Kindness

June 24, 2016

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Scripture

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

~Ephesians 4:32, NASB

Quote

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

~Oscar Wilde

I could write pages on the word “kindness” but I’m going to keep it brief. Yesterday we were in the court room all morning on those hard oak pews with no cushions. Our judge was Brent Craig who happens to be a member of the West Hartselle Baptist church. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a kinder man working in difficult circumstances. Unfortunately for us, we were about the last case to be called so we got to hear three dozen or more that preceded ours. There was everything from domestic abuse to check kiting. One woman gave a bad check for a $17 pizza that is going to cost her $1200. There was several cases of domestic violence but one involved a tall skinny woman about the size of Big Mama and her husband who would go 230. She beat him up and he was there to drop the charges. If I had been the judge, I would have fined him $1000 for not being a man. This woman was 6 feet tall but she didn’t weigh a hundred.

But this is beside the point which is Judge Craig’s compassion and kindness on a lot of reds. I saw bleach blonds wearing clothes way to tight, tattoos galore, pony tails on men, Mohawks, skint heads, and know-it-all teenagers who think drugs are something to wink at and yet this judge never, not even once, made an unkind remark and a gesture of contempt. You could not pay me enough money to do what he does but that’s because God did not call me to be a judge but He did call Brent Craig.

We were thrilled with the judges ruling which gives us more time. Other than waiting all morning, everything went great. We got Hope back to the FOUNDRY by 7:50, just ten minutes before her curfew and they were thrilled to see her. She is an icon at the FOUNDRY. They love her and she loves them. If you want to go see Hope; my suggestion is to go to the THRIFT STORE between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and just asked for Hope. She will be working in the back. I go on Thursday night but you can’t visit until 6:00 and you have only a few minutes before their worship service which is 2 hours long. The people who run it is not Baptist, they are Assembly of God and they don’t believe in watches or clocks. Personally, I enjoy it but there are those in the Bailey clan who prefer the KISS formula: Keep IShort/Simple or as some say, Keep It Short Stupid. I could say the same thing they say in one third of the time, maybe less.

No extra tonight, the blog is the extra.

BLOCK PARTY

August 13: 6-9 PM

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Harmony

April 17, 2016

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Scripture

To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.

~I Peter 3:8, NASB

Quote

Tie two Tom cats by the tails and hang them over the clothes line and you have unity but no harmony.

~Calvin C. Inman

At first, I assumed that Peter was giving us a list of things every congregation needs: harmony, sympathy, brotherly love, compassion and an humble spirit. As I looked deeper, what every church needs is harmony and the way to get there is by being sympathetic, loving, compassionate [tenderhearted] and humble [understanding].

Harmony is a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things. Sounds like a strange definition but it is true. Harmony is not everyone singing the same note with the same voice; it is singing different notes with different voices that together produce a pleasing sound. We are not all to sing the same note but we are to be on the same song and page.

The unique thing about I Peter 3:8 is, we cannot get in harmony without being sympathetic, compassionate and understanding of others.

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Seven Things Man Cannot Do

{Job 9}

  1. Man cannot argue with God: Our infinite lack of knowledge or ignorance would make it impossible. [Job 9:2]
  2. Man cannot stand up to God: We lack the power. Can we stand up to an F-5 tornado or a hurricane? God is infinitely stronger than a storm. [Job 9:4]
  3. Man cannot understand God: Again the finite can not comprehend the infinite. [Job 9:10]
  4. Man cannot see God. God is Spirit and no man has ever seen Him other than in Christ. [Job 9:11]
  5. Man cannot stop God. [Job 9:12]
  6. Man cannot force God to do something He doesn’t want to do. [Job 9:19]
  7. Man cannot sue God; take Him to court. [Job 9:19]

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  • Today’s schedule: Deacon’s meeting @ 8:15, LCBS @ 9:15, Celebrate Jesus in worship @ 10:15 and 6:15. AWANA and Visitation @ 5:30.
  • Mission offering goes to Youth for Summer Camp and Mission Trip.
  • We have a communion coming up Sunday morning May 22 and a 5th Sunday Debt retirement offering on May 29.
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Coming to DBC August 21, Dr. Junior Hill

A Definition of Insanity

October 20, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

~Mark 5:17-18, AV

QUOTE

In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.

