Little By Little

October 9, 2015

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I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.

~Exodus 23:29-30, NASB

QUOTE

 Life is made up of little things. It is very rarely that an occasion is offered for doing a great deal at once.

~Francis Lytle

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If God had driven out the seven Canaanite Nations at once, it would have created a vacuum because there were not enough Israelites to populate the land. The LORD said, “I will drive them out little by little.” God can work in an instant. He can perform the miraculous, the astounding, the sensational but He seldom chooses to work in such fashion. Most often God works via the process: little by little He molds us into the image of Christ. We hike through the forest to admire the beauty of God’s creative genius; we do not walk through the woods to see the trees grow. Are the trees in the forest growing? Yes, but they grow little by little. There growth is in such small increments that we cannot observe their growth. Be encouraged saints: God never gets in a rush.

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  • Yesterday was a travel day. I carried three of my four sisters to Douglasville for Uncle Floyds COLS. It was a good service. Jesus was exalted time and again by preachers and singers. I always knew him as Uncle Floyd but his nickname in Douglasville was “Gentleman Jim”. His full name was James Floyd Bailey. Aunt Lucille and family called him Floyd but friends called him Jim. “Thank YOU Jesus for a safe trip in heavy traffic.” I don’t mind traveling alone but I really enjoyed my sisters: they made the trip short.
  • Leon Livingston is very sick. They did change his medication and he was easy last evening. Leon is at a stage where there are very limited options. Pray for Brenda, Keith, Tammy and Alan.
  • Bill Wilbourn is a tad better but not feeling good by any stretch of the imagination. Gary Chaney’s father in law is in ICU at DGH. I went in looking for Caleb and providentially ran into Gary’s wife. It happened again yesterday: I am on the elevator going up and a cleaning lady over heard a conversation I was having with someone else and she asked me to pray for her…Just pray for Margaret, its a new job and she is having trouble pleasing her supervisor. She was really stressed out.
  • I think Kelvin Callahan had to stay an extra night. I think there is a problem with swelling and pain.
  • KANE UPDATE: Kane is better today. He lost the two antibiotics. Gained some medicine they think they have the combination to fix him. We are hoping to be home by Next weekend. This is the light at the end of this tunnel. Pray for it to get brighter and his stomach and gut respond to these meds!
  • Twenty-six for the College Bible Study last night.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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Uncle Floyd was a US Navy Veteran

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

January 29, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

~2 Corinthians 1:5, NLT

QUOTE

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.

~C. S. Lewis

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We live in a broken sin cursed world which explains a lot of our suffering but there are times when we have no explanation. Job was totally confused: he had no clue why his children were killed in a storm, nor could he explain loss of property and health. Paul understood more about suffering than most and he gives us some reasons why we suffer in 2 Corinthians 1.

Five things suffering will do for you:

  1. It will sensitize you to the suffering of others and enable you to give them comfort.
  2. It will increase your patience and endurance.
  3. It will teach you not to rely on yourself or the flesh. [Trust Christ only]
  4. It will encourage you to pray.
  5. It will create in you a spirit of gratitude.

I learned many years ago that behind the great men of God, the humble, the prayerful and the thankful lies a story of suffering. Ron Dunn lost a teenage son. Adrian Rogers lost and infant son. Clyde Dotson, Missionary to Rhodesia which is now Zimbabwe, buried two wives and three children in Africa. He was the most humble, gracious, prayerful man I have ever met. Don’t envy the great ones, admire them, they suffered.

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  • Today we pray for those facing TRIALS.
  • Good attendance last night, better anyway. I was tired but the band lifted me up with those last two and we had a good service.
  • I think we have had folks going to Memphis everyday and I have decided to wait until next week. Everything I hear is good. If Noah was 21 and married, we would ordain him as a deacon, the kid never misses.
  • Kenny was a sleep when I was there yesterday.
  • SENIOR ADULT LUNCHEON TOMORROW {Friday} at 11:30…If I don’t forget, I will do a phone message today.
  • REVIVAL SUNDAY: two services 10:15 and 6:00. Nursery and Children’s Church is both.

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SCRIPTURE

Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.

~James 5:7-8, MSG

QUOTE

Teach us, O LORD, the discipline of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.

~Peter Marshall

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Have you been in a doctor’s office lately? Probably not but you have been in his waiting room. Very rarely do doctors let you in their office. All doctors have the same policy, “Sign in and sit, we will call for you.” They have their office, examining rooms, rest rooms, file rooms, receptionist rooms, but the toughest room in the building is the waiting room. Recently, I went to my stomach doctor for what I thought was a recheck. I’ve never been to see her that I did not wait an hour or more. I was on my way to Alva and Juanita Wayan’s memorial service. My appointment was at 2:00 and the service began at 4:00…plenty of time, right? At 3:00 p.m. I was still sitting in the waiting room where I had been reading but I had put all the magazines down at this point. I said to myself: “If they don’t call me by 3:15, I am out of here” and I meant it and I would kept my word to myself. About 3:10, they called me back and I had my speech prepared…”You came within 5 minutes of losing your 35$ co-pay.” It just so happened that I had been hurting for several days but it wasn’t something I could not live with. Before I could give her a piece of my mind, she poked me in the stomach and said…“You are hurting aren’t you?” “Not really,” I said, “Then why did you flinch when I touched your stomach?” “Well, I may be hurting a little,” I said. “I’ bet your are,” she said, “You’ve been out of medicine for two weeks” [my appointment had been rescheduled due to an emergency the time before]. “I thought I was through with the medicine,” I said, “No, you will be on this medicine for a year, you are not well, this is going to take time.”

