The Pride of Babylon

April 25, 2015

Celebrate Jesus.crimsonjpgSCRIPTURE

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

Big-K

April 23, 2013

SCRIPTURE: You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory. {Daniel 2:37, NKJV}

QUOTE:  Let me tell you about my KING. He’s indescribable. Yes. He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible, He’s irresistible. I’m trying to tell you, the Heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explain Him. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hands. You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him. Yes, that’s my KING. ~S.M. Lockeridge

COMMENTARY: In the above scripture, Daniel is talking to Nebuchadnezzar the pagan Babylonian king. Here is what John says about Jesus in the revelation…”Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings.” Jesus is the King with the Big-K. Nebuchadnezzar was a little k, Obama is a little k, Hitler and Stalin were little k’s. It is true that for a time, Nebuchadnezzar did rule many nations but he do so because the Big K so ordained. Earthly kings rule but the King of kings overrules.

EXTRA

  • Bobby Cannant has Gall Blader Surgery today at PMC…may be 4:00 PM before they get to him. He has four in front of him. Senior Adults should be first in my opinion.
  • Cindy Weaver’s dad passed away on Sunday evening: she and the kids are in Portland, Oregon for the memorial service.
  • My sister Holly had to have her knee reopened yesterday: she is recovering at home
  • I also got word that Mrs. Margaret Crouch Zirble was promoted yesterday. Mrs. Margaret taught me in school and I spent several nights in their home when I was boy. She had one son my age and three other sons. She had been sick for two weeks and I did not know it. She is survived by her husband Ed who I know will miss her dearly. The news was a shock to me. I visited them on Christmas Eve but did go by on my Easter Visitation: now I wish I had but I thank God for the Christmas visit. In the last few years, Mrs. Margaret would always want a hug and I squeezed her to tight a few years ago and hurt her back: since that time she has opted for a kiss on the cheek.
  • TLC got Ricoh off my back I hope. We think we have all our ducks lined up. We will not celebrate until the machine is on the truck.
  • Sorry about the Blog being posted late: the internet was down at home.

A Dilemma

April 22, 2013

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SCRIPTURE: The king was furious when he heard this, and he ordered that all the wise men of Babylon be executed.  And because of the king’s decree, men were sent to find and kill Daniel and his friends. [Daniel 2:12-13, NLT]

QUOTE: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

COMMENTARY: Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and although he did not understand the meaning of the dream, he did remember what the dream was about but he would not reveal that to his wise men. He was threatening their lives if they could not tell him what he had dreamed and then the meaning. In other words, he did not trust them. His logic was…if I tell you what the dream is about, you can make up an interpretation but if I make you reveal the dream, then I can trust your interpretation. All the wise men in Babylon were about to be executed because no one could tell Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamed.

What do you do with a problem like this? How do you deal with such a dilemma?

  1. Daniel went straight to the king. Why not confront the problem. The best way to solve a problem is to find its source and confront.
  2. Daniel went to his house. Daniel used his house for a prayer chamber; this is where he did his quiet time, his thinking, meditating, etc.
  3. Daniel went to his friends–Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. He told them the problem and ask them to pray.
  4. Daniel went to the LORD and the LORD revealed to Daniel what Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed and gave him the interpretation.

Did you notice? Three of the four had to do with prayer. I guess you could say that prayer is 75% of the solution.

EXTRA

  • We had another good day yesterday: I don’t think the attendance was that good but the spirit of the service was very edifying: THANK YOU JESUS!
  • Speaking of prayer, we could use some today: we have a deadline to meet. We have a machine that has to be shipped to Texas and it has to be done a certain way.  Take my advice, be very careful in dealing with corporate America and if I were you, I would not do business with Ricoh. If you do, be sure you read the fine print in the contract.
  • Braelyn Tyler was born February 2, 2012, in Huntsville Hospital weighing 1lb.30z and now he weighs 3 lbs. 9 ozs. Doctors recommended aborting Braelyn but his precious mother would have no part of it. They told her that he had many problems but the little fellow will have to have only one surgery and that is for a hernia. The Tyler family lives North of Athens, Ala. Way to go Mom! We celebrate your courage and conviction and Braelyn’s good health.
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VBS June 3-7

House Of Prayer

October 13, 2012

SCRIPTURE: Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” [Isaiah 56:7, NASB]

QUOTE: Every organization and institution has the tendency to drift away from its intended purpose.~Anonymous

Solomon’s Temple

COMMENTARY: Just after Solomon prayed at the dedication of the Temple, the Lord said to him, “My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.” I don’t think there is any question that the Temple was to be a HOUSE OF PRAYER.  Jesus said in Mark 11… “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.Unfortunately the Jewish religious leaders had made the Temple exclusive: many people were not allowed to enter the Temple: Women, children, foreigners, eunuchs, etc. Daniel would not have been allowed to enter the Temple after the Babylonians castrated him. Can you think of anyone better to be a prayer partner. Daniel had a powerful prayer life. Isn’t it amazing how far we can drift from our purpose: from a house of prayer to a hide out for greedy people. What would it take to convert the house where you worship into a house of prayer?By the way, the Apostle Paul was arrested and executed for bringing a non-Jew into the Temple. He was not guilty of the charge but the charge itself tells you how far the Jews had drifted. The Temple was to be a house of prayer for all nations–Jesus said it and that settles it.EXTRA: Another gorgeous day. I intended to use old Eugene [Ford 3000 tractor] to do an act of kindness but I think he is wore out. I’ve had a hard time cranking it all Summer but couldn’t get it to hit a lick yesterday. Tom gave me an old gator a couple of months ago. The grandkids love it and we have been working on us a trail. I came in last night with the back ache.

Day 5 for Seth. We will not hear from him for a couple of weeks. Hannah was promised an address in 7-10 days but the Marines who are always faithful, don’t always tell the truth. I hope it is 7 days, that will mean Tuesday. June and I were pulling for the Orioles but those despicable Yankee’s won. They have the best team money can buy. We are big Cardinal fans so their come from behind 9th inning win did help.