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June 22, 2016

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Scripture

Against you – you above all – I have sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.

~Psalms 51:4, NET

Quote

Every sin has a consequence or consequences.

~Ya’akov

All sin is first and foremost against God because only God is holy in the perfect sense. God hates sin, all sin and that includes gossip, gluttony and greed. Some sins offend us and some attract us but God is not attracted to any sin, He hates them all with a passion. David knew he was wrong from the beginning. He had six wives and a harem of concubines so why did he steal another man’s wife. Uriah was a noble man, a man of integrity and loyal to David. He was one of David’s decorated veterans. David’s sin was against Uriah and resulted in his death but it was first and foremost against God.

There is no sin without consequences. You can have your roll in the hay but sooner or later, you are going to pay. It is the law, God’s law: the wages of sin is death and every time we sin, something dies as a result. It may be brain cells, lung cells, an opportunity, a relationship but you mark my word, there is no sin without consequence. You may be free to sin but you will become a slave to the consequences. Every sin hurts someone.

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  • Bumper Sticker of the Day: I’m not lazy, I have switched to my energy saving mode.
  • The GATHERING tonight at 6:30
  • BLOCK PARTY August 13

Sin

March 25, 2016

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Scripture

But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

~I John 3:8, NLT

Quote

There is pleasure in sin but only for a season. If there was no pleasure involved, no one would be tempted.

~Tim Kamikaze Keenum

Sin is similar to fire in that he attracts but then destroys. Moths will fly into the flame of a candle. Mosquitoes and many other insects are attracted to light, they cannot resist the temptation although it means certain death. Sin is like fire in the way it destroys, first it attracts and then it burns.

Ultimately all who refuse to repent will suffer the consequences of eternal fire. Have you heard of Baba Gurgur. It is a natural gas fire near the city of  Kirkuk in Northern Iraq. Scientist estimate that it has been burning for 2,500 years and no one can put it out. The flames are perpetuated by natural gas percolating through the rocks. Similar fires are found in India, Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. No one started these fires and no one can put them out.

Would a loving God send humans into an eternal flame? Technically God does not send us to hell, we are attracted to sin and refuse to repent. The essence of sin is “I must have my way: I insist upon it.” This attitude puts us in a constant state of rebellion. As C.S. Lewis says, “In the end God says, ‘not my will but thy will be done.'” Hell is the consequence of demanding our way.

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  • I cannot get over the wonderful weather this week. It has been perfect. Thank YOU Jesus.
  • We completed the first phase of our new office and man cave. The LORD blessed me with three days off and just enough energy and health to get it done. Phase two is wiring and getting electricity to the building.
  • Today is a happy/sad day for me. Gary and I shared some dreams together and I was convinced that the LORD was going to heal him. We had some big plans that will not materialize in this world. Six weeks or so ago, I realized that Gary was not getting better and I have grieved since. Gary loved to help people. He was a people person. He not only helped others, he did it cheerfully. Every time I look at the ramp in the FORTE, I will think of Gary. I do rejoice that Gary’s suffering is over. He suffered much more than people realize and in that light, I am thankful for his promotion. Pray for his COLS which is today at 3:00 at DBC. God blessed me and DBC when he lead Gary to join our fellowship.
  • June just told me that Kevin Turner [former Bama fullback] passed away with ALS at the youthful age of 46. His son is going to Clemson. Dabo and Kevin were team mates at Bama.
  • Tomorrow is Joe David 40th birthday. It doesn’t seem possible. Our children were born in March, April, May and June. All are two years a part. It didn’t happen according to plan, it was providential.
  • SWAMP JOHN’S coming April 3rd. Sunday is your last day to purchase tickets. Amy has to call a number in on Monday. I think we are around 250 but I thought we would do much better. We have to pay them $8 per plate so we are not raising much for St. Jude’s and in my opinion, they are worthy. St. Jude’s is a charity hospital and yet they treat you like royalty. I have never seen anything like it.

