Today’s Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

An Indian petitioned a judge of an Arizona court to give him a shorter name. “What is your name now?” asked the judge. “Chief Screeching Train Whistle,” said the Indian. “And to what do you wish to shorten it?” asked the judge. The Indian folded his arms majestically and grunted, “Toots.” (And short is often better)

How would you like the name Bourke Blakemore Hickenlooper? There was really such a person as Hickenlooper?  Bourke Blakemore Hickenlooper ( July 21, 1896–September 4, 1971), was a member of the Republican Party, first elected to statewide office in Iowa as lieutenant governor, serving from 1939 to 1942 and then as Governor from 1943 to 1944. Hickenlooper. What a name!

Names are important but there is no greater name than the name of Jesus. Paul wrote: “We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you.” So that leads us to ask “What’s in a name?” Let’s see what the Bible says.

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: ” ’Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 9:41 “I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”

John 14:13-14 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Phil. 2:9-11 “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The name of Jesus is no everyday name, His name is the most important name in all the universe. Jesus is the Christ, the Savior, the Son of the living God, and our only hope for anything good in this life and the promise of eternal life! THAT MAKES HIS NAME THE NAME ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES!

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