Perspective

June 22, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Hazael responded, “How could a nobody like me ever accomplish such great things?”

~2 Kings 8:13, NLT

QUOTE

How shall I a habit break? As you did that habit make, as you gathered, you must lose; As you yielded, now refuse, thread by thread the strands we twist till they bind us neck and wrist, thread by thread the patient hand must untwine ere we stand.”

~John O’Reilly

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Hazael {one who sees God} was a cabinet level official in the court of Ben-hadad’s king of Syria. Ben became sick and was confined to bed. One day news reached him that Elisha was in the area so he sends Hazael to ask Elisha if he will recover from the sickness. Elisha told Hazael, Tell your master that he will recover but actually he is going to die.” Then Elisha gazes into the eyes of Hazael until he becomes uncomfortable and says, “what is the matter?” Elisha says, “I know the terrible things that you will do to Israel; you will burn our cities, kill our young men with the sword, dash our children to the ground and rip open our pregnant women!” This is when Hazael says, “How could a nobody like me ever accomplish such great things?” Are you kidding me!

Wow! Did Hazael have a twisted mind or what? Everything on the list is horrible: burning, killing, murdering children and aborting infants and killing their mothers. Why would the man interpret any of these terrible things as “Great Accomplishments?”

Sarah Lied and Million Died

Sarah Lied and Million Died

Harry Blackmun, the so-called justice who is responsible for abortion on demand, died puzzled that no one considered him a hero. He thought his ruling would bring him fame and fortune. His thinking was twisted. How could any sane person view the passing of Roe v. Wade as a great accomplishment. Jimmie, the almost worse president in history, Carter thought it was a great accomplishment and so did Sarah Weddington, the feminist lawyer supposedly representing Norma McCorvey {Jane Roe} who confessed that she was not rapped and told Weddington that she was not going to have an abortion. Weddington told her to keep her mouth shut, it was not about her. Sarah lied and millions have died. Blackmun, Carter and Weddington have a trial date coming up: they will stand before the real Chief Justice.

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  • I was absolutely overwhelmed and shocked yesterday. Our LCBS lesson was on the conquest of Jericho. A part of the plan was a “Shout of faith” by the Israelites. I was teaching Jason’s class [I loved it] and I ask them if DBC was marching around the wall, what percent would shout with all their heart. We went around the room and everyone guess a percentage. I was first and I said, “Susan and myself.” Will said that it would be  less then 1% but then our faith begin to grow and it got as high as 25%. Michael Penney was the optimist: he said Bro. Jack, “why don’t you ask them and let them do it together.” I said, “I will,” and I did…all you beach lovers missed it and I aint telling you what happened. The second shock of the day was the attendance: I went thinking 150-200 but we had more than we do on Mother’s Day. On the way back from the hospital yesterday, June said, “We would have 500 if they all came on the same Sunday.”
  • GREAT FATHERS DAY for yours truly–kids fixed me a steak dinner. I was convicted from J.D.’s sermon about not showing affection to my daughters. I hugged all three yesterday and told them I loved them. I do love my kids and grand’ and June and I are very blessed.
  • One church member was not at the beach, he or she was in the bed. If you can guess who it was you win a free front row seat to David and the Giants next concert. Listen folks, you can’t hide anything from the preacher. You may as well confess up because I know what you are doing. {JKOC}
  • What do you think about a man who invites you to LCBS and you get there and he doesn’t show up?
  • Kane is at home but he didn’t have a good day: I think Keri is on the way home. Carmen Livingston is still at DGH.

Hello World

January 10, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

~Acts 1:8, NASB

QUOTE

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
~Marcel Proust

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How big is your world and how far do you see beyond the horizon? For some the world is a tiny place. Charles Allen tells the story of a New York City shop keeper who never ventured beyond his apartment, the subway to his work, the shop and back to his apartment. He lived in New York City his entire life and never saw Times Square, the Statue Of Liberty, Broadway, Central Park or the Empire State building.

The word that Jesus used in Acts 1:8 is ‘eschatos’ from which we get our word ‘eschatology,’ a study of the end times. Eschatos not only refers to time but also to space. In Acts 1:8 Jesus is talking about space, the end place or the last place. NASB translates it ‘remotest’ and the AV says ‘uttermost parts.’ One thing is certain, Jesus was looking beyond Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Some of us are like the guy who got to live out his dream. He acquired his own radio station but he could only afford 100 watts of power which gave him a 5 mile radius. Similar to the ESPN station 1400 AM out of Decatur. On his first broadcast he came on with this introduction: “Hello World.” Little did he understand the smallness of his world. There are 7 billion people out there and all need Jesus. We have a two fold problem: we are not seeing the world [ends of the earth] that Jesus saw and we are not seeing it the way Jesus saw it.