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Spend Now, Pay Later!

February 11, 2016

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Scripture

The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

~I Samuel 8:7, NRSV

Quote

God will forgive us but sin leaves a dreadful mess.

~William Franklin Graham

Sometimes our lust for the things of the flesh is so great that we choose to ignore the circumstances. Israel petitioned Samuel for an earthy king and God told him to grant their wish but not until he had warned them of the consequences. Samuel went over the consequences: military draft, labor pool, forced labor, civil service, daughters taken to cook, clean, serve and fill his harem, taxes on produce, livestock and income. The Israelite’s said, “We don’t care, we want a king so we can be like other nations.”

I made a visit several years ago to a woman who was leaving her family. She was head over heals in love but not with her husband. I tried to get her to fast forward 20 years. I ask her, what do you want to be doing on Christmas day twenty years from now? In 20 years you will have grandchildren, do you want to be with them or your new friend? She said, “I’m not worried about my children or grandchildren, they will be okay.” She ignored the consequences and severed a relationship that can never be mended.

These folks never return to me and say, “Bro. Jack, you were right, there are dreadful consequences for putting yourself and your interest before your children.” They never admit it but I can see the sorrow in their eyes. Some are living in a hell on earth while they pretend that everything is great. We may be clever but not enough to mock God, whatever we sow, we will reap.

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  • Great music last night at the GATHERING. We are definitely backslidden and in desperate need of REVIVAL. Can you imagine what it would have been like last night had all the pews been filled.
  • March 28th is our deadline of selling 200 Swamp John’s tickets. The money [$2 per plate] goes to St. Jude’s in Memphis. If we don’t move these tickets in the next few weeks, they will not be coming. 
  • No Baptisms Sunday but we will begin them February 21 Lord willing.
  • Gary Garner is about the same: keep praying. I didn’t get to talk to him yesterday, he didn’t wake up while I was there.

Gary, Keri and Kane

Thorns And Thistles

September 12, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

The Lord said to the man, “You listened to your wife and ate fruit from that tree. And so, the ground will be under a curse because of what you did. As long as you live, you will have to struggle to grow enough food. Your food will be plants,
but the ground will produce thorns and thistles.

~Genesis 3:17-18, CEV

QUOTE

For every sin there is a consequence.

~Ya’akov

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Adam disobeyed God and this one act of rebellion brought sin into the world affecting not only Adam but all his descendants. The Garden of Eden had no weeds, not nut grass, crab grass, thorns or thistles but Adams transgression brought a curse on the ground. I love to garden and we are cursed with thorns and thistles–our curse is crab grass, nut grass and weeds. I have a hard time growing tomatoes but I am good at growing weeds. Every time I go into the garden, I am reminded of Adams sin.

Paul said in Galatians 3:13–But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. What did the Roman soldiers place on his head in mockery, a crown of thorns. Adams sin hurt us all but none more than Christ who took upon Himself our curse by wearing a crown of thorns and dying on the cross.

Gary, Keri and Kane

Trials And Temptations

May 12, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:12, NLT

QUOTE

‘We do not enjoy being put to the test by trials or temptation but both are great instructors.”

~Ya’akov

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The Greek word peirasmos can refer to both a trial or temptation. The NASB reads, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial,” whereas the AV reads “Blessed is the man that endures temptation.” Who is right and who is wrong? Both are right but we must understand that God may test us but He will not tempt us to sin. God puts us to the test to make us better: Satan tempts us to make us worse. Believers do not live a sheltered life: we must be ready to face both trials and temptations.

eve-gardenGod created us with desires for certain things like food, water, clothing [shelter] and sex. If we never felt hunger, we would starve. If we never felt thirst, we would dehydrate. If we never felt cold, we would freeze in winter. If we never felt the urge to have sex, the human race would cease to exist. Our desires are normal not sinful: they become sinful when we allow them to control us. EXAMPLE: We are to “eat to live,” not “live to eat.” If we eat every time we feel like eating, we will most like become over weight which is not healthy. Sex is like fire or steam: it is good as long as it is controlled but if it gets out of control it becomes highly destructive. By control I mean in the context of marriage, commitment and love.

