Kindness

June 24, 2016

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Scripture

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

~Ephesians 4:32, NASB

Quote

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

~Oscar Wilde

I could write pages on the word “kindness” but I’m going to keep it brief. Yesterday we were in the court room all morning on those hard oak pews with no cushions. Our judge was Brent Craig who happens to be a member of the West Hartselle Baptist church. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a kinder man working in difficult circumstances. Unfortunately for us, we were about the last case to be called so we got to hear three dozen or more that preceded ours. There was everything from domestic abuse to check kiting. One woman gave a bad check for a $17 pizza that is going to cost her $1200. There was several cases of domestic violence but one involved a tall skinny woman about the size of Big Mama and her husband who would go 230. She beat him up and he was there to drop the charges. If I had been the judge, I would have fined him $1000 for not being a man. This woman was 6 feet tall but she didn’t weigh a hundred.

But this is beside the point which is Judge Craig’s compassion and kindness on a lot of reds. I saw bleach blonds wearing clothes way to tight, tattoos galore, pony tails on men, Mohawks, skint heads, and know-it-all teenagers who think drugs are something to wink at and yet this judge never, not even once, made an unkind remark and a gesture of contempt. You could not pay me enough money to do what he does but that’s because God did not call me to be a judge but He did call Brent Craig.

We were thrilled with the judges ruling which gives us more time. Other than waiting all morning, everything went great. We got Hope back to the FOUNDRY by 7:50, just ten minutes before her curfew and they were thrilled to see her. She is an icon at the FOUNDRY. They love her and she loves them. If you want to go see Hope; my suggestion is to go to the THRIFT STORE between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and just asked for Hope. She will be working in the back. I go on Thursday night but you can’t visit until 6:00 and you have only a few minutes before their worship service which is 2 hours long. The people who run it is not Baptist, they are Assembly of God and they don’t believe in watches or clocks. Personally, I enjoy it but there are those in the Bailey clan who prefer the KISS formula: Keep IShort/Simple or as some say, Keep It Short Stupid. I could say the same thing they say in one third of the time, maybe less.

No extra tonight, the blog is the extra.

BLOCK PARTY

August 13: 6-9 PM

Tis The Season To Be Jolly

December 23, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

If you have the gift of giving, give with generosity; if you have the gift of leading, lead with enthusiasm; if your gift is doing acts of kindness, do them cheerfully.
~Romans 12:8, JEV

QUOTE

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~Charles Dickens

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I’ve used the Dickens’ quote before but couldn’t resist. I also like Emerson’s quote on acts of kindness…“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I love list’s and in Romans 12, Paul gives us a list of exhortations and I have translated some into ACTS OF KINDNESS that we can do not just at Christmas but any day of the year. Look through the list and pick out at least one project to do between now and Christmas.

  1. Demonstrate to someone that your love is real.
  2. Be truly affectionate in showing love for one another.
  3. Compete with each other in showing respect. Try to out respect them.
  4. Be fired up and enthusiastic about the LORD’s work.
  5. Help someone who is suffering.
  6. Help someone financially. Pray for God to put a person on your heart. It could be a believer.
  7. Make an extra effort to be kind to strangers.
  8. Bless someone who has been ugly to you in the past year. Say nice things to them and about them.
  9. Work for peace in your family or circle of friends. You may be the only person who can call a truce. Peace in your family may depend on you.
  10. Do an act of kindness to a person who doesn’t like you.

It’s a tough list, is it not? It is a challenge for me. You could make a huge difference in someone life with a simple act of kindness. Why not give it shot, after all, its Christmas.

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  • When I was a kid, it was the children that looked forward to being out of school for Christmas, summer or anything but now days it is the teachers who get the most excited about school being closed. Elect me Governor and we will cut out some of the school business; I’ll give you more holiday’s, fewer tests and restore real food to the lunch room.
  • I think Preston Roberts may get to come home today. I hope to find out more as the day progresses. Kenny had another tough day yesterday. He had two procedures at DGH but is back home. Please pray for Kenny.
  • Concerning the family you helped at Huntsville Women and Children: Katie said they were thrilled with your gift. Mandy got all the other things to the proper families yesterday. I really appreciate what you did for children this year. I know we have always helped a few but you went above and beyond this year.
  • Today is my baby sisters birthday. I’m not going to mention her age but I was 10 when she was born.
  • After Christmas, I plan to run the top ten cartoons for 2014. If you want to vote on one, my email is jack@danvillebaptist.org. or just text me.
  • I tried to preview the post at the office and it dated it as December 22 so I had to copy, paste and redo pics. Now I am tired and no telling how many mistakes you will find. Hopefully, this one will be dated right.
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B’day Girl on Right

