Who Needs A Password

November 29, 2014


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SCRIPTURE

Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise, who shout on parade in the bright presence of God.

~Psalms 89:16, MSG

QUOTE

Praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.

~C.S. Lewis

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I think everything related to a computer has a password and I hate passwords because I cannot remember them. One older lady tried to make “incorrect” her password. Her logic was if she entered the wrong password her computer would say…”Your password is INCORRECT.” The problem is, the folks on the other end of the line demand that you create a unique password and sometimes they demand that it be a combination of small case, large case with at least two numerals. Are these people smoking crack or what!

Praise is a program that is easy to get into because the PASSWORD is simple. God is really into the simple because He wants all of us to come to a knowledge of the truth. The PASSWORD to praise is THANKSGIVING. If you’ve been unable to get into PRAISE, perhaps you are using the wrong password. Delete the ‘Me’ or the ‘Music Style’ and try ‘Thanksgiving’ in any case: see if it does not get you into praise.

EXTRA animated

  • June fusses at me for doing blogs on Holidays and I should listen to her because not many people read blogs on holidays but I can’t help myself and I know that Jimmy and David will read it. I think those who go through Facebook are having some problems getting to the Blog. I don’t know who changed what but it wasn’t me. The simplest thing to do is make the Blog a FAVORITE and then it is one click and you are there. My own daughter has not been reading the blog or even looking at the pictures. I ask her today if she saw Mandy’s Christmas sweater and she didn’t know what I was talking about. Another so called friend who knows all about computers used the Facebook glitch as an excuse.
  • Mrs. Martha Newby’s Celebration of Life Service is Sunday at 3:00 at SARDIS SPRING BAPTIST CHURCH. Visitation is prior, 12:30-2:45. I borrowed a picture from the SS Facebook Page [Below]. My Christmas has changed and below are three reasons why. God is good. Out of pure kindness He put these wonderful people in my life: Thank You Jesus!
Martha Allen Newby, James M. Newby and Naola Bailey

Martha Allen Newby, James M. Newby and Naola Bailey

  • We are trying to get ready [Today] for the BILLY GRAHAM MY HOPE video of HEAVEN. I’m going to need some help around 10:30 or 11:00. If I can get two good men for 15 minutes; “We’ll get’er done”. I will also need Brent Anders to help me rig up the sound but it will be later in the day. I don’t think I have his number: someone text me his number and I will call him.
  • SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Deacons and Wives Meeting at 8:50…LCBS at 9:00…Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.

Bonus From Bobby

Semper Fi!

Early one morning a retired Marine yelled to his wife: “Honey, come see what I created! It is an abstract panorama depicting the last six years of the Obama presidency.” She yelled back: “Flush the toilet and come eat your breakfast!”

Congrats Bobby: I would call this one “Bobby’s Best”. It is a grand slam, no pun intended.

EXTRA/LCBS LESSON PREVIEW FOR NOVEMBER 30

Ministry In The Face of Mental Illness

Introduction

All our Bible Study groups are to begin their class with an intercessory prayer time. Most of the prayer request will relate to sickness. On any given Sunday, our classes report 10-20 request related to cancer. I doubt if you can find a person in our church that does not have a friend or family member battling cancer. The one thing that does not come up is MENTAL ILLNESS. Why is this? They say that one in ten suffer from some form of depression. Let me give you a list of types mental illness and I doubt that the list is exhaustive.

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders [Bi-polar, huge mood shifts]
  • Psychotic Disorders [Schizophrenia]
  • Eating Disorders [anorexia, bulimia]
  • Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsion Disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorders [usually related to the sexually abused or possibly someone who had an abortion]

You see the list and the statistic that one out of ten suffer from one of the above. Do you think it is possible to be a member of a church which has 600 plus members and none with a mental health issue. What comes to your mind when you hear the words “Mental Illness?” {You think psychotic, someone who needs to be in an institution} Most of the people around us who suffer from mental illness are not psychotic: many are simple depressed. One of my favorite scriptures is Hebrews 10:24-25…And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Depression is a form of discouragement. As a child of God, your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to encourage someone this Sunday.

