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May 13, 2022 12:01 am
In his children's book The Priest with Dirty Clothes, R.C. Sproul reminds Christians of all ages that we can stand before God only if we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Today, gather the family and listen to a dramatic reading of this book.
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Julia renew your mind, the story of a priest and his muddy problem face to the mode all over his throat and tried very hard to clean himself off but there was no way he can clean his close and get to the castle on time. Your entire family will enjoy what's coming up today. RC Sproul's heartwarming tail. The priest with dirty clothes. Storytelling has always been a way of passing values along the children fairytales and fables are really morality tales they show by example which right what's wrong Dr. RC Sproul knew the power of story. He wanted a place deep biblical truth into the hearts of children in the way they would understand is why were privileged to share with you today.
The priest with dirty clothes, Darby and Campbell McFarland live near a beautiful lake in Scotland called locking on it seemed that seven-year-old Harvey was always finding ways to get herself in her little other Campbell into trouble. One day after rain. They went outside to play let's make my children pretend that they were bankers. They took some Martin Road padded fashion. In the pretend takes that they played. They wipe their hands on their close spreading mud all over the laughed and giggled as they got themselves muddier than their mother so she was not happy just look at you, you look like mud pies yourself. Hurry and take off those filthy clothes and I'll give you both the children were all clean their mom looked at the money class will never be able to get these dirty clothes claim she said to herself that there was a knock at the front door.
It was the children's grandfather Darby and Campbell rushed into again. Grandpa grinned and said it looks like someone made a mud pie bakery in the front yard.
Kids seems that our little bikers have ruined their close mom.
That's too bad. Grandpa said, but it certainly reminds me of a strange wonderful store.
Please pulling grandpa towards soon as they were all seated grandpa many years ago in a faraway land, the people of this village crowded into a large, it was night the church was dark except for the candles that inside casting shadows on the high wall, a young man named Jonathan was lying on the floor with his arms stretched out this was the most important night of his. He was about to become priest. He was wearing a long brown row made of scratchy and a great Bishop was praying for John at the end of the ceremony, the bishop gave Jonathan a special close. First the bishop help Jonathan put on a bright row over the scratchy and then he placed a turbulent Jonathan's head and tied a white lace sash around his waist.
The very next week. Jonathan was invited to the castle of the King he would preach his first sermon to the royal house. Jonathan worked hard to prepare his sermon.
He wanted to be his very best when it was time for Jonathan to go to the castle.
It was raining very Jonathan was sad that his new special close get wet as he rode his horse to the cast. He tried to keep his new clothes from getting rained on. By wearing a cake is Jonathan and this course made their way to the castle. The muddy road became more and more slip and suddenly the horse stumbled, Jonathan fell. He wasn't hurt, but he was upset that he had mud all over.
Jonathan had mud on his face and on issues he had mud all over his the white lace sash was no longer white look like a big mud cake. Jonathan tried very hard to clean himself off but there was no way he can clean his clothes and get to the castle in time.
He thought about running away. He didn't want to preach in front of the king looking like this king just has to understand. So Jonathan kept going until he reached the cast.
Jonathan hurried into the castle looking for a place to clean himself up but he couldn't clean his and the tower bells began to ring. It was time for the royal household together to Jonathan's slowly Jonathan walked to the place where he was disdained and he opened his Bible. As soon as the people sign they began this king was surprised to see the priest wearing such attorney-client but the king was a kind and gentle ruler, and he could see the Jonathan was ashamed of the way his close and knowing that there must be a good reason for Jonathan's dirty close. The king motioned for him to begin his but as soon as Jonathan started to speak, the court magician whose name was malice stood up and shouted weight.
You can't preach in front of the king wearing those dirty clothes. Malice was a very mean man. He hated all priests. He even hated priests whose clothes were clean malice at great power. They were afraid of, and as soon as malice shouted out against Jonathan. Other people began to yell mean things about Jonathan to King knew that this was not a good McKeen felt sorry for he didn't like the way malice was.
He was afraid that malice might cause someone to harm the priest and so he stood and said to the people recall. Please stop talking I will take care of this very minute the people grew silent even malice stop talking.
The king looked at Jonathan and asked him to come forward. Jonathan walked up to him. The king said, why did you come here looking so dirty, so Jonathan explained what happened. The king nodded and said I understand. I'm sorry that you had this accident but you cannot preach here today wearing such dirty clothes. You may come back next week and preach. I will give you another chance, but only if you come back wearing clean clothes.
Thank you, your Majesty, said Jonathan, I'm sorry. I look so dirty. I promise that next week I will be clean without the king told Jonathan to go so Jonathan left the castle as fast as we got back home.