~C.S. Lewis

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I had not noticed until my bible study yesterday that there are three prayers in Mark 5:1-20. The first prayer is by the demons in verse 10, Then the evil spirits begged Jesus again and again not to send them to some distant place. The word ‘begged’ in NLT is besought in the AV. In the Greek it is parakaleō, to summons and is translated 10 times as pray or prayed in the AV.  So it is a prayer word. You will notice above the AV uses the word pray and prayed in verses 17 and 18. In each case it is the exact same word parakaleō. So what we have here is three prayers:

  1. The Demon’s prayer–Don’t send us to some distant place.
  2. The Gerasenes prayer–Go away and leave us alone.
  3. The Miracle Man’s prayer–Can I go with you?

What’s even more amazing is that Jesus heard and answered all three prayers. This is going to upset some part time theologians. Jesus said, “Yes” to the demons and the Gerasenes but “No” to the healed demoniac. Can you explain this? I sure am glad you can’t: I would hate to worship a God that would fit in your little box of brains.

I understand a little about the first prayer: the demon recognized Jesus, they knew He was the Son of God and they acknowledged His authority because they had no choice. The second prayer makes no sense at all: why would anyone pray such a foolish prayer–“Go away and leave us alone.” Jesus got in the boat and left and I don’t know that He ever came back. I do know that the Romans wiped the Gerasenes out when they invaded in the 1st century. I can’t see myself asking Jesus to go away and leave me alone. You talk about insanity, asking Jesus to go away and leave you alone is insane.

We all understand the third prayer: Jesus commissioned this New Creation: sane, clothed, and full of the Spirit to go back home and be a Missionary to his people. He obeyed and told everyone he saw about Jesus. I would be willing to bet my life that he lead some of the Gerasenes to faith in Christ. When Jesus says “No,” there is always a reason.

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  • OK, the fellowship is on: Sunday night at 5:30–bring your favorite soup, chili or stew and we eat in the FORTE. Hayrides will begin around 6:15. Lance and I are doing the Puggles and Shohn and her workers will do the other children.
  • FRONT PEW SHOWER for MILESTONE MINISTRIES this Sunday Morning. The are in dire need of toilet tissue. Its 30 females living in one building, do I need to say more. Toilet paper, paper towels, hygiene items, anything you want to bring but especially toilet paper.
  • I meant to talk to you Sunday but I forgot. The Blackwood’s are basically be forced to retire and they do not have a car. A church is Birmingham is going to give them a place to live but we are going to give them a car LORD willing. We have just the man to help us and I’ve emailed Allison to see what kind of vehicle they want. Gregg will find it and finance it and all we have to do is make the payments and we can do that with one mission offering a month. If you have wanted to do more for an IMB agent, here is our opportunity. I am excited.
  • Bill Wilbourn’s surgery went well but he is not out of the woods by any stretch.
  • KANE BREAK: PTL, if nothing changes, coming home Friday. Colon is a little better. Kane starts chemo tonight. Thursday another sonogram and if all is not worse he will get Aro-c which is a treatment that takes all day. If all that happens we will be rolling into Danville as soon as we are packed. {Raise them up folks, let’s get them home for a break}

Gary, Keri and Kane

In The Sweet By And By

September 15, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

“You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

~John 13:7, NLT

QUOTE

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of worship.

