Harmony

April 17, 2016

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Scripture

To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.

~I Peter 3:8, NASB

Quote

Tie two Tom cats by the tails and hang them over the clothes line and you have unity but no harmony.

~Calvin C. Inman

At first, I assumed that Peter was giving us a list of things every congregation needs: harmony, sympathy, brotherly love, compassion and an humble spirit. As I looked deeper, what every church needs is harmony and the way to get there is by being sympathetic, loving, compassionate [tenderhearted] and humble [understanding].

Harmony is a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things. Sounds like a strange definition but it is true. Harmony is not everyone singing the same note with the same voice; it is singing different notes with different voices that together produce a pleasing sound. We are not all to sing the same note but we are to be on the same song and page.

The unique thing about I Peter 3:8 is, we cannot get in harmony without being sympathetic, compassionate and understanding of others.

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Seven Things Man Cannot Do

{Job 9}

  1. Man cannot argue with God: Our infinite lack of knowledge or ignorance would make it impossible. [Job 9:2]
  2. Man cannot stand up to God: We lack the power. Can we stand up to an F-5 tornado or a hurricane? God is infinitely stronger than a storm. [Job 9:4]
  3. Man cannot understand God: Again the finite can not comprehend the infinite. [Job 9:10]
  4. Man cannot see God. God is Spirit and no man has ever seen Him other than in Christ. [Job 9:11]
  5. Man cannot stop God. [Job 9:12]
  6. Man cannot force God to do something He doesn’t want to do. [Job 9:19]
  7. Man cannot sue God; take Him to court. [Job 9:19]

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  • Today’s schedule: Deacon’s meeting @ 8:15, LCBS @ 9:15, Celebrate Jesus in worship @ 10:15 and 6:15. AWANA and Visitation @ 5:30.
  • Mission offering goes to Youth for Summer Camp and Mission Trip.
  • We have a communion coming up Sunday morning May 22 and a 5th Sunday Debt retirement offering on May 29.
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Coming to DBC August 21, Dr. Junior Hill

Aim For Harmony

May 30, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

~Romans 14:19, NLT

QUOTE

Healthy relationships are not threatened by differences of opinion.

~Bill Mandrell

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A difference of opinion does not constitute hate. Over the years June and I have had many disagreements but we don’t hate each other. Our taste are so different there are few things that we can watch on TV together. I don’t care for her shows and she doesn’t care for mine. It is no big deal. It is a trivial matter. Healthy relationships can survive and even thrive when there is a difference of opinion. June has never agreed with my road rules. If I am going somewhere and I am driving fast, it means I am in a hurry and probably late for something important: so if you are not in a hurry it probably means you aren’t doing anything important so pull off to side and let me pass. Don’t pull out in front of me, don’t ride your breaks in front of me and for Pete’s sake do not stop before you turn. Some folks drive like they are hauling eggs or nitro and they cause wrecks. June thinks I have a bad attitude so we have a difference of opinion when it comes to driving. In spite of what the ignorant left says, a difference of opinion is not a hate crime.

We were going somewhere and I came to an intersection: I said, “Is there anything coming from your direction?” She said, “Just pull out there and find out, you never wanted me to help before so why are you asking me now?”  I said, “Because I am old and I can’t turn my neck.” I don’t hate her for being honest,: matter of fact I laughed. She cracked me up but it is not mutual. If she were to laugh at one of my jokes, I would probably die of shock.

The point is: everyone has an opinion. We do not need to get angry with people who disagree. We are to work for peace and harmony in our families and in our church.

  1. Keep your focus on Christ and His Kingdom.
  2. Don’t get side-tracked on trivial issues.
  3. Be kind to others and respect their opinion.
  4. When necessary, tell the truth in love.

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TODAY WE PRAY FOR STUDENTS

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  • Senior Adult Cookout went well. I overcooked the ribs and could not get the sweet sauce on them without tearing them all to pieces. Joe David is the rib specialist. We want to thank Johnny for helping us and letting us use his smoker. We did have a good crowd and a good meal.
  • Sunday Schedule is normal: Deacon’s meeting at 8:15, LCBS 9:15 and worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • Wednesday night, June 3, VBS PREREGISTRATION AND PIZZA SUPPER.
  • VBS-VBX June 8-12…8:30-11:30…this could be a historic VBS.
  • TAKE A STAND FOR BIBLICAL MARRIAGE. We need a crowd in Montgomery next Saturday.
  • Alaina Fitzgerald is at home.
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Unity

March 15, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

If Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom stand.

Jesus, Luke 11:18, Williams

QUOTE

The world has yet to see what God could do through one congregation wholly surrendered to Him.

~Yaakov [Adapted from Henry Varley]

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After serving churches for more than 40 years I cannot say that I have seen a totally unified congregation: there are tares in every field of wheat. On the other hand, the devil’s work seems to be perfectly orchestrated but one thing must be taken into consideration: for a church to be in unity, every member must die to self and give priority to the will of Christ and preference to others but it takes only one disgruntled member to please Satan by disrupting the harmony of a church. It is not difficult to play in the devil’s orchestra because with him, there is no such thing as a bad note. He encourages everyone to do their own thing. Christ works through a surrendered will but the devil works through our self-will. He works through our default setting. All you have to do to play in his band is be selfish, have your own agenda, demand your way and he will be more than pleased. Christ wants harmony and beautiful melody: Satan wants cacophony. 

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  • Joe David and Lori visited Dana yesterday, she was resting; keep praying. I will probably be going down today. Have a couple of things to do there.
  • We had a lock in here at 1120 last night [or tonight for some].  Five Grandkids and they were shaking the walls as I tried to do the blog. Study is definitely out!
  • Deacons meeting in the morning at 8:00. [March 16]
  • Senior Adult Fellowship in one week earlier than normal, March 21, 11:30 in the Parlor [Potato Bar].
  • Men’s breakfast on the 30th at 8:00
  • Bro. Inman used to tell us the difference between Unity and Harmony. Tie two Tom Cat by their tales and throw them across the clothes line. You will have unity but not much harmony. I want to dedicate this hilarious line to Jason.
  • I just can let it pass: Junior Hill tells the story of driving through a small town on his way to preach a revival. The first Baptist church he spotted was named Harmony Baptist Church but just a mile or so down the road, there was another named New Harmony and as he drove out of town he saw a third by the name of Greater New Harmony. At one time they were all in harmony.
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