If Only I Had Wings

June 26, 2016

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Scripture

I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace.

~Psalm 55:6, CEV

Quote

Some people live in a dream world while other face reality and a rare few learn to turn one into the other.

~Doug Everett

Escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant circumstances or realities. We may achieve this relief through entertainment, recreation, hard work, drugs or fantasy. Usually, when a person get addicted to drugs, it is an effort to escape an unpleasant reality. In David’s case, his life was threatened by a friend who betrayed him and David came so close to death that he was terrified. In that moment of fear and anxiety, David prayed, “I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly away and be at peace.”

Hey, there is nothing wrong with David’s desire for peace and security. Only a fool would pray to be on someone’s hit list. A powerful person had a contract on David’s life and he was feeling very insecure. He longed to be like a bird because they have a distinct advantage over their predators and over we humans; they have wings. In seconds a dove can escape danger by taking flight. They can fly above the fray and they leave no tracts for those who would hunt them. Have you ever saw a dove in a storm? Birds don’t do storms; instinctively they fly away from or above the storms. They are the ultimate escape artist.

So, David is wishing he could be like a bird and escape his problems by getting away from the storm and the turmoil. BUT we are not birds and God is not pleased when we run from our problems. Little children use fantasy as an escape valve and that is a God given survival instinct but a part of growing up is learning to face reality whether it is pleasant or not. By the way, there is one bird that doesn’t fly away to escape reality, it buries its head in the sand. Its the Ostrich and it is a stupid bird. [Job 39:13-18]

So, don’t make excuses and don’t be childish, immature or stupid–face your problems. It is not like you are alone, Jesus will help you. He is our courage and our peace.

BLOCK PARTY AUGUST 13

With Kenny Evans

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Kenny Evans

 

Courage

June 3, 2016

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Scripture 

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.”

~Joshua 1:6, NLT

Quote

Ships are safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are for.

~William Shedd

Hope’s pastor at the FOUNDRY is Bro. Bill and he always has an inspiring message. We got in so late last night that I decided to share his outline. His message was based on the life of Joshua.

  • Confront the Enemy.
  • Overcome the Obstacles.
  • Understand the Risks.
  • Rely on God for every need.
  • Always be ready to serve.
  • Go the Distance.
  • Expect the Best.

Hope looks great. Thank you for your prayers and for the cards. Pray for God to give her wisdom.

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  • Front Pew Shower Sunday for Summer School: snacks and juice boxes.
  • VBS meeting Sunday morning at 9:00 am in Sanctuary.
  • Vote on PASTOR SEARCH TEAM Sunday.
  • Business Meeting Sunday June 12th after am service.
  • Attend Hartselle Camp Meeting Sunday night June 12th and hear Junior Hill, the most popular preacher in the SBC.
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Dr. Junior Hill, Chairman of Bd. of Directors for EASTERN GATE MINISTRIES

 

Courage

August 25, 2014

 

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SCRIPTURE

The believers from there, when they heard of us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.

~Acts 28:15, NRSV

QUOTE

Every follower of Christ can be and should be a consistent giver and receiver of courage.

~David McCashland

my two cents worth.

If your doctor were to tell you today that you have only six months to live, what would you need most and how would you be able to get it? Money, the one thing  people trust most is out: money will not help. I think courage is what you would covet most. Obviously we can take courage from God and His word. The high and lofty One who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts [Isaiah 57:15]. We can also take courage from others. When Paul was greeted by believers from Rome, just seeing them gave him courage. Wow, such a small thing encouraged the great apostle.

Today is Monday. It is our day to pray for ministers and missionaries but the person you need to encourage today may not be a minister. Is there someone in your circle of friends that could take courage from you today. A card, a text, a call, a visit, etc. Remember, it is the small things done in kindness that become huge over time.

Many years ago, a man was attacking me verbally in the foyer of the church and I was just standing there letting him rant. One of the younger deacons saw what was going on and intervened. The man did not appreciate the interruption. The young deacon asked him, “Just what is it about Bro. Jack that you have a problem with?” He said without hesitation, “I don’t like the way he acts. He does not act like a preacher.” The young deacon said, “That is what I like about him, he doesn’t act at all.” The man left immediately without another word, got into his car and peeled rubber. The deacon and I erupted in laughter. Whereas my deacons words were a little over the top, they were awfully encouraging. I bet he has forgotten the whole thing but I haven’t.

