when he got right with God, God gave him the new name,
"Israel," which meant "Prince of Israel," or "Prince of God." He
changed the meaning of his name. Simon meant one thing, Peter meant
something else. ...

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