A Rose Among Thorns

March 16, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?

~Matthew 26:40, NLT

QUOTE

There is something so pure and frank and noble about Jesus that to doubt His sincerity would be like doubting the brightness of the sun.

~ Charles Edward Jefferson

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Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence of Christ’s 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these three philosophers who have to rank among the greatest in history. I have been in Matthew 26 for a month or so: yesterday we were in the Garden of Gethsemane and last night we walked through the mock trial at the palace of Caiaphas. Jesus shines like a diamond on black velvet: He is noble, everyone else is ignoble. He is pure and the rest or polluted. Jesus is sinless, all others in this human drama are sinful and hopelessly depraved.

Run through the list of characters in Matthew 26: Peter’s denial, Judas betrayal, the disciples fleeing in fear, the rabble that the priest sent to arrest Jesus with their torches and clubs, Caiaphas the high priest [what a joke], the teachers of the law, the Sanhedrin, temple guards, the false witnesses, and the servant girl who taunted Peter. There is not one noble, upright person in the list. Everyone in Matthew 26, other than Jesus, deserves death and hell. Yet Jesus voluntarily took the blame for our sin. He took the abuse, the rejection, the condemnation and the death which we deserve. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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  • Hey, I found out we have 49 followers, not 19 and as we mentioned before, only two of them attend our services so the blog is a bit of a recap of yesterday’s messages. I writing this on Sunday night and I am tired so a rerun for Jason. Sorry about that!
  • TODAY WE PRAY FOR MISSIONARIES AND MINISTERS: Remember Joe David as he travels [Seminary in Birmingham]. Remember our four Asian Missionaries who read the blog. Speaking of M’s, Ken B is coming home some time this Summer. We look forward to seeing him.
  • GREAT DAY yesterday {March 15}. Check our facebook page, Beth and others were going to post the pics. We had one baby dedication and three precious baptisms: Ellie Mae Tucker, Bree Tyson, and Libby Jones. The house was not full but with the children coming in for the baptisms, it was close. Best crowd in a long time and we had a great crowd last night. What about the praise and worship yesterday morning? Wow! Double Wow! Haley and Charity knocked in out of the park and then David and Tyler hit another out with the invitation. I didn’t want to leave for the baptism because I was enjoying the music.
  • Continue to pray for our Youth, Keri and Kane. I think Kane is going to get to come home for 10 days.

Keri and Kane

Give Me Mercy

February 18, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

“I’m in a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands.”

~2 Samuel 24:14, NLT

QUOTE

I wish that we had much more of the Spirit of Christ and a great deal less self, and less of human opinions. If we err, let it be on the side of mercy rather than on the side of condemnation and harsh dealing.

~E. G.  White

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King David made a critical mistake in the latter years of his reign. His heart was lifted up in pride and he took a census without the LORD’s approval. But after he had taken the census, David’s conscience began to bother him. And he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt, Lord, for doing this foolish thing.” The next morning the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, who was David’s seer. This was the message: “Go and say to David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will inflict it on you.’” So Gad came to David and asked him, “Will you choose [1] three years of famine throughout your land, [2] three months of fleeing from your enemies, or [3] three days of severe plague throughout your land? Think this over and decide what answer I should give the Lord who sent me.

David knew he was in a pickle because none of the choices were good, especially for the people but David choose number three. He said to Gad, “Do not let me fall into human hands.” David knew what I know: God is more merciful than human beings. The Sanhedrin was the Supreme Court of Israel. Over 70 successful and distinguished men served on this ruling body. They were considered the elite of Israel but they showed Jesus NO mercy. They even stooped so low as to take part in the abuse and cheer at His execution. How ignoble of these supposed noble men. Man by nature is not a merciful creature. I like Ellen White’s philosophy, “If we err, let it be on the side of mercy rather than on the side of condemnation and harsh dealing.”

