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

Spiritual Immaturity

December 5, 2015

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Scripture

“It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!”

~Exodus 14:2, NLT

Quote

Immaturity is a state of being not fully developed or grown; acting in a childish way; having or showing a lack of emotional maturity.

~Daniel Webster

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Three days prior to the scripture above, the Israelites had marched out of Egypt like and army, they were in columns and it took them hours to march down  the main street of Rameses with shouts of victory and fist raised in defiance. They were acting like a conquering army. Three days later they are petrified with fear: afraid to run or fight.

In their fear they lash out at Moses, the servant of God, with a barrage of questions, each accusing him of poor leadership.

  • Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?
  • Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt?
  • What have you done to us?
  • Why did you make us leave Egypt?
  • Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt?

They conclude with this statement: We ask you to “Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!”

The marks of immaturity:

  1. Implication: somehow this was all Moses fault. He was to blame for everything. 
  2. Irresponsibility: not only did they blame Moses, they wanted him to fix the problem for them.
  3. Insecurity: they were eaten alive by fear. Afraid to die, afraid to fight, afraid of freedom and afraid to live by faith.

Although the LORD had freed them from Pharaoh, they continued to think like slaves. It took them 40 years to get this slave mentality out of their system. Although we have been saved, sometimes we think and act like sinners. It is hard to get the old ways out of our system. Don’t be too hard on the Israelites, we are a lot like them.

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  • Gary Garner has completed his first round of chemo but his blood levels are down and he cannot have company.  His counts are slow in rebuilding but this time it seems like slower than usual. He goes next Tuesday for PET scan and MRI. Pray for Gary.
  • David Wood has been trying to restart the INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY which I am for but keep forgetting to mention. There is a sign up sheet at the welcome center.
  • Golden Girls and Senior Adults Christmas today at Cracker Barrel in Hartselle. {9:30 am}
  • I have a new app on my Phone for the phone message: I didn’t think the first one went through yesterday because after an hour or so, I didn’t get a call but my phone was on silent. I am pretty sure I called you twice: sorry about that!
  • We have a couple of handicap ramps to build and I am out of commission but I think I can get Felton to lead the project. We will meet Sunday. One of them will be very simple. I have not measured for the second. He could use one or two helpers. Joe David will help and we could use one more.
  • Ray Edwards is better: the meds worked and I got a little bump from the steroids. Still can’t walk any distance but I am better. June drove me yesterday so I could visit the hospital. Buford Burgess had a bad night, didn’t not get to come home. Mrs. Roylean Lewis is very low, her family was with her yesterday. 

Gary, Keri and Kane

 

The Power To Say No

September 23, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith.
~I Peter 5:9, CEV

QUOTE

The proper response to Satan’s lies is God’s word of truth.
~David Egner

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Flip WilsonWell before your time, there was black comedian named Flip Wilson who hosted a weekly TV comedy hour. He was most famous for playing the part of Geraldine Jones, a sassy liberated black woman with a boyfriend named killer. Geraldine was forever getting into trouble but she always had an excuse, the same excuse–“The devil made me do it.” I am afraid a lot of folks use this as an excuse but in reality the devil has no power over a believer. Christ via His grace has given you the power to say “NO!” We can resist the devil by staying strong in the faith.
The tendency to blame others and make excuses is common to man. Remember Adam’s excuse in the garden, “It was the woman You put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.” Remember Moses scolding the Israelites,And the LORD was also angry with me because of you.”  We all do it but it is not acceptable: Adam had a choice and so did Moses. Adam had no right to blame God for his bad choice and Moses had no right to blame the Israelites for the bad choice he made.

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  • Gary Garner did not get moved but they hope to do it today. He did walk some yesterday, PTL.
  • Kelvin Callahan did not get to come home, Oxygen level too low. Maybe today, not sure.
  • Kane update: Feeling good tonight, eating ok, stomach is upset because the pancreas is not digesting properly. They think it needs additional enzymes they can fix it just waiting on test. We are tired but I really feel the prayers keeping us keeping on. [I tried to edit, Michelle doesn’t use punctuation]
  • We may feed the Jolly family Friday. Joe David is checking with family. The service time has not been set at this time. Joe David is officiating I think.
  • GATHERING tonight at 6:30.

Gary, Keri and Kane

Responsibility

August 28, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Arise! For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you; be courageous and act.”

~Ezra 10:4, NASB

QUOTE

The price of greatness is responsibility.