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Very Red Santa

Very Red Santa

Very Red Santa

This article is not for the faint of heart…Full article can be read on JAG HUNTER

George Everett "Bud" Day

George Everett “Bud” Day

George Everett “Bud” Day (February 24, 1925 – July 27, 2013) was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. As of 2013, he is the only person to be awarded both medals.I got shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, a Sqdn. Commander.

Before his death, he spoke of the Presidents view on torture…

After I returned in 1973…I published 2 books that dealt a lot
With “real torture” in Hanoi . Our make-believe president is
Branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has
No idea what torture is.

As for me, I was put through a mock execution because I would not respond..
Pistol whipped on the head….same event. Couple of days later…
Hung by my feet all day. I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got
Shot and recaptured. Shot was OK…what happened afterwards was not.

They put me in the rope trick, trick…almost
Pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a
Little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot,
Unbroken hand a pulp.

Next day hung me by the arms…rebroke my right wrist…wiped
Out the nerves in my arms that control the hands….rolled my fingers
Up into a ball. Only left the slightest movement of my left forefinger.
So I started answering with some incredible lies.
Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.
Hanoi ..on my knees….rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.
Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.
Much kneeling–hands up at Zoo.
Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.
Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru
Kneeling holes.
There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior
Officer of a large building… because of escape…they started a mass
Torture of all commanders.
I think it was July 7, 1969…they started beating me with a car fanbelt.
In the first 2 days I took over 300 strokes…then stopped counting
Because I never thought I would live thru it.
They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent
Part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees…
Fan belting…cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. Opened up
Both knee holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger…I could not
Lie on my back.
They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape…and
That my 2 room-mates knew about it.

The next day I denied the lie.
They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of
The fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12th..to 14 October
1969. I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.
Now, the point of this is that our make-believe
President has declared to the world that we (U.S..) are a bunch of
Torturers…Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they
Catch us…because that is what the U.S. Does.
Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks
That pouring a little water on some one’s face, or hanging a pair of
women’s pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE.. He is a meathead.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron,
In jail…as was John McCain…and we agree that McCain does
Not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was
Torture…or that “water boarding” is torture.

Kindness Incarnated

December 1, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.

~Galatians 5:22-23, TLB

QUOTE

The person who sows seeds of kindness enjoys a perpetual feast.

~Anonymous

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Something happened yesterday that I do not recall happening before: Bro. Tim and I had picked the exact same scripture. I quickly volunteered to switch but Bro. Tim said, “No, this is a God thing. There is a reason why both of us thought of the same text. We need to go with it.” Martha Newby incarnated all the fruits of the Spirit but the first word which comes to my mind when her name is mentioned is “Kindness.” I try to change this hard world with the hammer of truth; Mrs. Martha had a better way, she melted it with kindness.

Some years ago as I was about to get out of my vehicle and enter a beautiful edifice for the celebration of life service for a young man who had died tragically, God spoke to me clearly and I have never forgotten what He said, “Jack, one act of kindness means more to Me than big buildings like the one you just been admiring.” Think about it, “What does God need with bricks, mortar, mahogany and stained glass?” The building I was admiring would cost well over a million but I took notes and I believe what He said: God is not into building, buses and budgets: God’s affinity is for people.

Can you imagine the reward those will receive who were kind to Jesus? What about the nameless woman in Luke 7 who washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair and then kissed His feet incessantly in a room filled with gawking-dirty-minded-old-men who were making fun of her as she expressed her love for Jesus?

