O Deceitful Tongue

June 23, 2016

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Scripture

You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth.

~Psalms 52:3, NRSV

Quote

Integrity is being truthful with yourself; honesty is being truthful with others.

~Spencer Johnson

When you read Psalm 52:3, You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth,  what name comes to mind? For me, it was Bill {Slick Willy} Clinton. I was in a hotel outside of DC when the news broke about Monica Lewinsky. I think I was there for the Promise Keepers rally. Whoever was rooming with me, said, “Jack, you have to see this,” it was Clinton making his famous denial: “I am not in a sexual relationship with this woman.” I tried to find the clip on YouTube and I couldn’t. I did find several with the words, “I did not.” I would have bet the farm that he said, “I am not,” which would have been a subtle play on the tense of the verb. Be that as it may, you can see the video clips on YouTube of the denial and then the confession. Either way you look at it, Clinton lied. In fact Clinton lied so much that it became natural: it would have required a special effort on his part to tell the truth.

But there is a greater problem than a president lying and that would be the lack of integrity in the folks who elected him. It was a proven fact that the man was a liar but that did not deter voters from electing him and many of them professed to be Christians. Lying is not just a political problem, it is a cultural problem. We live in a culture that loves to point the finger at someone else. We had rather make an excuse for our irresponsible behavior as to learn from our mistakes. We are childish and immature. We make promises and don’t keep them. We make vows and then break them. We make debts and don’t pay them. We sin but never confess them. We are a nation of liars. Isaiah could have been talking about America in 59:14, “Justice is driven away and right cannot come near. Truth stumbles in the public square, and honesty finds no place there.”

  • I love the GATHERING, great music and fair preaching.
  • Today is our court day: say a prayer for us. We don’t expect any surprises but you never know. I don’t like courts or court houses but I must confess that everyone there has been very helpful.
  • Thank God for electricity and A/C: what a blessing!
  • Pray for Rebecca and David, they leave Friday for vacation. Rebecca doesn’t fly so they are driving to Miami and going on a seven day cruise. Tyler will be filling in the next two weeks.

BLOCK PARTY

August 13: 6:00-9:00

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Some Day!

May 18, 2016

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Scripture

Some day there will be a King who rules with integrity and national leaders who govern with justice.

~Isaiah 32:1, GNT

Quote

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

~C.S. Lewis

There is no question, at least not in my mind, that our congress is sorry; they are useless. They have done nothing to stop Obama. The Richard Shelby ads were a joke, “Richard Shelby, standing true to traditional values and stopping Obama.” For all we know, Shelby could be dead. Have you heard anything on the news about Shelby stopping Obama? I didn’t think so and we just re-elected him to six more years of doing nothing other than getting some pork to his friends.

Shelby is one of many who are on the take. Big corporations own our politicians. Our system is corrupt. We are operating by the Golden Rule–He who has the gold rules. Isaiah gave us some very promising prophecies in Isaiah 32:

  1. Some day we are going to have a Leader who will rule with integrity. Barring a radical conversion, it will not be Obama. He wouldn’t know integrity if it bit him on the neck.  [32:1]
  2. Leaders will govern with justice. [32:1]
  3. Leaders will protect their constituents, not fleece them. [32:2]
  4. Leaders will have their eyes and ears open to the needs of the people. [32:3]
  5. Leaders will act with understanding. [32:4]
  6. Politicians will say what they mean. [32:4]
  7. Leaders will be separated, the fools and scoundrels will no longer be honored. [32:5]
  8. Leaders will no longer insult the LORD. [32:6]
  9. Leaders will no longer take advantage of the helpless, keeping them from their rights. [32:7]
  10. Leaders will be honest and stand up for what is right. [32:8]

This will all happen some day, but probably not today. It will not happen without the intervention of Jesus. It is something to which we can look forward.

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  • The Gathering Tonight at 6:30 pm.

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The Unique Son of God

February 28, 2015

 

 

 

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SCRIPTURE

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

~John 1:29, NKJV

QUOTE

Our LORD {Jesus} came down from life to suffer death. The Bread of Life came down to hunger. The Living Water came down to thirst.

