Make Haste!

December 21, 2015



And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

~Luke 2:16, NKJV


If we understand what lay ahead for those who do not know Christ, there would be a  greater sense of urgency in our witness.

~David Jeremiah


Joe David’s sermon yesterday morning made me think of the King James version of Luke two which I could recite [v.1-18] when I was a boy. The KJV says the shepherds made ‘haste.’  The Greek word is ‘speudō’ which I would incorrectly pronounce ‘speedo’. Most all translations other than KJV and ESV translate the word ‘hurry’ or ‘hurried.’ In other words, the shepherds wasted no time in locating the Christ child and then spreading the good news.

Oh that we had the same sense of urgency in sharing the gospel today. I’ve been focusing on CHRISTMAS WORDS in the blogs and the gospel {good news} is a Christmas word. No Christmas, no good news.  Thank YOU Father for Christmas.

merry christmas 2

  • By the way: the full outline of Joe David’s message is the shepherds [1] Went Straight to Jesus because He was important to them. [2] They hurried because they felt a sense of urgency. [3] They didn’t keep the good news {gospel} to themselves. [4] They glorified God. Thought there might be a preacher out there who needs an outline.
  • PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ‘ALL’ BLESSING FLOW: Wow, what a day. I got to teach Jason’s class which I always enjoy– Joe David preached another great sermon– We got to celebrate Jace Glenn’s baptism–The visitation at the Nursing homes. David, Rebecca and Eva did a good job leading the carolers but we couldn’t keep Joe and June in tow. We lost Mandy right off the bat. We have got to get the Garnett Sisters to sing at church. Listen, these two have been holding out on us: they have strong voices, very strong. They do not need a PA system. They had a ball: we all had a ball. The van children got tired before we got home, two of the girls went to sleep. I was telling Lori last night that next year, I should probably take them to McDonalds on a separate day but she said, “Granddaddy, they loved it. Jeremy was bouncing in and out of rooms giving away candy canes saying again and again, ‘This is fun.'” I was tired when I got home but I agree with Jeremy, it was a lot of fun. We had a good turn out: I would guess 40 plus.
  • Another MOUNTAIN crumbles and falls in to the sea: Just 10 days ago, we lacked over $8,000 reaching our GRACE MINISTRY GOAL and yesterday, our final day, we went over the goal by a couple of thousand. Hallelujah!
  • Folks, here me when I say, the devil is coming against families. I can hardy think of a family that doesn’t have a crisis of some sort. In the old days, we would be talking about a couple of families but I am talking dozens; more than half, practically all. We had two unspoken prayers [where details were not given] answered this past week, PTL but we have more. The only thing I can say is–Multiple Families In Crisis.
  • In HONOR OF JASON BOWLING…This comes from Bobby. Hey, I don’t carry but I probably should. Big Mama does and before you give me a lot of trouble, you might ought to  think about what I just said. I do believe in second amendment rights. It is a very big part of freedom. When the British tried to take our guns 240 years ago, it caused a revolution.


A — Guns have only two enemies:  rust and politicians.

B — It’s better to be judged by 12, than carried by 6. 

C — Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you. 

D — Never let someone, or something that threatens you, get inside an arm’s length. 

E — Never say “I’ve got a gun.”  If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.


F — The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357  magnum is 1400 feet per second.  

G — The most important rule in a gunfight is:  Always win.  A gunfight is a deadly struggle. There is no such thing as a fair fight, so cheat if necessary. [Jason could have written this one]

H–Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.

I — Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets.  You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, ‘cause it will be empty. 

— If you’re in a gun fight:  If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.  If you’re not loading, you should be moving.  If you’re not moving, you’re dead. 

K— In a life and death situation, do something.  It may be wrong, but do something! 

— If you carry a gun, people may call you paranoid.  Nonsense!  If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about? 

M — You can say ‘stop’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language. 

N — Never leave an enemy behind.  If you have to shoot, shoot to kill.  If you end up in court, yours will be the only testimony. 

O — You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family. 

PWhat do you do when a gun owner has a bead on your head? Back up and beg, slowly and humbly.


a Thomas Jefferson

“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading”. 
~ Thomas Jefferson
“To disarm the people…is the most effectual way to enslave them.”
~George Mason
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
~Benjamin Franklin

Gary, Keri and Kane




One Response to “Make Haste!”

  1. Thomas Jefferson: “And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms… The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”, letter to William S. Smith, 1787, in S. Padover (Ed.), Jefferson, On Democracy (1939), p. 20.

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