Digging Up Bones

September 24, 2015



A worthless man digs up evil, while his words are like scorching fire.

~Proverbs 16:27, NASB


Three things you can’t take back: a spent arrow, a spoken word and a lost opportunity.

~William Barclay


Have you ever tried to stomp out a rumor? It is like fighting a fire that is burning out of control. When I came across the above verse in one of Barclay’s commentary; I immediately thought of two things–Junior Hill’s story of his old hound and the Randy Travis songI’m diggin’ up bones, I’m diggin’ up bones; Exhuming things that’s better left alone.  I’m resurrecting memories of a love that’s dead and gone, yeah tonight I’m sittin’ alone diggin’ up bones.

Somebody gave Junior a mess of catfish. After cleaning them, he buried the heads, bones and guts in the back yard. A couple of weeks later he said, “Carol, what’s that I smell? I think it’s coming from the back yard.” So Junior goes out to investigate and his old hound had dug up all the remains of the fish and they stunk to high heaven. Junior reburied them, this time deeper but the old hound dug them up again. This happened three times before Junior did something else with the bones.

Joe David and I went to a visitation and you know how bad I am with names. Everyone there seemed to know who I was because they had been to DBC one or more times. I start asking too many questions: is this your mama, who’s your daddy, that kind of thing. Over 50% of our young people come from a situation where mom and dad are no longer together. I just had to ask one too many questions. As Randy says, “Some things are better left alone.” The family was very understanding, thank goodness.


  • Gary Garner did not get to move to Health South yesterday, maybe today.
  • Kelvin Callahan came home.
  • Kane Hogan Update: Kane has been roaming the halls signing Sports Illustrated magazines from all the pretty nurses. He has ate a little more today. He is definitely stronger. With his counts climbing they think we will be at Ronald McDonald housing by Friday. We will probably stay in Memphis until they get his Treatment plan back on track. The doctors have eliminated the PEG from his treatment plan it is responsible for the pancreas and blood clots. {Michelle}
  • I forgot about SEE YOU AT THE POLE but my good friend Joey Coots had it covered. I went to the hospital at 7:00 which is early for me these days.
  • My uncle Floyd Bailey is not doing well, I may be heading for Rome Friday.
  • We are helping feed the Jolly Family Friday. They will be eating at Cedar Plains Christian Church. Our only responsibility is desserts. Just get them to Jennifer Garner by noon Friday.

Gary, Keri and Kane


A New And Living Way

December 26, 2014



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Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh.

~Hebrews 10:19-20, NASB


Everything in Old Testament Judaism was a symbol or shadow of Christ. The temple, the furnishing, the veil: all point to  Christ. 


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According to Josephus, the temple veil was 60 feet tall and 4 inches thick. Not even a horse had the strength to draw this huge curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the court of the priest. The veil served as a wall, a partition separating sinful man from Holy God. The Jews had the right concept: God is holy and sin had created a barrier but Jesus broke down the barrier that separated Holy God from sinful man.

The moment Jesus died, there was an earthquake and this 60 foot curtain know as the veil was ripped open from top to bottom. The renting of the veil was the final blow to Judaism and marked a NEW AND LIVING WAY to the Father. Jesus is the new and living way. When we think of a “way,” we think of two things: [1] A path or route and [2] A vehicle. Jesus is both.

Sadly, the religious Jews patched up the veil and tried to continue as though the death of Jesus had no impact. In truth, the death of Jesus had a huge impact on Judaism: Jesus fulfilled the sacrificial system. We don’t have a problem with this but the early disciples struggled with it big time. Paul was arrested in the temple fulfilling a Jewish vow. He was warned not to go to Jerusalem but he wanted to be there for Pentecost, a Jewish festival. Paul represents the best of the best: he understood grace like no one else and yet he had a hard time letting go of his old religion.

Let your religion go and embrace Jesus. He is the NEW and LIVING way.

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  • Today we pray for Family…I think it is Friday.
  • June tripped over my boots and almost fail: I heard her from the study. I said, “Are you all right,” “Yeah,” she said, “I tripped over your boots.” She always finds a way to make things my fault. Those boots have been sitting in the middle of that room all day. She has had three or four chances to put them in the closet and she just walked by them and now is blaming me for stumbling over them. Now you know what I live with. Bless my heart.
  • We went to see UNBROKEN yesterday evening: I don’t recommend it for women and children. Hannah said she had rather see the LAST OF THE MOHEGIANS. It has a lot of gruesome torture. Not many bright spots and very little humor plus they leave out the part about Billy Graham. The people I talked to said the book was better than the movie.
  • Jeff Garner’s dad, Charles Garner, passed away yesterday morning. I am pretty sure the COLS will be Saturday.
  • Don’t forget…Michael Mason this Sunday at 10:15…We’ll have some donuts and coffee about 9:30.

Mike Mason

  • I have posted the top ten cartoons of 2014. Number one is on the bottom. There may be a tie between 1 and 2: it ran pretty close.

Adam and Jason




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Blasted Modern Architecture!



