by Phil Sanders
The three most influential people in a preacher’s life include his father, his mother, and his preacher. The average age a young man decides to be a preacher is fifteen. I know I did.
My father was a wonderful man. He believed the word of God very strongly and always put the best interests of us boys first. He laid his pipe down and never took it up again, because he didn’t want us to smoke. When we were of the right age, he saw that we went to church where we could learn the Bible and learn to lead in worship.
I was blessed to know many fine preachers. Steve Bracken and Dewayne Thomas both made significant influences on my life when I was young. In college, Raymond Kelcy, Hugo McCord, and Bill Jones made such a difference in my life. Since those days, I have been privileged to hear and know some of the greatest preachers alive. I especially appreciate Mack Lyon.
However, I learned how to love and be loved from my godly mother. She wanted one of her sons to be a preacher, and that lot fell to me. Through good times and bad, mother supported and encouraged me. I learned how and what to preach from spiritual giants, but I learned why to preach from the woman who gave me life.
We understand a little of the love of God from the love we first learn from our parents. Because I loved my mother, and my mother loved God, I learned how to love God too. Where would we be without mother?
?Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands?
by Phil Sanders