The Critic

February 16, 2014


February 23 with Michael Mason


But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

~John 12:4-6, NLT


“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”


When Mary anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume, Judas protested: “This could have been sold for 300 silver coins and given to the poor.” John said, “Judas didn’t care about the poor, he wanted the money put in to general fund because he was in charge of the general fund.” What a contrast: Mary was contributing and Judas was criticizing. Mary was motivated by love and Judas by greed. Mary was an extravagant giver and Judas was a deceitful taker. Judas was like our present culture, he wanted to draw the benefits but didn’t want to make any deposits. When Judas expressed concern for the money and the way it was being spent; he was just being himself. He was concerned about the money and the way it was being spent. One major problem: JESUS DISAGREED WITH JUDAS. Poor old pitiful Judas, he thought he was attacking Mary but he offended Jesus and he got his rear end chewed. Be careful about criticism: know your heart and your motive. Mary was motivated by her love for Jesus. Judas was motivated by his love for money.


  • Deacons meeting at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00 and Worship at 10:15 and 6:00. John the Baptist in the morning and Feeding the 5,000 tonight. I got home in time to do a phone tree but didn’t think about until after 6:00. 
  • Beautiful day yesterday: that 45 degrees felt good to me. The sunshine was great: Thank You Jesus!
  • Mission Offering today goes to Guatemala feeding center in El Tehar. Gerald and Beverly got to see the first group of kids eat in the center last Tuesday I think. I hope we have some pics to show today. This is our last offering for the center and we will reach our goal or go over. We are really close and if we don’t make, I know a man who is going to finish it out. You have done well and I am proud of you.
The Center Under Operation

The Center Under Operation

  • REVIVAL next Sunday with Michael Mason. Mike will be preaching in both services.
  • I had a short visit with Dana Segars yesterday. She is hanging in there and as always has a great attitude.
  • I may post this early because of not doing phone tree. Remember you are reading Sunday’s Blog.

[This comes from my good friend Bobby in L.A. Ditto Bob]

old path

I liked the old paths, when Moms were at home.

Dads were at work, and brother went to the army, or took up a trade. 

And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not  pay; Hard work did; And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook; Dads would work; Children would behave.

Husbands were loving; Wives were supportive; And children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry; And Men wore the pants.

Women looked like ladies; Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth, And hated a lie.

They came to church to get IN, Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly; Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal; And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked; Drugs were for illness.

The flag was honored; America was beautiful; And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public; Prayed in school; And preached from house to house.

To be called an American was worth dying for;
To  be called an American was worth living
for; To be called a traitor was a shame!

I still like the old paths the best!


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