Digging Up Bones

September 24, 2015



A worthless man digs up evil, while his words are like scorching fire.

~Proverbs 16:27, NASB


Three things you can’t take back: a spent arrow, a spoken word and a lost opportunity.

~William Barclay


Have you ever tried to stomp out a rumor? It is like fighting a fire that is burning out of control. When I came across the above verse in one of Barclay’s commentary; I immediately thought of two things–Junior Hill’s story of his old hound and the Randy Travis songI’m diggin’ up bones, I’m diggin’ up bones; Exhuming things that’s better left alone.  I’m resurrecting memories of a love that’s dead and gone, yeah tonight I’m sittin’ alone diggin’ up bones.

Somebody gave Junior a mess of catfish. After cleaning them, he buried the heads, bones and guts in the back yard. A couple of weeks later he said, “Carol, what’s that I smell? I think it’s coming from the back yard.” So Junior goes out to investigate and his old hound had dug up all the remains of the fish and they stunk to high heaven. Junior reburied them, this time deeper but the old hound dug them up again. This happened three times before Junior did something else with the bones.

Joe David and I went to a visitation and you know how bad I am with names. Everyone there seemed to know who I was because they had been to DBC one or more times. I start asking too many questions: is this your mama, who’s your daddy, that kind of thing. Over 50% of our young people come from a situation where mom and dad are no longer together. I just had to ask one too many questions. As Randy says, “Some things are better left alone.” The family was very understanding, thank goodness.


  • Gary Garner did not get to move to Health South yesterday, maybe today.
  • Kelvin Callahan came home.
  • Kane Hogan Update: Kane has been roaming the halls signing Sports Illustrated magazines from all the pretty nurses. He has ate a little more today. He is definitely stronger. With his counts climbing they think we will be at Ronald McDonald housing by Friday. We will probably stay in Memphis until they get his Treatment plan back on track. The doctors have eliminated the PEG from his treatment plan it is responsible for the pancreas and blood clots. {Michelle}
  • I forgot about SEE YOU AT THE POLE but my good friend Joey Coots had it covered. I went to the hospital at 7:00 which is early for me these days.
  • My uncle Floyd Bailey is not doing well, I may be heading for Rome Friday.
  • We are helping feed the Jolly Family Friday. They will be eating at Cedar Plains Christian Church. Our only responsibility is desserts. Just get them to Jennifer Garner by noon Friday.

Gary, Keri and Kane

Jesus Verses Lucifer

September 18, 2014

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In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts.

~Philippians 2:5, The VOICE


The follower of Christ must think like Christ, not of himself but for others and not for his glory but for God’s.

~William Barclay

my thoughts red

Lucifer’s mind-set is expressed in Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19. If you study these passages, you will note the huge contrast between our beloved Savior and Lord and Lucifer who is also knows at Satan.

  • Jesus…”Thy will” be done…Lucifer “My will” be done.
  • Jesus humbled Himself…Lucifer exalted himself.
  • Jesus gave up a throne to become a servant…Lucifer shunned servant hood in pursuit of the throne.
  • Jesus was the Creator but willing to become a man…Lucifer was not satisfied to be a creature: he wanted to be Creator.
  • Jesus left heavens glory by His own free will to become a man and a sacrifice for our sins so we could go to heaven…Lucifer was kicked out of heaven because of his selfish ambition and sinful rebellion, then came to earth to infect as many as possible with the spirit of rebellion with the intention of damning us to hell.
  • Jesus emptied Himself as a benevolent giver…Lucifer grasp beyond his rights and became a thief and a taker.

Oh what a Savior! Oh Hallelujah
His heart was broken on Calvary,
HIs hands were nail scared: His side was driven,
He gave his life blood for you and me

He left the Father, with all his riches,
With calmness sweet and serene,
Came down from heaven and gave his life blood
To make the vilest sinner clean. 