Long story short, I got my prescription filled, got back on my medicine and stopped hurting. This is when the truth of my idiotic behavior hit me, what if I had left without seeing the doctor? She knew something I did not know and she had something I needed but due to my impatience, I came within a spat of causing myself a lot of needless pain. It took me too long to tell the story, I think you can figure out the moral on your on.

 

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  • June went by to check on Kenny yesterday because I was tied up and he has not had a good week. Pray for Kenny Holiday. Wanda Yarbrough, Cindy Tyson’s mom is not doing well either.
  • Deacon’s meeting at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00, Worship at 10:15 and 6:00. VBS worship rally rehearsal at 5:00.
  • Phase ONE of handicap ramp is complete, PTL. I want to thank the LORD for Gary Garner and all those who showed up to  help. The young adults were terrific. We finished at 1:41 yesterday. The guys worked through lunch without a break. Phase two is the catwalk. David Wood is supposed to be our team leader for this phase II but if he doesn’t shape up, I am thinking about firing him and replacing him with Freddie.

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Perseverance

May 3, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Water wears away stone.

~Job 14:19, NIV

QUOTE

By perseverance the snail made it to the ark.

~Charles Spurgeon

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One of my favorite N.T. words is translated by AV as patience but NASB translates this compound Greek word as endurance. James uses Job as an example of both patience and endurance in chapter five of his epistle. In verse ten James uses the word makrothymia [AV, patience] which means slow to get heated or hot. This word relates to a self-control issue. In verse 11, the word hypomonē [AV, patience, NASB, endurance] is used. This word means the ability to stay under in terms of bearing a burden. It is this ability to stay under, stay focused and stay at it that separates the strong from the weak. Most of us are tempted to cast off our burden and flee as a bird to the mountains but the secret to success is to stay at it, keep pounding the rock. Recreation, hobbies and pleasant task are easy but to accomplish the difficult, the long-term and sometimes uninspiring is a horse of a different color. The LORD reminded Jeremiah, Is not my word like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? [Jeremiah 23:29] The hammer will break the rock eventually if we keep pounding. Water will erode a stone but it takes time. Persistence pays: Thomas Edison failed 999 times to create a light bulb but he did not quit and the discovery came on the next experiment. He was successful because he refused to quit.

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  • Kenny had another rough day, keep praying.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS this morning at 9:00, Cracker Barrel in Hartselle.
  • Men’s Breakfast Sunday Morning at 8:00 in Parlor.
  • DHS girls won their area tournament last night. DBC has 7-8 girls on the team. They played especially well in the championship game.

Inconveniences

January 30, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?

~Proverbs 20:24, NIV

QUOTE

The greatest gift of sight is to see as Christ sees.

~E. Clayton Calhoun

COMMENTARY

Life is filled with inconveniences and interruptions. I was behind when I got to the office yesterday.  Little did I know that I would be getting phone calls and visits. I did not blow my stack or have a melt down and yes, I do have a witness. It is easy to get bent out of shape when things or people hinder or impede our progress but it helps to understand that God works through these things that get in our way. Slow traffic has saved me from a lot of speeding tickets. Interruptions and inconveniences can be good things:

  1. Inconveniences slow us down, sometimes to a dead stop. This gives us time to think. Maybe even change directions.

  2. Inconveniences reveal our lack of patience and reveal our need to  depend on Christ.

  3. Inconveniences can even spare our life or keep us from danger. Practically every plane crash has someone on the manifest who survived because they missed the flight.