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  • Today we pray for Ministers and Missionaries.
  • Yesterday was my first really long day since the surgery and I was beat last night but even in my weariness, I was so thankful to be able to be up and going. I love my church family and the singing yesterday morning was such a blessing. I also got the opportunity to visit with my dear friends and family at Sardis Springs. It was a good day: Thank You Jesus.
  • TODAY’s agenda is to get the DIGEST to Alabama mail and restore the sanctuary.
  • Again, we want to thank Kelli, Cyndi, Lisa, Beth and Hope for decorating the church: they did a fantastic job.
  • If you have not signed up for your family photo for new church directory, you need to do so in the next two weeks. We have had a good response but we need to fill in the gaps. You can sign up at the Welcome Center or see Mandy when you go through the line for supper on Wednesday night.
  • To tired to find a cartoon.

Kindness

March 6, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

~Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV

QUOTE

Want to snatch a day from the manacles of boredom? Do an act of kindness for someone.

~Max Lucado

THOUGHT

Every act of kindness rendered for Christ sake will be divinely noted and eternally rewarded. We are enamored with success; big buildings, budgets and bank accounts. These are the things that impress us but not God. The Jews were in awe of the Temple but not Jesus: He said, “Not one stone will be left on another.”  Jesus was more impressed with the Widow who gave two mites than He was with the Temple. It is not the big things that impress Jesus, it is the small things you do for others that no one else notices.

EXTRA

  • GOTTA MOVE is our VBS Theme for Pre-school and Children. I think the kids will love it. It is going to be different but I think that will be refreshing. We still have some major hurdles to get over. We could use some prayer. Pray to the LORD of the harvest that He will send us workers.
  • Beautiful Day yesterday: Thank YOU Jesus!
  • Last night was our last meeting under regular time: Sunday night and next Wednesday, we will have an extra hour of daylight. Just remember, we lose an hour of sleep Saturday night. No deacons meeting this Sunday.
  • Josie and Ty inspired my blog. I think they must have studied the fruits of the Spirit in AWANA. Our VBS will be on the Fruits of the Spirit.
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SCRIPTURE: Do you want to enjoy life? Do you want to have many happy days? Then avoid saying anything hurtful, and never let a lie come out of your mouth. [Psalm 34:12-13, ERV]

QUOTE: In everything, love simplicity. ~ Saint Francis de Sales

COMMENTARY: The bible is an amazing book. I was reading I Peter earlier this week and came across this verse that Peter quotes from Psalm 34. There is no telling how many times I have read Psalm 34 or 1 Peter and yet this verse sprang up with such freshness that it was as though I had never read it. I do want to enjoy life and I want happy days. Sometimes we miss the best part of life because it is shrouded in simplicity. I am praying for God to help me be kind and truthful today. I know it is possible to be both but for me it will take some effort. It will help if I think about it before I leave the house. “Help me LORD to say kind things to people and help me to be honest with myself as well as others.”

EXTRA

  • Pray for MATTHEW COMMITMENT service this Sunday.
  • Chloe Bug is sick.
  • Carrie Holladay Tucker spent the night in HH. May get to come home today.
  • Bad weather predicted for today.

Don’t Give Up!

January 25, 2013

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SCRIPTURE: So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. [Galatians 6:9, NRSV]

QUOTE: No act of kindness done in Jesus name will ever go unrewarded. ~Yaakov

COMMENTARY: We must not tire in doing what is right. The ERV reads, “We must not give up.” When we have the opportunity to do something good and kind for someone else, we should do it. We especially need to encourage fellow believers by our acts of kindness. I’m 63 years old, I know what it is like to be tired. It is easy to grow weary but we must not grow weary in doing what is right and good. Are you tired of sin? Are you tired of strife and envy? Are you tired of petty jealously? Are you tired of deceit, the hidden agenda? Are you tired of hearing people complain? Are you tired of seeing people suffer? Are you tired of failure and disappointment? So am I but it is no excuse to quit. Write a card…make a call…send a text…bake a cake or batch of cookies…do an act of kindness for someone. It is the right thing to do. Don’t be discouraged and don’t quit. Every act of kindness is a good seed that will produce a wonderful harvest someday.

EXTRA: Continue to pray for the Burcham family. I visited with them again yesterday morning and will be going back today LORD willing. Jeremy’s Granddad is also in DGH. His first name is Milton and he is 87. He is recovering from a fall that resulted in a broken shoulder. Kenneth Harp will have surgery Tuesday a.m. in Birmingham.  We rescheduled the SENIOR ADULT LUNCHEON for next Friday due to the forecast of bad weather. That almost guarantees that the bad weather will not happen but that’s OK by me.