Don’t take the Marine approach…”Suck it up you loser. Stop whining–no one cares. It is a cruel world-get use to it.” I made this mistake for years. My logic was simple: “I am a child of God and I know to be in Church on Sunday morning. I don’t need a call, a card, a visit or for my wife and children to beg me. If you are a child of God, you should be like me. I will visit lost folks but I am not pandering to the whining immature Christians that need to be encouraged every week.” If you are hard wired like myself, you may not need a lot of encouragement to do what you know is right but everyone is not wired the same and herein lies the problem. Some people need more encouragement than others. It does not mean they are weak, bad, or inferior: it simply means they need encouragement.

SCRIPTURE TEXT [2 Corinthians 1:2-7, NLT]

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

As Charles said in the TG service, “All God’s blessing are meant to be shared.” God gives us comfort so that we can pass it along to others. Did you notice: the more we suffer for Christ, the more God showers us with His comfort. Let’s just list the insights before we get into the questions…

  1. God’s blessings are meant to be shared.
  2. The more we suffer for Christ, the more comfort we receive.
  3. God is a merciful father.
  4. He is the source, the giver of all comfort.
  5. Being merciful and giving comfort connects HIM to hurting people. [Psalms 34:18]

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  1. More young people [18-24] die from suicide than by traffic accidents. Does this shock you? Why do you suppose this is true?
  2. For youth the age of 10-24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. What is the problem? Why are young people taking their own life?
  3. Have you ever considered suicide? Be honest.
  4. Why is our culture looking at divorce, drugs, destructive habits and unhealthy relationships as a way out?
  5. How does God bring comfort the hurting? [The life of His Son, His Spirit and His word but he also using believers to share comfort with the hurting]
  6. Think of your circle of friends: do you have a friend the is hurting? [grief, disappointment, depression]
  7. What is the most effective way to comfort? [Use Job and friends at a case study]
  8. What was the most effective thing that Jobs friends did by way of giving comfort? [presence, listening]
  9. What was the most ineffective? [preaching, giving advice, passing judgment]
  10. To be effective at giving comfort: what one thing do we need? [call it compassion, love, sensitivity, concern, whatever but if you don’t have it, you’ll do more damage than good. If you really don’t care: stay at home]
  11. Jobs friends felt a moral obligation to give comfort: it was like a religious show: is this enough?
  12. Think small–little acts of kindness make a huge difference to the hurting. You can’t solve their problem. You can relieve their pain. You cannot rescue them from a bad situation but you can do small things that indicate your love and concern. What are some small things that we can do? {cards, calls, emails, gifts, take them out to eat, bake them cookies or a cake, small gestures of kindness]
  13. How big of a problems is our sense of helplessness. We reason that since we cannot do something miraculous, why do anything. Do you think that our being overwhelmed by their problem causes us to be inactive?

INSIGHTS

  1. Mental illness is not a myth; it is a real problem that we need to address.
  2. We cannot fix mental illness anymore than we can cure cancer but we can do something.
  3. The one thing our hurting friends and family members need to know is that “We love them and they have our support.”
  4. We all need to remember that mental illness can strike at any time and the older we get the higher the risk. Be merciful, someday you may need mercy.

STORY

Years ago, more than 20: June and I were in Memphis, Tennessee attending the COLS of Ramona Eaton’s mother. One of the associates from Belleview did the service at the grave side and he told this story which I will attempt to retell. An elderly lady had a very disturbed mind. She imagined that two men were stalking her relentlessly. She went to her children for help but they ignored her. She talked to her neighbors but they treated her like she was crazy. Finally, in desperation, she went to see her pastor. She explained everything in detail and he listened intently. He not only listened, he cared about the woman. While she was talking, God whispered in the ear of the preacher and gave him detailed instructions on what to do. When the woman concluded, she said, “You don’t believe me do you?” “Yes mam,” said the pastor, “I believe every word.” She was so excited, “You mean, you believe that two men are following me day and night?” “Yes I do and I know their names,” said the wise pastor. “You know their names,” said she. “Yes mam, there names are actually in the bible” and then he opened his bible and read Psalm 23. He said, “Come over here and let me show you…see there is verse 6 ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.'” He said, “You are so blessed. God has sent two people by the name of Goodness and Mercy and they are going to watch after you as long as you live.” The woman was overcome with joy.  From that moment on she had perfect peace and she clung to the promise in Psalms 23:6. She never had another anxious moment about being followed.

You might say, “Well, she was still crazy.” As Elmer Jackson says, “We all have a screw loose somewhere.” Where as the woman was not perfect balanced, her pastor did his job and he gave her comfort which is what we are supposed to be doing. Am I right or wrong?

 

jealous mrs. santapg

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