Under Construction

March 10, 2016

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Scripture

I don’t mean that I am exactly what God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and make it mine. That’s what Christ Jesus wants me to do. It is the reason he made me his.

~Philippians 3:12, ERV

Quote

Every human being is under construction from conception to death.

~Billy Graham

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I don’t usually begin with a pic but I wanted you to see this one before you read the comments. Long before Mrs. Graham became bedridden, she was driving along a highway and encountered the familiar construction in progress signs, reduced speed, warning after warning. She patiently drove through the construction zone and was tickled by the sign at the end….”End of construction. Thank you for your patience.”

When she got home, she told the family, “I want this on my tomb stone.” They chuckled thinking she was kidding, she was not. Sometimes I wonder if I will live long enough to drive to Atlanta without encountering a construction zone with the reduced lanes and speeds, plus lots of signs. I am a conspiracy theorist, I believe construction zones are speed traps to get more revenue for the government. I am kidding of course.

Mrs. Graham has a point, roads are not the only thing under constant construction, we humans are in the same boat. As soon as we get one thing fixed, we see the need to fix something else. As Paul said, “We are not perfect yet, but we are headed in that direction.” The Chinese symbol on Mrs. Graham’s tomb stone is the Chinese character for ‘Righteousness.’ I assume it refers to the righteousness of Christ which will be fully manifested at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah, what a SAVIOR!

  • I’m not the only one with back problems, Robert Pope has been in Cullman Regional Hospital all week. His right leg is not working properly after a recent back surgery. Sister Jane is a few doors down with knee replacement. I had an MRI yesterday and got very good news, no ruptured disc, just inflammation and aggravated nerves. I’m on steroids and better already.
  • I don’t know if we will have a baptism this Sunday are not. I have not given up but it doesn’t look good. Seth has to go to Smyrna this weekend for drills. This Sunday is Daddy’s birth date. The Marines have missed me up.
  • I understand Obama snubbed Nancy Reagan’s COLS and Scalia’s. I am not shocked. The man has no class and is a disgrace to the office. I can’t understand why the all powerful Richard Shelby has not impeached Obama. His ads proclaimed him as the man who stopped Obama. What a joke! No one has stopped Obama.
  • SWAMP JOHN’S April 3, just three weeks away and we have sold only 231 tickets which isn’t many. Remember, all proceeds go to ST. JUDE’S in Memphis. Someone told me that the Pumkin Center Fire Department sold over 500. I would think we should do better. Maybe our hearts are not in it?
  • Gary Garner’s condition has not changed. Pray for Gary.
  • June and I will [Lord willing] be attending a COLS at Salem’s Springs today. The Chairman of all Deacons was promoted on Monday. Elmer Jackson, native of Cullman County, transplanted to West Limestone after graduating Auburn as an AG teacher. He liked West Limestone so well he stayed there. He was a good man who loved Jesus.
  • FRANKLIN GRAHAM prayer rally April 14th.

“I Wonder”

February 12, 2016

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Scripture

Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.

~Deuteronomy 8:14, NLT

Quote

“If God doesn’t judge America for her sins, He will owe and apology to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

~Ruth Bell Graham

The year was 1957, the place was New York city; Billy Graham was there for a 16 week crusade. He spent a lot of time in his hotel room, praying, preparing and observing the masses on the streets below–all moving rapidly from here to there, busy with life and oblivious to the future. Dr. Graham began to wonder, “How many of them are concerned with things that truly matter; things that have eternal significance.” He also thought to himself, “How long will God be patient with America?” This was almost 60 years ago and things have not gotten better.

This same concern is voiced weekly in our Deacon’s meeting–“How much more patience can God have with such an ungrateful nation?” Dr. Graham believes, and so do I, that some aspects of judgement have begun already.

Around the time of Joe David’s birth [America’s 200th birthday] the following chart was circulated. I know that those of you my age have seen the chart before. In the world’s great civilizations, the following cycle in evident in each of their histories:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith
  • From spiritual faith to great courage
  • From great courage to liberty
  • From liberty to abundance
  • From abundance to selfishness
  • From selfishness to complacency
  • From complacency to indifference [apathy]
  • From indifference to dependency
  • From dependency to bondage

I’d say we are somewhere between dependence and bondage: what do you think?

Gary, Keri and Kane