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Give Me New Wine

December 3, 2014

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“But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old wine is just fine,’ they say.”

~Luke 5:39, NLT


“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

~Timothy Ray Keenum

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Jesus was uniquely refreshing, a breath of fresh air, totally unlike any rabbi the Jews have ever encountered. He is the only person in history who fulfilled or could fulfill all the qualifications of the Messiah and yet the Jews as a whole rejected HIM. He offered them something new and exciting but they choose to cling to the old and familiar. In Philippians 3 Paul tells how he let go of the old to embrace the new: he turned his back on the law and legalism to embrace Christ and grace. Things Paul once treasured became rubbish to him because he had a new love, a new passion that compelled him to let go of the old.

Judaism was the seed from which Christianity sprang but the flower {Christ} is more glorious than the seed {Judaism}. Jesus told the religious Jewish establishment, “You are trying to put new wine in old skins and it will not work; you will lose both the wine and the skins.” Jesus words have been fulfilled: The Jews clung to a religion that has become a faint shadow of Old Testament Judaism. They have no Temple, no sacrifice, no High Priest, and no atonement because they rejected the SAVIOR.

Are there some things you need to let go of; things you need to stop clinging to so you can embrace the new. If you don’t make a break with your past, you will miss the joy of the present. Let go of your trespasses and the trespasses against you. Embrace Jesus and live in the freedom of His grace. O Hallelujah, O What A Savior Haley and Charity are going to sing that for me someday.


  • Today we pray for those having TRIALS and TRIBULATION. I appreciate you praying for my friend Kenny. He has been feeling a little better lately. Thank you for praying for Jaxson, Lela’s Hazel’s son, he is better. I have some friends that are going through a rough time and you do too…let pause and pray for them right now!
  • SENIOR ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY at Cracker Barrel Friday at 9:30 am.
  • I think we were down again last night: my group is holding it’s on but overall we were down: I would guess 150 or so. It is hard to recover from these breaks.
  • Mandy put a sheet in your LCBS notebooks last week about sponsoring children for Christmas. Charles class always leads the field in this: they took four. Our class is doing two and Jason’s two. We can get more names from the school if you want a Christmas project for your class.

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Day 22 of 24



Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.

Hebrews 12:16, MSG


Resentment, bitterness, and self-pity build up inside our hearts and eat away at our spiritual lives like a slowly spreading cancer.

~Jerry Bridges

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celebrate JesusAny injustice or perceived injustice can lead to resentment and bitterness. Our Life Changing Bible Study lesson for Sunday gives us an excellent illustration. Joseph was the victim of a double injustice: first his immoral brothers betrayed him by selling him as a slave then Mrs. Potiphar accused him of rape when in fact, he fled from her to keep her from raping him. Joseph was thrown into prison for being a man of nobility and integrity. He did nothing wrong or immoral. Joseph could have licked his wounds, felt sorry for himself, and harbored a seed of resentment but he choose to let the offense go and look to the future. Do you feel like you are the victim of an injustice? Has someone wronged you? You have two options: cling to the injury, allow bitterness to grow in your heart and become like Esau or you can let it go and be like Joseph. Wouldn’t you prefer to be a Joseph?


  • WOW! We were blown away last night by the turnout. We should have used the FORTE but we had no idea. For the past several years the Volley Ball tournament has hurt our crowd but not this year. The AWANA kids came out in force with their parents. The parlor area was like an ant bed. We had to pack kids on the wagons for the hayrides. We actually needed another wagon. We appreciate the Young Married class for doing all the work that goes into a hayride. If we did hayrides for all ages like we did 10 years ago, we would have over 300. We had over 200 last night. It was wild! It was not just AWANA kids and families, our Senior Adults turned out in mass. Wow! Thank you guys for blessing me, I am encouraged. A big, big, huge thanks to my lovely assistants: Jamie and Mandy. Thanks to Sheila for making our chili. We also had a ton of desserts and they were good.
  • Today we pray for the families facing TRIALS. My friend in Mississippi was promoted last night about 5:00. He has suffered a lot in the last six weeks and we rejoice that his battle is over. Lift up a prayer for his wife Mary. I went by to see Kenny Tuesday but he was gone to Doctor. Continue to pray for Kenny and Larry. Pray for your friends that are having a difficult time.
  • Johnny Burnett had a knee replaced yesterday: we hope to get that way to day. I know some of you are working on your ARK [Act of Redemptive Kindness]. I over heard some talking about their visits last night. If you missed last Sunday; over 100 members committed to do two acts of kindness this week: one to a faithful attender and one to someone that we have not seen lately. Remember, Senior Adults consider a visit and act of kindness.
  • I will be out of the office most of the day; Felton and I are putting in a handicap ramp in the Penn community.
  • You will have to stay tuned for FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE. I am awaiting final word on the Memorial Service for my friend and I will either be gone Friday or Saturday. If it is Friday, I will have to make some arrangements. I will post them as soon as I know them.
  • Congratulations to Spencer and the DHS Girls Volleyball team who won both matches yesterday and will play in the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP game tonight.