An Inside Job

September 30, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

So we have good reason to give thanks to God without pausing. For you have taken into yourselves the word of God we brought to you and received it as a message from God—not just something whipped up by someone like you or us—and that word is at work in you who believe.

~1Thessalonians 2:13, The VOICE

QUOTE

God is energizing you so that you will desire and do what always pleases Him.

~Paul Of Tarsus

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The Apostle Paul teaches us that Christianity is an inside job. Religion works on the outside but Christ begins the work of salvation on the inside and from there, it works out. Dr. Warren Wiersbe says, God works inwardly by using four tools: [1] The Holy Spirit [2] The word of God [3] Suffering and [4] Prayer. I do know for a fact that people who suffer have a different perspective. I also know that salvation is grace from start to finish. You cannot come to Christ in confession of sin and not expect to be changed. The Rich Young Ruler came to Christ but he had no intention of being changed or transformed by God’s grace. He was willing to make a few changes himself but he would not yield control of his life.

EXTRA

  • THE GOLDEN GIRLS has been rescheduled for October 11, 9:00 am at Cracker Barrel in Hartselle.
  • Baby Shower for Zack & Kimie Cochran at Sandy’s this Saturday 2-4 pm. It is a boy!
  • There is a FRONT PEW SHOWER for Katie Matthews Sparkman this Sunday October 5th. Katie is having triplets {Girls}.
  • Don’t forget, your deadline for ordering Wednesday supper is Tuesday morning by 9:00 AM.
  • Remember, you give your mission offering in envelopes for the next two Sundays. LM is Lottie Moon, GRACE is Guatemala, and the Gideon International envelops are marked. Pick up your envelops in the foyer.
  • We have three books by Ronnie Rogers, REFLECTIONS OF A DISENCANTED CALVINIST. Read this book and then chapter 2 in Platt’s book Radical. You don’t need to read anymore than chapter 2. You will see very clearly what we have been talking about. The books are $10 and you have to see Mandy. They will not be in the foyer. Calvinist believe that salvation is monergistic–regeneration comes before faith. Salvation is God alone and man has no part in it. Calvinist are good at double talk but read chapter two and the story of the old preacher who took his students to the cemetery.
  • I have not talked to a soul that did not get inspired by the service Sunday. The video was good but the singing was better.

my two cents worth.

The key to being a good leader in church is to be a good follower. In the kingdom of God, you can’t lead until you learn to follow. The disciples ultimately became good leaders but before they lead, they learned the discipline of following. There are no shortcuts. You cannot skip the course on following and jump into leading: it will not work. You must learn to be faithful to all the services of worship and supportive of all church ministries. When you refuse to be supportive of others, chances are, others are not going to be supportive of you.  It is the Law of Leadership and I did not invent it.

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 PRAY FOR TEACHER’S DAY

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SCRIPTURE

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

~Psalms 107:8, NKJV

QUOTE

Gratitude to God fuels our witness to men.

~David McCasland

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It has been a busy week but a very rewarding one. I loved the communion service. The music was outstanding and moving. Our deacon’s looked sharp and our sound room did a great job. I want to thank Dian and Shelia for preparing the elements. The LORD is good. I was shocked last night to see so many in our evening worship. On the way to the service, I said to June, “I have to be more conscience of time tonight on account of Josey, Ty, Jace and the little ones.” She said, “They will be in play practice tonight.” I said, “great, I will not have to worry about time.” She said, “Yes you will, I will have Chloe in the nursery.” Sorry about that folks, I did lose track of time but I also noticed how people hung around after the service, which is a good sign. Wonderful day DBC, thank you for allowing me to be a part. It was a little taste of heaven and it was sweet.

my two cents worth.

derek jeterI am not much of a sports fan these days and I am certainly not a Yankee fan like Mavis and Jerry but I have been a Derek Jeter fan for years. Like him or hate him, Steinbrenner demanded class and that is what you have in Jeter. Yankee players don’t have facial hair, long hair or tattooed bodies. Certain standards have to be maintained to be a Yankee and I find no fault with Steinbrenner’s policies. I have never cared for A-Rod and Mantle was as big of a jerk and Pete Rose but I think Jeter epitomizes the Yankee organization. I have been a life long Indian fan but Cleveland has never had the management the Yankee’s have. Jim Thome is a good example: he should have been a lifelong Indian but they let him go. The Yankee’s would never make that mistake. Jeter went out in style. I missed his last home game but did get to see a tape of his last hit in Boston.