Eve’s desire was for food, pleasure {delight} and knowledge…When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. God knew things that Eve did not know and it was driving her crazy. Have you ever attempted to keep a secret from your wife?

There is nothing inherently sinful about food, pleasure or knowledge but Eve was not willing to wait on God’s timing. What she wanted was good but she went about getting it the wrong way. We always get in trouble when we try to fulfill our desires a part from Christ. We can never satisfy our desires by partaking of things that God has forbidden.

Warren Wiersbe says there are four stages to sin: Desire, Deception, Disobedience and Death. Sometimes it takes years and years for sin to mature but when it does, it brings forth death. I imagine this truth became crystal clear when Adam and Eve stood by the grave of Abel.

TODAY WE PRAY FOR MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES

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  • SENIOR DAY this Sunday in the a.m. service: Seniors, it will be costly for you to miss. Make every effort to be present.
  • BACCALAUREATE Sunday Night at 6:00. We have a great line up and we are doing something we have never done before: imagine that!
  • WEE CARE Graduation Sunday evening at 2:00.
  • I did not go yesterday but June and I saw Don Sunday and he was doing good.
  • We will have a Deacon’s meeting this week at 8:15.
  • May 29 Senior Adult Cook Out.
  • June 6…Rally for Biblical Marriage in Montgomery. I think the time is 3:00 PM
  • June 14…Vote on Minister of Music [AM in the foyer, secret ballot]
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VBX June 8-12

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The Pride of Babylon

April 25, 2015

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You said, ‘I will reign forever as queen of the world!’ You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences.

~Isaiah 47:7, NLT

QUOTE

Two things are said to be very rare sights in the world: one is a young man humble, and the other is an old man content.

~J.C. Ryle

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The ‘queen of the world’ was a reference to the city of Babylon which dates back to Genesis. Babylon was at it’s zenith during Isaiah’s life time. At the time it’s hanging gardens and descending water falls made it one of the seven wonders of the world. The Babylonian captivity for the Jews took place during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar and this was probably the peak of Babylon’s grandeur. Daniel the prophet rebuked Belshazzar for desecrating the golden vessels taken from the Temple in Jerusalem and told him, “The kingdom will be taken from you” and it was taken that very night by Darius the Mede. In 539 BC the empire fell to the Persians under Cyrus. Babylon’s existed until Alexander the Great who took it in 331 BC. He intended to rebuild it and make it greater but he died before pursuing his plan and the city, it walls and towers were torn down. Babylon, once great, no longer exist. It has become a symbol of worldly pleasure, power, prosperity and PRIDE. When John speaks of Babylon in the Revelation, he is referring to the antichrist world system driven by PRIDE.

I did not intend to give you a history lesson when I sat down to do the blog. In yesterday’s DBR that second part of the verse jumped out at me…You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences. I cannot count the times that I have acted in haste without considering the circumstances. About five or six years ago, I did something stupid and it came back to bite me this past month. I am not mad at God or anyone else: I should have thought about what I was doing and possible consequences. I imagine most of my bone head decisions could be laid at the door step of PRIDE.

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TODAY WE PRAY FOR STUDENTS

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  • Miss Clara has bursitis in her shoulder, got a shot yesterday in B’town and feels better but is still fighting a UTI.
  • Front Pew Shower for Ginny Shaneyfelt this Sunday.
  • Sunday schedule: LCBS 9:15, Worship 10:15 and 6:00. God willing we are preaching on the Cross Sunday morning and the Burial Sunday night.
  • You have just two Sundays to order ROSES FOR MAMA. I wish I knew how many years we had Roses for Mama but I would have to guess 8-10 years. It has been a huge success but we did have a drop in attendance last year. Instead of the kids coming to DBC to be with Mama, Mama is going to the kids. We are going to try it one more time. MOTHER’S, it is your day, let the kids come to you.