~Augustine

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Jesus never wrote a book; yet more books have been written about Him than any other figure in history. He never wrote a song but more songs have been written about Him than any figure in history. He never held an office or earned in degrees. He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. Jesus did none of the things we associate with success; He had no credentials but himself.  The only property he had on earth was his clothes. He was homeless for the last three years of his life. Isn’t it amazing twenty centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race.

All the actors who use His name in vain, all the judges who mandate evil by decree, all the politicians who feathered their own nest while betraying their constituents and all the presidents that have shamed the office with their immorality and betrayed their oath of office by violating the very constitution they swore to protect: all of them put together have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary unique life.

To simply acknowledge Jesus as a great person, great prophet, or great leader is to insult Him. He is the unique Son of God. He is God incarnate; Son of God and Son of man. He came into this dark sin cursed world to give us a way out. O hallelujah, O what a Savior!

If the above does not fire you up: Listen to this…

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  • Today we pray for Students: Why don’t we pray for Kane and Kerri. I got Kerri’s age wrong, she is 20 and Kane is 15.
  • Deacon’s and Wives Sunday Morning at 9:00: we are going to focus on these children above. Don’t be late!
  • Posted a new top ten picking on Adam last night. Don Fields has been sending me some good poems and I posted those to.
  • I don’t know where she got her info but Big Mama says “More snow possible next week.” I going to quote Keith on this one, “Unbelievable!”

LCBS LESSON PREVIEW

PROMISED LIKE NO OTHER

Ice breaker–How do you decide whether a person is credible, someone you can trust?

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53, NLT

[Note: The Jews have takes Isaiah 53 out of their synagogue readings and I don’t blame them. Isaiah wrote this 800 years before the crucifixion. I have take the liberty to insert Jesus name in place of some of the person pronouns just to give you a better grasp of this incredible prophecy]

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed His powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about Jesus appearance, nothing to attract us to him. Jesus was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. Jesus was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But Jesus was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. Jesus was beaten so we could be whole. Jesus was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Jesus the sins of us all. Jesus was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. Jesus was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open his mouth.Unjustly condemned, Jesus was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that His life was cut short in stream. But Jesus was struck down for the rebellion of my people. Jesus had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. 10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when Jesus life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. Jesus will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When Jesus sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of Jesus experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. 12 I will give Jesus the honors of a victorious soldier, because He exposed himself to death. Jesus was counted among the rebels. Jesus bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

It hurts when we trust someone and they betray that trust by doing something hurtful. Like the little boy in the story, we all get egg on our face at one time or another. Jesus was totally secure in who He was and He never avoided rejection. He knew the Jewish leaders hated Him and yet He sat His face toward Jerusalem. Our goal should be to become more confident in who we are and less fearful of the acceptance of others. It is easier to talk about than to demonstrate.

Testimony

When I was in high school, our football coach made the same basic speech every day. “Guys, if you go out there and work hard today, we will be back in here in the showers in two and a half hours.” He said this everyday. We left the locker room around 3:15-3:30, according to how long he talked and we always came in at dark with was 7:00-7:30. You do the math, anyway you cut it, you are out there more than 2 and half hours. The great thing about fall was it got darker earlier. After a while we stop believing anything the man said. We did not hustle through drills because we knew that regardless, we were going to be there until dark.

I served a small church in Mississippi during my last year in Seminary. We had an alcoholic that the chairman of deacons had taken on as a project and he insisted that I get involved. Actually, his plan was to hand off and he did. It was the same old same old every few months. He would come boo-wooing to me and feeling sorry for himself. I tried being kind–didn’t work. I tried being firm–didn’t work. It reached a point where I was ready to throw my hands in the air. He would make promise after promise if I would only do so in so. I reached a point where I did not believe a word he said.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you call a person that is distrustful of everyone? [Cynical] Do we want to become such a person?
  2. One of the many things that makes Jesus unique is that He never breaks a promise. Have you ever broken a promise?
  3. Which causes us the most guilt and pain: to hurt another person by breaking a promise or to be hurt by another person breaking a promise to you?
  4. If we become cynical and we trust one, how can we build meaningful and lasting relationships?
  5. Unlike Jesus, we tend to avoid rejection. In your opinion, what is motivating us to avoid rejection?
  6. What are some of the things people do to avoid rejection?
  7. Do you agree that most of our fears are connected to the loss of something? What fear is related to rejection?
  8. What makes a promise believable?
  9. How is your relationship with Jesus different from all other relationships?
  10. How important is understanding and empathy in a relationship?
  11. Jesus literally bore our sorrows; He was crushed by our sin. He literally took our beating. How does this make you feel about Jesus personally?
  12. Knowing yourself and knowing human nature, do you really expect everyone to keep their promise?
  13. Jesus is the ultimate Promise Keeper. This is one of the things that make Him unique. How can we as Christians point our friends to Jesus? Why do we need to point others in His direction?