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Guidance

September 28, 2014

 

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SCRIPTURE

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

~Psalm 119:105, NLT

QUOTE

The Bible is God’s chart to guide you, to keep you from the bottom of the sea and to show you where the harbor is and how to reach it without running into rocks and sand bars.

~Henry Ward Beecher

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Have you ever been discombobulated, disoriented or distraught because you did not know where to turn, which direction to take, or what course to pursue? Can you imagine being an ancient mariner in the middle of an ocean without compass, sexton or charts? Neither can I imagine what life would be like without God’s word. God’s word is our moral compass which guides us through the storms of life and into the safe harbor. Thank God for His word.

I was talking to one of our younger Trustee’s last Wednesday night. I told him that many things come with age. I had no appreciation for flowers, sweets or music in my youth. Time changes things: I have a growing craving for desserts. I could live on cake, pie, ice cream, candy bars, brownies with ice cream, pecan pie with ice cream, apple pie with ice cream and my passion for sweets is showing more every day. I also love the word of God. I love to read the word of God. I have not found a translation I don’t like. I wish I had loved His word when I was young but some things take time and grace; especially grace. I repeat, thank God for His word!

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  • Deacons meeting at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00 and worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • I want to thank Gary and Rhonda [NASCAR] White  for planning the MISSION TO THE PARK. I want to express my delight in both college and high school youth for their help: they made my day. I hope you prayed for them yesterday. We have a great bunch of kids.
  • Today we pray for SENIORS
  • I have a friend in critical condition in Jackson, Mississippi and continue to pray for the ones here in Danville that are battling Cancer.

my two cents worth.

I finally made it to a football game Friday night and yes I do intend to make it to at least one volleyball game. If you were 65 and had a schedule like mine, you would understand. I thought our boys did great but I am upset that they called [our man] Jay’s TD back. I thought the officiating was horrible and I use to officiate. It was paramount to having five Jacks in stripped suits which is not good. I think the film should be sent to the State office. The bad calls were the difference in the game. But of course I am a sore loser and a terrible sport. When I play basketball with children, I don’t let them win. Everyone has to learn to lose. I know one thing, I don’t want to get in a race with Colton. It was a good game and I was proud of our boys. I was really thankful that Tyler did not reinjure his wrist. I thought the voice of the hawks did very well: he was very gracious in the bitter lost. It is a good thing, I did not have the mic. I bet there are a lot of folks who are thankful that I didn’t have the mic.

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The Power of Words

September 27, 2014

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May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

~Psalm 19:14, NLT

QUOTE

Every man dies but not every man lives.

~William Wallace

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A friend was telling me a story yesterday morning about his high school days back in the 60’s. They had a very good basketball team that went to the State Tournament year after year and I think he was a member of the team. What he shared with me was the pep-rally. The coach did not speak nor the principle. They always called upon a certain teacher who taught typing and accounting. She was their motivational speaker. She knew how to use words in a positive way to inspire others to do their very best. He said and I quote: “When she got through speaking, we would have run through a block wall had she said ‘go.'”

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Churchill was a great word smith when he came to motivating people with speeches and so was Ronald Reagan but one of my all time favorites is William Wallace leading his Scotsmen against a vastly superior British army….

“I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?” The Scotsmen shouted…“Two thousand against ten?– No! We will run – and live!”

