Just a Country Boy
Theme of the week: The Virtues of a Simple Life
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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Who Said It … Clay Walker
Clay Walker is a country singer with 11 #1 hits and 4 platinum albums. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Clay founded Band Against MS—a nonprofit foundation created to fund MS research and education. His newly released book, Jesus Was a Country Boy, is based on his hit song by the same name.
What he Said … Just a Country Boy
As a boy I loved wandering the rice fields and levees, the swamplands and creeks, all around our house. I was—and still am—an unabashed, unglorified country boy.
I knew we were poor, but we never went hungry and always had a roof over our heads. As hard as it was at times, I appreciate the way it shaped me into the man I am today.
Growing up country, real country, I learned about God firsthand. Not just from the beauty of his creation all around me, but from seeing my sweet mother plead the blood of Jesus as she prayed for her children. I learned about God from how our neighbors treated us—lending us a mule to plow the garden or bringing over a basket of fresh string beans. I learned about him from the way my family loved me and showed me how to love other people. I learned about him from my Catholic grandmother, who read the Bible with me every night. And I learned about him from an Assembly of God preacher who led me to give my heart to Jesus when I was 15 years old.
Key Study Passage: Philippians 2:1-15
Adapted from Jesus Was a Country Boy by Clay Walker. Copyright © 2013 by Clay Walker. Reprinted by permission of Howard Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, through the help and guidance of your Holy Spirit, may I seek to live a life that follows your teaching and models your example.
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