Focus

June 8, 2014


celebrate Jesus Son of God

SCRIPTURE

I don’t mean to say …that I have already reached perfection. But …. I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

~Philippians 3:12-14, NLT {Selected}

QUOTE

The goal of a virtuous life is to become like Christ.

~Gregory of Nyssa

my thoughts red

Most of our readers do not remember Korean Air Lines Flight 007 which departed New York on August 31 en route to Seoul, Korea via Anchorage, Alaska. On September 1, 1983, the airliner serving the flight was shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor near Moneron Island, west of Sakhalin Island, in the Sea of Japan. The interceptor’s pilot was Major Gennadi Osipovich. All 269 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including Lawrence McDonald, representative from Georgia in the United States House of Representatives. President Nixon had a seat on this flight but decided not to go. When they flew out of Anchorage, their heading was a few degrees off to the North and they flew for five and one half hours without noticing the mistake. The result was the plane was 346 miles North of its international airway and 17 miles into Soviet airspace. No one knows why the crew lost focus.

It is easy to lose focus. Sometimes we just get busy doing things that have nothing to do with our goal and we forget our purpose. The writer of Hebrews gives us some good advice, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith.”

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  • I assume that everyone has gotten rain: we get a flood every day. As Hugh always said, “It beats a draught” and do concur with Hugh but our corn is on the ground and our tomatoes are rotting. It is a minor problem. Joe David was telling me about a 38 year old mom who just died physically from cancer leaving a husband and two heart broken kids. My Aunt Angie has cancer in her lungs and lymph nodes. Our friend Kenny Holladay has stage 4 cancer and it in constant discomfort. Wanda Yarbrough has to go to dialyze three times a week which is not pleasant but she had a marvelous attitude. A fellow shouldn’t complain about his corn being on the ground, should he?
  • Full schedule today: Deacon’s at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00 {Great Lesson} and worship celebration at 10:15 with VBS commencement at 6:00 followed by picnic. VBS is a ministry of DBC, don’t stay at home because it has nothing to do with you. You are being selfish. You may not have kids in VBS now but you will someday…it may be grandkids. I guarantee you will miss a blessing if you lay out and use this “nothing in it for me” excuse. I am not going to tell you what you will miss but you have never seen this at a VBS commencement.
  • I don’t usually post the Sunday blog on Saturday night but it is storming here as I type: our TV is out and internet may go at anytime so here goes…just remember, this is the Sunday blog.

whine

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