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  • Another Praise the LORD for His goodness Sunday night. It is a blessing to be a preacher and have someone to preach to. I love Sunday night church, we had a wonderful crowd last night. I didn’t say large, I said wonderful. Had you not rather be wonderful than large. You are wonderful!
  • We have a SAMARIA project this Saturday. We leaved DBC at 7:45. We will be spending most of the day in Birmingham. Our front pew Shower for Bro. Bryan’s Mission is still on. You can bring things any time this week. We need all kinds of paper products, hygiene products, men’s socks, and coffee. We are a team. You can either give or go and everyone is to pray.
  • Wednesday night is our Fall Fun Night. We will be outside, eating at the pavilion. There will be games for the children. It is also AWANA registration.

Courage And Peace

July 31, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Pray that our Lord will make us strong and give us peace.

Psalm 29:11, CEV

QUOTE

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

~C.S. Lewis

my two cents worth.

In many situations, I am lost for words. What kind of prayer do you pray when the doctor gives the family no hope? How do you pray with a terminally ill patient? I try, and it is feeble at best, to put myself in their shoes. What would I want them to pray for me if the situation was reversed. I decided many years ago that COURAGE and PEACE are the two things I covet most. Psalm 29 is very close, Pray that our Lord will make us strong and give us peace. If you have these two things; you can weather any storm.

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  • I have started reading a new translation called THE VOICE. It is similar to the Amplified Version which means twice as many words but I like it.
  • I have two messages to deliver Sunday but it is hard to get my mind off of the BLOCK PARTY. Our Mass Visitation is next Wednesday night and we need a ton of folks to pull this off. Everyday, I come up with new routes. We are going to need 40 teams. This is a God sized task. I never sent out 20 teams must less 40.
  • Remember, Shohn is at camp which means I have no one to answer phones today and I have a lot of going to do. If you need me today, you better call my cell because I will be in and out and out more than in.
  • Guatemala Team left at 3:30 a.m.
  • GOOD NEWS: Neil Armstrong Gillies got our ice machine going. This man is a miracle worker. Thank You Neil!

 

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BOB’S PICS

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Preachers Rock, Norway

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Courage

May 17, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

~Joshua 1:9, NIV

QUOTE

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

~C. S. Lewis

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Courage is not something we associate with every day life. It is a word we reserve for heroism in battle or in risking one’s life to save another. If you give it thought, courage is more common than you think. The dictionary defines courage as the ability to face something that frightens you, something dangerous, difficult or painful. It is also the  strength in the face of pain or grief. Let’s be honest, some of us are going to need courage to face tomorrow.

Remember, it is not God’s will for us to live in fear; neither does He will that we give way to discouragement or despair. The first verse I memorized was Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You [God].”

Some things to remember:

  1. God is never the author of our fear of man.
  2. God never does anything to discourage us.
  3. The devil is a terrorist and his objective is to frighten. He is a play ground bully.
  4. Anytime anyone tries to intimidate you: it is of the devil. He is the author of intimidation. God does not intimidate. He  can accomplish His purposes without intimidation.

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  • It has been a week and it is not over…We got word yesterday morning that Esmer Lee {Banks} Anders had departed this world sometime in the night. Visitation will be Sunday 11:00-1:00 with the COLS at 1:00 which means I will be leaving DBC and going straight to Pecks.
  • COLS for Mrs. Eloise Maddox is this morning at 11:00.
  • Got by to see Kenny Holladay yesterday: feeling tolerable, not good but able to sit up and conversate. Chemo did zap his strength.
  • We made three trips to UCLA in two days: Seth Graduated yesterday morning and Jeremy Dwayne last night. There were 1600 in Jeremy’s class. It took and hour and a half just to call out their names. Started at 6:00 and went to 8:30. Chloe and graduations don’t mix. If you don’t know, UCLA is University of Calhoun Located by Airstrip. I graduated UCLA in 1969, that was 45 years ago. It does not seem possible.
  • Full, full slate Sunday: Deacon’s meeting at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00, Worship Celebration 10:15, COLS at 1:00, WEE Care Graduation at 2:00, Praise and worship at 6:00, AWANA graduation during my Sunday night time and then Pizza in the FORTE.

Curious But Not Courageous

September 29, 2013

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.

Matthew 26:34

QUOTE

No matter how dear you are to God, if pride is harbored in your spirit, He will whip it out of you. They that go up in their own estimation must come down again by His discipline.

