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Mark 4:26-34;6-18-2018 (AS Built; Amite #309)

  1. Credit…Credit…As in to give somebody credit…Good…Bad…or indifferent…Credit…
  2. The year is about 1869…His name…Antonio Lopez…Antonio Lopez…Actually, officially his name is Colonel Antonio Lopez…And the truth of the matter is he is a ruthless dictator… he’s truly diabolical…The sad part is the United States has given him refuge…In the United States, we actually even gave him a home on Staten Island…a ruthless diabolical dictator…And we’ve given him not only refuge but a home…As a result of it…if you and I were to ever meet him it would be kind of unique…He’s intelligent…well dressed… driven…seems to get along well with everybody… But what you don’t know …is the fact he wants to go back to Mexico City…and take over the city…and subsequently take over the Country…What he’s lacking…what he needs most… he’s after the money… he has no means… He hears of a guy named Tom Adams…Tom is absolutely brilliant…he’s got one of those mensa-est IQ’s…years and decades before his time…patents…trademarks…copyrights…property…Tom’s got it…As a result of it...he invites him over for dinner…They sit to talk… and start visiting…And he says…you know Tom…you’re a brilliant man…we could use your help… You’ve done so much for the United States… We could use your help in my country…He said…Let’s give credit where credit is due…Give it to the Good Lord…I’m just a foot soldier… At the end of the day he says…Well I hear that… but here’s the problem in my country… In Mexico City we have a tree called the sapodilla tree… from it produces a syrup if you will… that we ultimately use for well actually we use for rubber…The problem our country faces is that it cost about a dollar per pound…if I can get it to about a nickel per pound…then we can make so much money and therefore our country can flourish…He said would you be willing to take these little drawings …these little sketches… these ideas… and possible come up with a product to extract this from the tree… He said I’ll work on it right away… Well right away to him…Mr. Adams is totally different than it is to the Colonel…As a matter of fact B&S in Christ… he gets impatient… he starts pestering him… He said…look I need to get this done…The truth of the matter is… he does not wait for Mr. Adams to finish what he’s doing… He heads back to his country thinking he can jumpstart his revolution… And the problem is he dies penniless and broke… And here’s the irony… he’s back no sooner than two weeks later… Mr. Adams has the consummate idea… we still use it today… Now let’s make sure we give credit where credit is due…You know Mr. Antonio Lopez…or Colonel Lopez… you see he was responsible for killing Jim Buoy…Davey Crockett… Colonel Travis… He’s responsible for the Alamo… So him dying the way he did…was kind of like part and parcel of the bed he made… The irony is… if he would have waited two weeks longer… he would have really made a lot of money… Because Mr. Adams comes back and says… look… to the group that is now he’s speaking to… Look… I can take the sap from the tree… I can make it any color you want… I can make it red…orange… yellow… blue… green…violet… I can pick any color….as a matter of fact… It even taste good…Now I don’t know how he gets to the taste good part but that’s not the point… The point of the matter is… He says man it’s ours for the making… we just don’t know how the produce it… Thank God for Mr. Wrigley… because if he doesn’t come into the game they don’t come up with chewing gum my B&S in Christ… In particular… just so you know the rest of the story…Chiclets…All because…. And when they went to give him credit…he said absolutely not… give it to Mr. Wrigley…Mr. Wrigley said absolutely not… all gifts come from above…
  3. My B&S in Christ… THAT… within reason… has something to do with that Gospel… My B& S in Christ… he knows not how…He know not how… He’s saying give all credit to God…My B&S in Christ… nobody talks about where the seed came from that was planted…where the dirt came from … or the water that came to nourish it… or the nutrients that caused the thing to grow… So that it could grow into corn or into wheat or vegetables… B&S in Christ…it all comes from Christ.. Now B &S in Christ… go back to the 1st Century… As a 1st Century Jew your gonna be listening to this conversation …When the Good Lord speaks in a parable…parabolically… It is for the most part a riddle… He speaks in riddles for two reasons…One… it’s easier for you to remember… to repeat later on… moreover… he’s trying to get you to think… because there’s more to the riddle than you know… Now… B&S in Christ… did you really listen…He said people will not understand…even when I speak in parables… Hence I will sit with My apostles and I will teach them the underlining meaning… so that when they get the jist of the story they can get the rest of the story from My apostles… So 2000 years later when your speaking about parables … 12 apostles will turn into about 1 billion Catholics… Which is what we have today… the Church should be able to fill it in… And this is where we come into play… He’s trying to explain something very parabolically here … And for a 1st Century Jew you notice B&S in Christ… whenever they talk about a cedar tree … All the big prophets… Eziekal…Jeremiah… The Book of Psalms… When you say of a cedar tree… The first thing that comes to thought is it’s