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Day 17 of 24

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SCRIPTURE

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

~Ephesians 4:32, NKJV

QUOTE

Acrid bitterness inevitably seeps into the lives of people who harbor grudges and suppress anger, and bitterness is always a poison. It keeps your pain alive instead of letting you deal with it and get beyond it. Bitterness sentences you to relive the hurt over and over.

~Lee Strobel

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I remember my pastor and mentor Calvin Inman telling the story of Dr. Charles Howard who if memory serves me correctly was serving a church in Louisville, Kentucky when two women…next door neighbors who had not spoken to each other in years…went into the back yard, at the same time, to hang out clothes. It was an awkward situation. One of the ladies thought to her self, “this has gone on long enough” and so she walked toward the other lady who saw her coming and meet her half way. They embraced and forgave one another…when each tried to apologize, neither could remember exactly what started the feud. These two women were the Euodia and Syntche of their church {Philippians 4:2} and when they shared their reconciliation with the congregation the next Sunday, REVIVAL broke out in the church. Dr. Howard said it was one of the greatest revivals of his life time.

Perhaps you don’t believe such a thing would ignite a REVIVAL but I do. We will not have a REVIVAL apart from the Holy Spirit moving and He is sensitive. Two verses about today’s text {forgiving one another} is the verse that reads… And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

By the way, Ephesians 4:32 was my Mother’s favorite verse.

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  • Praise God for his grace…my Aaron and Hur have not missed a prayer time. I get a text from Jeff every morning at 3:30 and I get a response from Gregg at 4:00. I think it is incredible and I would not have made without them. I dozed back to sleep yesterday morning and instead of getting to the church at 5:00 as I intended, it was more like 6:00 but PTL we made it and got the FOOTBALL team fed. I attended the DHS Volleyball game at 10:00 am and they were not even challenged. They won their match in three sets and in between, we surveyed the situation for the wheel chair ramp. I will not lie, I am looking forward to November 2 for more than one reason.
  • Gary and team will go to B’town this morning and I will be working on the ramp. The DHS girls will be playing again in the Von Braun Civic Center.
  • This blog is unedited and probably has several mistakes but I am tired and I am going to bed. Hope you can muddle through it!
  • The VOICES OF ZAMBIA will be with us Sunday morning: they will have the preaching time and the MISSION OFFERING will go to them. You can see a video on our FaceBook page.

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EXTRA/LCBS LESSION PREVIEW

Overcoming Temptation

Genesis 39:2-12, NLT

The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” 10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. 11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. 12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

Opening Question: What are some of the warning labels that you tend to ignore? Warning are important but have you noticed how many dumb warnings are on the products we buy?

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This prescription is for a dog…note the red label…

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QUESTION

Would life be easier if temptation came with a warning label?

Actually, sin and temptation do come with a warning label but all the warnings are found in the Bible, God’s holy word. David said, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” All sin has consequences and the consequences are listed in the bible. I am going to give you one example: Proverbs 6:32 NLT...But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool for he destroys himself. Peterson translates this verse…Adultery is a brainless act which is soul-destroying and self-destructive. Is this warning clear enough?