  • Today is our day to pray for those having trials, difficulties and for the sick: Kenny Holladay, Jackie Steele, Larry Garner, Bill Wilbourn, Floyd Bailey [uncle], Angie Blackburn [aunt], Dee Eady, B.R. Sessums, Daphne Hutto [Teddie and Lisa’s daughter, has surgery next week], Carylon Suthoff, Tracey Gillies, Minnie Grace Baker, Dale Shedd, Beatrice Freeze, Linda Dutton, Bonnie Moore and Matthew Battles.
  • I found out last night that one of my favorite people in the world, Mae Sue Wallace fell last Sunday and broke her hip. She is a sweet lady and I will try to see her today. I will also be going to HH where Cory will be having arteriogram.
  • PTL for 119 in AWANA last night and over 90 at supper for 2nd week in a row with 195 total. Youth and AWANA are tearing it up if we could just have a revival among the adults. The GATHERING was fantastic, I loved every minute. I hope Jesus was as pleased as I was. I want to give them the entire time one of these nights. I’ll have to confer with the youth on a good time but I want to record a service for YouTube.
  • We have a lot of hurting people in and around DBC and the source of most of the pain is sin. I am sick of sin and sure glad that God will not allow it in heaven. One very sweet couple told me last week, “Bro. Jack we will be gone this Sunday on a little family get away.” You will not believe what I said to them, plus I gave the lady a hug…”You deserve a break. I want you to go with my blessing. I hope you have a great time.” I know we have some doubting Thomas’ out there but I said it. Of course this family is here 50 Sunday’s a year and that kind of faithfulness is unheard of these days. Lillian and Lewis Sims went 11 years without missing a service, can you believe it. James Kyle and Margaret didn’t miss LCBS for 5 years. These are records that probably will never be broken.
  • There is a MY HOPE 2014 coming November 9th with new video called Heavenpray for a venue to share it.

proverbs 16.18

Jesus On “Greatness”

September 11, 2014

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At last, they came to Capernaum where they gathered in a house. Jesus: “What was it I heard you arguing about along the way?” They looked down at the floor and wouldn’t answer, for they had been arguing among themselves about who was the greatest of Jesus’ disciples.

~Mark 9:32-33, The Voice


As long as a man puts his personal interest before others, he has his back turned to the kingdom of Christ. If he wants to be a part of the kingdom of Christ, he must turn completely and face in the opposite direction.

~William Barclay

my thoughts red

The disciples got into a heated argument about who among them was the number one disciple. Who did Jesus love the most? Who did He trust the most? If He were absent, who would He put in charge? The Great Physician quickly diagnosed their illness: they suffered from pride so He gave them a doze of humility, He sat a child on His knee and said, “To be great in My kingdom, you must become like this little child.” There is a tradition that says this child was Ignatius of Antioch who became a great servant of the church. One thing is crystal clear: their definition of greatest was in conflict with Jesus definition.

By the world’s definition: Jesus was a failure. He never earned a degree. He never wrote a book, not even a pamphlet. He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place of His birth. He never owned a home. He never held any political office. He did not amass great wealth. He never dined with kings. As a matter of fact, the only possession He had at His death were the clothes He was wearing when they arrested Him. He was born, lived and died in poverty. Yet this Jewish carpenter son of a Jewish peasant changed the entire world forever. I think our world is confused when it comes to greatness. I’ll not argue the point: You know that Jesus is great! Actually, He is greater than great: He is the Son of God.EXTRA animated

