Sovereign Aura

September 6, 2015

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Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple.

~John 2:15, NLT


No doctrine in hated more than the absolute sovereignty of Christ. The fact that “The LORD Reigns” is indisputable, and it is this fact that arouses the utmost opposition in the unrenewed human heart.

~Charles Spurgeon

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I love John 2 which contains two great stories: Jesus turning the water into wine and His holy fit in the temple. I have a question about Him driving out the livestock, merchants, and bankers: why didn’t anyone attempt to stop HIM? The temple system was corrupt and the Jewish religious leaders were profiting daily at the expense of the poor. They employed their own police basically to keep Gentiles out. Jews and Gentiles have one thing in common: the rich take advantage of the poor [not as a general rule, there are exceptions]. Jesus was probably angry about the abuse of the Temple and the injustice toward the common man. Any way, no one attempts to stop Jesus and He drives out both beast and man.

I have an answer to the question and it excites me just to think about it. No one stopped Jesus because Jesus cannot be stopped. They would never have arrested, tried, convicted and crucified HIM without HIS cooperation. In His earthy sojourn, everything was timing and it was not HIS time to be the sacrifice. Jesus emanated an aura of authority beyond anything we can comprehend. This sovereign aura was paralyzing to His enemies. They had never seen anyone like Jesus. He had no fear because He had no sin.

If you are like me, you would love seeing this story enacted. The good news is, we will see this Sovereign Aura when Christ returns. No one is going to oppose HIM. We are living in a TIME when He allows opposition but when He returns it will be similar to the cleansing of the temple. No one will stand against HIM.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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  • June and I saw Gary a little after 4:00 and he seemed fine but a couple of hours later he suddenly got worse with chills and labored breathing. He was taken by ambulance to DGH and they were putting him on the ventilator when we left at 11:30. They said he was stable but in critical condition. I ask you to pray.
  • If Jason’s class doesn’t mind: come to the choir room for LCBS. We will have plenty of room there and it is a no record book Sunday.
  • Coffee, biscuits and donuts at 9:00, LCBS at 9:15 and worship at 10:15.
  • Joe David is preaching today.
  • Ted Cruz says, “No more career politicians.” I’m glad someone is finally seeing the light. The Tea Party needs to run a candidate against Shelby and Aderholt. It is time to flush the toilet.
  • The White House secretary said yesterday, “The GOP has 17 candidates charging ahead: the demo’s have 1 candidate with 17 charges.” [in the pic below, is Bill crying or laughing?]



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With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid.

~Ezra 3:11 NLT


Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you attain it, set another goal and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.

~Paul “Bear” Bryant

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The Bear

The Bear

We live in an instant society where practically everyone expects immediate results but most worthy goals take time. When Cyrus, king of Persia released the Jews and commissioned them to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple, a group lead by Zerubbabel make the 1,000 mile journey and began the construction. Zerubbabel had a lot of opposition and there were many set backs but he never gave up. It took months just to lay the foundation and once it was completed, they paused for a celebration which is described in the verse above. It took 20 years for them to complete the project but they did so thanks to two Persian kings and a tenacious leader. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The rebuilding of the Temple began with one stone.

I ran two marathons and both in bitter cold weather with high winds. June and Seth went with me on the first one. I almost talked myself out of it because of the cold and because I had a cold. I felt awful but June said, “You have worked so hard for this day, don’t you think you ought to give it a shot.” I did but to be honest, I did not think I would make the first 10-K but there was something in me that just would not quit. At the half way point I caught up with a man that weighted 350 pounds. He and his wife were chatting as they jogged, she weighted 250. At the 20 mile mark, I caught up with a 75 year old man with one leg, one good leg. He could not run but he could hop. You run a marathon a one step at a time or in his case, one hop at a time. My friend Morris Hill, who died in a tragic automobile accident in 2000, had a motto that went like this– “To finish is to win.” For the record, I passed the one legged man. Seth and I crossed the line together with the clock reading 5:12 [that’s 5 hours and 12 minutes, not good].


