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.

SAY YES TO VBS…JUNE 13-17

Justice For All

January 13, 2016

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Scripture

“Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.”

~Leviticus 19:15, NLT

Quote

“In the spiritual realm, every act of justice involves putting ourselves in the other person’s place and thus transcending our own selfish objectives.”

~C.S. Lewis

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The Apostle Paul said, “There will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.” My mentor as a young preacher was Calvin Inman: he taught me to take what was offered in good faith but never to ask for special favors.

A half a century ago, Preachers were often given special discounts by stores and businesses. When June and I were in Mississippi in the early 70’s this practice was very much alive. I appreciate all those who have been generous and kind to us but I do not ask for special favors, this would be morally unacceptable. We should all desire to be treated fairly and with justice but not with special favors.

When big corporations give large sums of money to our congressman, they expect and get special treatment. You and I are scratching out a living and paying 40%  more in taxes and the same congressmen will not even return our mail.

The Jewish religious leaders thought that Jesus should give them special favor, He did not and they were offended. Jesus treated them the way He treated everyone else. We have those in our culture, the parasites who like leaches attach themselves to entitlement programs and they expect and get special treatment. The government did not pay a dime on my college and Seminary education. I didn’t have the grade to get scholarships and my daddy, who finished concrete made too much for me to get the government grant. There is a segment of our culture who pays for nothing: housing, food, medical or education. Those of us who work pay for all these entitlement programs. This is neither fair nor just.

God instructed Moses to pick judges who could not be bribed, men of integrity who could not be bought. Men who could judge fairly and objectively. How many of our Not-So-Supreme Count justices are impartial and are to bias? Really, do you honestly believe the Ruth Bader Ginsburg is impartial. She is a Christ hating {Jew} and radically  a left winger. She doesn’t have an objective bone in her body. The Not-So Supreme court has become a joke.

Brian Williams and Dan Rather [lie as to tell the truth] are not the exceptions in the media, they are the rule. The exception would be a reporter who actually reported facts.

I am prejudice. I am a profiler extraordinaire. I am bias to the bone. The difference between me and your typical Yankee is that I admit it. I am not riding a white horse; everyone has a bias, it is a part of our default setting. I was raised in the South in the Cotton belt and yes I heard and used the N word but I visited Cleveland, Ohio as a 13 year old and heard radical slurs that we had never dreamed of in the South. Who had the most trouble with mandatory busing? It wasn’t Birmingham. Where do you find the most intense racial tension today? Could it be places like Detroit and Chicago?

Everything we have is a gift and we are all here because of God’s grace and mercy. We don’t deserve anything from God and very little from government. National security, law and order, freedom and justice for all–that’s it. No one is indebted to you. Take responsibility–Pay for your own apartment, groceries and education.

I know I am running long today but this thought shot through my mind as I listened to a radio ad about an alternative to smoking. My thought: some people don’t want an alternative to tobacco, prescription drugs, street drugs or alcohol. They have no intention of quitting. The same is true with the entitlement community: red or yellow, black or white, you’ll irresponsible in my sight. Get a job, pay some taxes, give to some charities and then I will listen to your whining. Well, for a couple of minutes or so.

One more question for thought: how many Yankee’s were pulling for Alabama last night? How many for the Flake State? Just think, they have no bias.

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  • Yesterday was College Football’s New Years day. No decent sports on TV now until March Madness and the Master’s {April}.
  • Over did it on Monday so didn’t get a lot done yesterday: got to feeling better last night and hope to be at the GATHERING tonight at 6:30.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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Scripture

The world will hope upon His name.

~Matthew 12:21, CT

Quote

He that lives in hope dances without music.

~George Herbert

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Matthew is quoting Isaiah 42 which is one of Isaiah’s songs of the Suffering Servant {Messiah}. In this song, the Servant is portrayed as one who faithfully establishes justice in the world and serves as a light for the nations. Some one was extoling the virtues of Robert E. Lee when he stopped them: “I am a man of many weaknesses, the only hope our nation has is Jesus.” Nothing has changed: the only hope for America is Jesus and He is the hope of the nations.

At CHRISTMAS we celebrate His first advent but there is a second: He is coming again to establish justice and every knee will bow and every tongue confess. He will be worshipped and adored by all nations. Phillip Bliss said it beautifully: The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin and Like sunshine at noonday, Christ glory shone in; the light of the WORLD is JESUS.

