Kindness

June 24, 2016

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Scripture

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

~Ephesians 4:32, NASB

Quote

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

~Oscar Wilde

I could write pages on the word “kindness” but I’m going to keep it brief. Yesterday we were in the court room all morning on those hard oak pews with no cushions. Our judge was Brent Craig who happens to be a member of the West Hartselle Baptist church. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a kinder man working in difficult circumstances. Unfortunately for us, we were about the last case to be called so we got to hear three dozen or more that preceded ours. There was everything from domestic abuse to check kiting. One woman gave a bad check for a $17 pizza that is going to cost her $1200. There was several cases of domestic violence but one involved a tall skinny woman about the size of Big Mama and her husband who would go 230. She beat him up and he was there to drop the charges. If I had been the judge, I would have fined him $1000 for not being a man. This woman was 6 feet tall but she didn’t weigh a hundred.

But this is beside the point which is Judge Craig’s compassion and kindness on a lot of reds. I saw bleach blonds wearing clothes way to tight, tattoos galore, pony tails on men, Mohawks, skint heads, and know-it-all teenagers who think drugs are something to wink at and yet this judge never, not even once, made an unkind remark and a gesture of contempt. You could not pay me enough money to do what he does but that’s because God did not call me to be a judge but He did call Brent Craig.

We were thrilled with the judges ruling which gives us more time. Other than waiting all morning, everything went great. We got Hope back to the FOUNDRY by 7:50, just ten minutes before her curfew and they were thrilled to see her. She is an icon at the FOUNDRY. They love her and she loves them. If you want to go see Hope; my suggestion is to go to the THRIFT STORE between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and just asked for Hope. She will be working in the back. I go on Thursday night but you can’t visit until 6:00 and you have only a few minutes before their worship service which is 2 hours long. The people who run it is not Baptist, they are Assembly of God and they don’t believe in watches or clocks. Personally, I enjoy it but there are those in the Bailey clan who prefer the KISS formula: Keep IShort/Simple or as some say, Keep It Short Stupid. I could say the same thing they say in one third of the time, maybe less.

No extra tonight, the blog is the extra.

BLOCK PARTY

August 13: 6-9 PM

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SCRIPTURE

Dear brothers and sisters I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
~2 Corinthians 13:11, NLT

QUOTE

Encouragement really does make a difference.
~Zig Ziggler
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carrie 008Do you agree with Zig? I do, I think he is right on the money. As a young man [teenager] I lacked confidence but my mother believed in me. It seemed that when no one else did, she was firm in her confidence that I would amount to something someday. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what I’d be today without the positive influence of my mother. She was not the only one, others came along side her in time and I needed everyone of them. We all need encouragement. Some of us are so proud that we pretend to be islands standing alone without any need of anyone but it’s an act: we all need encouragement. We need each other.
As I said in yesterdays blog, this has been one of the most unusual weeks of my life. After the events of Sunday through Wednesday, I did not think it was possible for it me to be shocked again but I was wrong. Jesus is always in our storm. We just need to seek Him with all our heart. I met Ralph and Mary Alice Nelson probably a decade ago. I got to know them by visiting Jane Fields their daughter. It was a difficult time for Sandy, Caleb, Ralph, Mary Alice and June [Jane’s sister]. Somehow the sorrow welded a friendship that I do not think can be broken. I saw Ralph, Mary Alice and June the other day at Sandy’s retirement party and I merely spoke to them and had a brief conversation. No miracles, no profound words, just cordial conversation and then this week, in the middle of the storm, I got a card from Mary Alice. I don’t usually do this and I will probably regret it tomorrow but this is what the card said:
No wonder there’s such warmth behind the thanks this brings your way–
Your thoughtfulness brought so much joy, it really made my day.
THANKS! You made my day.
Of course there were personal comments that I cannot share: the card was brimming with encouragement. Perhaps you could make someone’s day. I bet you could if you really tried. I know I would like to make someone feel better about themselves today; what about you?
Honestly, do I have such charm as to make a person’s day? Probably not: Mary Alice Nelson is one of the sweetest souls on this earth. She is kind to everyone. She did make my day! After I finished the blog.
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  • I think we got the last detail worked out today for the Block Party: one last offering this Sunday and we need a good one. We have several special offering coming up in August and then in September we focus on Guatemala. I want the YOUTH who went on the Mission Trip to prepare one minute promo’s for the offerings beginning September 6. The August 16th offering will go to Bryan Drake who is helping us with the Block Party, the 23rd will go to the Parking Lot and the 30th to AWANA.
  • Please hold off on bringing things for the GRACE BARN, all this stuff you are piling in the bus barn will have to be moved. Just one more week. You can do it and it will help us out.
  • PRAISE THE LORD: I did have a great day yesterday in spite of some disappointment. What about that rain? I drove to Decatur in the rain {Alabama Mail} and got to eat at my favorite Cajun Restaurant {Popeye’s}. When I bit into that honey biscuit, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The folks at AL mail have a little Pentecostal dog that danced for me and it claps its paws when they tell it to praise Jesus. I can,t get it loaded to Twitter but I will try to put it on FaceBook. Plus, I knew before I left that Joe David, Lori and team were home safe and sound. How can God be so good!
House In Memory of Dana Segars