[Wallace] “Yes! Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”

Words are like seeds; they will produce a harvest for good or evil. In light of this truth, Psalm 19:14 would be a good morning prayer.

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  • Today we pray for STUDENTS. We have a great bunch of kids and I believe God is going to send REVIVAL through them. Obviously, the HOLY SPIRIT will be the agent but I believe the revival will break out among the youth first.
  • Anthony, Johnny, Joe David and I feed the football team yesterday morning and yes we forgot to take pictures all day. Hopefully, we will not forget tomorrow. We have a lot of DBC kids on the team.
  • Great Senior Fellowship and I learned how to smoke ribs. The desserts were good and so was the tator salad. The ice cream was the best I’ve ever tasted. 
  • MISSION TO THE PARK this morning early. We leave at 7:30. We have 22 going on the trip: WOW!
  • Communion in the morning at 10:15….Deacon’s meeting at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00 and worship at 10:15 and 6:00.

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CONNECTED THROUGH WORDS

The old cliche “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” is not true. What if your wife or husband told you today that they did not love you and had never loved you? I don’t know a single soul that would not be wounded emotionally from such an experience. WORDS do hurt! Matter of fact, WORDS can be devastating.

For every word in Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf 7,500 people died. It is estimated that 17,000,000 people died as a result of his political philosophy detailed in his book MY STRUGGLES [Mein Kampf}. Hitler viewed Judaism, capitalism, and communism as the three major threats to Germany. The Final Solution meant purging all associated with these things and the result is the Holocaust.

The Key verse in today’s study is 30…And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Going back to verse 25 we see a list of things that grieve the HOLY SPIRIT…

  1. Falsehood, a lack of integrity. The failure to be truthful and honest with each other.
  2. Uncontrolled anger: three things you can do with anger: express, aggress, repress or confess.
  3. Moral and Spiritual Compromise…allowing something like anger, ill will to take root in your life thus giving Satan a foothold.
  4. Stealing…a feeling of entitlement…a failure to work, to bum off society, to be a free loader, to keep the TITHE which belongs to God, failure to pay your debts, cheating on your taxes, etc. There are many ways to steal.
  5. Unwholesome Communication. The Greek word sapros means rotten, putrefied, corrupted, no longer fit for use, worn out
    of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless. In my opinion, the NLT is the best translations here…Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. The CEV reads…Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say. The NRSV reads…Let no evil talk come out of your mouths. The VOICE says…Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. I have a slight disagreement the opinion of the writter of the quarterly. Unwholesome talk covers more than gossip or even slander. Paul is also talking about a foul or dirty mouth.
  6. Bitterness [verse 31]. Bitterness is spiritual poison that will destroy the soul. Rattlesnakes can carry venom to destroy their enemies: humans don’t have that capacity: the venom of bitterness will destroy the one who carries it.
  7. Unforgiveness. We are to show compassion to one another and forgive one another just as Christ for God’s sake forgave us.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  1. Can we “technically” tell the truth while at the same time deceive another person?
  2. An Alabama student was trying to work his way through school and he hired on as a vacuum cleaner salesman. He was trained to use high pressure and close the deal. After his first sale, he began feeling guilty and went back to the home and ask the family if they could afford the vacuum and if they really wanted it? In truth they were full of regret and remorse. He tore the contract up, went back and told his boss what he had done. He was fired on the spot. In the business and corporate world, how much pressure is applied individuals to succeed even if it means being dishonest? Have you been pressured in the past to be dishonest by your employer?
  3. What is the difference between a “White lie” and a “Black lie”?
  4. Do you trust dishonest people? Would you go into business with a person that you knew was dishonest?
  5. Can dishonesty create problems in marriages? [Yes or No] How does it affect other relationships?
  6. Is it a sin to get angry? How and when does anger become sin?
  7. Do you consider it stealing when a person does not repay a debt? What about a believer refusing to tithe? I bet no one has the courage to ask the tithing question.
  8. How much confidence would you have in a professed believer who had a foul and dirty mouth? What if he or she was a leader in the church?
  9. Do you think that gossip and slander are as bad at filthy talk? In your opinion, which does the most damage?
  10. Do you think the average person understand the harm that bitterness can cause when you refuse to let go of a offense?
  11. Do violators [those that hurt others] ever deserve to be forgiven?

