The Power To Say No

September 23, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith.
~I Peter 5:9, CEV

QUOTE

The proper response to Satan’s lies is God’s word of truth.
~David Egner

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Flip WilsonWell before your time, there was black comedian named Flip Wilson who hosted a weekly TV comedy hour. He was most famous for playing the part of Geraldine Jones, a sassy liberated black woman with a boyfriend named killer. Geraldine was forever getting into trouble but she always had an excuse, the same excuse–“The devil made me do it.” I am afraid a lot of folks use this as an excuse but in reality the devil has no power over a believer. Christ via His grace has given you the power to say “NO!” We can resist the devil by staying strong in the faith.
The tendency to blame others and make excuses is common to man. Remember Adam’s excuse in the garden, “It was the woman You put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.” Remember Moses scolding the Israelites,And the LORD was also angry with me because of you.”  We all do it but it is not acceptable: Adam had a choice and so did Moses. Adam had no right to blame God for his bad choice and Moses had no right to blame the Israelites for the bad choice he made.

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  • Gary Garner did not get moved but they hope to do it today. He did walk some yesterday, PTL.
  • Kelvin Callahan did not get to come home, Oxygen level too low. Maybe today, not sure.
  • Kane update: Feeling good tonight, eating ok, stomach is upset because the pancreas is not digesting properly. They think it needs additional enzymes they can fix it just waiting on test. We are tired but I really feel the prayers keeping us keeping on. [I tried to edit, Michelle doesn’t use punctuation]
  • We may feed the Jolly family Friday. Joe David is checking with family. The service time has not been set at this time. Joe David is officiating I think.
  • GATHERING tonight at 6:30.

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Trials And Temptations

May 12, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:12, NLT

QUOTE

‘We do not enjoy being put to the test by trials or temptation but both are great instructors.”

~Ya’akov

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The Greek word peirasmos can refer to both a trial or temptation. The NASB reads, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial,” whereas the AV reads “Blessed is the man that endures temptation.” Who is right and who is wrong? Both are right but we must understand that God may test us but He will not tempt us to sin. God puts us to the test to make us better: Satan tempts us to make us worse. Believers do not live a sheltered life: we must be ready to face both trials and temptations.

eve-gardenGod created us with desires for certain things like food, water, clothing [shelter] and sex. If we never felt hunger, we would starve. If we never felt thirst, we would dehydrate. If we never felt cold, we would freeze in winter. If we never felt the urge to have sex, the human race would cease to exist. Our desires are normal not sinful: they become sinful when we allow them to control us. EXAMPLE: We are to “eat to live,” not “live to eat.” If we eat every time we feel like eating, we will most like become over weight which is not healthy. Sex is like fire or steam: it is good as long as it is controlled but if it gets out of control it becomes highly destructive. By control I mean in the context of marriage, commitment and love.

Eve’s desire was for food, pleasure {delight} and knowledge…When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. God knew things that Eve did not know and it was driving her crazy. Have you ever attempted to keep a secret from your wife?

There is nothing inherently sinful about food, pleasure or knowledge but Eve was not willing to wait on God’s timing. What she wanted was good but she went about getting it the wrong way. We always get in trouble when we try to fulfill our desires a part from Christ. We can never satisfy our desires by partaking of things that God has forbidden.

Warren Wiersbe says there are four stages to sin: Desire, Deception, Disobedience and Death. Sometimes it takes years and years for sin to mature but when it does, it brings forth death. I imagine this truth became crystal clear when Adam and Eve stood by the grave of Abel.