massive… it’s strength… it’s glory it’s praise it’s dominant… and it also has wealth tied to it… So B&S in Christ… When the parable is spoken about a mustard seed… can you see how confusing they now are…When you want to talk about the kingdom of God and you don’t pitch a cedar tree…B&S in Christ…therein lies the problem… and that’s why He pulled His apostles on the side … To tell them a cedar tree is in it of itself majestic…in it of itself great…in it of itself it shows strength in it of itself it may mean money…but it will not cover the world… it will not spread fast enough… it’s gonna have to be like a mustard seed…and that’s how the Church comes in… From 12 apostles to the 1 billion Catholics… He’s saying it needs to be more this way… Your comparing the tree and what you need to be comparing is that of a mustard seed… All things come through Me… I can even make a mustard seed grow faster and more stronger and vibrant than a cedar tree… Give credit where credit is due…
  4. Now B&S in Christ… throughout scripture … I need you to make sure you remember this… If there is one person in scripture that deserves the credit… give him his due… it’s Peter… B&S in Christ… We malign him because he denied our Savior… We malign him because he cuts a man’s ear off… We malign him because you know the Good Lord called him satan… And then he questions the Good Lord about the storm and the boat…But him his due… He’s the only one of the 12 that knows that Christ and God the Father are all tied together… Because when He asked them who do they say I am… he said you’re the Son of the Living God… And flesh and bones did not tell you this, but My Father in Heaven… He spoke to no other apostle… Give Peter his due… He’s the only one that has his name changed… My B&S in Christ… Give Peter his due…he’s the first to do the miracle… Give Peter his due… B&S in Christ… he’s the first to argue with the Sanhedrim and the Pharisees… Give Peter his due… he’s the first one that make the decision between the Jews and the Gentiles… regarding circumcision… Give Peter his due…he did try to get out of the boat and walk on water… and there’s 11 other guys that don’t budge…Give Peter his due… that for 33 years there’s no one else in the game… His name is always first … Judas is always last… there is no coincidence… My B&S in Christ… He is crucified upside down and for three hours preaches the Gospel… Give him his due as the Vicar of Christ…Now my B&S in Christ… it’s time for you and I to look in our own lives and determine do we give credit where credit is due… Well let’s see… B&S in Christ… When things happen at work… do you make sure credit is given to the right person… and if it happens to be you… and someone says man that’s a job well done… you went out of your way…you worked longer… you put in extra hours… the extra effort… it wasn’t even your problem… Will you give the credit to the Good Lord… and say thank you Lord for the gift of perseverance…thank you Lord for giving me the motor to make sure it’s done… Or do you take the credit yourself… We know not how… we’re no different than when He was speaking out earlier in scripture… My B&S in Christ… when credit that you did is given to somebody else… will you let it go and that’s good enough that your not known… That they don’t recognize you for what you did… My B&S in Christ… think about something… Do you give the Good Lord credit for your intellect… Do you give the Good Lord credit for the motor and drive that you have… Do you give the Good Lord credit because you understand science or math or finance or maybe your legal mind or maybe your ability to reason or to logic or to medicine or computers… Do you give the Good Lord the credit that is due… Do you give the Good Lord credit for the house you live in…for the roof over your head…the ability to worship freely…My B&S in Christ… I’m gonna tell you the greatest lie in the world…A Self-made Man…No such thing… My B&S in Christ… You and I had no say so on whether we were born in this country or another one… We had no say so on whether we were male or female…black or white… We had no say so in anything … Not even the color of our hair on our head… But yet we got the unmitigated gall to turn around and say we were self-made… B&S in Christ… there is no such animal… The Good Lord has given everything to you and I… Not a bird falls from the air… Not a hair on your head gets touched… So why is it we feel compelled to take credit for a job well done… for getting the project done… for making the money…for finishing this… for doing that… to making a case… My B&S in Christ… even passing a test… driving down the street… ALL THINGS COME FROM HIM…I’m about convinced my B&S in Christ that the only thing you and I and I myself included bring to the table is object mediocrity leaning toward failure…Because all good things come from Him… Give credit where it is due… at His doorstep… Always …. Everyday…
  5. And I leave you with the words of Gandhi… He’s talking to a bunch of intellectuals… And he says there’s two types of people in the world… There are those that do the work and then there are those that take the credit… Make sure that you do the work… One the kids raised their hand and said… well why would I want to be in that group… He said… well there is very little competition… Give credit…
  6. Amen… In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…

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