Keri and Kane

The Wages Of Sin

April 7, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 6:23, NLT

QUOTE

Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God.

~Augustine

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Have you ever wondered how you can feel so convicted and so miserable after you sin when you were so indifferent before you sinned? If there was a way to reverse these conditions, temptation might be easier to resist. God’s word is our manual that spells out the consequences of sin. We have the written record of Adam and Eve’s transgression to learn from. David’s sins are posted for public review and so was Peter’s infamous denial of Christ. God’s word spells out the wages of sin but we sin anyway. If we could grasp the bitter wages of sin before we sinned, what a difference it would make. After the fact, we all recognize that sin is not worth the pain and misery it brings?

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  • Today we pray for Teachers.
  • We had a pain free night of rest and that came after I sat up for most of the day. I still have trouble sitting under my desk but sitting in a comfortable chair is no problem, PTL. I may try to drive some today or maybe go to the office for a couple of hours. I am very thankful and I want to give all the glory to Jesus. I plan to begin my preparation for Wednesday night but we will have to see how it goes. One thing is certain: I don’t want to aggravate this nerve again.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS  is definitely on for Saturday; 9:00 am at Cracker Barrel. If I can’t make it, June is going to take care of it but I think it should be no problem unless things start going the other way.

Choices And Consequences

July 23, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

If you really are honest men, choose one of your brothers to remain in prison. The rest of you may go home with grain for your starving families.
~Genesis 42:19

QUOTE

“Life is all about making choices, always do your best to make the right ones, and always do your best to learn from the wrong ones.”
~Source Unknown

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Life is about choices, we all make them every day. Some are big and some are small. Some are between right and wrong. Some are between better and best but all choices have consequences. I live with regrets due to bad choices. I don’t think you will find many honest adults that do not have some regrets linked to choices they made. Take Josephs brothers in the scripture verse above, they regretted the way they treated Joseph.  A man in the process of divorce told me, “It is my fault Bro. Jack, all my fault.” I looked at him in unbelief and said, “It is never all one person’s fault.” He said, “In this case it is, I made a bad choice.” He was right about one thing, some divorces happen because the decision to marry the person in the first place was a bad choice.

 I know a woman who got to church, I think she sang in the choir; another lady looked down and said, “Do you know that one of your shoes is blue and the other black.” She made a bad choice and it had an embarrassing consequence. She thought for minute and then said, “Oh, I have another pair at home just like theses.” There is a world of difference between picking out the wrong outfit and sleeping with someone else’s wife or husband, whatever the case may be.
A man came to me several years ago and told me he was going to divorce his wife for a younger model and I think the idiot wanted my blessing. He said, “David did it and God forgave him. If He forgave David, He will forgive me.” I went into orbit, I said, “Maybe you need to read your bible all the way through and check out the consequences that David suffered for his foolish decision.” You cannot steal a man’s wife and then have him murdered without grave consequences and if you think otherwise, you are a fool. Hey, you are not an exception to the rule: that kind of twisted thinking is what got David in trouble. You roll in the hay and you will pay just like David: God may let you live but you will wish you were dead before all is said and done.
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  • YOUTH go canoeing on Friday
  • BLOCK PARTY brain storm yesterday. Mass visitation has been changed from August 2 {Saturday} to August 6th {Wednesday night}. No final decision on cokes…May switch to Pepsi. We are shopping for the best deal.
  • June named our dog Lizzie. She is a loveable creature but did not keep the groundhogs out of the corn. I think she will do better once she gets acclimated.
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Acquainted With Grief

June 26, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

~Isaiah 53:3, NLT

QUOTE

Sin has made the foundation of thinking unpredictable, uncontrollable and irrational.