House In Memory of Dana Segars

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Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

~Philippians 2:15, NLT

QUOTE

When people are full of themselves, they leave no room for others.

~Bill Mandrell

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I don’t shop on Black Friday; I don’t shop period unless its on line. The females in my herd don’t miss a Black Friday sale and I get reports from them about the rudeness of people who are pushing and shoving trying to be the first to get a TV or gadget. Reportedly, fights have erupted and tempers have flared as people push and shove in an effort to get what they want. How many of these people care about the person in front or behind them? Are we as believers guilty of the same thing; perhaps in another setting. Do you hinder the fellowship of the church by seeking our way instead of being willing to yield to the majority? What do you call a person who is willing to destroy the fellowship of a church just to get their way? Solomon said, “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife and a whisper separates best friends.”

Today, I challenge you to think of someone else other than yourself. Do something that will indicate you putting their interest first. Some one near you is hurting. There is someone within your reach that you can help TODAY. When we start taking the word of God seriously, our relationship will be transformed. People will see the LIGHT shinning through us.

THIS IS WHAT MEMORIAL DAY IS ALL ABOUT

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MEMORIAL DAY EVE WORSHIP CELEBTATION AT 10:15

  • Tribute to the Fallen

  • Wendy Greenhaw singing National Anthem

  • Video “We Will Fight” with Ronald Wilson Reagan

  • Tribute to those who have served

  • Patriotic Music

  • A Challenge to do what you can, while you can

In Any Case

January 6, 2015

 

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SCRIPTURE

In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.

~Philippians 4:14, NRSV

QUOTE

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.

~George Washington

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Philippians 4 is a wonderful chapter, one of my favorite in all the word of God. In this great chapter Paul says…

  • Rejoice in the LORD always and again I say rejoice.
  • Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything.
  • Think on things worthy of praise and the peace of God will be in you.
  • I have learned to be content in any and all circumstances.
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Wow, what a fantastic list of exhortations. After saying all these wonderful things, Paul says, “In any case, it is kind of you to share in my distress.” The word distress is the Greek word ‘thlipsis’. It is one of the few Greek words that I recognize. It is the word used for pressing the juice out of the grapes. It literally means under pressure and is translated tribulation, oppression and distress. I like the NRSV translation here as distress. Distress is suffering that affects the mind or body due to a difficult situation in which you do not have enough money, food, energy or resources. It just so happened that the Philippians revived Paul’s depleted bank account. They shared his distress.

Even the Apostle Paul with his tremendous faith in Jesus felt distress at times. The same man who exhorts us not to worry about anything also felt the pressures of daily living and welcomed the relief that came to him in an act of kindness from the Philippian Church.

