The man I look up to as a model for successful Christian living, Pastor John Richardson, turns 100 years old this week. He was born July 12, 1912! And as he’s done every year for the last 25-30 years, he preached a sermon on his birthday week. I’ve told you the story of his conversion, and that he gave a rousing banquet speech at the CCCC conference when he was 95, but today’s sermon celebrating 100 years of life, and 80 years as a believer, marks a high point for sure. And, to add to the specialness of the day, he was presented just before the sermon with a nicely written letter of birthday greetings from Queen Elizabeth.
You can listen to the audio of John’s 30 minute sermon from this morning at Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly on Isaiah 40:30-31.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Enjoy the sermon, and Happy Birthday John! He just might see this, because he is tech-savvy (the church gave him a birthday present – a keyboard for his Playbook!) and he’s online.