TODAY WE PRAY FOR MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES

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  • SENIOR DAY this Sunday in the a.m. service: Seniors, it will be costly for you to miss. Make every effort to be present.
  • BACCALAUREATE Sunday Night at 6:00. We have a great line up and we are doing something we have never done before: imagine that!
  • WEE CARE Graduation Sunday evening at 2:00.
  • I did not go yesterday but June and I saw Don Sunday and he was doing good.
  • We will have a Deacon’s meeting this week at 8:15.
  • May 29 Senior Adult Cook Out.
  • June 6…Rally for Biblical Marriage in Montgomery. I think the time is 3:00 PM
  • June 14…Vote on Minister of Music [AM in the foyer, secret ballot]
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Thank HIM For Who He Is

November 28, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

~Psalms 86:15, NRSV

QUOTE

To be thankful for our blessings leaves us falling short: we need to give thanks to our Benefactor but even that is insufficient, we need to thank Him not just for what He does but for who He is.

~Yaakov

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Thanksgiving and praise go together and David was good at both because he focused on God’s attributes. In Psalms 86 he strings together a list of divine attributes: we see at least six in verse 15 alone. David begins with But You, O Lord God are”God here is not ‘elohiym [object of our worship] but El, the Strong One, the Almighty. And the Almighty is merciful, gracious, slow to anger [patient], steadfast in love and faithful [True]. When we are sorrowful, the LORD is full of compassion. When we are battling temptation, the LORD is slow to anger. When we sin, He is merciful and kind. Even if we are unfaithful to HIM, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself. Nothing we do or say has any influence over His attributes. I cannot influence God to be more loving or less loving. He is who He is: it is all in His name Yahweh [I AM WHO I AM]. All these attributes make Him worthy of praise and since all the attributes are good, we should be thankful.

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  • We had a very good THANKSGIVING SERVICE. We were missing a lot of regulars for one reason or another but we had two, make that three new families to join us. It was a good service.
  • We had our Thanksgiving at Hannah’s with 23 present. We had another testimony time there which is always a blessing.
  • We did get some sad news [for us] while we were there: our dear friend Mrs. Martha Newby was promoted yesterday morning [Thanksgiving]. She was an outstanding Christian lady so it was a promotion for her but I was going up today to carry her a flower. I thought I had more time. Her Celebration of Life Service will be Sunday evening at 2:30 or 3:00. They were not definite about the time yesterday.
  • Don’t forget we are showing the Billy Graham MY HOPE video Sunday morning and it is on heaven. It is good: invite your friends to come see it. Deacons meeting at 8:50, LCBS at 9:00, Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • June and I had planned to go see SAVING CHRISTMAS but it is doing so poorly that they are not showing it at night at all. I really hated to hear this but I have had no success in promoting the movie. The world will be declared the winner here and that bothers me. Christians should have supported the movie. You know why we have Obama? Only 50% of evangelicals are registered to vote and of that number only half actually vote. You’d be shocked at why they don’t vote. I will tell you sometime.

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Loving Jesus

August 20, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Sir, if you are the one who carried Him away, then tell me where He is and I will retrieve Him.

~John 20:15, The VOICE

QUOTE

A person’s soul is in grave danger when their desire to know doctrine surpasses their desire to know Jesus. It is possible to know all about doctrine and not know Jesus.

~Oswald Chambers

my two cents worth.

At one time in His earthy ministry, Jesus was very popular but He knew well the reason for His high ratings. He was healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind and feeding the masses by the thousands. On His last entry into Jerusalem, I have a feeling that only Jesus Himself understood how His mission would turn ugly. I think even His disciples still believed He would claim the throne. We have a tendency to love people who are in a position to do good things for us. Everyone loves a philanthropist. We all want to get in line, hoping to get our fair share. Jesus knew that the miracle-working aspect of His ministry was coming to a close. A lot of people turned their backs to HIM but Mary Magdalene was not among them. When she went to the tomb on Sunday morning, she was looking for a body. Her intentions were to anoint the lifeless body of Jesus. She was not coming to Him for a miracle or a free lunch. She was drawn to HIM by her love for HIM, not for HIS gifts but for HIMSELF. Mary loved Jesus even when He lay in a tomb.

Some people love church; some love to sing, preach, and teach. It is easy to fall in love with the spotlight. I don’t think this temptation is limited to preachers. When you are on the stage, there is a constant temptation to perform, to try to impress the audience and if we are not very careful, we will become performers instead of lovers of Jesus. Even the well intended become more devoted to “Their idea of what Jesus wants” than to Jesus Himself.