  • What about that crowd last night: 110 in AWANA, 46 in YOUTH, 5 in Nursery and 32 in preaching…grand total of 193. AWANA gets an A, Youth get a B and Adults, we can do better. Record turn out for supper with 98.
  • Extra quote: We should stop looking out for our own interests and instead focus on the people living and breathing around us. [ The Apostle Paul– I Corinthians 10:32]
  • Today is our day to pray for the sick: those undergoing TRIALS.  Kenny Holladay, Jackie Steele, Larry Garner, Patrick Lee Dubbins, Bill Wilbourn, Floyd Bailey, Angie Blackburn, Dee Eady, B.R. Sessums, Daphne Hutto, Carylon Suthoff, Tracey Gillies, Minnie Grace Baker, Dale Shedd, Beatrice Freeze, Linda Dutton, Bonnie Moore, Matthew Battles, Clara Miller, Steve Tanner. I would say that 75% of those on the list are being treated for some type of cancer.
  • I’ll probably forget it before Sunday but after service Sunday morning, I would like to get a pic of all our school teachers and Seniors 75 and above. I think it will enhance our prayers if we see who we are praying for.
  • I keep forgetting to update you on the rails for the handicap ramp in the FORTE. Jason tells me that Michael Hembree is on the project…Way to go Michael. I had already put in the bulletin that Jason was on it: I’ll change that today if I think of it.
  • Currently I am reading The VOICE and I love it. My goal is to read every English Translation. I have not read one yet that was not helpful. I use the NASB as my basic text but BLUE LETTER BIBLE enables me to check the Greek on any verse. I like the Holman but not as well as NIV, ESV or NRSV. The NKJV is a lot like the NASB and I loved it. I also loved the Moffatt translation. I absolutely love all the easier reads like ERV, Good News, CEB, CEV, NCV, MSG, LB, NLT, WEB, NET, KNOX, God’s Word, Williams, J.B. Phillips. The Amplified Bible is not an easy read but I enjoyed it also. I have great respect for any preacher who uses the one he thinks is best. Lucado always uses the NCV. Joe David always used the NASB and I generally use NLT and occasionally the NASB or NKJV. Personally, I don’t think the ESV has anything to do with the Reform movement. A key verse is Galatians 2:20 and the ESV is right on target. The 20th century hayseed Calvinist used nothing but the KJV which mistranslated Galatians 2:20. They went to seed on Salvation by the faith of the Son of God. I heard them say more than once, “You are not saved by your faith, you are saved by His faith.” This is pure ignorance, Jesus is God and He always has been God, He needs no faith, He has perfect knowledge. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Jesus saw it all. He lived in two worlds at the same time. Faith is for those of us who have incomplete knowledge.
  • I was out late last night and I am still battling a tooth ache and the tooth has been pulled but I am planning to be in the office some. I will probably go back to hospital some time tomorrow. Shohn will most likely not be in today. I rarely answer the office phone when I am there alone, call my cell if you need me.


February 6, 2014




Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.

~Jude 24, NASB


Grace is the blessedness enjoyed by one who is favored by a superior.

~William Barclay


A middle-aged man was on vacation with his wife and teenage daughters. They came to a place where you paid to climb a wall built of wood but with simulated rocks made of plastic attached in various places to enable the climber to use his hands and feet. Each climber had a guide and the guide had a rope that was connected to the climbers harness. The rope went through a pulley at the top of the wall and back to the guide. The teenage girls went up the wall like a monkey going up a coconut tree but old dad got winded about 20 feet from the top. He stopped to get his breath and then made the mistake of looking up, then down. He got dizzy and slipped. He fell but not far, the guide was watching and he had the rope secure. He held the climber firm until he was able to get back to the wall and finish the climb. When he got to the top, he didn’t beat his chest or raise his fist in triumph. He took a deep breath, thanked God for the guide and then peeped over the ledge and thanked the guide on the ground. He was filled with joy and thanksgiving.

You get the picture: Jesus is the guide. Without Him we would  be in a free fall into the pits of hell. How do we respond? With joy and thanksgiving.


  • Wednesdays are tough days physically but very rewarding. I do love the Wednesday night suppers. I think they are good for fellowship. I have a philosophy about fellowship but I will not share it at this time. I do want to thank Jennifer for being our go-far and Floyd for helping us serve. I really thank those sweet ladies that pitched in and cleaned up last night. Thomas always helps with garbage and busing tables. You are doing good and I appreciate it. I should have gotten a picture. What about that band? Are they something or what? Brian did the singing and they did the playing. The LORD gives us what we need! He is amazing!
  • I was fighting a deadline yesterday but I am going to make an effort to get to the hospitals today.
  • I checked the MISSION OFFERING for Sunday and it was good. If we get three more like, we have our goal. I am confident that we will get the goal but that is not the big thing: I am just as confident that many Guatemalan boys and girls will come to know Christ and be discipled by the Children’s center. I am just thrilled to be a part of this Mission enterprise.
  • When I left church last night around 8:00, he was cold and the wind was awful. I got home, June said it was only 30*. I said, “It’s the coldest 30* I’ve ever felt.” My computer said 28* with wind child factor of 18*. I predicting snow for today. It is too cold to rain.
  • Posted new TOP TEN today about the church being secularized. 
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