~Neil Armstrong

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The above verse jumped out at me yesterday during my daily bible study. Jesus did not feel compelled to explain Himself or His actions. He knew that Peter and the others were not to the point of understanding. Jesus was teaching His disciples how to minister to each other and to others. He did so by demonstrating the two key components on the eve of His death. The two components of ministry are Humility and Love. He took off his robe and girded Himself with a towel, then He stooped to wash their dirty feet. Then He gave them a New Commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

A man came home and told his wife that God had called him to preach. She said, “No, He hasn’t!” He said, “What do you mean, do you presume to know more than God?” She said, “No, but you do not love people and I know that preachers have to love people.” He said, “Well I can change can’t I?” She said, “You’ll have to if your going to preach.” It is not just a requirement for preachers, it is a requirement for anyone who attempts to minister. It takes humility and love to touch lives for Jesus sake. These are not suggestions, they are requirements.

By the way, the guy was telling the truth. God was calling him and he did change. He has faithfully served a church to our South for over twenty years.

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  • Gary Garner is still very weak and he’s really discouraged: please pray. It is one of those things we don’t understand now but will someday.
  • Josh and Charity’s Jonah came through the surgery good.
  • Memphis Report: The chemo has upset his pancreas and that has caused desperate pain. He was hurting terribly. They finally got him a morphine pump combined with other things and now he is easy. The treatment for pancreatitis is fluids and sleep. I pray he sleeps till the pancreas is calm again. They say 2 to 3 days. After treatment he should have no problems. [I think we need to pray a little extra for Kane]
  • More bad news OFFICE DEPOT takes radical stand against the rights of the unborn: they are unashamedly pro-abortion. Sorry Office Depot, I will take my business elsewhere….Office Depot Pro-Abort and Anti-Life
  • REVIVAL at Belleview going well. We had a very good service last night. I wish there was a way that we could meet together Wednesday night. I think it would really be encouraging to them. What if I promise to preach a short sermon or to take everyone to Popeye’s after the service.

Gary, Keri and Kane

The Unique Son of God

February 28, 2015

 

 

 

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SCRIPTURE

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

~John 1:29, NKJV

QUOTE

Our LORD {Jesus} came down from life to suffer death. The Bread of Life came down to hunger. The Living Water came down to thirst.

~Augustine

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Jesus never wrote a book; yet more books have been written about Him than any other figure in history. He never wrote a song but more songs have been written about Him than any figure in history. He never held an office or earned in degrees. He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. Jesus did none of the things we associate with success; He had no credentials but himself.  The only property he had on earth was his clothes. He was homeless for the last three years of his life. Isn’t it amazing twenty centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race.

All the actors who use His name in vain, all the judges who mandate evil by decree, all the politicians who feathered their own nest while betraying their constituents and all the presidents that have shamed the office with their immorality and betrayed their oath of office by violating the very constitution they swore to protect: all of them put together have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary unique life.

To simply acknowledge Jesus as a great person, great prophet, or great leader is to insult Him. He is the unique Son of God. He is God incarnate; Son of God and Son of man. He came into this dark sin cursed world to give us a way out. O hallelujah, O what a Savior!

If the above does not fire you up: Listen to this…

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  • Today we pray for Students: Why don’t we pray for Kane and Kerri. I got Kerri’s age wrong, she is 20 and Kane is 15.
  • Deacon’s and Wives Sunday Morning at 9:00: we are going to focus on these children above. Don’t be late!
  • Posted a new top ten picking on Adam last night. Don Fields has been sending me some good poems and I posted those to.
  • I don’t know where she got her info but Big Mama says “More snow possible next week.” I going to quote Keith on this one, “Unbelievable!”

LCBS LESSON PREVIEW

PROMISED LIKE NO OTHER

Ice breaker–How do you decide whether a person is credible, someone you can trust?

