Everything Is A Gift

May 21, 2016



What do you have that you did not receive?

~1 Corinthians 4:7, NIV


Grace is getting what we do no deserve, namely heaven; Mercy is not getting what we do deserve, namely hell. Gratitude is our way of making His grace and mercy visible.

~Ya’akov [adapted]

I stumbled across the verse above several years ago and it literally changed my life. I had a pagan friend who boasted about his accomplishments and I could not wait to try this question on him. I asked him, “What do you have that you did not receive? He got quiet and didn’t say anything for several seconds and then he shocked me, “I guess the answer to that question preacher, is nothing.” I didn’t know what to say next: the heathen got it right.

I heard a man say once, “No one has given me anything. I worked for everything I have.” I told him, “You mother gave you birth, is that not a gift? God has put air in your lungs; is that not a gift?Everything you have is a gift. God gives us intellect, talents, the ability to work and to make wealth–everything is a gift which means I nor anyone else wants to hear your narcissistic diatribe. 

I don’t worship doctors. I need them from time to time but their are not my God. My God gave them great intellect and skill so I give HIM the glory.

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  • Tom Bennich is better and I am not for sure that Ruth came home.
  • Sunday is slightly different: we will have Deacon’s meeting at 8:15 and LCBS at 9:15. We will be observing communion in the morning service and Sunday evening is Baccalaureate.
  • Sunday is also SENIOR DAY for high school and college graduates. We will do recognition’s in the morning service.
  • MISSION OFFERINGS will be going to HOUSES IN GUATEMALA for the next few weeks.


Praise The LORD

May 18, 2015

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Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.

~Psalms 68:19, NLT


Ain’t God good!

~Jimmy Williams

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Not your routine blog today: I do the blogs the night before the posting date and we a long day yesterday but a very good day. I enjoyed our morning worship celebration: our band is the best in the land and I got a chance to talk with the seniors without all the pressure those goes with special events.

Then I spoke briefly at the WEE Care graduation. They had one of the best programs I’ve seen. It was about kids and it was anything but boring. I’ve been to pre-school graduation that were long and boring. Our WEE Care staff did a good job preparing the kids for the program: it was excellent.

The High School kids did a wonderful job planning the Baccalaureate service. I have nothing but praise for Charlie Anderson who is class president and did a moving invocation. Actually, I’m impressed with the entire class. We had 16 of our 18 High School Grads show yesterday morning and I forgot to count last night but we usually run about 65% and we had that or more. I want to personally thank Steve Hardy for all that he did which was a lot and Bethany Beavers. No wonder all the kids at DHS love Mrs. Beavers: she is a beautiful and gracious lady. Joe David hit it out of the park with the bases loaded. I had several people talk to me after the service. One said, “If he was doubting his call, it was confirmed tonight, this is what God has called him to do.” Charles complimented me, he said, “Bro. Jack, you did a good job, you got out of the way.” Not offended in the least, I totally agree. I’ll tell you what I am, I am thankful. I also want to praise Mandy and her team: outstanding job girls. Everything went great: morning worship celebration, WEE Care graduation at 2:00 and Baccalaureate at 6:00. I am thankful for the day and I just want to PRAISE THE LORD! We also need to thank Kim Howes for making our cake.

There one area where we could improve: Guys when you see Mandy having to take care of the gargage, it is time for you to stop yacking and come to her aid. Think of yourself as a Knight in shining armor. Men, we do not allow ladies to do our work, we are not Indians. Remember Paul Harvey’s commentary: When the white man came to America, the Indian men spent all their time hunting, fishing and fighting: the women did all the work and they did pay taxes. Just think, we civilized them! I’m all for the tax deal but men we have to do the heavy lifting. If you guys don’t improve on this, you are going to have some regrets in a year and half. A word to the wise should be sufficient.


Thank You Jesus!

May 29, 2014

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Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.

~I Chronicles 16:4, NLT


Gratitude is the homage of the heart–rendered to God for His goodness.

~Nathaniel Parker Willis

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It was about 8:30 last night when I started home and I began to ponder what I might blog about and THANKSGIVING popped into my mind. First, I am so thankful for the wonderful rain. Secondly for Mr. Hardy, Bethany Beavers and all the seniors. We had over 60 which is two-thirds of the class. Everything went well and I am thankful, very thankful. We want to thank Gregg Keenum and Gideon’s International for the bibles. A special thanks to Terry Coward and Catfish for everything from running sound to clear up and lock up and thanks to Brent Anders for making all the video stuff work. The boy is a wonder. I also want to thank Holly’s team for the reception; I thought they did pretty good. Actually, they did all right. I’m afraid to try to name them all but their youngest crew member was Sir Lancelot Callahan the first who loves to open drinks. During the message, I made the statement that my Baccalaureate was 47 years ago. I graduated in 1967. Bernard of Alexander said my math was wrong that I graduated 52 years ago. I think Bernard is wrong and my 50th reunion will be 2017. It doesn’t matter if it is 47 or 52, I am thankful!

Everyone gets an A+, even Holly; her team did great, all except Crazy Beth. I wish I had taken a pic or two but I was too nervous. JK…CB gets an A+ also. Straight A+ across the board.

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  • Senior Adult Cook out Friday 11:30, ribs, chicken, baked beans, slaw, rolls, homemade ice cream and what ever the seniors bring…there option is potato salad or a desert or whatever.
  • June has another cousin to be promoted, Myra Marbut, age 46. There were 10 in this family and in the last five years the three youngest have been promoted.  We will be going to Athens tonight.
  • Don’t forget, we start the handicap ramp Friday Night at 6:00.
  • Pray for Joe David, he will be traveling back from Seminary Friday night.
  • Kenny Holladay had his third treatment yesterday but I do not know how it went. I will check on him after he has a couple of days to rest. Keep praying for Kenny, please.

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