Review the Scripture…

  • Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites who sold him to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.
  • The LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in everything he did.
  • Potiphar recognized the divine presence upon Joseph’s life.
  • Potiphar promoted Joseph to the position of Estate Manager. Joseph managed all of Potiphar’s interest and Potiphar prospered.
  • Potiphar did not have to concern himself with anything other than his diet.
  • Joseph was handsome and well built.
  • Mrs. Potiphar noticed that Joseph was handsome and well built.
  • Mrs. Potiphar was infatuated with Joseph. He became her obsession.
  • She relentlessly pursued Joseph…consistently, day after day.
  • Joseph kept his distance.
  • Joseph unintentionally got caught with Mrs. P alone.
  • She made her move and Joseph ran.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

  1. Verse 3 reads…Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph. In your opinion, what was it about Joseph that impressed Potiphar the most?
  2. The word integrity means [1] the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. [2] the state of being whole and undivided. Synonyms are: Honest, righteous, moral, honorable, decent, ethical, integrated, together, solid, trustworthy. Which of these characteristics of integrity describe Joseph?
  3. What more could Joseph have done to avoid the temptation to sleep with his master’s wife?
  4. Joseph had a fear of committing adultery: what was the basis of his fear? [two things mentioned in the scripture]
  5. What would have happened [eventually] had Joseph attempted to please Mrs. Potiphar?
  6. What happened when he did what was right? [Three things primarily] [1] He was slandered [Mrs. P told a lie about Joseph] [2] He lost his job [got fired so to speak] [3] He got sent to prison.
  7. Is there a difference between resisting temptation and fleeing temptation? Yes and Joseph did both, explain how he both resisted and fled.
  8. Temptation is always related to opportunity and power or ability. Joseph was young and handsome. Some of us may not be tempted as he was tempted but we will be tempted in some manner. Do you think that sexual related temptation are worse than others such as greed, power, control, vindication, selfishness, or physical appetite?

LESSONS OR INSIGHTS

  1. Temptation involves the opportunity: Joseph was propositioned daily…Mrs. P was offering her body and most likely revealing it as well. Where the other slaves being tempted? Probably not; it was Joseph that she had her eye on. Joseph was young and viral and sexual drives of young men are strong: he had the ability to perform. Had he been a eunuch, he would have had no temptation. Your temptation may be different. Daniel had totally different temptations but this does not make him better than Joseph. Don’t screw your halo down to tight. Not all people get propositioned.
  2. Know the consequences and they are listed in the word of God. 
  3. Think before you act: Joseph had a healthy fear of hurting others and fear of offending God. Always put others first: think about the harm you can do to them if you yield to the temptation and remember, it is a sin against God.
  4. Remember that you have several things working against you: Satan, the flesh, the world [culture, TV, trends], unmet needs and situations. Whatever you do…do not rationalize or try to justify your sin. If you do not call it what it is and remember it’s destructive nature: it will destroy you
  5. Doing right does not always pay immediate dividends. Joseph got lied about and then thrown into prison. You have to think future, distant future when dealing with temptation and consequences.

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Day 7 of 24

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SCRIPTURE

The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity.

~Proverbs 11:20, NLT

QUOTE

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life.

~Solomon

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Celebrate Jesus.crimsonjpgDishonesty has two sides, one active and the other passive: we can speak a lie or we can remain silent and withhold the truth in the face of a lie. The Pharisees were guilty of both. They were lacking in integrity. They were not integrated: there was the real person and the phony person. Our O.T. example of integrity is Job. If you read the story of Job, you will see he was an open book. He was honest before God and men and his wife believed  this was the cause of his sorrow. She begged him to give up his integrity. Thankfully, Job refused and held tight to his integrity and faith. Of course the perfect example of integrity is Jesus. He was so utterly pure. He could think out loud and never be embarrassed. No one else is so pure.

The Pharisees used religion to cover their true identity. Jesus knew that their hearts did not match their profession so He called them hypocrites or actors. The word hypocrite means to wear two faces. Jesus wants us to have one face all the time. The young people refer to it as “Getting Real.” 

REVIVAL is stepping into the light, the revealed truth in Jesus. It is prompted by our desire to know the truth about Jesus and ourselves. Since only Jesus knows the heart, only Jesus can reveal you to you or me to me. You know things about yourself that I don’t know but you do not know anything that Jesus doesn’t know. Matter of fact, He knows things about you that you don’t know. You will never know the truth about yourself a part from Jesus and His amazing grace. He can enable us to be interrogated, to get it together.

