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‘This is my beloved, in whom I am well pleased’

January 10, 2009
By The Rev. Harold A. Langevin Jr. Senior Pastor of the Ellamore Charge of the United Methodist Church

Have you ever heard the saying, "Bring up a child in the way they should go and they will never depart from it"? In the gospel according to Saint Mark 1:4-11, we read an account of John the Baptist. These verses tell us who John was, how he dressed, what he ate and that he was proclaiming to those who heard his voice that there was one mightier than he who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Now tell me, in this day and time, would you acknowledge any of what a John the Baptist-like character would be saying if he were proclaiming such declarations on the downtown streets of where you live? In Mark's account, John had such an impact as it is written "and there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and all were baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins" (Mark 1:5 KJV).



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