Denali Mountain

Pastor Sam Crosby
San Saba’s First Baptist Church
July 24, 2017

Standing at 20,310 feet high, Denali Mountain in Alaska is the highest mountain in North America. The word “denali” comes from the Athabascan Indians and means “the tall one” or “big mountain.” Though called Mount McKinley after President William McKinley since 1896, the Department of the Interior issued the order changing the name to Denali on August 28, 2015, which was its indigenous name for centuries.

In summer, Denali stands almost completely white with snow in stark contrast to surrounding mountains marked by gray, brown and green. Though consisting mostly of granite, the snow rarely melts on the visible peaks. A weather station on Denali has recorded temperatures as low as -75 during winter and -22 during summer.

Curiously, only one out of every four visitors sees Mount Denali. Clouds and fog hide its beauty. Buddy and Aileen Roberts recently traveled with us on a mission trip to Cantwell, Alaska. It was their fourth trip to Denali and their first time to actually see the mountain.

Our mission team felt blessed to view its beauty with our own eyes. Though pictures rarely capture the grandeur of nature, we took lots of pictures (with us in them). Tourists from all over the world excitedly snapped photos of the famous peak. Everyone vied for a better position to capture the Kodak moment.

Our team was also blessed to be a part of a great week of Vacation Bible School at Cantwell Bible Church. Bob and Pattie Davis have served the church for nearly two years and invited us to come and help. The children were excited and engaged. The people were warm and appreciative. Over the course of the week, ten children prayed to trust Christ as their Savior. The church is now planning outdoor baptisms in a lake and river, though Pastor Bob was hopeful to bring a hot tub indoors! It was beautiful to see the Lord Jesus at work in the hearts of the people.

Be careful not to hide the Lord’s work in your life. Every believer is the temple of God. He is moving, changing and shaping us to be like His Son. The changes God has made need to be put on display for the world to see and admire. Every Christian is a trophy of God’s grace. Christ takes wicked and shameful sinners and turns them into saints.

Jesus taught His disciples, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NIV). God created you for His glory. He also saved you for His glory. Your changed life is a witness to the world of the power and glory of God. Let the world see what God has done in you.