Personally, I am overwhelmed by my selfishness. It seems to be a never-ending struggle. Yesterday I read a verse in James that both convicted me and gave me hope…You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. That’s why Scripture says, God opposes the proud, but He pours out grace on the humble. My comment is WOW, what an encouraging word. “God grant me the grace to turn away from my own interest.”

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  • I am trying to work us out a PRAYER CALENDAR…I have some of the pieces in place…Sunday would be our day to pray for preachers and church staff…Monday would be Missionaries…Tuesday would be Teachers…Wednesday would be widows, widowers, the elderly…Thursday would be the sick…Friday Youth and Students and Saturday Civic Leaders/the Country or better still REVIVAL. I am open for suggestions: matter of fact, the above is a suggestion. You may have a much better idea. I just know we need to get organized.
  • I have been forgetting important things and it upsets me but I do want to ask you to join me in lifting up Chanda Morgan who is having a procedure today, Daphne Hutto {Teddy’s daughter} Kenny Holladay who has treatments on Wednesday, Bill Wilbourn [Debbie Gilliland’s brother], my Aunt Angie Blackburn and Barney Sessums [old friend]. If you want to, pray that I will be faithful to remember these people in prayer.
  • I don’t know for sure if it is the LORD or just me being confused but I may need to fast from the internet and blog. It has become a passion and it very well could be that there is much more Jack than Jesus in it. If you don’t see one for a few days you will understand what’s going on. When Joe David mentioned fasting Sunday, the blog is the first thing that came to my mind. It has become a big part of my life; perhaps too big.

More Consequences

July 24, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

~2 Timothy 3:12, KJV

QUOTE

Everything we do has consequences.

~Dennis Potter

my two cents worth.

If we choose to do wrong there are grave consequences but even if we choose to do right, there are consequences. In Matthew 8, as Jesus and His disciples are about to get into a boat and cross to the other side, a Jewish Religious scholar said to Jesus, “I will follow you anywhere you go. “Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” One of the consequences of following Jesus is that you must let go of this world but there are others. Paul said, “If you live godly in Christ Jesus, you will suffer persecution.” So there are consequences for doing right just as there are for doing wrong. So why do right? Long term the consequences for doing right are much better than the consequences for doing wrong. Many times the first consequence of doing right is that you have to deny what you want. Let me share a secret, what you think you want is not really what you want. Everyone needs to memorize Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Only the LORD knows the heart and only He can satisfy its desires. But you have to go to verse 7 for the secret…Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. You wait for the LORD to give you what your heart really desires. Our temptation is not to wait.

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  • Praise God from whom all blessing flow, praise him all workers on the ramp, we finished last night. We have the money to contract the top rail out PTL. My thanks to Gary Garner, David Wood, Jason Bowling and Michael Hembree for supervising and engineering the project. I want to thank all the workers and there are several but I’m afraid I will leave someone out. We will have a dedication when it is finished and we will recognize everyone at that time.
  • Another good service last night. We have only four more Wednesday nights before AWANA.
  • Sunday is CHILDREN’S CHEWABLE MULTI-VITAMIN DAY.

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Understanding Wealth

July 2, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

It is God who gives you power to get wealth.

~Deuteronomy 8:18, NLT

QUOTE

If you want to measure your wealth, start listing the things you have that money cannot buy.

~Yaakov

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My daddy was a hard worker but I don’t believe God intended for him to be wealthy, not in the sense of earthy riches. Daddy was generous to a fault but he was not gifted when it came to managing money. Don’t get me wrong, he did better than myself but amassing wealth is not in our genes. I’m fairly certain that I know why God has not blessed me with wealth; I’ve been a poor steward with what He has given me to date.  I found these tips on stewardship in a little book:

  1. Money does not sustain creation: God does!
  2. Anything you can put a price tag on, has no eternal significance which means it has no real worth.
  3. For every 99 people who can handle an average income, there is only one who can handle wealth. 
  4. How much would you be worth if you lost everything you had,  like Job.
  5. Most people who have wealth are tempted to trust wealth, not God.
  6. How well have you managed what God has entrusted to you? If you are not a good steward now, what makes you think excessive wealth would help.
  7. Have you noticed: most [not all] wealthy people do not enjoy their wealth and rarely do you meet a generous wealthy person. I did not say there are none, I said they are rare.