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  • TODAY we Pray for the WORLD. Pray for the Jewish folks to come to Jesus in mass. We need REVIVAL and we need their help in evangelizing the world. We need REVIVAL more than you think. Stop and pray for REVIVAL.
  • Keep raising Kane up in Prayer. We have not planned our next trip to Memphis. We are trying to figure out what this weather is going to do. I know one thing: it is colder than kraut. Don’t even look at the Thursday forecast. Not even Jerry Segars will like it. I overheard Gregg say it was too cold.
  • The GATHERING TONIGHT [We hope] 6:30 PM. What would happen if we all GATHERED FOR WORSHIP? REVIVAL, that’s what would happen. Why don’t we GATHER then? Because we are driven by our self-interest.
  • MISSION OFFERING this Sunday goes to the Kenny Holladay Memorial House Fund. We are building houses in Guatemala where it never gets this cold. If the Guatemalan had one night like we are going to have tomorrow, they would lose millions. Their housing is not adequate for extreme weather. They will be thrilled to get the $400 home that the GRACE TEAMS build. They are more thankful for a $400 home than we are for a $400,000 home.

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Political Correctness, Not!

November 6, 2012

SCRIPTURE: And now, Lord, listen to their threats. Lord, help us, your servants, to speak your word without fear.  [Acts 4:29, NCV]

QUOTE: Declaring a situation hopeless is like slamming a door in God’s face. ~Charles Allen

COMMENTARY: Our LCBS lesson last Sunday was very convicting to me. I don’t know if this lesson was planned with the election in mind but it certainly seemed that way. Peter and John were arrested by the JPD for doing a good deed. They healed a cripple man in the name of Jesus and it got them thrown into jail. You check it out, there is no complaint on the part of the apostles about the injustice of the situation. Peter and John do not take this as an opportunity to rail at the corrupt government that was anti-Christ and literally responsible for Jesus death. Instead of taking a shot at all the hypocrits on the Sanhedrin, they stay focused on one thing–being a bold witness for Jesus. As I studied this lesson, I was convicted. I don’t need to focus on Obama: my focus needs to be on Jesus.

At the same time, Peter and John did refuse to be politically correct and Peter did tell them the truth…let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Please note: The Apostles did not yield to the pressure to be politically correct [they continued to speak in Jesus name] and they acknowledged openly that the government of the day was anti-Christ.

Bro. Tim Keenum said something last night that was right on target: we need to go vote today but we need to be in church tonight. The United States has a limited history but if one person gets saved tonight, they will live forever with Christ. It is a struggle at times but we have to keep the main thing, the main thing.

EXTRA: Thank you Jesus for the rain. June and I worshipped as we drove home in the rain last night. Pray for the Revival Services tonight at DBC and Sardis Springs. I anticipate a big crowd tonight. Mike Wilbourn’s CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE is today at 2:00 [Roselawn]. Doug and I will be helping in that service.

Mrs. Martha Newby in between two crazy Baptist Preachers

EXTRA/EXTRA: Lord willing I will be back at Danville tonight. I had committed to Bro. Tim long before J.D. planned our Revival. You can’t blame either because they are trying to get a meeting in between football and basketball and this is the only week. June and I got great reports on the service at Danville. I have been battling some physical issues and I am very thankful that I got to fulfill my obligation to Tim. I am much better and Dr. Crouch is already treating the ulcer [we think that is the problem]. I am fine so long as I don’t eat too much or eat the wrong things but you can look at me and tell that I eat too much. Coffee and cokes are my greatest battle.

I am anxious about the election and you don’t have anything to worry about; I have no intention of becoming politically correct no matter what happens but I do want my priorities to be in order. I am stating publically that if Romney wins today that I will take the Bailey bunch out to eat at the place of their choosing. Holly does not read the blog but I am sure that someone will get her the word. Ruth Crisp is out Holly and so is Hooters.

One other thing: I got chewed out by a mad woman Sunday morning. She told me off right there is the hallway of the synagogue. She got me so upset that I poured coffee all over her jacket. Blessed are the persecuted. I think she did it in fun but when she stated, she had me fooled.

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