Do you feel the pressure? Jesus uses this same word ‘thlipsis’ in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation {thlipsis}; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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  • Today we pray for School Teachers: it is their first day back after the CHRISTMAS BREAK. The only bad thing about the CHRISTMAS BREAK, it doesn’t last long.
  • My Nephew Henry Eugene Bailey  was promoted yesterday morning [Jan. 5] around 7:00 am. Henry would have been 53 this February 22. Henry was born in Dennison, Texas while his Dad was in the Air Force. I have a good story about our first trip to see Henry. I’ll put it on My Stories. His COLS is tomorrow {Wednesday} at Sardis Springs at 1:00. Henry’s frail body will be buried on the land that was a part of our family farm when I was a boy. His battle with a very mean and vicious enemy {cancer} is over. Henry has VICTORY IN JESUS forever!
  • We got all the CHRISTMAS decorations down and stored. It will not be long until Lexi unplugs my last outside tree. I don’t want my neighbors out doing me but Lexi usually takes care of it. They leave their lights up to the middle of January but Lexi is having no part of that. We also got the JANUARY 2015 DIGEST to Alabama Mail and we went to see Kenny. He was not having a good day and I did not get to talk with him. He has a doctor’s appointment Wednesday. Pray for Kenny. Stop reading and pray for him now.
  • It is official: June and I {Lord willing} will be going to Grand Bay January 17-22. This includes two travel days. We will be working with Bro. Teddie in REVIVAL. I pray that 2015 will be the year of Revival in America and I would love to see it break out in Grand Bay and spread all across the USA. We also go to Sardis Springs February 15-18 for the Winter Bible Study. God is good!
  • First day of diet went pretty good: I switched to Atkins when I got home and ate a pound of meatloaf but no bread or carbs. We had black bean burritos for lunch and it was good. Black beans, spinach, brown rice, yogurt and salsa, 280 calories. There is no way I could have taken in more than 1500 calories today but I still feel fat.
  • Big Mama says we have 60 hours of sub-freezing temperatures coming this week.
COLD WEATHER IS COMING

COLD WEATHER IS COMING

Tis The Season To Be Jolly

December 23, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

If you have the gift of giving, give with generosity; if you have the gift of leading, lead with enthusiasm; if your gift is doing acts of kindness, do them cheerfully.
~Romans 12:8, JEV

QUOTE

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~Charles Dickens

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I’ve used the Dickens’ quote before but couldn’t resist. I also like Emerson’s quote on acts of kindness…“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I love list’s and in Romans 12, Paul gives us a list of exhortations and I have translated some into ACTS OF KINDNESS that we can do not just at Christmas but any day of the year. Look through the list and pick out at least one project to do between now and Christmas.

  1. Demonstrate to someone that your love is real.
  2. Be truly affectionate in showing love for one another.
  3. Compete with each other in showing respect. Try to out respect them.
  4. Be fired up and enthusiastic about the LORD’s work.
  5. Help someone who is suffering.
  6. Help someone financially. Pray for God to put a person on your heart. It could be a believer.
  7. Make an extra effort to be kind to strangers.
  8. Bless someone who has been ugly to you in the past year. Say nice things to them and about them.
  9. Work for peace in your family or circle of friends. You may be the only person who can call a truce. Peace in your family may depend on you.
  10. Do an act of kindness to a person who doesn’t like you.

It’s a tough list, is it not? It is a challenge for me. You could make a huge difference in someone life with a simple act of kindness. Why not give it shot, after all, its Christmas.

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  • When I was a kid, it was the children that looked forward to being out of school for Christmas, summer or anything but now days it is the teachers who get the most excited about school being closed. Elect me Governor and we will cut out some of the school business; I’ll give you more holiday’s, fewer tests and restore real food to the lunch room.
  • I think Preston Roberts may get to come home today. I hope to find out more as the day progresses. Kenny had another tough day yesterday. He had two procedures at DGH but is back home. Please pray for Kenny.
  • Concerning the family you helped at Huntsville Women and Children: Katie said they were thrilled with your gift. Mandy got all the other things to the proper families yesterday. I really appreciate what you did for children this year. I know we have always helped a few but you went above and beyond this year.
  • Today is my baby sisters birthday. I’m not going to mention her age but I was 10 when she was born.
  • After Christmas, I plan to run the top ten cartoons for 2014. If you want to vote on one, my email is jack@danvillebaptist.org. or just text me.
  • I tried to preview the post at the office and it dated it as December 22 so I had to copy, paste and redo pics. Now I am tired and no telling how many mistakes you will find. Hopefully, this one will be dated right.
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This article is not for the faint of heart…Full article can be read on JAG HUNTER

George Everett "Bud" Day

George Everett “Bud” Day

George Everett “Bud” Day (February 24, 1925 – July 27, 2013) was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. As of 2013, he is the only person to be awarded both medals.I got shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, a Sqdn. Commander.