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  • The schedule this Sunday will be light due to the Holiday weekend. We will have you some donuts and biscuits and we will have LIFE CHANGING BIBLE STUDY but no Deacon’s meeting or PM service. We are planning a patriotic service for Sunday morning. We have video that is very good and Wendy Greenhaw is coming to sing the National Anthem and our special music.
  • Send me pictures of your family members who served in the armed forces, I will use them next Sunday morning in the service. If you know how to put them on our Facebook page, that will work or email them to me,
  • May 29 Senior Adult Cook Out. BBQ chicken and ribs.
  • June 6…Rally for Biblical Marriage in Montgomery. I think the time is 3:00 PM
  • June 8-12…VBS and VBX



A New And Living Way

December 26, 2014



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Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh.

~Hebrews 10:19-20, NASB


Everything in Old Testament Judaism was a symbol or shadow of Christ. The temple, the furnishing, the veil: all point to  Christ. 


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According to Josephus, the temple veil was 60 feet tall and 4 inches thick. Not even a horse had the strength to draw this huge curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the court of the priest. The veil served as a wall, a partition separating sinful man from Holy God. The Jews had the right concept: God is holy and sin had created a barrier but Jesus broke down the barrier that separated Holy God from sinful man.

The moment Jesus died, there was an earthquake and this 60 foot curtain know as the veil was ripped open from top to bottom. The renting of the veil was the final blow to Judaism and marked a NEW AND LIVING WAY to the Father. Jesus is the new and living way. When we think of a “way,” we think of two things: [1] A path or route and [2] A vehicle. Jesus is both.

Sadly, the religious Jews patched up the veil and tried to continue as though the death of Jesus had no impact. In truth, the death of Jesus had a huge impact on Judaism: Jesus fulfilled the sacrificial system. We don’t have a problem with this but the early disciples struggled with it big time. Paul was arrested in the temple fulfilling a Jewish vow. He was warned not to go to Jerusalem but he wanted to be there for Pentecost, a Jewish festival. Paul represents the best of the best: he understood grace like no one else and yet he had a hard time letting go of his old religion.

Let your religion go and embrace Jesus. He is the NEW and LIVING way.

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  • Today we pray for Family…I think it is Friday.
  • June tripped over my boots and almost fail: I heard her from the study. I said, “Are you all right,” “Yeah,” she said, “I tripped over your boots.” She always finds a way to make things my fault. Those boots have been sitting in the middle of that room all day. She has had three or four chances to put them in the closet and she just walked by them and now is blaming me for stumbling over them. Now you know what I live with. Bless my heart.
  • We went to see UNBROKEN yesterday evening: I don’t recommend it for women and children. Hannah said she had rather see the LAST OF THE MOHEGIANS. It has a lot of gruesome torture. Not many bright spots and very little humor plus they leave out the part about Billy Graham. The people I talked to said the book was better than the movie.
  • Jeff Garner’s dad, Charles Garner, passed away yesterday morning. I am pretty sure the COLS will be Saturday.
  • Don’t forget…Michael Mason this Sunday at 10:15…We’ll have some donuts and coffee about 9:30.

Mike Mason

  • I have posted the top ten cartoons of 2014. Number one is on the bottom. There may be a tie between 1 and 2: it ran pretty close.

Adam and Jason




Blasted Modern Architecture!

Blasted Modern Architecture!



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The Real Temple

June 9, 2013

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE: This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is where I rest my feet. So do you think you can build a house for me? Do I need a place to rest? I am the one who made all things. They are all here because I made them,” says the Lord. {Isaiah 66:1-2, ERV}

God gives what we need LEWISCOMMENTARY: One of the first things that David undertakes as king of all Israel is to move the Ark to Jerusalem and put it in a new tent. I am sure he fashioned the tent in the same model as the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Then he build himself a huge palace. Not long after building his palace, he began feeling guilty about living in a beautiful home while the Ark of God was in a tent. Thus David came up with the idea of building God a temple. David’s concept of a temple and God’s were very different. The prophets understood the heart and mind of God much more than the kings. At first Nathan tells David to go for it, “Sounds like a great idea,” but that very night, God has a word with Nathan. As a result, Nathan has to change his message so he goes back to David and said…

Moreover, I tell you that the Lord will build a house for you. When your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build for Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father and he shall be My son; and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.”

