Life That is Truly Life

April 23, 2016

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Scripture

 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

~I Timothy 6:18-19

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Giving does not diminish our life; it enriches our life and brings us into an entirely new dimension.

~Ya’akov

I make no apology for preaching stewardship and I have sound biblical reasons for doing so. In 1 Timothy, Paul is admonishing his son in the ministry {Timothy} to be very careful. Greed is a temptation for preachers. It can be a trap that leads to ruin and destruction and it must be avoided. Paul told Timothy, “Don’t pursue wealth, rather pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” Not only was Timothy to guard against greed in his own life, he was to warn others of the dangers associated with greed. Paul told Timothy to command those who were rich to:

  • Put their faith in God who provides us with wealth for our enjoyment.
  • Be rich in good deeds for others.
  • Be generous and willing to share.

What was Paul’s reasoning for commanding Timothy to address the problem of greed? The answer is found in verse 19, “So that they [rich] may take hold of the life that is truly life. I was addressing the issue of giving a few Wednesday nights ago and a layman who is a professional bow hunter came to me after the service making this exact point–Giving enriches the life of the giver. No miser enjoys life. Adam was the richest man who has ever lived: he had rights to all the timber, minerals, water, land, etc. but he wasn’t happy because he had no one in which to share this unbelievable wealth.

So there is life and there is true life. Some people exist but they never live. They never live because they never comprehend the key to true living which is giving.

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  • Another beautiful Spring Day, Thank You Jesus!
  • I forgot to mention yesterday that it was Holly’s birthday [36] and also Jennifer Garner’s. I am not going to tell you how old Jennifer is but when I was 29, she was 19.
  • Don’t forget our Mother’s Day Special: Kenny Evans of Pigeon Forge, TN. The man reminds me of Ronnie Shipley. I think Kenny is a big hunter, I can’t wait to introduce him to the world champion Female Bow shooter.
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Kenny Evans

Opportunity Knocks

March 22, 2016

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Scripture

“For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.”
~Mark 14:7, NASB

Quote

A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

~Winston Churchill

The verse above keeps showing up in my devotional reading. Judas was outraged at Mary’s extravagant love. He said the perfume was worth a years wage. If you translate that into today’s economy, you are looking at 50,000 bucks. Judas excuse was that the money could have been given to the poor. John said, Judas was not concerned about the poor; he was greedy and saw the money as a waste. It not only hurts a miser to spend money, they hurt when they see others spend money.

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you giving her such trouble? She did a very good thing for me. You will always have the poor with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have Me.

Not all opportunities are the same. Some opportunities are rare while others are common. Anointing Jesus for His burial was a seven day window and Mary got it done just in time. Helping the poor is a 365 day window.

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  • We had a good turn out on Sunday night for the egg hunt and fellowship. We had a lot of visitors. Hey, we are blessed with preschoolers at DBC, I bet we have 50. The kids did good on their musical. They will be doing the one about Easter this Sunday morning.
  • We spent yesterday evening in Addison and Double Springs. We attended Blayton Adair’s COLS and attended the visitation of Ray’s brother-in-law John William Sudduth. Darren Cleghorn’s mother is also a Sudduth and a member of the family. Interesting evening, the battery on the Lexus was not getting a good connection and for a while, I thought I might be spending the night but a very nice man named Tim Garrison stopped and helped me. He knew more about my car than I did. Thanks to the LORD’s goodness and Tim, I got home around 8:00 pm. Joyce Moore’s nephew Lance Hogan will be helping with the service today.
  • I am sure you have heard by now that DBC took a big hit Sunday night with Gray Garner being promoted. Our loss was heaven’s gain. How could you not love Gary? I think the COLS will be Friday at the church. I will share more as the week unfolds.

Keri and Kane