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DAY 21 of 24

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SCRIPTURE

For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

~Hebrews 12:29, MSG

QUOTE

For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

~Amy Carmichael

my thoughts red

A part of the maturing process is to narrow our focus and get rid of all the extra baggage and junk that is cluttering our life. We do not have the time to be consumed with trivial pursuits. Whereas we do not generally think of clutter as sin, I think the great majority of us have to confess, “We have too much clutter in our lives.” We are like a dirty garage that needs a good house cleaning. Just as Jesus cleansed the temple, so He wills to cleanse and purify our lives. Why not pray for God to send a REVIVAL that sweeps through out lives like a ragging fire burning up all the junk and clutter; all the stuff that has no eternal significance. God’s Holy Spirit is a fire! Would you join me in praying for the fire to fall on DBC.

my two cents worth.

I don’t get involved that much in political affairs: to be honest, I am put out with both Republican and Democratic  but most of our elections are not a choose between good and bad but between bad and worse. In the presidential elections, we have been forced to vote for the lesser evil. The democratic party platform has not changed. Parker Griffin changes with the wind, now he is running again as a democrat but says he is pro-life and pro-family…Hogwash. Anyone who aligns themselves with the democratic party is supporting the party platform. Democrats have to sign a pledge, an oath to support the party line. I cannot accept this “I am a Christian but I vote democrat because.” Most of the folks that I have heard make such a statement are voting their pocket book, not their conscience. As Christians we are to vote with conviction no matter what the personal coast. Killing unborn babies is wrong and without the democrats, it would not be happening. They are responsible for the unconstitutional right to kill a baby and they have supported it with vigor and keep it from being overturned. I make no apology as a man of God for denouncing such evil. I will not tell you who to vote for but I will tell you this: you will be held accountable for supporting any organization or political party that condones and promotes the killing of babies and the rights of sexual perverts to declare themselves a family. Furthermore, I have no anxiety that you can take a bible and prove me wrong.

Let me tell you a story, a parable or allegory. Once upon a time, there was a preacher who had been blessed greatly by our all powerful, merciful and loving God. As he grew old, he thought to himself, “I have worked hard for these many year,  I do not have the energy I once had, so this is what I will do, I will let up a bit and take it easy.” So he slacked his pace and let some very difficult chores go undone. The church he served began to decline. First there was a slight decrease and then it seemed to pick up momentum.  Attendance went down and so did everything else. The people complained but that’s all they did. The preacher looked in every direction as he tried to find a way to turn things around. One night he came up with an idea, “We have a money problem: what we need is more money.” So he launched a campaign to raise more money; he began to preach the same sermon every Sunday, we need more money. Our staff needs a raise, our parking lots needs paving, we have buildings that need painting, we need another van to pick up kids for AWANA. Our problem is MONEY! We need more money. If you folks would give us more money, we could fix all our problems. Then he heard a voice from heaven say, “Money is not your problem.”

Whereas more money can fix some things, it will not fix the preacher, nor the church. Money is not the problem for the church and it is not the problem in education! If you think that throwing more money at a problem with fix it, you are not very intelligent. If you try to convince others that more money will fix the problem, you are probably a con artist. Our problem in inward and spiritual. We need REVIVAL far more than we need money. We need to love our neighbor more than we need money. As a matter of fact, when you think this issue through, money is not our greatest need. We can use it as an excuse to cover our lack of effort, but it is not the focal problem.  In education, we need good leadership from Washington down. The problem with education is Alabama is that it has been run by the Teacher’s Union, not the teachers and certainly not the parents. I like the teachers: the teachers are not the problem. We have too many bureaucratic parasites who have found themselves a home within the system. They make 6 figures and never set foot into a classroom. Our money does not get to the class room. We have had poor management and no accountability. I am not telling you who to vote for but I will tell you this: I am opposed to any additional tax whether it be for education, preachers retirement, fire departments or new cars for State Troopers. Furthermore, I resent scare tactics in political adds or someone telling me who to vote for. You vote your conscience and I’ll vote mine.

P.S. Our blog readership is down due to REVIVAL THEME but it will probably spike today. It will be better for me if it doesn’t.