Before his death, he spoke of the Presidents view on torture…

After I returned in 1973…I published 2 books that dealt a lot
With “real torture” in Hanoi . Our make-believe president is
Branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has
No idea what torture is.

As for me, I was put through a mock execution because I would not respond..
Pistol whipped on the head….same event. Couple of days later…
Hung by my feet all day. I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got
Shot and recaptured. Shot was OK…what happened afterwards was not.

They put me in the rope trick, trick…almost
Pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a
Little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot,
Unbroken hand a pulp.

Next day hung me by the arms…rebroke my right wrist…wiped
Out the nerves in my arms that control the hands….rolled my fingers
Up into a ball. Only left the slightest movement of my left forefinger.
So I started answering with some incredible lies.
Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.
Hanoi ..on my knees….rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.
Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.
Much kneeling–hands up at Zoo.
Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.
Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru
Kneeling holes.
There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior
Officer of a large building… because of escape…they started a mass
Torture of all commanders.
I think it was July 7, 1969…they started beating me with a car fanbelt.
In the first 2 days I took over 300 strokes…then stopped counting
Because I never thought I would live thru it.
They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent
Part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees…
Fan belting…cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. Opened up
Both knee holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger…I could not
Lie on my back.
They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape…and
That my 2 room-mates knew about it.

The next day I denied the lie.
They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of
The fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12th..to 14 October
1969. I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.
Now, the point of this is that our make-believe
President has declared to the world that we (U.S..) are a bunch of
Torturers…Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they
Catch us…because that is what the U.S. Does.
Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks
That pouring a little water on some one’s face, or hanging a pair of
women’s pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE.. He is a meathead.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron,
In jail…as was John McCain…and we agree that McCain does
Not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was
Torture…or that “water boarding” is torture.

Kindness Incarnated

December 1, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.

~Galatians 5:22-23, TLB

QUOTE

The person who sows seeds of kindness enjoys a perpetual feast.

~Anonymous

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Something happened yesterday that I do not recall happening before: Bro. Tim and I had picked the exact same scripture. I quickly volunteered to switch but Bro. Tim said, “No, this is a God thing. There is a reason why both of us thought of the same text. We need to go with it.” Martha Newby incarnated all the fruits of the Spirit but the first word which comes to my mind when her name is mentioned is “Kindness.” I try to change this hard world with the hammer of truth; Mrs. Martha had a better way, she melted it with kindness.

Some years ago as I was about to get out of my vehicle and enter a beautiful edifice for the celebration of life service for a young man who had died tragically, God spoke to me clearly and I have never forgotten what He said, “Jack, one act of kindness means more to Me than big buildings like the one you just been admiring.” Think about it, “What does God need with bricks, mortar, mahogany and stained glass?” The building I was admiring would cost well over a million but I took notes and I believe what He said: God is not into building, buses and budgets: God’s affinity is for people.

Can you imagine the reward those will receive who were kind to Jesus? What about the nameless woman in Luke 7 who washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair and then kissed His feet incessantly in a room filled with gawking-dirty-minded-old-men who were making fun of her as she expressed her love for Jesus?

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  • Today we pray for Ministers and Missionaries.
  • Yesterday was my first really long day since the surgery and I was beat last night but even in my weariness, I was so thankful to be able to be up and going. I love my church family and the singing yesterday morning was such a blessing. I also got the opportunity to visit with my dear friends and family at Sardis Springs. It was a good day: Thank You Jesus.
  • TODAY’s agenda is to get the DIGEST to Alabama mail and restore the sanctuary.
  • Again, we want to thank Kelli, Cyndi, Lisa, Beth and Hope for decorating the church: they did a fantastic job.
  • If you have not signed up for your family photo for new church directory, you need to do so in the next two weeks. We have had a good response but we need to fill in the gaps. You can sign up at the Welcome Center or see Mandy when you go through the line for supper on Wednesday night.
  • To tired to find a cartoon.

In Any Case

November 29, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.

~Philippians 4:14, NRSV

QUOTE

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.

