Inconsistent Behavior

November 4, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.

~Matthew 16:17

QUOTE

If your are persistent, you will get it: if you are consistent, you will keep it.

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Matthew 16 is very interesting: in verse 17, Jesus blesses Simon Peter,You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Then Jesus tells the disciples about His death….”That it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. With this Peter takes Jesus aside and reprimands Him… “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” Then notice what Jesus says in verse 23, just 6 verses from the blessing… Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

Peter went from being blessed to being embarrassed in a matter of minutes. Are you plagued with inconsistent behavior,  up and down, on and off, fired up and fizzled out. To be a credible witness for Christ, we have to be consistent. As a teenager, I was terribly inconsistent and no one paid any attention when I tried to witness. As an older teenager, I realized that my hypocritical behavior had destroyed my influence. People were not taking me seriously. I got all fired up in revivals and then fizzled out a few weeks later. I was an Alka-Seltzer Baptist: I made a lot of racket and then fizzled out.

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  • Another great service. I’m telling you, David and all the band have done a superb job this week. Sloan and Mr. Hardy did great. The congregational singing has been off the charts. We had a ton of visitors last night: if we could get our members to come, we would have REVIVAL for sure.
  • Our pre-service prayer meeting is getting thin: Deacons and whoever, tonight at 6:30 in Jerry’s LCBS class.
  • I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to drive the van–the kids make my day. Sissy is a hoot. I put her in charge last night because I didn’t know all the kids. We picked up some new ones that Sissy and Dian invited. These kids are always happy. It’s hard to explain why they are happy and we are not. Chloe got upset that she did not get to ride the bus. I think Holly promised her she could go tonight.
  • Joe David did the Hospital visits…Both of Karen’s parents are sick and in the hospital. Mrs. Hill is in HH and Mr. Hill is at DGH. He is not doing well: very weak and labored breathing. Pray for the Hills and for Bill Wilbourn.

Gary, Keri and Kane

Consistency

April 24, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

~Isaiah 40:31, NLT

QUOTE

The life of faith is not one of constant soaring like eagles but a day-in and day-out walk of consistency. The key is to keep moving and not faint.

~Oswald Chamber [Edited]

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Believe it or not, I ran Cross Country in college and on a team that never knew defeat. There are seven on a Cross Country team and only five can score but the sixth and seventh man can bump. Yes, I was the sixth or seventh man both years. I was not great by any stretch of the imagination but I could run multiple 6 minute miles and that is not easy. The good one could run sub 5:30 miles. When you are running distance, pace is essential. I was running the Jesse Owens some 30 years ago and some kid out of high school took out like a bat out of a cave. It takes a gifted runner to run a 5:30 mile pace and he sprinted into the lead. I passed him at the one mile marker, he was sitting on the curb. In a few minutes, he coming zooming by me again but I knew he was not going to catch the front-runners. Around the two-mile marker, I passed him again. He was bent over with hands on knees. A few minutes later and here he came again but not quite so fast. I passed him again at the four mile marker and never saw him afterwards. 

The key to a good testimony is consistency. Don’t worry about speed, just stay at it day-in and day-out. Don’t be an Alka-Seltzer Baptist: they make a big fizz and then fizzle out.

EXTRA animated

  • Senior Adults meet Friday in the Parlor: fish and puppies.
  • Deacon’s meeting Sunday
  • Men’s Breakfast on May 4 and no 8:00 meeting on MAMA’S DAY
  • Buy a Rose for Mama, on sale next two Sundays.
  • Mission Offering for Guatemala College and Career Mission Trip. I don’t know what our goal is: J.D. hasn’t told me. You can pay for a Guatemalan family a new house for $400. We just have to figure out how many they can build.