  4. Inconveniences can slow our pace and give us time to notice others who need our help.

  5. Inconveniences can temper us and make us more like Christ.

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  • If you are without sin, don’t read this: Sometimes on my way to Decatur General I cut through at Targets and drive down Summerville Road past the Country Club. I got behind a slow Mercedes the other day and I was fussing. I was pretty close to his bumper but backed off knowing I was being rude. We went around a curve and there they sat, radar gun and all. He saved me from getting a ticket. 
  • Another good crowd for supper and some new faces in worship PTL. I got to preach to 30 people last night. It is usually about 20. The cold weather may have helped our attendance.
  • Janet Fields is still stuck in Birmingham. Hopefully she will get to come home today. I hope the roads clear up because I am planning to go down this evening. Keith McKay got snowed in at Atlanta but he took the back roads and snaked his way out. The Chick-Fil-A on 280 tried to close but workers could not get home. They re-opened and started giving food to stranded motorist. Then they stayed open all night for a shelter and then served breakfast yesterday morning. They made FOX news. Of course none of the lame stream media picked up the story. It magnifies Christian charity and we can’t have that can we?
  • What about that band last night: was that good or what! I love to hear our guys play. Brian Ellis is still getting rave reviews. He has to sing more. People are still bragging on the song that he, David and Sloan did last Sunday night.
  • SAFE tomorrow at 11:30 in the parlor…Mississippi pot roast, Big Mama’s green beans, Floyd’s famous mashed potatoes, Datchie’s delicious homemade rolls plus fried Apple Pies and whatever the Seniors bring. Yum! Yum! Plus great weather…50*, a regular heat wave.
  • Breakfast for those who live alone Saturday Morning at Cracker Barrel. Meet at the church at 8:30 if you need a ride or at CB at 9:00.
  • Can you believe this bunch below makes fun of the way I dress.
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Christmas Party Throw-Back “Sharp Dressers, huh?”

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Scripture

When you put on a luncheon or a banquet, don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives or rich neighbors. For they will invite you back and that will be your only reward. Instead invite the poor, the cripple, the lame and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you.

Luke 14:12-14

Quote

“With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”

~Chinese Proverb

Commentary

Abraham inherited a land that he knew he would never hold title to in this life but he was content to wait. I know that certain things we do are right: things like the BLOCK PARTY and Luke 14. We may or may not get any immediate return from these acts of kindness but there is a payday someday. In the last 12 years, via the BLOCK PARTY, DBC has given away, unconditionally with no strings attached, around $150,000–$200,000. I have made the mistake of looking for an immediate return…it’s not going to happen. I like Dallas Willard translation of Luke 12:14…“You get paid back after the just are raised from the dead.” That would mean, not in this life time.

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  • After 9:00 pm last night before I got the internet working
  • Preaching three times today…Big Mama is pumped, we have to leave at 7:30 am. There is a good chance that she will get fed up today.
  • Unappreciated Pastor on Twitter: Quote of the day. “Does our church have small groups? We have one. We meet on Sunday morning, Sunday night & Wednesday night.”

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Wore Out Baby!

No Worries, got it covered.

No Worries, got it covered.

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009…Licensed to drive

Gentle And Patient

February 16, 2013

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SCRIPTURE: It is better to be gentle and patient than to be proud and impatient. {Ecclesiastes 7:8b, ERV}

QUOTE: There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians ever imagine that they are guilty themselves….The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. ~C.S. Lewis

COMMENTARY: What amazes me about Solomon is that in spite of his foolish behavior, he really said some wise things. We don’t normally associate pride with impatience but pride is the root of every vice: it is the complete anti-Christ state of mind… As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. So the bottom line is this: my impatience reveals my pride. I would guess that 98% of the time, I fail the patience test. I had an opportunity to show patience last night and I failed which is normal for me. Twice on the Mission Trip, the LORD’s grace overshadowed my impatience. I don’t reember that ever happening twice in one week. What is it about Mission Trips and Church Visitation that prompts us to behave at a higher level than normal. I think it is our consciousness that we are ambassadors of Christ and unfortunately, when we get back to church or home, we assume that it’s free time or me time and that is when we get in trouble. I need to treat life itself as one big Mission Trip.

EXTRA: It is good to be home. I spent most of yesterday visiting. Had a very good visit with Judy Davis, Mike and family. Judy is still praising the church for their response. Also visited with Bill and Lillian Hancock, Suzanne Freeman and Teressa Sandlin’s parents. Suzanne and Mary Kathrine were there and I had a very good visit with them. Michelle Burcham was sitting up in a chair when I got to DGH. She gets to put liquid in her mouth but not swallow. She was very tired. Chris as always was in good spirits. We need to continue to pray for Michelle and Chris. The last thing she said to me was “Keep Praying.” You probably know by now but Teressa’s Celebration of Life Service is Sunday evening at 3:00 at Peck. Visitation is from 1:00-3:00. This is Craig Hogan’s mom and Suzanne Freeman’s sister.

It’s not really funny and I shouldn’t tell it but I promised Lexi I would carry her to the boys game last night in Winfield, Alabama. I have been there more than once but it was some years ago. I didn’t ask anyone for instructions because I thought I knew where I was going. I was watching the map in the car instead of watching the road signs and I missed my turn. I went to Winfield via Hamilton. It is not the nearest route. We were already late to begin and by missing the turn, we missed the first half. We would have made the second half but they moved the school. We made the last 5 minutes of the game. The boys lost a heartbreaker. The Winfield kid threw up a prayer and it went in just before the buzzer. The only redeeming thing about the incident is that we didn’t have to pay to get in and that saved me $30. Lexi said, “Granddaddy, Jesus must have wanted us to stay home tonight.” I had to agree.