August 5, 2011

SCRIPTURE: “We played the flute for you and you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song and you didn’t cry.” [Luke 7:32, CEB]

QUOTE: Any concept of grace that makes us feel comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God’s grace never encourages us to live in sin, on the contrary, it empowers us to repent of sin. –Randy Alcorn

THOUGHT: The first step to repentance is to acknowledge your sin; the last step is to hate it.

COMMENTARY: John the Baptist was very popular with the Jewish people. John was different, a type of Elijah. He lived in the wilderness and ate from the wild. He did not wear fancy clothes and he preached repentance. The common people flocked to him and were baptized but not the Jewish religious leaders. They stood at a distance watching, analyzing but they did not receive his baptism. Jesus comes along after John and the same thing happens all over again: the common people flock to Jesus but the Jewish Religious leaders don’t like Jesus anymore than they liked John. As a matter of fact, they like Jesus less. Jesus compared them to spoiled children who could not be pleased. The basic problem is that they had no desire to repent. They didn’t even sense a need to repent. The one thing that both John and Jesus demanded was a spirit of repentance. If you do not have a spirit of repentance, you are not following Jesus. You are just another religious clown doing your own thing. Jesus said, “Repent or perish”: only two options or should I say one. “Father, we need to repent and we want to repent. Please grant to us a spirit of repentance. In Jesus name we pray, amen!”

EXTRA: Joe David says that everything is coming together for tomorrows BP. I will be transporting ice and drinks and leave after noon: 12:30-1:00. Joe will be pulling the stage and we will leave about the same time. Gerald is leading another group at 2:30. Take 24 to Russellville, then turn South on 43/17. When 17 turns to the right, take it and Hackleburg is not more 6-7 miles. First Baptist will be on the left. Everything right of 17 was destroyed. The church is on the side that didn’t get wiped out.

I have not had time to down load Baptism pics but will try to get that done over weekend. I have a very full day today. This week has been a busy week. The Celebration of life service for Jarod Moore went well yesterday. Thank you for your prayers and continue to pray for Mo and Joyce. Hey, I may have found the pics on Facebook…

Whitten Morgan Declares his allegiance to Jesus