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53, NLT

[Note: The Jews have takes Isaiah 53 out of their synagogue readings and I don’t blame them. Isaiah wrote this 800 years before the crucifixion. I have take the liberty to insert Jesus name in place of some of the person pronouns just to give you a better grasp of this incredible prophecy]

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed His powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about Jesus appearance, nothing to attract us to him. Jesus was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. Jesus was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But Jesus was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. Jesus was beaten so we could be whole. Jesus was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Jesus the sins of us all. Jesus was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. Jesus was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open his mouth.Unjustly condemned, Jesus was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that His life was cut short in stream. But Jesus was struck down for the rebellion of my people. Jesus had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. 10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when Jesus life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. Jesus will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When Jesus sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of Jesus experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. 12 I will give Jesus the honors of a victorious soldier, because He exposed himself to death. Jesus was counted among the rebels. Jesus bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

It hurts when we trust someone and they betray that trust by doing something hurtful. Like the little boy in the story, we all get egg on our face at one time or another. Jesus was totally secure in who He was and He never avoided rejection. He knew the Jewish leaders hated Him and yet He sat His face toward Jerusalem. Our goal should be to become more confident in who we are and less fearful of the acceptance of others. It is easier to talk about than to demonstrate.

Testimony

When I was in high school, our football coach made the same basic speech every day. “Guys, if you go out there and work hard today, we will be back in here in the showers in two and a half hours.” He said this everyday. We left the locker room around 3:15-3:30, according to how long he talked and we always came in at dark with was 7:00-7:30. You do the math, anyway you cut it, you are out there more than 2 and half hours. The great thing about fall was it got darker earlier. After a while we stop believing anything the man said. We did not hustle through drills because we knew that regardless, we were going to be there until dark.

I served a small church in Mississippi during my last year in Seminary. We had an alcoholic that the chairman of deacons had taken on as a project and he insisted that I get involved. Actually, his plan was to hand off and he did. It was the same old same old every few months. He would come boo-wooing to me and feeling sorry for himself. I tried being kind–didn’t work. I tried being firm–didn’t work. It reached a point where I was ready to throw my hands in the air. He would make promise after promise if I would only do so in so. I reached a point where I did not believe a word he said.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you call a person that is distrustful of everyone? [Cynical] Do we want to become such a person?
  2. One of the many things that makes Jesus unique is that He never breaks a promise. Have you ever broken a promise?
  3. Which causes us the most guilt and pain: to hurt another person by breaking a promise or to be hurt by another person breaking a promise to you?
  4. If we become cynical and we trust one, how can we build meaningful and lasting relationships?
  5. Unlike Jesus, we tend to avoid rejection. In your opinion, what is motivating us to avoid rejection?
  6. What are some of the things people do to avoid rejection?
  7. Do you agree that most of our fears are connected to the loss of something? What fear is related to rejection?
  8. What makes a promise believable?
  9. How is your relationship with Jesus different from all other relationships?
  10. How important is understanding and empathy in a relationship?
  11. Jesus literally bore our sorrows; He was crushed by our sin. He literally took our beating. How does this make you feel about Jesus personally?
  12. Knowing yourself and knowing human nature, do you really expect everyone to keep their promise?
  13. Jesus is the ultimate Promise Keeper. This is one of the things that make Him unique. How can we as Christians point our friends to Jesus? Why do we need to point others in His direction?

Extravagant Love

April 17, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to Me?”

~Mark 14:6, NLT

QUOTE

Love [Agape] is the only spiritual power that can overcome the self-centeredness of our human nature.

~Arnold J. Toynbee

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Jesus was a superb teacher and He was filled with truth but very few heard what He was saying. Humans, as a general rule, are horrible listeners. We are not active listeners: we are passive. We do not work at listening and thus we do not hear what the other person is actually saying. Mary was an active listener. You can make fun of her domestic work ethic if you like but when it came to listening, she was well ahead of the curve. She understood what others did not: Jesus was about to die! This was the eve of His crucifixion and Mary sensed his heaviness of heart while others were insensitive. We need the Martha’s to serve but boy do we need our share of Mary’s. When was the last time someone really listened to what you had to say?
 