~Winston Churchill

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Can you take blame or when accused do you point a finger at someone else? Can you absorb pain like a sponge? Can you bear the burden of your hurt in order to spare those you love? Can you stand alone if necessary? Growing old is mandatory but growing up is a choice. Irresponsibility is no respecter of age; it cripples young and old. We live is a ‘Me’ culture that is all about rights but little is said about responsibility.

Obama and his liberal cronies want to erase Washington and Jefferson from the history books because they owned slaves but the democratic party has created a new slavery; it is call entitlement. People want a check but they don’t want to work for it–the working class owed them a comfortable living. No man is entitled to anything other than life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am sick of hearing all these cry babies whine–grow up, get a job, take some responsibility for a change.

I think the rainbow flag is racist, don’t you? I also think a gay black man murdering two whites is a hate crime. I wonder why Obama hasn’t weighed in on this one? Would it be different if it was a white man killing two blacks or two gays? Thank God it wasn’t or we would be hearing about it for years to come. Really, it is not a matter of race, being black, white or Latino–it is a matter of taking responsibility for your actions. I respect any man who does regardless of his color and have no respect for those who don’t– red or yellow, black or white. Personally, I know more irresponsible white people than I do black. I do know one that is black: He lives in D.C.

I am also sick and tired of being politically correct so as not to offend the irresponsible masses. Grow some skin, I am taking the gloves off.

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  • Gary Garner did not get his treatment yesterday but he is scheduled for one today and another Saturday. He was feeling pretty good yesterday morning.
  • Betty Burnett got a great report so she is relieved and rejoicing.
  • I ran into an Auburn fan at DGH: actually I over heard him from down the hall. He was arguing with some doctors. He told them that Jeremy Johnson would have 40 TD passes this fall. I told him, “If I wasn’t a Christian, I would lay some money on that.” Hey, I think the odds are in my favor. He said, “We may not pass for 40 but if not, we will run 40.” Forty total is very possible: Eighty would be hard. I’m not that greedy, I’d take 40 total and a good defense. I may not watch any football this fall: I haven’t decided. It doesn’t do much for me anymore: guess I am getting old.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS Saturday morning at 9:00. [Cracker Barrel]
  • Talked to Ken Nelson yesterday: He going to come out and sing for us one Sunday night. He and Merle go out to Seattle about three times every year: they have two grand children there. Seattle is an interesting place: I wouldn’t mind going back there someday.
  • Talk about a miracle, Buford Burgess may get to come home. They have him walking again. He hasn’t walked in months. He says he is coming to DBC when he gets able. PTL.

Gary, Keri and Kane

Trouble Maker

July 31, 2013

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Scripture

So Obadiah went to tell Ahab that Elijah had come, and Ahab went out to meet Elijah.When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”

I Kings 18:16-17 NLT

Quote

If you take a sword and use it, to run a fellow through; government ain’t to answer for it, God will send the bill to you.

~James Russell Lowell

Commentary

Why did Ahab blame Elijah for Israel’s problems? Why do people always blame the preacher? Somebody asked John Tanner at a luncheon one day [I was sitting there], “John, why do you all blame Bro. Jack for everything that goes wrong at Danville?” John didn’t hesitate, he said, “Because 90% of the time he is guilty.” John may have been wrong; it may be more like 98% of the time. If I had learned from all my mistakes, I’d be a genius. The first step to maturity is to take responsibility for your mistakes instead of blaming them on others.  Ahab was the true trouble maker in Israel but he blamed everything on Elijah. When we become an accuser of the brethren, not only are we acting Satan like, we are also attempting to excuse our own sin and failure. Every time we make an excuse or blame someone else, we forfeit the right to grow.

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  • Cut a deal with Carol Lynn [Loretta’s cousin] yesterday–105.7 FM will be our radio station for the Block Party. She should start advertising August 1.
  • Chick-Fil-A tonight at 5:45 and we are having Peanut Butter Ice Cream.
  • Eleven Days until BLOCK PARTY. Everything is coming together, my big concern is getting enough stuff to stock the GRACE BARN in three days…August 8-10. Remember, you can start bringing stuff at 6:00 PM August 8th. Spread the word. We are going to need a massive turn out on stuff.
Hard Working Tina!

Hard Working Tina!

Jimmy's Crew

Jimmy’s Crew

Pretty Pork Pickers Picking Pork Promptly

Pretty Pork Pickers Picking Pork Promptly

Looks like Joe, Holly and Ken...can't tell for sure

Looks like Joe, Holly and Ken…can’t tell for sure

The Three Stooges, Curly, Moe and Larry

The Three Stooges, Curly, Moe and Larry