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  • Today we pray for the WORLD.
  • A lot happening this week: DHS Girls advance to State and will play twice on Wednesday. If they win out on Wednesday, they play in finals Thursday night.
  • AWANA children Hayride this Wednesday night with STEW and CHILI from 5:30-6:30. No charge. Your option is a dessert, drink, crackers or Frito chips for chili.
  • Friday at 7:00 am we feed DHS football team: 11:30 SENIOR ADULT FISH FRY and at 5:30 TRUNK-A-TREAT.
  • Saturday night: PRAYER WHEEL call around begins at 8:00, please do not break the chain. Luke kicks it off at 8:00 and it is to go all away around and back to Luke.
  • A.R.K.–Act of Redemptive Kindness. You do two: one to a very active member and one to an inactive or randomly active member. I want us to continue to pray and express our love for each other. I have heard several talking about their plans and looking for ideas. If you have a Senior Adult on your mind: they would love a visit and a hug.

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Day 20 of 24

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SCRIPTURE

“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.”

~Exodus 20:2-3, NLT

QUOTE

The inevitable outcome of self-sufficiency is idolatry.

~Ralph Davis

my thoughts red

The Rich Young Ruler came to Jesus and said,  “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “You know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’” The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Note what Jesus did: He did not mention the first four commandments which have to do with man’s relationship to God. Where as the young man thought he had kept all the commandments, he had failed to keep the first.  So Jesus said,  “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  He turned and walked away because he was not willing to put God first in his life. He loved his possessions more than God.

Whatever comes between you and God is your idol or god. It could be a person: a wife, husband, parent, child, or grandchild. It could be possessions or it could be an obsession. Sometimes pass times or pleasures become gods. Whatever you love more than God will become your god.

EXTRA: RELATED STORY [not a must read]

In the first church I served after seminary there was a man in his mid-thirties who had an addiction to cigarettes. He was in my face after every service. If I moved an inch, I would step on him. He was constantly whining about his addiction and wanted me to pray a prayer of deliverance which tried to do more than once but he had no intention of giving up the tobacco sticks. Finally he got on my last nerve and I erupted. I said, “I am tired of this game, you are not sincere and those cigarettes are your Lord and master; they tell you where you can go and how long you can stay. They control you. Jesus is not Lord of your like, those cigarettes are your LORD.” His face got red as a beet and he gave a rebuttal but I cannot remember one word that he said but his speech didn’t last long because he turned in a huff and was gone. You have to remember that I was a little rough around the edges in those days and it was probably not the right way to handle the problem. Aren’t you glad that I have mellowed over the years. The point is relevant: whatever controls you in your god and all of us can be guilty of Idolatry from time to time.

  • TODAY we pray for TEACHERS.
  • A lot happening this week: DHS Girls advance to State and will play twice on Wednesday. If they win out on Wednesday, they play in finals Thursday night.
  • AWANA children Hayride this Wednesday night with STEW and CHILI from 5:30-6:30. No charge. Your option is a dessert, drink, crackers or Frito chips for chili.
  • Friday at 7:00 am we feed DHS football team: 11:30 SENIOR ADULT FISH FRY and at 5:30 TRUNK-A-TREAT.
  • Saturday night: PRAYER WHEEL call around begins at 8:00, please do not break the chain. Luke kicks it off at 8:00 and it is to go all away around and back to Luke.
  • A.R.K.–Act of Redemptive Kindness. You do two: one to a very active member and one to an inactive or randomly active member. I want us to continue to pray and express our love for each other. I have heard several talking about their plans and looking for ideas. If you have a Senior Adult on your mind: they would love a visit and a hug.

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………………………………………………………………………….A Man Called Frank……………………………………………………………………

A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.  He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank.”
Passenger: “Frank Who?

Cabbie: “Frank Feldman… he’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.”
Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.”
Cabbie: “Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone, and danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard him play the piano! He was an amazing guy.”
Passenger: “Sounds like he was somebody really special.”
Cabbie: “Oh, there’s more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat it with. And he could fix anything—. Not like me -I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything right.”
Passenger: “Wow, some guy then.”
Cabbie: “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never argue back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! I never knew him to make a mistake! No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.”
Passenger: “An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?”
Cabbie: “Well… I never actually met Frank. He died, and I married his wife.”