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  • Today we pray for the WORLD.
  • We dipped below the 200 mark last Wednesday; maybe FALL BREAK had something to do with it. I hope we bounce back tonight.
  • The totals are in; the default offering under International Missions will go to Guatemala through GRACE ministries. Remember, you can still give to any International Mission cause but you have to put it in an envelop. I will mention this Sunday and then we probably will not address it anymore unless there is a question.
  • I got a flu shot yesterday: first time is 25 years. Big Mama was chicken.
  • I tried to touch base with all our sick folks yesterday. Had some sweet visits: one in particular that touched my heart. This world is not my home. I see too much pain and suffering to be content here. I have a friend in Mississippi who is really sick and he can’t get easy. He is in pain and discomfort 24/7. His name is Barney. I would appreciate a prayer for him. Kenny has to take a treatment tomorrow, Larry on Thursday. If you have just a moment say a sentence prayer for these guys.

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Spiritual Striping

July 18, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

They will strip you of your beautiful clothes and jewels.
~Ezekiel 23:26

QUOTE

Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please Christ. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.

~Bro. Lawrence

MY THOUGHTS

Most of us are concerned with our appearance. We want to look good, fashionable and give the appearance that we have it all together with no temptations, inclinations to do evil, and no insecurities or heartaches. As a student of the word and a servant of Christ, I have learned to live without affirmation. I can’t remember the last time someone came up to me and said, “Bro. Jack, you are right, man is totally depraved. Everything we think about or imagine is consistently and totally evil.”I don’t need to hear you confess your vanity to know that you are vain. I know you are vain and so am I. We do good things at times but we do them for the wrong reason. If you really mean business and you want your life to count in terms of kingdom service, start stripping away everything in your life that is not like Jesus. The first thing that needs to go is not “Parties,” Jesus loved parties: the Pharisees didn’t but He did. No, the first thing that needs to go is your ‘Pretense’. Stop acting and get real.
I can read your mind: you don’t think I care about my appearance but you are wrong. I care too much. Then why do I wear combat boots with shorts and all raggedy T-Shirts. Well, that part of my appearance is not that important to me but there are vain things that motivate me. I don’t want to appear stingy; I don’t want to appear weak and I sure as hades don’t want to appear effeminate. I have just as much vanity as a woman who will not leave the house without her makeup on but my vanity is a different sort.
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  • Sunday is FRONT ROW SHOWER for Children’s Closet….unrefrigerated snacks, underwear, socks, tennis shoes [no coats are jackets at this time].
  • Work night went great…
  • YOUTH traveling today: should be home this evening.
  • We did not finish the ramp but made progress: it is looking good. We are blessed to have people like Gary and David to lead us in these projects. We are going to dedicate her once we getter done.
  • Mother would have been 99 today. Mrs. Irene Pope will be 99 in a few days and so will Ona Holladay. All three were the same age.
  • Josie Tate is 6 going on 16…she is very mature. She has spent the week at home while JD, Lori and Ty are at camp. She is not afraid. Sleeps by herself in the front bedroom. She is a brave little girl and no trouble. She likes to work puzzles but Granddaddy has been working late every night and has not got to help her. She gave up on me last night and worked the puzzle before I got home.

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Integrity

July 14, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

“Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.”

~Leviticus 9:11, NIV

QUOTE

I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

~George Washington

THOUGHT

George Washington’s deepest core value was integrity. He wanted to be and to be remembered as an honest man. The George Washington types {honest men} are hard to find. Shakespeare believed you find only one in a thousand. We generally think of lying as words said but many a man has been deceived by what was not said, that should have been said. The word of God is clear, we are not to deceive others by either bad information of withholding information. Every man should speak truth to his neighbor. People who are driven by a single motive are more apt to be honest where as people who have divided loyalties are much more prone to duplicity and deception. God is not going to hold the dupe responsible for your cunning deception. It is a mistake to let someone deceive you but no where in scripture is it identified as a sin. It is most definitely a sin to deceive in any fashion.