The Buttom one week ago yesterday.

The Buttom one week ago yesterday.

 

You Can Make A Difference

November 28, 2011

SCRIPTURE: The King will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to ONE of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” {Matthew 25:40, NRSV}

QUOTE: It is easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw

THOUGHT: It is not what you possess that makes a difference; it is what you give away.

STORY: I am reading the IMB’s VOICES OF THE FAITHFUL. Some of the stories that I have shared came from this devotional. The one I yesterday really touched me and I want to share it with you. One of our IMB Operatives went into an Orphanage some where is Southeast Asia and the smell was almost more than she could endure. As she surveyed the room, she saw a lot of tiny, lonely, dirty faces and immediately they gathered around her wanted her to hold them. Very few where healthy, most had birth defects or disorders but all of them wanted this woman whom they called Auntie to hold them. I am both amazed and broken-hearted when I imagine this scene. They were hungry for food but  starving for love. Thank God this “M” known as Auntie could not stand the thought of these kids living like this and she took it upon herself to make a difference. What a difference she made, today this orphanage is clean; the children get to go outside and play and occasionally they get to take field trips. Said the M, “While I do not know what will happen to these kids when they become adults, at least I know that they were loved and cared for as children.” By the way, when volunteers from the States visit the Orphanage, the kids still want to be held. Our greatest need is expressed openly in these kids, we need to be loved. You can make a difference is some kids life and this is the time of year that it should be easy to come up with a prospect and a plan.

EXTRA: Well, he did it again. Tim Tebow lead the Broncos to their 5th or 6th win in a row. Today the announcers were more complimentary of Tim. Attendance was horrible at church yesterday. I could blame it on the rain but that is no excuse and probably not the reason. I know one thing, I was glad to get to go to the House of the LORD and I enjoyed preaching both sermons. If people enjoyed hearing them like I do preaching them, we would have a time. Great spirit in both services, just a lot of empty pews. Reminds me of the proud evangelist who showed up to start a Revival meeting and there was only a handful in attendance. Offended by the the small gathering, he whispered to the pastor, “Did you tell them I was preaching?” “No”, said the pastor, “I tried to keep it a secret but word must have gotten out.” I think the word got out that I was preaching.

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The Power of Love

September 16, 2011

SCRIPTURE: Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions. [Proverbs 10:12, NASB]

QUOTE: The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.  —Mother Teresa

THOUGHT: You can give without loving but you can’t love without giving.

COMMENTARY: Richard Wurmbrand tells the story of a communist terrorist by the name of Furbelone. He was the leader of a terrorist group known as the Red Brigade. One of the many activities that they engaged in was bank robbing but they referred to it as an “expropriation” not a robbery. They were set to do a job in Florence, Italy. A get away car with a false license plate was in place; two terrorist dressed as policeman were standing at the bank entrance and two were inside the bank mixed with the crowd. The group was awaiting the signal from their leader Furbelone who was disguised as a beggar and sitting on the steps of the Santa Maria church across from the bank. A little girl, on her way to school, was going into the church to say a prayer when she seen the beggar [Furbelone]. She stopped, took out her lunch and gave it to him and then she went on inside the church. His first impulse was to push her aside but he was so stunned by her kindness that he just sat there without moving. Then the thought crossed his mind, “this is a human being who looked on me with love, who considered me worthy of mercy.” Instead of giving the signal to rob the bank, he got up and followed the little girl into the church. Furbelone quit the Red Brigade and as far as we know, never committed another crime. Try practicing kindness today. Do what I call an AOK [Act of Kindness] or as in the movie Evan Almighty, an ARK [Act of Random Kindness]. You never know what one act of kindness will do: it could change a life forever.

EXTRA: I like the cool weather and I know you don’t believe I am saying this but I am glad the rain missed us: our pea patch is still wet and one more rain would have done them in. Peas are like melons, they don’t need a lot of water. 5th quarter tonight in the FORTE. Papa John’s Pizza night. Below is an animal track that I found in the garden. I think it is too big to be a ground hog. It looks like a cat track but it is big. Ground hogs do have claws but if its a ground hog, it is a big one.

Animal track in garden, about 3 inches from top to bottom