~Charles Spurgeon

COMMENTARY

Peter made a lot of mistakes in the course of one night. First, he argued with Jesus. Jesus said, “Peter, you will deny me.” Peter quickly retorted, “No, I will not. I will even die with you but I will not deny you.” It is as if Peter is saying, “You’ve been right on a lot of things LORD but you have this one wrong. I know myself better than You and I will not deny you.” Well Peter did exactly what Jesus said he would do which proves that Jesus knows more about us than we know about ourselves. Peter was determined to be a hero but he struck out and felt like a zero. It was a night of humiliation and shame. Peter put too much confidence in the flesh: he boasted too much and he listened too little. He slept when he should have been praying and he reacted too quickly and in the power of the flesh. Peter was totally out of sync with the Spirit and his self-confidence betrayed him. He lost his courage and he acted like a coward which was something he thought could not happen. Paul’s words in Philippians 3:3 are applicable here, For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

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At one time, I was an avid sports fan but I am down to a couple of things: Alabama football and the Cleveland Indians baseball. The Indians have won 9 in a row and made to the playoffs for the first time in a long time. I did watch the second half of the Ole Miss/Alabama game and I like defense and both played well. It was a good day for us because June’s bulldogs beat LSU. I am boycotting the NFL because of the way they have treated Tebow. We still have a lot of losers in the NFL and you can’t convince me that Tebow could not play for one of them. He added more excitement to the NFL than any player in recent history but they did not like his commitment to Christ. He would be playing somewhere if he was willing to compromise his faith. The Chicago Bears have not had a decent QB in years. I’d bet the farm that the NFL has conspired against him: nothing else make sense. You laugh it off if you like but Jesus said, “A disciple is no better than his teacher.” They conspired against Christ and they will do it to His followers. Why boycott when you know that no one cares what you do? It is just a matter of principle.

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

Tinsel and Talk

September 28, 2013

 

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

The men from Ephraim had their weapons, but they ran from the battle.

~Psalms 78:9, ERV

QUOTE

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.

~Winston Churchill

COMMENTARY

The tribe of Ephraim was one of Israel’s largest tribes, they had more land, more people and more resources; they also had more pride. They were well-trained and wore impressive uniforms but they were not known for their valor. Gideon didn’t use them until he was ready to mop up the spoils; Deborah and Barak didn’t use them at all. The men of Ephraim loved Memorial Day Parades and target practice but when it came to battle, they cut and run. They could not handle conflict. They looked rough and rugged on the outside but they had weak hearts and could not stand under pressure. When push came to shove, the Ephraimites highest priority was self-preservation.

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Great turnout for Senior Adult Tailgate Party. I think we got more compliments on yesterday’s meal than any we have served. If my math is right, we had 32 and that was with a couple of our regulars missing. The pic below was made with my I-phone. It does not make good pictures. Some of our folks left before we took the pic. We have a full schedule Sunday: Deacons Meeting at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00 and worship at 10:15 and 6:00.

Senior Adult Tailgate Party

Senior Adult Tailgate Party

 

See You at The Pole-Middle School

See You at The Pole-Middle School

Willie Nelson Reeves

Willie Nelson Reeves

 

 

We have a lot of special events happening on Sunday night this fall: The guys are planning a cook-out on Sunday night October 27 and we are going to begin at 5:00 instead of 6:00. Our Luke 14 Banquet is November 17 and then Shohn and the Children’s leadership team are planning a kind of living story of Jesus life on November 24. It will be a station to station event where you walk through the life of Jesus from birth to crucifixion or maybe resurrection. Then they are also planning a Children’s Christmas play that will be on Sunday night in December.

 

Acts Of Courage

February 6, 2013

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SCRIPTURE: Ebed Melech said, “My lord and king, these officials have done evil. They have treated Jeremiah the prophet badly. They have thrown him into a cistern and left him there to die. [Jeremiah 38:8-9, ERV]

QUOTE: Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.  ~Samuel Johnson 

COMMENTARY: Ebed Melech, who’s name means “Servant of the king” was a black slave in the court of the weak and wicked Zedekiah. As was the case with most slaves, including many Jews such as Daniel, castration came with capture. Slaves who had been emasculated are not apt to rebel. This man who had been robbed of his fertility was not bitter nor was he lacking in courage. He must have thought a lot of Jeremiah the prophet because he risk his life to save him. Had he not gone to the king and interceded in Jeremiah’s behalf, the prophet would have died at the bottom of a muddy cistern.