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  • BLOCK PARTY is a go…Offering was $4,483.00 which gives us a grand total of $10,375.21 with three more offering to go. This a couple of thousand more than we had last year. I am excited because the LORD has given us a clear indication in terms of direction. As always, we are going to try to make the party better and more evangelistic. We have most of the stage personalities lined up but we have a couple of additional things we are working on. Budget offering was good and attendance better but not great.
  • Good service last night and great offering…Way to go DBC, I commend you on your generosity.
  • Work night this Wednesday: we are going to do some work in the FORTE. One crew will work on the ramp, some will be painting and some cleaning. Plenty of work for anyone who wants to help: we start at 6:30. No service in the Sanctuary: everyone is invited to work.
  • YOUTH LEAVING THIS MORNING for Toccoa Falls, Georgia for a week of camp.
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Integrity

May 30, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Jesus said, “There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others…your task is to be true, not popular.

~Luke 6:26, MSG

QUOTE

When it comes to pleasing God, no work is better than any other. To wash dishes and to preach is all one.

~William Tyndale

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Many people worry constantly about what others think of them. They are slaves to public opinion. They spend their lives trying to be politically correct and give no thought to pleasing Christ. As one performer said, “They need to kill the foot lights and turn up the house lights where they can see the only VIP in the audience, Jesus!” In the final analysis, His review is the only one that matters.

When I think of integrity, I think of Job. He would not yield to public opinion or social pressure. Job was unafraid to be himself. It is impossible to live on this sin cursed planet without having some anxiety but you will have far less when you focus on pleasing Christ instead of people. If you perform to please others, you may please some but it will come at the expense of your own integrity. Be yourself; be who God created you to be. Some will like it and some will not. The big advantage for you is that you will enjoy being yourself and God will be honored. He does not like pretense and when you stop and think; you don’t like it either. 

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  • I must be crazy: I don’t know what I was thinking when I planned this week: Senior Adult cook out this morning, we start the chickens at 6:00 am and then we will be starting the handicap ramp at 6:00 pm and then after that Graduation. Yesterday we cleaned out the Grace Barn and got it ready for VBS, finished all our props. I was so tired that I struggled to get home then had to go to Athens. We may have to do a rerun Sunday. I could preach the one entitled…Everything I Know About Women…It would take less than a minute.
  • Sunday is June 1 and it is promotion day in LCBS for pre-school, children and youth. Our adults don’t promote, we just change the sign on the door.
  • Along with a full schedule, we will be getting ready for VBS/VBX Sunday. Sunday morning after worship, we need to clean off the stage so we could use some muscle which is not easy to come by at DBC. We have men that will stand and talk while the women carry the weight. The few of us who are gentlemen are too old to lift much. I’m doing good to carry my own weight but I will do my part but I will need some help, some strong help. There is one problem, I will forget what I am supposed to do if someone doesn’t remind me.
  • Big Mama’s forecast for new week is hot and humid. Let’s pray that she is wrong. She probably is not but I would like for her to be. I would like another week like this one.

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Undeceivable!

September 30, 2013

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites.

~Matthew 22:16

QUOTE

You can sing all you want about how you love Jesus, you can have crocodile tears in your eyes, but the consecration that doesn’t reach your purse has not reached your heart.

~Adrian Rogers

COMMENTARY

I searched for a quote on the integrity of Jesus but all I could find at the spur of the moment was a quote about our lack of integrity. Make no mistake, Jesus has perfect integrity and He is a perfect judge of character. The Jewish religious leaders attempted to set Him up by flattering Him, “Teacher, we know how honest You are.” Ironically, everything their spokesman said about Jesus was true: He was honest, He taught the truth about God and He showed no partiality. Jesus was never impressed with social status, wealth, education, power or position. He was more impressed with the widow who gave less than a nickel than with the rich who gave thousands. Jesus saw the heart. He not only saw what a person was, He saw what they could become. Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well are good examples. Most of his disciples were social outcast. In some ways, Jesus was considered an outcast: He came from the wrong town, He had no visible wealth, no formal education; He did not even own a home. Thousands misjudged Him for these very reasons. Whereas you may misjudge Jesus–He will not misjudge YOU! Not only is He uncorruptable; he is also undeceivable!