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  • Today we pray for the world.
  • Regular schedule tonight: Supper at 5:30, AWANA at 6:15 and the GATHERING at 6:30.
  • I keep forgetting to mention it on Sunday but our 12 foot step ladder is missing {At church}. We have a lot of lights that need changing and I keep hinting but they are not getting changed. It would help if we had our big ladder.
  • Not to late to sponsor a child for Christmas but you need to see Mandy this Sunday and get your paper work. Why does God bless us? Think about it, there is a reason.

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Perfect Justice

November 27, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Nobody gets by with anything, no one plays fast and loose with Him.

~Psalms 76:12, MSG

QUOTE

Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.

~C.S. Lewis

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Asaph said in Psalm 73, No doubt about it! God is good!” God is good and thus He is just. No sin escapes His judgment. Jesus died to save us from the penalty of sin which is hell but as followers of Christ, we are to give up the practice of sin. It is a paradox that I cannot resolve: Jesus blood atones for all my sins: past, present and future and yet I am accountable for my sins. The writer of Hebrews in chapter 12 quotes Proverbs 3, “My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects.” For the child of God, we are disciplined for our sins and this will take place in this life time. For the unbeliever, there is punishment for sin because they rejected Jesus who is our atonement.

Naturally hurting people, those who have suffered an injustice due to the selfishness of another, have a desire to see justice. I am sure you have heard of the Nuremberg trials which began in November of 1945. It was an international court appointed to the task of prosecuting Nazi war crimes. It is hard to get an exact figure but some 1,800 Nazis were prosecuted. The law of retribution is woven into the very fabric of the universe and no human or group of humans can destroy this code of justice. When a human feels the deep pain of rejection and betrayal that often accompanies divorce; it is a natural tendency for them to want to see justice. I always quote the verse above to the hurting, “Nobody gets by with anything: no one can play fast and lose with God.” It is impossible to deceive Him.

  • Give into lust and you will pay.
  • Mistreat your wife and you will pay.
  • Neglect your children and you will pay.
  • Love money more than people and you will pay.
  • Reject Jesus and you will pay.

I can make the list longer but the point is: sin pays in real wages for anyone, believer or non-believer. NOBODY gets by with ANYTHING! Be thankful that God is just, good and merciful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Conscience

June 5, 2013

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE: They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. {Romans 1:19, NLT}

QUOTE:  “Where reason cannot wade there faith may swim.” ~Thomas Watson

COMMENTARY: C.S. Lewis became the professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University and one of history’s greatest apologist for the Christian faith. Lewis had a tough childhood. Grieved by the death of his mother at age eight and troubled by the horrors of boarding school, he denounced the existence of God and for some years professed to be an atheist primarily because the world he saw was cruel and unjust. After some years of study and thought, he asked himself the question: where did this concept of just and unjust come from. How could I view the world as unjust unless I had some sense of justice. A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. Lewis realized that our Creator has given us all a conscience. We would not know light from darkness had God not given us eyes? Would we know just from unjust had He not given us a conscience.

EXTRA: I’m getting too old to burn the candle on each ends. VBS from 6:30 to 12:30 [for me] and then a triple header at West Park. Plus I weeded and plowed the garden yesterday evening. I had to hit the old advil bottle last night. Mylee’s team won and the boys got beat in the championship game. Tybo the terrific turned an unassisted triple play but it was not enough. What makes his play unbelievable is that Joe David had him in right field. He did a Willie Mays basket catch on a fly ball, ran to first to double the runner who had left the base, then ran to second and recorded the triple play. The bases were loaded and all the runners ran thinking he would not catch the ball. Gregg ask me if I had ever heard of a triple play in T-Ball and I said “Yes, Lara turned a unassisted triple play at Falkville when she was six but she was playing shortstop, not right field. It may be the first time that an outfielder has done such a thing. I know it just T-Ball but it got me fired up. I went running down the fence yelling like a Comanche and Lori just sat in her chair. I said “Lori, why aren’t you up and screaming?” She gave me the calm down signal and said softly, “I am with you granddaddy.” I was so tired after that game that I didn’t know if I was going to make it home and the kids were really tired: Ryder could barely walk, Cade was drained and Gigi was exhausted. What a team, the 2013 Tokyo Giants, perhaps the most exciting T-Ball Team of all time.

GREAT DAY IN VBS..207…wonderful spirit…terrific teachers….Kids did great….just good day.

4th Grade Learning Songs

4th Grade Learning Songs

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Lexi, Mattie and Kerri

Taking a Break

Taking a Break

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Guess Who?

James Kyle comes home today.