Mary’s love for Jesus was so great that she was willing to embarrass herself. Her love was so great that she gave Jesus the most precious thing she had, knowing that it would last less than 24 hours. Perfume is expensive but it has a short life span once it is broken and spilled out. Others considered it a waste but not Mary. She didn’t care what others thought, her focus was solely on Jesus. She was a woman in a man’s world. She did not lack courage but she lacked strength: she was no match for an angry mob, a roman soldier or a pagan governor. She could not stop this world from abusing her LORD but she could express her love. Jesus said, “She did what she could.” Somehow she sensed that it was in God’s will for Jesus to die but she did what she could. Have we done what we could? If I only knew that Jesus would say the same thing about me but I fear that it will not happen. It is a sobering thought.

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  • The sun needs no witness to it’s glory, amen. The glory of the sun is self-evident. The sun felt good yesterday and it was rather nice when the wind laid. The Son needs no witness; when we see HIM, when the world sees HIMHis glory will be self-evident.
  • We are working on something special for Sunday or you might say different. I think the children will be with us in the service and we want the service to move but we also want the gospel presented clearly. We are not going to hurry because that could offend the Holy Spirit and without Him we are whistling in the wind. It would help if we could get all our video equipment to function properly. One way or the other, we intend to present the gospel. Our job is to plan and present, your job is to pray.
  • Sunrise at 7:30…Breakfast at 8:00-8:30…LCBS at 9:00, Easter Parade at 10:10, Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus at 10:15. No pm services.
  • The series on Colossian is going better, for me anyway and we had another good crowd last night and a few Mary’s out there which is always encouraging.
  • Don’t know if the video will work or not: just don’t click on it: I may use it Sunday.

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On Toward Jerusalem

April 10, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples.

~Luke 19:28, NLT

QUOTE

It gets lonely at the top.

~Unknown Source

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As Jesus made that final ascent up to Jerusalem from Jericho, He was a few paces in front of His entourage. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Jesus was the leader and a leader is always out front. You cannot inspire followers if you are hiding in the back like Saul. Leaders lead with courage and by example. They do not drive or push, they lead.
  2. The disciples were tentative about going to Jerusalem. Fear and anxiety had created a spirit of reluctance. They were not confident about what they were doing. They were following but from a distance.
  3. Jesus knew exactly where He was going and what He was doing but no one else knew what He was doing. The disciples did not understand and Jesus was aware of their lack of understanding. When no one understands what you are doing other than yourself, it creates a vacuum filled with loneliness.

Basically, Jesus got little or no help from us. He did this incredible thing all by Himself with the exception of the Father and the Spirit. From the human standpoint, He got no help. Therefore we humans cannot take any glory in the events at Calvary. Jesus did it all without our assistance. He did it without our moral support. All glory and praise to Jesus! Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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  • We may be having REVIVAL. I had 34 last night. That is twice what I had last Wednesday night.
  • Remember the Egg Hunt Sunday evening at 4:30, followed by praise and worship at 6:00 with Yuri singing a special and then a Pizza Bash in the FORTE.
  • Joe David in taking the College and Career age to Guatemala in September. A couple of the kids need sponsors and it takes $1,000 to sponsor one youth but you can be a partial sponsor by giving any amount you choose. Give it to Mandy and tell her it is for Guatemala Trip. If you want to sponsor a person and make payments, you can do that also.

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Loneliness

April 3, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

~I Peter 5:9, NLT

QUOTE

God’s remedy for loneliness is intimacy – meaningful, open, sharing relationships with one another. In Christ we have the capacity for fulfilling this sense of belonging which comes from an intimate relationship. When all other relationships fail, our relationship with Him will not unless we neglect it ourselves.

~Yaakov [Adapted from Neil Anderson]

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I use the internet for getting and dispersing information. I have never had an on-line relationship; not to my knowledge. I don’t do chat rooms. I understand from my reading that on-line relationships are common and lonely people are especially vulnerable. The experts tell us that these virtual relationships drive people to a deeper depression and loneliness. The interesting thing to me is the motivation: why would a person use the social media to establish a relationship with someone who is total stranger?