~George Washington

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Philippians 4 is a wonderful chapter, one of my favorite in all the word of God. In this great chapter Paul says…

  • Rejoice in the LORD always and again I say rejoice.
  • Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything.
  • Think on things worthy of praise and the peace of God will be in you.
  • I have learned to be content in any and all circumstances.
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Wow, what a fantastic list of exhortations. After saying all these wonderful things, Paul says, “In any case, it is kind of you to share in my distress.” The word distress is the Greek word ‘thlipsis’. It is one of the few Greek words that I recognize. It is the word used for pressing the juice out of the grapes. It literally means under pressure and is translated tribulation, oppression and distress. I like the NRSV translation here at distress. Distress is suffering that affects the mind or body due to a difficult situation in which you do not have enough money, food, energy or resources. It just so happened that the Philippians revived Paul’s depleted bank account.

Even the Apostle Paul with his tremendous faith in Jesus felt distress at times. The sam man who exhorts us not to worry about anything also feels the pressure of life and welcomes the relief that comes when other Christians act in kindness toward us.

Do you feel the pressure? Jesus uses this same word ‘thlipsis’ in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation {thlipsis}; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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  • Today we pray for School Teachers: it is their first day back after the CHRISTMAS BREAK. The only bad thing about the CHRISTMAS BREAK, it doesn’t last long.
  • My Nephew Henry was promoted yesterday morning around 7:00 am. His COLS is tomorrow at Sardis Springs at 1:00. Henry’s frail body will be on land buried that was a part of our family farm when I was a boy. His battle with a very mean and vicious enemy {cancer} is over. Henry has VICTORY IN JESUS forever!
  • We got all the CHRISTMAS decorations down and stored. It will not be long until Lexi unplugs my last outside tree. I don’t want my neighbors outdoing me but Lexi usually takes care of it. We got the JANUARY 2015 DIGEST to Alabama Mail and we went to see Kenny. He was not having a good day and I did not get to talk with him. He has a doctor’s appointment Wednesday. Pray for Kenny. Stop reading and pray for him now.
  • It is official: June and I {Lord willing} will be going to Grand Bay January 17-22. We will be working with Bro. Teddie in REVIVAL. I pray that 2015 will be the year of Revival in America and I would love to see it break out in Grand Bay and spread all across the USA. We also go to Sardis Springs February 15-18 for the Winter Bible Study. God is good!
  • First day of diet went pretty good: I switched to Atkins when I got home and eat a pound of meatloaf but no bread or carbs. We had a black bean burrito for lunch and it was good. Black beans, spinach, brown rice, yogurt and salsa, 280 calories. There is no way I could have taken in more than 1500 calories today.
  • Big Mama says we have 60 hours of sub-freezing temperatures coming this week.
  • For some reason, I could not get Media images to upload tonight.
COLD WEATHER IS COMING

COLD WEATHER IS COMING

Thank HIM For Who He Is

November 28, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

~Psalms 86:15, NRSV

QUOTE

To be thankful for our blessings leaves us falling short: we need to give thanks to our Benefactor but even that is insufficient, we need to thank Him not just for what He does but for who He is.

~Yaakov

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Thanksgiving and praise go together and David was good at both because he focused on God’s attributes. In Psalms 86 he strings together a list of divine attributes: we see at least six in verse 15 alone. David begins with But You, O Lord God are”God here is not ‘elohiym [object of our worship] but El, the Strong One, the Almighty. And the Almighty is merciful, gracious, slow to anger [patient], steadfast in love and faithful [True]. When we are sorrowful, the LORD is full of compassion. When we are battling temptation, the LORD is slow to anger. When we sin, He is merciful and kind. Even if we are unfaithful to HIM, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself. Nothing we do or say has any influence over His attributes. I cannot influence God to be more loving or less loving. He is who He is: it is all in His name Yahweh [I AM WHO I AM]. All these attributes make Him worthy of praise and since all the attributes are good, we should be thankful.

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  • We had a very good THANKSGIVING SERVICE. We were missing a lot of regulars for one reason or another but we had two, make that three new families to join us. It was a good service.
  • We had our Thanksgiving at Hannah’s with 23 present. We had another testimony time there which is always a blessing.
  • We did get some sad news [for us] while we were there: our dear friend Mrs. Martha Newby was promoted yesterday morning [Thanksgiving]. She was an outstanding Christian lady so it was a promotion for her but I was going up today to carry her a flower. I thought I had more time. Her Celebration of Life Service will be Sunday evening at 2:30 or 3:00. They were not definite about the time yesterday.
  • Don’t forget we are showing the Billy Graham MY HOPE video Sunday morning and it is on heaven. It is good: invite your friends to come see it. Deacons meeting at 8:50, LCBS at 9:00, Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • June and I had planned to go see SAVING CHRISTMAS but it is doing so poorly that they are not showing it at night at all. I really hated to hear this but I have had no success in promoting the movie. The world will be declared the winner here and that bothers me. Christians should have supported the movie. You know why we have Obama? Only 50% of evangelicals are registered to vote and of that number only half actually vote. You’d be shocked at why they don’t vote. I will tell you sometime.

