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September 2, 2014


 

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SCRIPTURE

Whether respected or loathed, praised or criticized as frauds, yet true, as unknown to this world, and yet well known to God, we serve Him.

~2 Corinthians 6:8-9, The VOICE

QUOTE

The supreme test of service is this: For whom am I doing this? Much that we call service to Christ is not such at all….If we are doing this for Christ, we shall not care for human praise or recognition.

 ~A. T. Pierson

my two cents worth. 

Paul was beat down by the time he got to Corinth but he met an encouraging Christian couple there who became life long friends. He stayed with them until his team could join him. Between the friendship of this couple, the reunion with his traveling companions and a vision where the LORD speaks to Paul and encourages him, Paul’s spirit is renewed. Paul stayed in Corinth for 18 months as the LORD worked through him to establish a church. After Paul founded the church and moved on, other pastors and teachers worked with the Corinthian congregation. Over time, Paul became unappreciated. Apollos who followed Paul at Corinth was an eloquent speaker: he and some of the other apostles became more popular than Paul. The Corinthian church became very critical of Paul, especially his ability to preach. They said some real ugly things about his speech and his appearance. Paul was a proud man but in II Corinthians he lowers his guard, defends himself and lashes out at the Corinthians [2 Corinthians 11].

Paul was human; there is no question that the Corinthians hurt him deeply but though discouraged, he did not give way to despair.  He was afflicted but not crushed, they knocked him down but not out. After processing all this and more, Paul came up with this affirmation of faith: Whether respected or loathed, praised or criticized, we will serve Christ. Bottom line for Paul was motive: he was driven by the love of Christ. Paul was committed to serving Christ whether appreciated or not. Over time, he learned to play to an audience of ONE. After all, if we do not please Christ, nothing else matters.

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  • Great holiday: Thank You Jesus. I got to use my new smoke house and also got to read a lot. Family came over for supper and then we had a bean bag tournament. JD and Lara went undefeated.
  • Busy day today; Lord willing I will be all over North Alabama. Remember Mandy is in Gulf Shores and Shohn and Clara are at Childrens in B’ham so don’t expect anyone to answer phones. I have to be there first thing to take care of some business and then I will be on the road all day. Clara started running fever so she did not get to come home as planned. I think they have more test to run on Steve.
  • I have not forgotten about the IMB debacle but I haven’t had time to get any answers if there are any to get. They certainly did not answer them 3 years ago and they will not respond to my emails. I suppose they want to hear from the affirmatives only. I may be the only one in the entire SBC concerned about this but being alone in a cause or an opinion has never stopped me before. I am just a voice in a wilderness but I will not be silent unless someone can explain what is going on. When I get the Royal-Run-A-Round, I know someone is hiding something. I repeat, “Why was the IMB promoting and giving as a gift, Platt’s book RADICAL? They could not or would not give me an answer. Someone is the board made a decision to promote hyper-Calvinism and now that have elected the spokesman for the Reform Movement. Mark my word, it will be destructive to the convention and it will destroy Missions as we know it. Their Mission will not be the gospel, it will be propagating reform theology. This is not the 20th century version of Calvinism: those people were uneducated and proud of their ignorance. They made fun of preachers who went to college and Seminary. This new brand is highly intellectual but not all has changed: you can spot them by their arrogance. They are convinced they have all the answers. Give them a couple of years and they will explain the trinity.
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