The Real Worship War

November 7, 2014

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Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

~Matthew 4:8-9, NLT


We have within us a self that has its poison from Satan–from hell–and yet we cherish and nourish it.  What are the works of this devilish spirit? They are chiefly these three: self-will, self-trust, and self-exaltation.

~Andrew Murray

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The devil sought the worship of Jesus: unbelievable. Hey, he will tempt you to worship him as well and he will do it in such subtle ways that you may oblige without even knowing that you have done so. The chief hindrance to worship is our self-consciousness. To worship, we have to lose consciousness of everyone except Christ. I attended a function a few weeks ago when a certain preacher was called on to pray but strangely his prayer was addressed to the audience. He was talking to us, not God. Some people believe that the devil was at one time the worship leader in heaven but he became jealous of Jesus and desired to be worshipped instead of leading worship. It is a pitfall to all who lead. It is an intense struggle to keep the flesh from distracting in worship.

When John fell to worship the angel who appeared to him on Patmos, the angel said, No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!” Good angels don’t covet our worship.

EXTRA animated

  • Sunday is cow girl boot Sunday for ladies and $20 Day for the men. I want all men who can afford it to bring a $20 and I’ll tell you what to do when we get together. The $20 deal is for men only.
  • Today we pray for FAMILY.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS Saturday at Cracker Barrel…9:00 a.m.
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • November 16…Special recognition of DHS Volleyball Team followed by lunch for Team members and parents.
  • November 16 during the PM service, we are going to dedicate the Ramp in the FORTE.
  • Luke 14 Feast November 23, 5:30 PM
  • Two more Chick-Fil-A Wednesday night suppers before Thanksgiving…Nov.12 and 19.
  • You can sign up to get your family photo for new church directory this Sunday.


A Kind Word Can Change A Life

[Bobby Storks]

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet meal. While waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor whispered to his wife, “I hope he doesn’t come over here.” But the man did come over to their table. “Where are you folks from?” he asked in a friendly voice. “Oklahoma,” they answered. “Great to have you here in Tennessee,” the stranger said… “What do you do for a living?” “I teach at a seminary,” he replied. “Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a really great story for you. ” And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

The professor groaned to himself, “Just what we need….Another preacher story!” The man said, “See that mountain over there?” pointing out the restaurant window. “Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, he spent a lot of time alone because he didn’t want to hear the question, ‘Hey boy, who’s your daddy? He got in more than one fight because he resented the question deeply. When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. The boy avoided the preacher in case he asked the question, ‘Who’s your daddy? But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that the boy could not get out the back door quickly enough, and the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, ‘Son, who’s Your ______’ but then he took a second look and said, “I know who your Father is, you are a child of God.” With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, “Boy, you’ve got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.” The boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, ‘Who’s your Daddy?’ he’d just tell them,  “‘I’m a Child of God.”

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, “Isn’t that a great story?” The professor responded that it really was a great story! As the man turned to leave, he said, “You know, if that new preacher hadn’t told me that I was one of God’s children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!” And then he walked away. The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, “Do you know who that man was that just left that was sitting at our table?”

The waitress replied “Of course, everybody here knows him. That’s Ben Hooper. He’s governor of Tennessee!”

Ben W. Hooper was born out of wedlock to Sarah Wade in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. His father, Lemuel Washington Hooper, was a physician who was engaged to another woman at the time. Ben and his mother moved to Mossy Creek, now known as Jefferson City, then New Market, and finally the slums of Knoxville. There, his mother, unable to care for him, placed him in the St. John’s Orphanage, operated by the Episcopal Church. When he was nine, young Ben was legally adopted by his father, who named him Hooper and reared him in Newport as a Baptist.

Governor Ben Hooper

Governor Ben Hooper

Due to the social stigma surrounding his birth, Hooper struggled as a child in Newport, though he later wrote this made him more determined to succeed. The story of the preacher was told by Dr. Fred Craddock. Obviously the kind words from the minister made a huge impression on young Ben who graduated in 1890 from Baptist-affiliated Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. He then studied law under Judge Horace Nelson Cate, and was admitted to the bar in 1894. Hooper served two terms in the  Tennessee House of Representatives and one term as Governor [1911-1915]. He is also a veteran of the Spanish American War.


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