I see several morals in the story:

  1. Ebed Melech could have made excuses, after all he was a slave. He could have been bitter about the unjust treatment he had endured, but he was not. Although he had been victimized, he rose above it and refused to be a victim. He made no excuses, just plans and he saved a man’s life. Not just any man but Jeremiah the prophet.
  2. Once again, Ebed Melech proved that some risk are worth taking. He had to leave the palace to save Jeremiah. He had to leave his comfort zone. He could have been executed for what he did but he was willing to take that risk because his plan was noble. It was an act of courage that most men would not attempt.
  3. You never know what one prayer will do. We are so preoccupied with our own selfish needs that we seldom think of others. Go to the King of kings today in someone’s else behalf.

Father, grant us the courage to defend the poor, the orphans, the unborn, the elderly and all in our society that have no voice or ability to defend themselves. Make us helpers of the helpless, save those who are being victimized by injustice and evil. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Guatemala

Guatemala

EXTRA: We are making our list and I hope we check it twice. Our departure for Guatemala is less than 24 hours away. We locked ourselves in yesterday trying to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually. I think I am ready but I could use some prayer.

Be Not Discouraged!

July 15, 2012

SCRIPTUREDon’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. [Isaiah 41:10, NLT]

QUOTE: I often feel wretched and everything appears most murky. I often feel as though my spiritual life had only begun, and that I am in the kindergarten stage. ~John Henry Jowett [1864-9123, followed G. Campell Morgan as pastor of Westminster Chapel]

Westminster Chapel 200 yards from Buckingham Palace

COMMENTARY: C.S. Lewis talks about the principle of “Undulation”. I first came across this term in THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. Undulation speaks of the up and down motion of the waves on an ocean or sea. Life is filled with undulation, ups and downs. C.H. Spurgeon, another British pastor also suffered from bouts of discouragement and depression.  It is not a sin to be discouraged or at least, I don’t think it is a sin but it is not where God wants us. Jesus constantly exhorted His disciples to be of good courage, not to be discouraged. In military conflict or athletic competition, you want to discourage the opposition. Obviously our foe wants us to be discouraged. He wants us to live defeated lives. We have a great Bible Study lesson today on this very subject. Be encouraged my dear friend.

Spurgeon near the end of his life.

Spurgeon near the end of his life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EXTRA: Speaking of encouragement, I had some wonderful visits yesterday that were very encouraging to me. I came home pumped. Amen and hallelujah! Folks, have you noticed all the visitors lately: invite them to join your small group. Some of them are anxious to get to know us. They are not going to bit you: invite them. We have to be more aggressive.

EXTRA/EXTRA: I have a lot of good readers and I am thankful for each one. Steve Tanner reads the blog everyday and encourages me with his comments. I do apologize for not getting back to you on comments. We have a lot of new things posted that some of you might enjoy. The SCREWTAPE LETTER RE-WRITE is our spin on the letters. I don’t think anyone has read them. I am very curious as to what you think about them. I would not read them all at one time. I have two books posted but unedited. You can get to one of them but I hope to have the link to the second one soon. It is a very short book or pamphlet that I wrote more than a decade ago. I’ve never had the money to have it edited or published but that is no longer necessary. I actually think that having on line will be better. The title is THINKING ABOUT DIVORCE. I had not read it in 10 years myself but as soon as I have gone through and made sure that none of you are illustrations, I will post the link.

Steve and Cindy

Jonah

June 10, 2012

SCRIPTURE: Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time:  “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”  This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh... [Jonah 3:1-3, NLT]

QUOTE: We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God, ~C.S. Lewis

COMMENTARY: Everyone knows that I like to pick on Jonah. He was a narrow minded, indifferent, rebellious, bigoted Jew with a rotten attitude and he hated Assyrians with a passion. Yes, he did have a lot going against him but he does have some positive traits which I have never mentioned: [1] He had unbelievable courage. He was not afraid of the storm [everybody else was]; he was not afraid to be pitched into the sea, and he was not afraid to preach to his bitter enemies [be like me going to a muslim country and telling them to repent or else burn in hell]. I don’t have that Nineveh courage, do you? Jonah never shows fear. [2] Jonah would tell the truth and preach it under a little pressure. He was not the kind of guy that just jumped up and opened his bible but when put on the spot, he told the truth. [3] He knew how to pray. I’m not saying that he had a regular quiet time but in distress he could pray like a pentecostal preacher. [4] He did obey although it was delayed and reluctant. He wasn’t all bad but he is still the O.T. poster child for grace.

EXTRA: I was hoping to awake to a gentle rain. We have had some because the road looks wet but of course I want another mud maker. Today is VBS eve. Ruth Livingston was in the hospital on Friday but I did not find out if she came home yesterday. She was supposed to come home if nothing went wrong.

Big Mama’s First Bucket of Green Beans

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