BONUS EXTRA FROM BOBBY

EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 60

Bobby has come up with a great exercise for Senior adults….Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then try 50-lb potato bags and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level). After you feel confident at that level ………….Put a potato in each bag.

Two Birds With One Stone

September 26, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.

~Romans 14:28, MSG

QUOTE

The key to lasting happiness and real pleasure in this world is not found in seeking gratification, but in pleasing God.

~Francis Frangipane

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How do you kill to birds with one stone? It could be a liniar-fowl problem, getting your ducks in a row but Paul taught that the key to killing two birds with one stone is to be single-minded in serving Christ. Focus on Christ and seek to please HIM. You could make it your goal to please everyone but in the long run, you would please no one. On the other hand, you could commit to pleasing Christ;  you gain the pleasure of serving HIM plus it will edify believers around you. So you get the joy of pleasing the One above you and the pleasure of edifying the believers around you. Two birds with one stone.

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  • Today we prayer for family.
  • Jeff came home yesterday evening PTL but he is not well–it make take some time.
  • The group from Cherokee is not joining us today. I think their leader has had somethings to come up. SENIOR ADULTS–11:30 at the pavilion.
  • We have 21 going on the Mission to the Park Saturday morning. PTL, We have close to 100 muffins and I think I’ll cary 40 biscuits and sausage.
  • Shohn text me, I got it wrong again. We had 124 in AWANA Wednesday night and a total of 203.
  • Communion Sunday morning in worship….Deacons, black pants and white shirt.

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I‘ve been hesitation on whether or not to show you the beheading photo but I finally got the courage…

Obama says, “I’ll beheading to the golf course.”

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Heaven

September 25, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.

~2 Corinthians 5:5, MSG

QUOTE

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

~ Thomas Moore

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Now we know God’s presence in a mystical way but in heaven we shall realize it completely. Now we see through the lens of faith but in heaven faith will not be needed. We will see clearly. Heaven is too big for me to wrap my tiny brain around and it is most certainly greater than any man can describe. I know that God by grace has put a little heaven in my heart and I will never be satisfied with this world. I don’t like the antichrist spirit in this world; it grieves me.  I am weary of Jesus haters. I am tired of seeing the rights of the unborn neglected. I am tired of wrestling with my evil fleshly nature. I am tired of cancer and of seeing it destroy the bodies of folks I love. I am tired of seeing the devil destroy home after home and I am tired of looking into the eyes of broken-hearted children who don’t understand why mother and father are not together anymore. To put it in a nutshell; I am tired of sin and the destruction it brings. I am weary of people who pretend to worship God when in fact they are thinking about themselves and what they want: not HIM or what brings HIM glory. I do look forward to living in a land where there is no sin and where everyone loves Jesus and whatever brings glory to HIM.

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  • Today we pray for the sick: Jeff Garner, Larry Garner, Kenny Holladay, Jackie Steele, Kathy Taylor, Wanda Farris, Barney Sessums, Holly Roberts, Floyd Bailey, Angie Blackburn and Peggy Lindsey [recovering from surgery].
  • Wow! We had over 90 for supper [three weeks in a row} and 202 total for the Mid-week services, 123 in AWANA.
  • SENIOR ADULT TAILGATE PARTY this Friday 11:30 at the Pavilion.
  • MISSION AT THE PARK….Saturday morning at 7:30 AM
  • We need deodorant, soap, shampoo for middle school girls.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for 24/24 this Sunday.
  • REVIVAL November 2-5 with Wade Morris.
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Our Helper

September 24, 2014

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Scripture

“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”

~Hebrews 13:6, NLT

Quote

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.