Most people assume as did David that Solomon is the fulfillment of this prophecy. If you study the passage clearly, you will see that Jesus is the promised one, not Solomon. You can not build a house for God out of wood, mortar and stone. The earth is His foot stool. God is greater than His creation: we cannot put Him within His creation. Jesus was the promised Temple. He was God dwelling in man. That’s what Nathan meant when he said to David, “The Lord will build a house for you.”

EXTRA: We get back to normal today. May really throws us out of kilter and we had the Matthew Training last Sunday. Don’t forget the VBS/VBX commencement tonight at 6:00. Picnic to follow. John Wydner has been in the hospital the later part of the week with an intestinal virus. He got to come home last night. I consider John one of my very best friends. He has always treated me kindly and he is the only living soul who has ever washed my feet. When they put me in Capshaw for exercising my first amendment rights, I know that John will come and see me. I am glad that John is better.

Bailey Cousins

Bailey Cousins

I was looking for a VBS pic and came across this old picture of the Bailey cousins: 17 in all, 5 boys and 12 girls. Three of the girls and one boy were not in the pic. Joe David is the only one in the group that goes by Bailey. I was thinking about the diversity of the names: Reeves, Roberts, Greer, Vinning, Evans, Hodge, Jones, Deffenbaugh, Smith, Barbee, Pressnell, Garner and one Bailey. [I hope I spelled the names right or got them right]

Consumed By Passion

February 5, 2013

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SCRIPTURE“Passion for God’s house will consume me.” [John 2:17, NLT]

QUOTE: The only way to be angry and sin not is to be angry at sin. ~Matthew Henry

COMMENTARY:  It was almost time for the Jewish Passover and Jesus went to Jerusalem where He spent his final week before the crucifixion. There in the Temple area he saw men selling cattle, sheep, and doves. He saw others sitting at tables, exchanging and trading people’s money. The Temple officials would not accept Roman currency, so pilgrims had to exchange their Roman money for the Jewish shekels and of court the money changers charged a fee for this service. They also had livestock pens in the Temple area where worshippers could by animals for sacrifice for a fee of course. The Jewish priest were corrupt and were getting a cut of the take. It was the priest themselves who inspected the animals that worshippers brought from home. Most were rejected. Of course there were buyers present to purchase the rejected animals at a discount price and then the people were forced to buy out of the pens that were controlled by the priest. A few days later, the rejected animals would be sold as acceptable sacrifices. The whole thing was a money-making scam for the Jewish religious establishment and Jesus knew it. This corrupt practice burned Jesus up: quite frankly, it made Him angry, very angry.  Jesus made a whip with some pieces of rope. Then he forced all these men and the sheep and cattle to leave the Temple area. He turned over the tables of the money traders and scattered their money. Then He said to the traders, “Get this stuff out of here!  You are not going to make My Father’s house a market place!”

Jesus did more than upset a few tables; He upset the entire Jewish Religious establishment. First, they made Jesus angry and then He made them angry. Both got angry but for different reasons. Passion for the Father and the place of worship, the place where God was to be honored drove Jesus. The passion that drove the Jews was greed.  Jesus was angry at sin; they were angry because He caused them to lose money. Over the course of a week, a lot of money.

I’ve had several evangelist ask me if I cared if they set up tables and sold merchandize to support their ministry and I have not objected to date. Most of them are like me, they need the money and they have less than the people they are selling to but I do have problems with “Ministers” who are making millions from the sale of merchandize to people who have far less than they. What some folks call “Good Business”, Jesus calls profiteering.  I’m telling you folks, Jesus is not going to be happy with people who take advantage of others.