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  • Lost another $240 pair of glasses today, PTL. The LORD giveth and Jack loseth, blessed be the name of the LORD.
  • We were in corn patch yesterday. Big Mama put up 300 ears. The coons are feeding out of one end to the patch and I am gathering out of the other end. Problems is: there are only a couple right now but they have a way of communicating and all of their relatives will probably show up tonight. I got my line up today: just got to get me a dog. Josie would not let me use her dog, Trickie B.

Lust

March 5, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

~James 1:14

QUOTE

The desire of love is to give. The desire of lust is to take.

~Anonymous

THOUGHT

Lust not only takes but it takes rashly without thought of consequence and has been known to take by force. Oswald Chambers says,  “Lust means– I must have what I want at once.” It may relate to physical appetite, the desire for pleasure or perhaps power but basically stated, lust says–“I cannot wait for God’s timing, He is indifferent to my needs and I must have this now.” All of Eve’s desires were not bad and God would have fulfilled them in time had she waited.

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  • VBS meeting today…less than 3 months to VBS…June 2-6.
  • Out late last night: girls had a softball game in football weather. It is the first time I have had grandkids on both teams. Colby Crow pitched for West Morgan. She did great. I went to hug and encourage her, as I started off, she said, “Thank you Granddaddy.” She has always called me Granddaddy and that makes me proud. My main concern for her was that she not get hurt. She is a 7th grader. It all ended well: we won and she didn’t get hurt. I got home late so you get a short blog.
  • I may have already reported this but we had a great offering Sunday along with the two professions of faith. God is good.
  • Want to see something interesting. Go to YouTube and type in Steven Seagal: If The Truth Came Out, Obama Would Be Impeached . He hammers him. Try this one, Al [not so] Sharpton town hall meeting Chicago. Get ready for a shock, if these video’s are accurate, Chicago is a tender box.
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The Passion Of Jesus

October 9, 2012

SCRIPTURE: But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. [Luke 5:16, NASB]

QUOTE: We talk about prayer, read books on prayer but few of us actually pray. The secret to our failure is prayerlessness. ~Calvin C. Inman

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COMMENTARY: Jesus was tempted in all points or in every respect but His temptation was a bit different from ours. Have you ever been tempted to turn rock into bread or jump off the Empire State Building? I didn’t think so. You do not possess the power to convert rock to bread, He did. The devil does not tempt us in any area where  there is no power to perform. He doesn’t tempt a blind man with pornographic pictures or a Eunuch to commit adultery. Where there is no power or opportunity to perform, there is no real temptation. We know we should pray but we are tempted not to pray. I don’t think He was tempted not to pray–He may have been tempted to pray all the time.  Jesus loved to pray. Some think that He was driven by need but I think He was compelled by His love for the Father. He had a passion for prayer: He would slip off and pray; sometimes spending the whole night in prayer. He loved the communion; He loved being alone with the Father.  We pray because of the oughtness and the need but we don’t have the same degree of communion. He probably left the prayer place and returned to His disciples out of a feeling of need and oughtness. One thing is certain, He set an example for us to follow. If He prayed, how much more should we pray? Can you think of anything more unpopular in a Baptist Church than a prayer meeting? Can you think of anything we need more than some good old-fashioned prayer meetings?

 EXTRA: Out of town again today [LORD willing]. We are going to Nashville for Seth’s Induction Ceremony. We start counting days today. I think his basic ends January 9th. One of my mentors in Athens, Mr. James Newby is very sick. This man has had a tremendous influence on my life.