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  • Today we pray for Students. This week went in a hurry: I can’t believe it is SATURDAY.
  • Wow, warm front came in yesterday. It got up to 38 which was not bad in the sun. Compared to Wednesday and Thursday, it felt warm.
  • June and I had a great-great niece born yesterday, Emma Lee Grace Lock. I think this makes 6 great-great for us.
  • Full slate this Sunday: Deacons at 8:15 [we need 8 deacons in ties and jackets Sunday am], LCBS at 9:15 and Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • I’m pretty sure our church directory pictures are coming up this week. Mandy will update us Sunday.
  • There will be no Deacon’s meeting on January 18. LORD willing, June and I will be in Grand Bay, Alabama January 18-21 in REVIVAL. We could use some prayer. Actually, we could use a lot of prayer.
  • I got to visit for a few minutes with Kenny yesterday. Every visit is precious to me. Please say a prayer for Kenny. Just stop right now and breathe a prayer for Kenny Holladay. Kenny wants to live but he is very prepared for the transition. A prayer from you will not hurt a thing so lift one up.
  • Debbie Gilliland’s mother, Mary Wilborn, is recovering from hip surgery in DGH. Hal Lanely is in HH.
  • I need to visit today and I also need to study…pray for the LORD to direct me.
A CARDINAL IN THE SNOW

A CARDINAL IN THE SNOW

LCBS PREVIEW

The Shelter of God’s Protection

Key Question or Ice Breaker: What causes some people to be more fearful than others?

Psalm 91{The Soldiers Psalm}

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and I trust him.
3 For He will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”

  1. Three words for God in verse 1-2…Most High which speaks of the highest rank,  Shadday, the Lord God Almighty and Yahweh, the great I AM, the eternal, self-existent never changing One and creator of all things.
  2. The Psalmist testimony–“He alone is my refuge, my place of safety
  3. Note the He is…He will verses
    • He alone is my refuge
    • He is my place of safety 
    • He is my God, and I trust him.
    • He will rescue you from every trap
    • He will protect you from deadly disease
    • He will cover you with his feathers
    • He will shelter you with his wings
    • His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
  4. Things we want to be protected from…
    • Terrors of the night
    • The arrow that flies in the day
    • The disease that stalks in darkness
    • The disaster that strikes at midday
    • Though a thousand fall at your side
    • thousands dying around you

  5. The Promises….
    • No evil will conquer you
    • No plague will come near your home
    • He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
    • You will trample upon lions and cobras
    • You will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet
  6. The LORD’s I wills…
    • I will rescue those who love me.
    • I will protect those who trust in my name.
    • I will answer when they call
    • I will be with them in trouble
    • I will rescue and honor them
    • I will reward them with a long life

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

[1] QUESTION: What is meant by the term “Helicopter Parent?”

[2] QUESTION: Is self-preservation a real viable human instinct or is it a myth?

[3] QUESTION: Some people are dare-devils, they take foolish risk; others are too fearful to take any risk. How do we achieve the proper balance between recklessness and insecurity?

[4] QUESTION: What are the dangers of recklessness? What are the dangers of fearfulness?

[5] QUESTION: How can we reconcile the reality of suffering and death with the truths in these verses?

INSIGHTS TO TAKE WITH YOU

  1. The basis of our comfort is in His word: why not commit some scriptures to memory that reassure you that God is your protector.
  2. Actively pray and ask for and accept God’s protection. An umbrella can protect us from the rain if we stay under it. If we stay under the will of God, we have more protection. At least we have the confidence that comes from being obedient.
  3. Keep a journal, make a note of things God does in order to protect you.
  4. Look around: do you have a friend that is suffering from disease, terror, death, adverse circumstances or some of the other things that cause fear? What can you do to help? Do it!

Perspective

October 5, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

~Matthew 6:33, NLT

QUOTE

Wisdom begins with seeing things from God’s perspective.

~Yaakov

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Perspective is the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance to other things. I took a day off to spend time with some friends that I rarely get to see. We enjoyed some great fellowship, some delicious food and a rather less than spectacular college football game. I want you to note the order: FRIENDS, fellowship, food and football. I will take friends over football any day of the week. What I would really like to see is a REVIVAL. I will take REVIVAL over a National Championship. I have some friends who are not Christians and I would take their salvation over all the football in the world and in the long run, I would have no regrets for doing so. It is a matter of perspective. Could I be saying this because my team got beat? I could but don’t so. Time will tell!

