A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they
noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to
table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to
his wife, ‘I hope he doesn’t come over here.’ But sure enough, the man did
come over to their table.’Where are you folks from?’ he asked in a friendly voice. ‘Oklahoma,’ they answered.’ Great to have you here in Tennessee,’ the stranger said… ‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘I teach at a seminary,’ he replied.‘Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a really
great story for you.’ And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat
down at the table with the couple.The professor groaned and thought to himself, ‘Great.. Just what I need…. Another preacher story!’
window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an
unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he
was always asked the same question, ‘Hey boy, who’s your daddy?’ Whether he
was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same
question, ‘Who’s your daddy? He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so bad.
But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got
caught and had to walk out with the crowd.
Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing
anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, ‘Son, who’s
The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church
looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question,
‘Who’s your daddy?’
This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using
discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that
scared little boy.. ‘Wait a minute! I know who you are! I see the family
resemblance now, You are a child of God.’
With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, ‘Boy, you’ve got a
Great inheritance.. Go and claim it.’
‘With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out
The door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody
Asked him, ‘Who’s your Daddy?’ he’d just tell them, ‘I’m a Child of God..”
The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, ‘Isn’t that a
The professor responded that it really was a great story!
As the man turned to leave, he said, ‘You know, if that new preacher hadn’t
told me that I was one of God’s children, I probably never would have
amounted to anything!’ And he walked away..
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress
over and asked her, ‘Do you know who that man was — the one who just left
that was sitting at our table?’
The waitress grinned and said, ‘Of course. Everybody here knows him.
That’s Ben Hooper. He’s governor of Tennessee !’
Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they’re one of God’s
‘The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands
YOU’RE ONE OF GOD’S CHILDREN!!!
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Use a little hope today. This story is a mix of fact and myth. Ben Cooper was indeed born out of wedlock, and later became the governor of Tennessee. This preacher story was not mentioned in his own writings. It could have happened, yet is not documented.
Almost certainly, dramatic embellishments have crept into the telling. The moral of the story stands regardless.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever
Believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life.