The answer is we are driven by a sense of WONDER! We wonder if anyone really knows us or has a desire to know us. We wonder if anyone understands how we feel and the greatest wonder of all, does anyone really care? The solution to your loneliness is not a virtual relationship but a vertical relationship. Jesus knows you better than you know yourself. He knows the number of hairs on your head. He not only knows intricate details about you, He understands everything you are going through and sympathizes with your human condition. As far as someone caring, watch the Passion Of Christ. He cares, the cross is proof of His love.

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  • I don’t normally address the same subject as OUR DAILY BREAD but yesterdays devotion got me to thinking and I could not help myself. I have a true story that fits the theme but it would take to long so I will post it on MY STORIES someday, LORD willing.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS meet Saturday at 9:00 at Cracker Barrel.
  • Sunday schedule is normal beginning with Deacon’s meeting at 8:00.
  • Baseball season is on: I have more places to be Saturday than I can be.  Ty and Josie have games at West Park and I sure that Big L has a game somewhere. I got to study some on Monday and Tuesday, PTL.
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Bailey Bunch at Jose’ in Pigeon Forge

 

Giving Comfort

January 31, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do.

~Job 13:5, NLT

QUOTE

Compassion is costly. It is easy enough to argue, criticize and condemn, but redemption is costly, and comfort draws from the deep. Brains can argue, but It takes heart to comfort.

~Samuel Wallace Chadwick

COMMENTARY

In the wake of the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut an unlikely group moved in and made a difference. The group was from Chicago and they used golden retrievers to comfort the children. The dogs don’t bark, they either play with the kids or lay with them. They make better counselors because they show a lot of affection, they don’t talk and they will lay beside a kid for hours without moving.

Like Jobs friends, most of us are quick to give advice from the conclusions we’ve jumped to. They say that men are especially prone to do this. We are “fixers” at least in our minds.  One of the most inspiring experiences of my life came some 20 years ago. June and I were invited to a home which gave shelter to abused children. Our job, for one evening, was to give relief to the couple who ran the home. Before they left, they gave us clear instructions. There was one little boy about 6 years old who had been sexually abused by his father: the counselor said before leaving, “He doesn’t like men and he will not say a word. Don’t waste your time trying to get him to talk. He will not talk to anyone.”

The couple left and there we were with a house filled with kids. I took the girls and we went to the den to watch TV. June took the boys and they went into another room. After a couple of hours, I go out to check on them and June is sitting in the floor of the hallway with the little six year old. They are talking. I ducked back in immediately knowing that my presence would spoil everything. June couldn’t wait for the care givers to return. She told them, “He talks to me.” He had a reason not to trust men and for some reason, he trusted June. The biggest part of being a friend is listening and understanding.

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  • Three 12 hour days in a row and that doesn’t count the blog which I do after I get in and don’t usually finish until around 10:00 or 11:00 pm. I’m getting too old to burn the candle at both ends. 
  • SAFE today at 11:30 am…Home made rolls, Mississippi Roast, fried apple pies, mashed tators, green beans and more. Old Gregg is 61…You’d think he would attend these Senior luncheons. He’s probably on a diet.
  • It’s official…we are {LORD willing} going back to Grand Bay for a Revival in January 2015…January 25-28.
  • We go to Sardis Springs Sunday week for a Winter Bible Study…February 9-12.
  • Preston Grammer is recovering nicely and Dana had been up walking and was tired but cheerful. She has a sweet spirit. Jimmy and Sandra drove through the snow twice.
  • Widow Women Breakfast Saturday morning at Cracker Barrel.
  • Many of you remember Donnie Browning who led music for us a couple of times during REVIVALS; his older brother Ray Browning was promoted Wednesday night late. Ray was 68 I think. He has been battling cancer for over a year. Back in his Amoco days he was known as “Bear.” I think Ray’s grandmother  was a sister to Tracey Callahan’s granddaddy. I could be wrong.
  • For your information: Ginger hates this blog. She doesn’t even look at the pictures. She hasn’t aged but Super Dave lost some hair: haven’t we all.
Identify these two love birds and you win nothing!