~Jeremy Taylor

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A couple was making plans to build a house but the man was hit with a brain tumor. He was a gracious Christian who never complained. To the day of his departure, he had an unbelievable spirit. His widow decided to go through with the plans but she knew nothing about building a house so she called a fine Christian man who is a retired builder: He is helping her build the house, something she could never do on her own. Even from the secular point of view, there are times when we need help and it is a blessing to have good friends that are there to help us. Jesus gives us 24/7 road assistance. He told His disciples, “I will not abandon you like orphansI will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. This magnificent helper is the HOLY SPIRIT, the mysterious One who moves like the wind. We cannot see HIM but we can see the evidence of HIS presence. I saw Him moving last night. Thank You father for our helper.

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  • In preparation for our REVIVAL we are going to do 24 days of prayer–praying all 24 hours of the day. This begins October 9th and goes through November 1st. You can sign up in the foyer. We need at least 24 intercessors: 48 would be even better. 
  • SEE YOU AT THE POLE in the morning at Elementary…7:20 am.
  • SENIOR ADULT Tailgate Party Friday, 11:30. Seniors, your option is Potato Salad or a dessert. We are grilling BBQ Ribs and Chicken.
  • Mission to the Park….Saturday…Leave DBC at 7:30 am.
  • Today we pray for the WORLD…according to Paul in Romans 11, the Jews are coming back to God which means coming to Christ. We are talking one great REVIVAL. Let’s pray for Jews to turn to Jesus. We need them folks. If we could get them fired up, they could help us get the gospel to the world in a hurry. Read Romans 11 in the Message: it will bless you.
  • Congratulations to John and Cindy on the birth of their grandchild…Erin had a little girl last night. I intended to be there but I had a little accident and didn’t get to go any where.

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SWISHING

A woman goes to the Doctor, worried about her husband’s temper. The Doctor asks: “What’s the problem? The woman says: “Doctor, I don’t know what to do. Every day my husband seems to lose his temper for no reason. It scares me.” The Doctor says: “I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass  of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Just swish and swish but don’t swallow it until he either leaves the room or calms down.” Two weeks later the woman comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn. The woman says: “Doctor that was a brilliant idea! Every time my husband started losing it, I swished with water. I swished and swished, and he calmed right down! How does a glass of water do that?” The Doctor says: “It is not the water. It’s the fact that you have to keep your mouth shut while swishing the water…that’s what does the trick…”

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Quote: I love this country, it is the government that frightens me.

Truth

September 23, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

~John 8:32

QUOTE

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

~Blaise Pascal

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Our God is an awesome God and He is enshrouded in mystery. Many of the truths about His character are paradoxical. He is a God of wrath and a God of love. The rational mind declares, “He cannot be both,” but He is: He loves good and hates evil. If He did not love good, He would not hate evil and vice-versa. He is the God of salvation and the God of judgment. Again the rational mind deduces that He can be one or the other but not both: He is both. The flood was His judgment and by it He saved Noah and his family and thus saved the human race from self-destruction. At Calvary, we have the same thing: the cross is a place of judgment. Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us all and God pronounced judgement upon sin with Jesus being the scape goat.  Jesus literally died for our sins. On the other hand, the cross is salvation to all who believe. I’m a little uneasy around folks who try to out think God. If we could put God into a little skull of human brains, He would not be a God big enough to worship. So you made 35 on the ACT and you have a PhD, big deal, you still don’t have enough sense for God’s sense to make sense. Jesus said, “The truth will make you free not arrogant.”

