Jail House Rock

November 16, 2014

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About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.

~Acts 16:25-26, NRSV


Folks don’t want to be shaken. They would rather sit still. They want to come to church Sunday morning, listen to you for an hour, get up and walk out the door, go home and eat dinner, and forget about what you said.

~Lee Robertson

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Many professing Christians are shaky but they don’t want to be shaken. It seems to be the curse of Western Civilization and especially Americans: we want our comfort and in most cases, it is our highest priority. Jesus said the fox has a den and the birds have a nest but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. This is not a lot of consolation to a person seeking comfort. I am afraid that the older we get, the greater our temptation to seek ease and comfort. Our greatest desire is comfort but our greatest need is to be shaken spiritually. I doubt that Paul and Silas were comfortable but their experience caused them to forget their pain.

It reminds me of what Jesus said in John 16…It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.


  • Today we pray for Teachers.
  • Today is a milestone, we should go over 100,000 hits. [Need only 31 hits]
  • Best Christmas Movie of the Season [TV] is CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR
  • Celebration of Baptism this Sunday…Children’s Choir in AM service…Communion rescheduled and no Deacon’s meeting.
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Sunday [November 23]. Take them to the altar. Holly will be there from 9:00-9:15 to make pictures if you want pics of your children or grands with the boxes.
  • Billy Graham’s latest video “Heaven”…November 30, am service.
  • Senior Adult Christmas Breakfast…December 5th at 9:00 a.m. [At Cracker Barrel possibly, under heavy consideration]
  • Children’s Christmas Play December 14 at 5:30 pm followed by our annual CHRISTMAS SUPPER.





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