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Kindness

March 6, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

~Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV

QUOTE

Want to snatch a day from the manacles of boredom? Do an act of kindness for someone.

~Max Lucado

THOUGHT

Every act of kindness rendered for Christ sake will be divinely noted and eternally rewarded. We are enamored with success; big buildings, budgets and bank accounts. These are the things that impress us but not God. The Jews were in awe of the Temple but not Jesus: He said, “Not one stone will be left on another.”  Jesus was more impressed with the Widow who gave two mites than He was with the Temple. It is not the big things that impress Jesus, it is the small things you do for others that no one else notices.

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  • GOTTA MOVE is our VBS Theme for Pre-school and Children. I think the kids will love it. It is going to be different but I think that will be refreshing. We still have some major hurdles to get over. We could use some prayer. Pray to the LORD of the harvest that He will send us workers.
  • Beautiful Day yesterday: Thank YOU Jesus!
  • Last night was our last meeting under regular time: Sunday night and next Wednesday, we will have an extra hour of daylight. Just remember, we lose an hour of sleep Saturday night. No deacons meeting this Sunday.
  • Josie and Ty inspired my blog. I think they must have studied the fruits of the Spirit in AWANA. Our VBS will be on the Fruits of the Spirit.
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The Breaking Point

July 17, 2013

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

When all the Israelites saw that the king had not listened to them, the people answered the king:

“We have no portion in David. No share in Jesse’s son! To your tents, O Israel.”

I Kings 12:16, JPS

QUOTE

People will stair at you and talk about you too, make it worth their while.

~Harry Winston

COMMENTARY

The Israelites had been pushed to the breaking point by Solomon. His massive building programs were expensive and were a huge burden on tax payers. While Solomon lived in a luxurious palace [gated community] and walked on floors that were covered with gold, the common people were struggling just to keep their heads above the water. Rehoboam was not a child when he became king: he was 41 years old and he made a critical mistake in refusing to listen to the people. He rebuffed them and spoke to them disrespectfully, unaware that he was pushing them to the breaking point. Mr. Webster gives us three meaning for the term “Breaking Point”: [1] The point at which a person gives way under stress [2] The point at which a situation becomes critical and [3] the point at which something loses force or validity. It is the third definition that is applicable here. Once you push a person to this point, they do not care what you think and they are not afraid of what you can do. They become apathetic to anything pertaining to you. Rehoboam could threaten all he wanted but it was too late, they no longer cared what he did.
This is vividly illustrated in the life of Nicodemus the teacher of teachers [Professor]. He came to Jesus by night because he did not want the Jews to know that he was interested in what Jesus had to say. At some point, we do not know exactly when, he became a believer in Jesus Christ but he kept it a secret in fear of the Jews and his peers. When he saw what they did to Jesus at Calvary, something snapped. The cowardly Nicodemus became a bold Nicodemus. He gave aid to Joseph of Arimathea in taking Jesus from the cross and laying Him in a tomb and he did it in broad open daylight because he not longer cared what the Jews thought.
At some point in your life, you need to come to a breaking point where something snaps and you stop letting what others think control how you fell. We all have a problem with this: women more than men and especially young women.

EXTRA

  • I wanted to say much more on the subject above but I know only a few can handle the long blogs so I wrote a Soap Box article on the same subject that goes into details. If you are one who worries about what people think of you, read the Soap Box article.
  • One more day of sunshine and I think I’ll be able to cut the ditches. Thank You Jesus for the sunshine.
  • Joint Worship tonight: it will probably be brief but we will met together at 6:30. No supper!
  • I’ve been hearing bad news all week on the cancer issue. I don’t like bad news and I hate cancer. Join me in praying for Milton, Penney and Clayton.
  • As far as I know things are going well in L.A. where the kids are this week.