PRAY FOR TEACHERS

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  • Mission to the Park, Saturday a.m. 7:30.
  • Talk to Kellie at Middle School yesterday: we need Shampoo, soap and deodorant for middle school girls. She doesn’t need anything else at this time.
  • Jeff is still in CRMC. They made some changes yesterday, going to try some new med…pray for Jeff.
  • Friday morning at 7:00…Food for Football [Breakfast for DHS Hawks}
  • SENIOR ADULT TAILGATE PARTY Friday at 11:30. We may have some guest: don’t know for sure at this time. We will have a new team represented, Peggy has a University of South Florida jersey.
  • With such a great summer, I have vowed not to complain but I sure would enjoy a 3 inch rain.

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Two patients limp into two different doctors’ offices with the same complaint: Both have trouble walking and may require hip surgery. Patient one is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

Patient two sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then, pending the review board’s decision on his/her age and remaining value to society.

Why the different treatment for the two patients? The FIRST is a Golden Retriever taken to a vet. The SECOND is a Senior Citizen on Obama care. In November, if there is no change in government, we’ll all have to find a good vet. Unfortunately, this is not a joke.

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Humility

September 22, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs, “God opposes the proud but offers grace to the humble.”

~I Peter 5:5, The VOICE

QUOTE

Pride is a two-headed coin: the top side is arrogance and the bottom is self-pity. No one wants to hear you whine about your failure nor gloat over your success.

~Yaakov

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Many people are good at acting humble but true humility is not an act. Humility is the freedom to be the person God created you to be. God made you unique like everyone else. Seriously, there is no one like you. You must learn to celebrate your uniqueness. No prideful pretense; no phony bologna; just be yourself. To borrow a thought from Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu: If you are truly humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise not success because you know who you are in Christ.

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  • Today we pray for MINISTERS and MISSIONARIES
  • Jeff Garner is better PTL. Still doesn’t know when he will get to come home but we are relieved that he is improving. Continue if you would to pray for my friends Larry and Kenny.
  • Great sermon yesterday morning: another grand slam. God is good. Good Deacon’s meeting, good bible study lesson, and two good services. Thank YOU Jesus!
  • We are planning a Communion Service this Sunday morning 10:15.
  • We are going to ordain Jeff Bass on Sunday night October 19.
  • We go to the Park in Birmingham this Saturday [hand out OJ, muffins, and bibles].
  • In the pic below is Charlie and Maggie Cunningham. Charlie is an ARMY RANGER and he, Maggie and Jason Charles are headed for the land of Pizza: they are leaving for sunny Italy tomorrow. Charlie is one of many who has laid down [devoted a part of his life] their lives to protect America. He got a standing ovation from DBC. That $50 shirt makes me look fat. I’m going to have Big Mama take it back. Picture courtesy of Sammy Jo from Coco Mo.
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Charlie and Maggie Cunningham

 

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SCRIPTURE

The promise given to Abraham and his children, that one day they would inherit the world, did not come because he followed the rules of the law. It came as a result of his right standing before God, a standing he obtained through faith.

~Romans 4:13, NASB

QUOTE

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill all His promises.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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God promised Abrahams and his descendants the kosmos which at the least is the entire world. I had always assumed that God promised Abraham the land of Canaan but He promised him much more. This must have been what Jesus had in mind when He said, “Blessed are the gentle {meek}, for they shall inherit the earth.” When God makes a promise, He keeps it. I know God will fulfill this promise and I believe that He is speaking of Abrahams descendants as the family of faith. I believe as did Paul that someday Christians will rule the world {I Corinthians 6:2}. Wow, what a huge promise! I can’t give you details but I have no doubt that God will keep the promise. I do have a hunch: I believe there will be a great awakening among the Jews who are already dispersed around the world. The church has made very little impact on the Jewish community but I believe that will change and it will make a huge difference. One way or another, God will keep His promise.

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  • Today we pray for SENIOR ADULTS.
  • Jeff Garner is still in CRMC: making progress.
  • Deacon’s meeting at 8:00 am, LCBS at 9:00 and Worship at 10:15 and 6:00 pm.
  • Willie Robertson recommends you see the new movie “The Song.” It is based on the Songs of Solomon. Comes out September 26.

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