The first thing he did was to try and clean his club disdains work to couldn't get them the next day Jonathan took a special close to the town Fuller Fuller was a person who clean people's dirty close yet special kinds of soaps they could get the mud out of all kinds of the four look for Jonathan's clothes and said these clothes are so dirty if I can make them clean. I will do my best. Come back tomorrow and I will have them ready for Jonathan returned the full Fuller said I'm afraid I cannot make you close their the only thing you can do now is to get new club, but I can't get new clubs. Jonathan said these clothes were given to me by the bishop that he only gives out one set of I'm sorry about that said, the four there's nothing more you should go to see the bishop maybe he can give you a new set of clothes so you can preach before the king. Jonathan left the Fuller shop. He didn't think the bishop would give them a new set of but he had to ask any so I went straight to the bishop's office. The bishop patiently listened to Jonathan's story of the many said this is a sad thing that is happened. There's nothing I can do to Jonathan Berry's isn't there something I can do to get clean, please let me do something special to earn new club. The bishop's face was sad to lose. There is nothing you can do on your own to earn a new set of the only person who can help you is the great's she should speak to us of the bishop gave Jonathan the directions to the palace of the Jonathan carefully followed the directions until he came to the palace where the great Prince live. They asked the guard if he could talk to the prince. The guard walked Jonathan into the royal room where the prince was sitting on the throne. Jonathan saw the prince he was a may. He had never seen anyone who looked like he was dressed in a long purple room with precious jewels. There was a band around his waist was made out of the worst turbine that was as white as snow, and his face seemed to shine like the sun. Prince looked at Jonathan caring's and asked why are you here what you need from his voice was so Jonathan asked her Prince increase. I have ruined my close I cannot stand in front of the king without clean close.
No one has been able to make my close clean and I've been sent to you to see if there's anything you can do to help. Jonathan told the prince the story of how he had gotten dirty. Prince listen and then he said the Jonathan. I understand your problem and I can help you. Are you going to give me clean close. You will soon see, Jonathan, the prince required, but first come with me over to the fireplace. Jonathan followed the prince to the corner of the rooms were small fires burning in the Princeton a strange thing. He pointed to a small branch that was at the edge of the five branch was not earning it was charred but no longer in the Prince told Jonathan to pick up Jonathan reached out his hand to pick up the brands it was cold and did no harm to Jonathan put down the Prince said now look at your hand.
Jonathan looked, and saw that his hand was. It was covered with soot from the brain. Jonathan, the princes you were like the branch you pulled from your covered with black dirt. The third is not just on it is on your heart soon the wrongs that you do make your heart dirty and no soap and make it then the prince said Jonathan I can help you go to the castle next week and be ready to preach your sermon where your dirty club and I will take care of Jonathan's heart felt sad and he grew afraid, but great Prince.
I was thinking that I could not stand in him in my dirty clothes and the evil magician malice will do something mean to me.
If I enter the castle with 30 club warm smile spread across the face of the great yes Jonathan, I know all about malice is meaningless. I also know very well received. Jonathan is my you going to make my close friends answered I promised that I will take care of. I never break my I always do what I say you go home and get ready for your sermon. I will be there and I will do what I promise.
On the next week came. Jonathan was both excited about not going then he remembered the promise made I will trust in the promise I will go to the castle set so Jonathan went outside and got on his horse and this time the day was bright sunshine.
There were no storm clouds in the sky.
Jonathan had no trouble making the journey to the castle when he got there he could see a crowd of people going swallowed hard and walked to the place where the priest but again before he could speak. Malice stood up and shouted make bad things happen to you will priest you are still wearing dirty clothes. The king looked at Jonathan phone why are you here again with 30 club I told you that you could not stand in front of me looking like that people begin. Some shouted loudly go away. Jonathan's face turned red couldn't even talk.
He stood looking at the people feeling ashamed.
Someone it was a man dressed scratching Brown exactly like the rogue Jonathan under his special and the man was carrying present. At first no one knew who the stranger's it's the great Prince ballasted is it, what is the meaning of this. Why are you here and why are you wearing that she wrote. First, the prince was smiling as he walked to the front right next that he spoke to St. take off your dirty clothes. Jonathan took off his dirty special ones that the bishopric and now he stood before the king, wearing only his own scratching Brown the prince then took Jonathan's third them and he handed Jonathan present.
Everyone watched Jonathan as he carefully opened the present, the prince Jonathan's mind with some, it was the inside were the beautiful club along Prince's the Prince smiled again at Jonathan and said these are the clean close. I promised there's not a spot of dirt on put them on now and preach your sister Jonathan's hands shook as he put on the princes in the Princeton father may Jonathan stand in your presence is one of my king was pleased and said to the Prince. Yes, this is long as he wears work, he may stand in front of them. The prince of the Jonathan. These clothes are yours for they will never wear out, and nothing can ever make them dirt perfect. Jonathan sucks how can I ever thank you for being so kind to me. Prince that if you're really thankful if you want to show that you love then keep the commandments. All such I want to be good enough to where your club cannot be good enough. You must live your whole life trusting my goodness while you where my on that day. Jonathan preached his and he spent the rest of his life preaching about the great war, the princes perfect present until the day grandpa turned to Darby and Campbell said that's the yes the children think that if we could find the Great Plains that give us clean clothes yes grant he gives clean close to everyone who believes that they are not close like the ones you ruined today. The great Prince gives new clues for the dirt that we get on our clothes can sometimes be washed. We have a big when we say and do wrong. Our hearts become so dirty that we cannot stand in front of for us to be able to be friends with God. We need to have the dirt on our hearts. That is what Jesus does before gives us takes the dirt from our puts it on himself just like the great Prince took Jonathan's dirty clothes and wore them so that when God looks at us. He doesn't see the dirt on. Instead, he sees a heart discovered by his sons clean.
If you trust in Jesus and believe in your heart. Jesus will from some, but you have to ask him to forgive that he cleans her and you can stand ever.
I'm sorry we got modern are close but I'm sure glad we heard the story about the great Prince with a hug said yes. It's a story we only have to remember, it may be a children's story but the message is profound. You're listening to Renewing Your Mind of this Friday at we just are.
Dr. RC Sproul reading his book the priest with dirty clothes. RC often talked about the value of parents reading to the children that this is one of those books that elementary age children ask for again and again.
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