EXTRA: Busy day yesterday. Sickness comes in cycles and so do deaths and we are in a cycle. Two physical deaths reported in Danville yesterday. Teressa Sandlin, Craig Hogan’s mom is stable and I think is going to make it but still in very critical condition. Michelle Burcham is back in ICU–Darlene’s Mom is in ICU and Buddy Johnson’s wife is in ICU–all at Decatur General. Terry Cole had a knee replace yesterday in HH where he will be until Thursday I think.


Stirred And Shaken

October 23, 2012

SCRIPTURE: So the LORD stirred up the spirit of…the remnant of the people. [Haggai 1:14, NKJV]

QUOTE: “If the Holy Spirit were taken away from the New Testament Church, 90 percent of what they did would come to a halt. But, if the Holy Spirit were taken away from the church of today, 90 percent of what we do would continue as if nothing had happened.”  ~A.W. Tozer

COMMENTARY: The LORD stirred the Governor, the High Priest and the people but not before they repented. In verse 12 the scripture reads…Zerubbabel, Joshua, with all the remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, whom the LORD their God had sent and the people feared the LORD. Two verses later, the LORD stirs the spirits of the people and they get busy rebuilding the Temple which they complete in four years. Haggai had rebuked them because they had not put God’s work first. They had put their interest before God’s. They listened to his message and promptly repented. They listened to Haggai but heard the voice of God. I call this the miracle of preaching. In chapter 2:21, The LORD promises the believing remnant that he will one day shake heaven and earth. Believers will not suffer from this judgment, on the contrary, they will prosper. The meek will indeed inherit the earth.

LORD stir our hearts, may the mighty wind of Your Spirit blow away the chaff in our lives. Bend us, break us and leave nothing but that which glorifies Jesus. Father, give us a passion to finish the work that You have assigned us. We are aching for You to do something that no human here can explain.  In Jesus name we pray, amen!

EXTRA: Another gorgeous day yesterday. I hope you are getting to enjoy this weather. We had a team put in a handicap ramp yesterday morning in record time. We did it in less than an hour–more like 30 minutes. Actually, we moved a ramp from one location to another and installed it in less than an hour. We have a yard project for a small group. We also have a Sunday project for a small group that has some strong men. By the way, we have one more ramp if you know of a family that needs one.

Our God is An Awesome God

Day 16 for Seth who is bored and homesick–73 to go

House Of Prayer

October 13, 2012

SCRIPTURE: Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” [Isaiah 56:7, NASB]

QUOTE: Every organization and institution has the tendency to drift away from its intended purpose.~Anonymous

Solomon’s Temple

COMMENTARY: Just after Solomon prayed at the dedication of the Temple, the Lord said to him, “My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.” I don’t think there is any question that the Temple was to be a HOUSE OF PRAYER.  Jesus said in Mark 11… “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.Unfortunately the Jewish religious leaders had made the Temple exclusive: many people were not allowed to enter the Temple: Women, children, foreigners, eunuchs, etc. Daniel would not have been allowed to enter the Temple after the Babylonians castrated him. Can you think of anyone better to be a prayer partner. Daniel had a powerful prayer life. Isn’t it amazing how far we can drift from our purpose: from a house of prayer to a hide out for greedy people. What would it take to convert the house where you worship into a house of prayer?By the way, the Apostle Paul was arrested and executed for bringing a non-Jew into the Temple. He was not guilty of the charge but the charge itself tells you how far the Jews had drifted. The Temple was to be a house of prayer for all nations–Jesus said it and that settles it.EXTRA: Another gorgeous day. I intended to use old Eugene [Ford 3000 tractor] to do an act of kindness but I think he is wore out. I’ve had a hard time cranking it all Summer but couldn’t get it to hit a lick yesterday. Tom gave me an old gator a couple of months ago. The grandkids love it and we have been working on us a trail. I came in last night with the back ache.

Day 5 for Seth. We will not hear from him for a couple of weeks. Hannah was promised an address in 7-10 days but the Marines who are always faithful, don’t always tell the truth. I hope it is 7 days, that will mean Tuesday. June and I were pulling for the Orioles but those despicable Yankee’s won. They have the best team money can buy. We are big Cardinal fans so their come from behind 9th inning win did help.