EXTRA

When king Jehoshaphat of Judah was training his Judges, this is what he said to them– “Protect justice and do what is right because the LORD your God is fair. He does not treat some people as if they are more important than others, and He does not accept bribes to change His judgments.” [2 Chronicles 19:7, ERV]

 

EXTRA/EXTRA

I am aware that uncorruptable and undeceivable are not in the dictionary: just know that JESUS cannot be corrupted or deceived. Another fantastic Sunday. As Keith would say, “Unbelievable”…God is good…His mercy and grace are off the charts. He continues to bless our Sunday night services and last night we had two professions of faith which means we got to close with a family celebration. Church is definitely the Sunday Night place to be. I do wish that I had the ability and freedom to share with you what God has done for me. Let me just say that each Sunday is a miracle of grace and I drive home marveling at God’s goodness.

Caleb Bolton and Ella Kate Tidwell, New Member of the Family of God!

Caleb Bolton and Ella Kate Tidwell, New Member of the Family of God!

SPECIAL SUNDAY NIGHT EVENTS COMING THIS FALL

  • October 27…Cookout, BBQ chicken and ribs

  • November 17…Luke 14 Banquet

  • November 24…Life Of Jesus [Children’s Ministry Team]

  • December 15…Children’s Christmas Play [CMT]

Under Attack

August 24, 2013

Pray For Revival

Pray For Revival

SCRIPTURE

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

~Proverbs 2:7

QUOTE

If you take care of yourself and walk with integrity, you may be confident that God will deal with those who sin against you.

~Warren W. Wiersbe

COMMENTARY

The thing that made Moses, Joshua, Samuel and David such good leaders was their integrity. John MacArthur said, “According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one.” Moses, Joshua, Samuel and David were good leaders and strong in the face of opposition. The key to standing strong when under attack is integrity. Matthew Henry gives us five pointers related to integrity.

  1. When under attack, you must have integrity in order to stand; without it, you will eventually crumble.
  2. The best man in the world holds his integrity no longer than God allows. Only Jesus had perfect Integrity. Everyone else has a crack in the armor somewhere.
  3. A part of integrity is knowing our weakness or vulnerability. We have to be honest with God and our self.
  4. It is His marvelous grace that upholds us. Never, can a man of true integrity brag.
  5. Those whom God upholds are blessed because of His mercy and Grace.

EXTRA

  • It happens, I get in a hurry, I hit a button but I don’t wait to see if the Post is posted. That is what I did yesterday morning. The Twitter window was open, but I either did not hit the Tweet button or something malfunctioned. Fairly certain, it was me.
  • Tomorrow is normal PTL. We will have Deacons meeting at 8:00, LCBS 9:00 and Worship Celebration at 10:15 and 6:00. We had a sweet lady get excited about the Wednesday service. I have had one person ask me about it. This doesn’t happen often. I can’t remember the last time if ever. I think God is up to something.
  • Pray for me, I am going visiting today: pray that I get to share the gospel with someone.
  • My sister June Daphney is in the hospital in Athens. She suffered a series of light strokes. There is a possibility that she will have to go to Huntsville but we have to wait and see how the test from yesterday turn out.
  • We have a few readers in Grand Bay and I want to thank them one more time for being such a blessing to June and I. It is a great church and we had a wonderful week.
  • Ty called me last night about 9:00. The kid is honest, he tells all. He was confessing sins for everyone in his house. I said, “Son, you are as bad as your granddaddy, if you killed someone, you would tell it before dark.” He said, “I am worse than you granddaddy, I am like Whitey.” I said, “Son, Whitey was all right and he could jump over the moon, but you are a slob like granddaddy.” He said, “Granddaddy, you are not a slob, you are crazy.” [Out of the mouth of babes, He has perfected truth]
  • On the gator shot below, Chloe is giving Aunt T the take a hike look cause she thinks she coming to get her. I had never noticed but looking at the picture, she favors me. Notice the tilt of the head. Miss Chloe has an attitude.
Chloe And Gator

Chloe And Gator