~Oswald Chambers

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We have to recognize that indwelling sin is a fact of life. We can call it a fault or a default but it is blatant rebellion against God. It was sin in us that crucified Christ. If sin killed Christ in this world, will it not kill Him in your life; at least in terms of your testimony? If sin rules you then Christ will cease to be a force in you. If Christ rules you, sin will lose its power in you. This is what Paul is taking about in Colossians when he says “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.”  The first step to victory is to agree with God that you have sinful things lurking in you. Second: understand sin has destructive consequences. If you fail to recognize sin in you and refuse to deal with it–certain misery awaits you. If I know anything; I know that I know that I know, sin is destructive.

If you want to hate sin the way Jesus hated sin, you must become acquainted with grief. You will never find yourself, the real life that is hidden in Christ, through success because in success you will lose your head which will lead to pride and pride will lead to an eventual fall. On the other hand, grief will bring you to the end of yourself and will produce a spirit of humility. Then and only then, will we begin to see what sin has done to yourself and what it is doing to others.

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  • Good group last night at the GATHERING but I forgot to count. We could do better and I believe we will.
  • The Austin Cook service is Friday at 11:00 at Pecks. We are going to get to help with the meal after the service. I need a person to receive it at the church and to deliver it in the church van. I have the address. If you can drive the van or you can use your car and you are available Friday morning, get in touch with me. I want to attend the service but if push comes to serve, I will deliver the food. I’m going to get chicken fingers and ham and you can bring whatever. It needs to be at the church no later than 11:30 on Friday. Landon was right, Austin did attend VBS at DBC several times.
  • We have a lot of people traveling. Naola and Sheila are on their way home while J.D. and gang are on their way to Rita’s at Coco Beach. I think Adam and Jamie come in this weekend but I could be wrong. David and Rebecca will also be traveling this week. Seth should be coming in from Wisconsin some time this weekend and the girls will be going to Douglas. Lot of folks on the road or in the air: pray for traveling mercies.
  • We will have a deacons meeting this Sunday and then we will take off July 6th.
  • Teko Vargas will be with us Sunday night July 13 at 6:00 pm.
  • SUMMER SHUT-DOWN begins Sunday night after worship: all the machines will be cut back or off for a sabbatical. 
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Jonathan Seth Bailey Fagan: US Marine

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Birthday girls–June 29,30

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Obedience Or Consequences

February 3, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

You desire things and cannot have them…You covet things but cannot acquire them…You ask and fail to get them because you ask with evil selfish motives, to spend them on your own pleasures.

~James 4 {Williams}

QUOTE

Life is hard but it get harder when you do something stupid.

~The Freeman Institute

COMMENTARY

I was reading James 4 in the Williams translation yesterday and one phrase captured my attention…“You desire things you cannot have.” I suspect that most of desire things we cannot have. As a kid, I wanted to be 6’3″ tall, weight 220, have great athletic ability and play for the Bear. I made the 220 more than once but the height and the athletic ability was not in the cards and Bear never called. In some cases, all the desire in the world is not going to change things but on the other hand, there are situations where we continue to pursue what we desire until we get it; like Eve in the garden. She desired things that she did not need and she pursued them with reckless abandon until she got them but she had to disobey God in the process. What she failed to foresee was the consequences of disobedience. Eve was convinced that getting what she wanted would bring happiness; the opposite occurred. She brought miserable consequences upon herself and her family. We are still suffering from the consequences today. The secret to happiness is to want what Jesus wants for you.

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  • God is good. I marvel at His grace. John Newton got it right, it is amazing. Great message last night and a ton of food. I could not get over the amount of food and the quality. 
  • The SUPER BOWL wasn’t very super for the Bronco’s. It was never really a game, just a blow out. I watched the 2nd half to see if Tebow would be in the commercials. I was told that he would but I didn’t see one. Generally I hate commercials but almost everyone I saw in the 2nd half were very entertaining. The one with the half Doberman/Chihuahua hybrid was good and my favorite was the Dorito ad with the little girl riding the St. Bernard. I cannot remember in recent history watching a game where the commercials were more entertaining than the game.
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