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  • Today we pray for SENIOR ADULTS
  • No Deacons Meeting
  • Front Pew Baby Shower for Katie and Sparky…they are getting three girls.

Perplexing Questions

  1. Why do people go to football games to drink?
  2. Would it not be more convenient to drink at home where can throw up in your own commode.
  3. Why do grown men wear red pants, a checkered red and white coat with red shirt and white bow tie?
  4. Why do men wear bow ties period?
  5. Why do the tickets cost $75 and you have less than 16 inches of bleacher space to sit on? For $75 you should get a recliner. They have better seats in Theaters and it cost a lot less than $75.
  6. How hard is it to go into the stadium, sit down and stay there until the game is over?
  7. How is it that football fans are not only willing but cheerfully so to walk over a mile to the stadium because no parking is available around the stadium and they would not walk a fourth of that distance to church without heavy complaints?
  8. If football is no longer entertaining, why should you go?
  9. Why will there not be football in heaven? Because football is a win/lose and there will be no losing in heaven.
  10. Why are my question freaking you out? Because you are young and don’t know any better. You’ll get it one of these days. Some things just take time.

Perspective

October 21, 2013

Pray For MY HOPE

Pray For MY HOPE

SCRIPTURE

I trust in the Lord, so why did you tell me to run and hide?
Why did you say, “Fly like a bird to your mountain?”

Psalm 11:1, ERV

QUOTE

Perspective makes all the difference in the world.

~Yaakov

COMMENTARY

After David initial encounter with Saul’s rage, some of his friends advised him to flee to the mountains for refuge. David mildly rebukes his friends because he sees flight as an act of cowardice and David is no coward. He reminds his friends that the LORD is in his holy temple [heaven]. The Lord sits on his throne in heaven. He sees everything that happens. He watches people closely. The Lord examines those who are good and those who are wicked; He hates those who enjoy hurting others. David sees the sovereignty of God and he is fully convinced that God sees him in his circumstance. The sun is greater in mass than any mountain but it is possible for the mountain to block our view of the sun. It all depends on where we are standing. David took a step back so he could see the bigger picture and he saw God on His throne.

We may not be tempted to flee to the mountains but we are tempted to hide; to blend in to the worldly landscape and so avoid the reproach of Christ. I think the greatest temptation facing Christians in our culture is to become friends with the world and to allow them to press us into their mold.

EXTRA

When I walked in last night, I thought wow, there must be something going on that I don’t know about. I think there are 17 up front singing and some did not come up and four got there too late to sing. We had right at 25 children in the service last night and of course we always have a gang of youth. Vellene is having surgery today at DGH. We will be working on MY HOPE at the office. I am planning to host or work with others in hosting three MY HOPE parties, one on Thursday, Friday and then again on Sunday night. I need you to pray. Some of you did well the first of last week but you let up. You cannot let up! Pray is the key. Follow MY HOPE on Twitter. Do whatever you have to do to keep it in the forefront of your mind.

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Kids For Christ

Perspective

August 7, 2011

SCRIPTURE: “Jesus looked up“…{John 11:41, CEB}

QUOTE: I had the blues cause I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.–Persian Proverb

THOUGHT: Perspective is what you see based on your attitude or ideas. A positive mindset sees the glass half full while the negative thinker sees it half empty. Our perspective plays a huge roll in our success.

COMMENTARY: Some years ago a sociologist accompanied a group of mountain climbers who were on a climb that took several days. The observant sociologist noticed a distinct mood shift when the mountain top was shrouded with clouds and nothing above was visible. During these dark times, the men were focused on what was below. When the clouds would move away and make the mountain peak visible, they would immediately cheer up. Everything depends on your perspective. Jesus had the right perspective because He looked up not down. In John 11, He is looking up to the Father in prayer. In John 13, He is looking up at His disciples as He washes their feet. Jesus had the right perspective because He had the right attitude. This is very true in worship: if we go into worship focused on ourselves or others, we will leave the same way we came, unchanged and unchallenged. If we go in focused on Christ; His goodness, greatness, generosity and grace, we will experience His life changing power.

EXTRA: The DBC Team did great on BLOCK PARTY 1 at Hackleburg. Words cannot express my gratitude and pride in how you conducted yourself. A pastor could not ask for a better team. Those pork sandwiches with Big Daddy’s mustard sauce are out of this world.

Our Honorary Block Party Host and Hostess: Margaret and M.D. Prater

Willard and Joe on the ends: Victim in the middle

Two bossy little heifers: both think that they are in "charge"

The real Heifer in Charge

Kids had a blast!