The Harmless Dragon

May 17, 2016

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Scripture

Tell us what we want to hear. Let us keep our illusions. Get out of our way and stop blocking our path. We do not want to hear about your Holy God of Israel.

~Isaiah 30:1-11, GNT

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You can’t change the truth but the truth can change you.

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Isaiah labels Egypt “Rahab, the Harmless Dragon,” because Egypt was all mouth and no muscle. In other words, they were good at blowing smoke. Egypt was unreliable and was not to be trusted. Again and again, Egypt deceived Israel with big promises and tough rhetoric. On this occasion, Egypt was urging Hezekiah to rebel against Assyria while promising to  back him up. Egypt did not carry through with their promise.

Isaiah was preaching the truth but no one wanted to hear it. Eventually, God saved Jerusalem from the Assyrians no thanks to the Egyptians. God showed mercy to Hezekial who had made a bad mistake in judgment.

This story reminds us that some folks can’t handle the truth. They are locked in their room of illusions and pretense with a do not disturb sign on their door. It makes them angry when you force them to face reality.

The truth may be painful at times but it will set us free. It set Jacob the patriarch free. No man is free who lives under the dark cloud of a lie.

  • God is good. Good crowd at church on Sunday 323 and two very good offerings. Thank you church for giving to the Senior Project. Mandy will get the bibles wrapped this week.
  • My Aunt Angie’s COLS went divine. The Holy Spirit fell at the end. Donnie Browning song  O GLORIOUS LOVE and heaven came down and glory filled my soul. Tim leaned over and said, “I’m getting ready to go.” It may be as close to heaven as I’ve been. 
  • It is hard to believe that we have wrapped up another AWANA YEAR and now we are gearing up for VBS, our 38th at DBC and final. We are going after supplies today so no one will be at the office.

YES TO…VBS…JUNE 13-17

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Pride And Repentance

July 10, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.

~2 Chronicles 32:26, NLT

QUOTE

Sorrow is our John the Baptist, clad in grim garments, with rough arms, a son of the wilderness, baptizing us with bitter tears, preaching repentance; and behind him comes the gracious, affectionate, healing Lord, speaking peace and joy to the soul.

~Fredric Huntington

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Hezekiah was one of Judah’s better Kings: matter of fact the writer of 2 Kings said, Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. The Jewish historian also said of Josiah, “Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.” I think Josiah was the purest but Hezekiah runs a close second. Hezekiah got sick and Isaiah told him to set his house in order because he would not recover. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and wept. He also prayed and God heard his prayer and added 15 years to his life. Hezekiah did not respond in the appropriate way to the Lord’s goodness, he let his success and good fortune turn into pride and the Lord was displeased. Isaiah rebuked him for his pride and Hezekiah repented. The Lord would judge Judah but not in Hezekiah’s life time.

We all sin daily and we need to repent daily. Repentance is to be a state of mind, an attitude that we carry daily. America needs to repent and so do we. Our country needs prayer. I have always believed Obama hates white folks but now I am wondering if he does hate America and what it stands for. There are other places to make cuts other than the military.

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  • I thank God for the ability to work, it is a blessing but I am one tired old hound dog or G-Dog as the older grand’s refer to me. I am going to have to go back to work to get some rest.
  • The LORD is answering prayer left and right. June has worried her self to death over the corn. She was afraid it would come in while we were in Alaska but it is in. It is probably the best corn we have raised. She heard that red pepper will keep the predators out: we will let you know how that works out. I am meeting with the paving contractor today and I am pretty sure we have us a second van, Chevy, white with charcoal interior, 2014 with only 30,000 miles. God is raising up some givers at DBC and we praise His name.
  • One of my old brick laying buddies was promoted yesterday: James Knox but we all called him Rooster. He helped me lay the brick at the amphitheater. He did my fire place on Craze Road. One of sorriest things I have ever done was set Rooster up for a hen flogging. He was sweet on Hannah but older enough to be her granddaddy. As a father, I had to steer him in another direction so I told him that June was sweet on him. When he did his come on to her, she was on him like white on rice. She told him that she wouldn’t have him if he was the last man on earth. I finally had to send her back into the house.
  • There were three Baptist Preachers that graduated Athens College in 1971: Larry Bullard, Mickey Dalrymple and myself. Mickey was promoted this week, his service is in Columbus, Mississippi on Saturday. He preached a revival for us back in the late 90′ and he also spoke at a banquet in the FORTE. He was a native of Sand Mountain and a teller of funny stories. Mickey was 71 years old.
  • Mandy couldn’t stand being off so she’s been working on BLOCK PARTY T-shirts. I enter the pic of shirt separate from the blog.
  • The Memorial Service for Mike Hooper will be Tuesday in Kansas but then the ashes will be shipped here and a memorial service will be held grave side at Friendship.
  • June just told me that Kenny “The Snake” Stabler passed away.

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Surrounded

February 26, 2013

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SCRIPTURE: Lord, please listen to me. Lord, open your eyes and look at this message. Hear the words that Sennacherib sent to insult the living God. (2 Kings 19:16, ERV)

QUOTE: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~Winston Churchill

COMMENTARY: Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, surrounded Jerusalem in 701 B.C. with 185,000 seasoned troops that had never lost a battle. He was so sure of himself that he sent intimidating messages to King Hezekiah of Judah. Isaiah the prophet told Hezekiah not to fear, “Not even an arrow will be shot across the wall,” said Isaiah. Hezekiah was still afraid and he carried the letters containing Sennacherib’s threats to the house of the Lord and laid them before the LORD. He basically said, “Look at what this heathen is saying about You LORD.” The situation looked hopeless and Hezekiah turned to the LORD as his only hope.

We have a similar story in American history. On December 16, 1944, Hitler’s army launched a secret attack by moving hundreds of tanks and several hundred thousand German solders through the Ardennes Forest in eastern Belgium where they broke through the thinly held American lines.  Despite taking dreadful losses, US forces managed to delay the enemy sufficiently to permit reinforcements to be moved into position to halt the German drive. The American forces seemed to be trapped in the town of Bastogne which was a vital junction. Three German tank divisions surrounded the town and on December 22, German emissaries asked for the American commander, Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe to surrender, to which the General answered quite briefly, “Nuts!” Someone reported later that the General told his staff, “We have the Germans right where we want them, we can now attack in any direction.” These brave Americans withstood the German assault for 3 long days before they were reinforced by General George Patton who broke through the German ranks and gave the Allies time to reinforce their position. Within days the entire German army was in retreat and you know the rest of the story.

The moral of the story is that things are not always as they appear. When the situation appears hopeless, keep your eyes on the LORD who has the power to transform apparent defeat into glorious victory.

EXTRA: I did get around to checking on everyone yesterday but I don’t have all that much to report. They are running test on Michelle and putting in some new ports and drainage tubes; no definite plan that we know about at this time. Wanda Yarbrough should get to move to rehab today at River Side I think. Darlene’s mom is not doing well. The fluid problem seems to be getting worse. We need your prayers on this one.

The German Stg-44, the world's first assault rifle.

The German Stg-44, the world’s first assault rifle.

EXTRA/EXTRA: I believe that June’s dad, Woodrow W. Marbut, was a part of the above battle. He was in a tank destroyer in the Black Forrest.