Identify these two love birds and you win nothing!

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Piling On

January 29, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

We are now on our way to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses. They will sentence him to death, and then they will hand him over to foreigners who will make fun of him. They will beat him and nail him to a cross. But on the third day he will rise from death.

~Matthew 20:18-19

QUOTE

Mercy requires love and understanding: the ability to put the interest of another first.

~Anonymous

COMMENTARY

Matthew 20 is a very interesting chapter. Jesus is about to leave Jericho and head to Jerusalem where a cross awaits Him. Jesus has a heavy heart and He shares His burden with His disciples but it is like water off of a ducks back. Instead of showing some understanding and compassion, the mother of James and John approaches Jesus and asked that her boys be given preference in the Kingdom. This leads to jealously among the twelve and an argument. Just what Jesus needed, right? He’s hurting on the inside and the guys are arguing about who among them is the greatest. Jesus gives them a brief lecture on greatest and then they began walking out of Jericho headed for Jerusalem. A blind man sitting beside the road begging hears it is Jesus, he goes to crying out for mercy. Long story short: Jesus shows him mercy. The tired and burdened Savior ask the man, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The man said, “I want to see,” and Jesus restored his sight.

As I read through this chapter a few days ago, it hit me…everyone wants Jesus to do something for them but no one would show compassion and mercy on Jesus. Instead of sympathy and understanding, they keep piling on with I want this and I want that. I got a little angry on the inside as I thought about these people be so insensitive? Surely I would listen to Jesus, console Him, tell Him how much I loved Him and pray for Him. But I know the truth, I am no better than the disciples, I am worse. I’m sure they looked upon Jesus as a Super-Hero: the invincible One who needed nothing. I really believe Jesus was crying out in His own way for understanding and He got none. Folks we can’t glory in a thing: Jesus wrought our salvation all by Himself: we were no help and that’s a shame.

EXTRA

  • Preston Grammer came through surgery OK. I didn’t stay because of the snow storm. Janet Fields got snowed in and will try to get out today. We will go back on Thursday. I know today will be a hard day for Preston. I didn’t get to see Dana Segars because the snow came so fast and the streets were bad when I left Princeton so I made a dash for North Alabama. It was touch and go until I got to the Hanceville Exit. There were a lot of wrecks and a lot of stranded motorist.
  • Ken and Christy  Tapsott have a new grandbaby, Christopher Miles [8lbs and a few ounces] born about 5:00 yesterday evening. The LORD is good: Bailey and Chris are tickled pink, the entire family was elated.
  • Paul said, “In all things give thanks because it is God’s will for those of us in Christ to be thankful.” I want to give some thanks: I am thankful for the two things above but I am also thankful that I do not live in Siberia, Alaska, Canada, Michigan, New York, Antarctica, or the North Pole. I don’t know if this cold weather is killing the bugs or not but it is making me thankful for Spring. Hey, I might get thankful for Summer before it’s over. How many single digit nights have we had this year? A bunch! I never remember school being out [I think this makes 5 days] for cold weather. An NO, they should not have to make them up. We need to do like Hoover and refuse the federal money and run our own schools. Have Swamp Johns every Saturday night. I’d be willing donate extra just to have the freedom to have what we want for lunch. Can you believe it, the Northeast Liberal bureaucrats tell us what we can have for lunch. It is the same group of idiots who believe in evolution. You can’t be reasonably intelligent and believe in evolution. Folks, it is time to take our schools back.
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Saw A Lot Of This

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I didn't see this but it was taken yesterday.

I didn’t see this but it was taken yesterday.

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