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Stop Quibbling And Start Assembling!

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


Continue Reading February 6, 2009 at 12:16 am 2 comments

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1 Corinthians 3:10-15

“Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.” (NLT)

1 Corinthians 4:4-5

“My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.

So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” (NLT)

God will reward each one according to their work. The key is to build on the right foundation. That foundation is Jesus Christ. Even if our work does not hold to the test of time we will still be saved.
Jesus had great concern for the lost while on earth. He was moved with compassion and told His disciples to pray for workers and finally sent them into all the world spreading the good news about Him. Do we have the same attitude or are we too busy writing people off as not interested in the gospel? The day is coming where the Lord himself will examine us and decide.

January 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

The Upside-Down Spigot

We usually make two camping trips a year, one to a north Georgia park in the early fall, and another to a Florida park in mid-winter. But this past year we ventured out to a north Alabama state park. We chose Buck’s Pocket State Park because it was small, and not on a lake—less touristy in other words.

Alabama maps are an adventure in themselves. If there had not been a sign for the park at every intersection we would never have found it.  Once we left the major state road, even the numbered county roads were not on the map, at least not the ones we needed.  We went past one “county road,” complete with number and sign, that was merely a one lane red clay road.  Another was gravel, and another just plain dirt.  Our road kept getting skinnier and skinnier, but at least it was paved the whole way.  Finally we turned in and drove down, down, down into the pocket that “Buck’s Pocket” is named after.

Alabama parks are definitely different from Georgia and Florida parks–not as many rules for one thing.  The rangers in the other parks drive around several times a day to keep an eye on things.  They also keep regular hours in the office.  Not so in Alabama, at least not that one. We had to catch ours whenever we wanted ice or had another question, and we did not catch him to pay until the second day.  He never came after us, even though we had filled out a registration form and shoved it through the little slot outside the locked door. I guess he trusted that we would return to pay, and truly, most campers are honest folks.

There were no numbers on the sites, nor were they marked so that you knew exactly where yours began and ended.  Some of them had two tables, which did not help you figure out the logistics.  We finally went by the electric boxes–only one of those per site.

Then there was the water spigot. Usually it stands up in the air about three feet, and you just put your pots or dishpan or measuring cup under it and turn it on.  These were down on the ground, pointing up at an angle!  This would not have been a problem if we were in an RV or pop-up and just wanted to attach the hose that allows for running water.  But we were in a tent. We needed to fill up pots and tubs and bowls. We had to set them about three feet from the spigot, and turn it on.  The water arced up and out and, if we were lucky, we had put the receptacle in the right place to catch the water!  Meanwhile, it splashed all over our feet and clothes, and created a mud puddle where it missed. Finally after several neighbors left, we found one spigot up off the ground a couple of sites over, and used it.

Those upside-down water spigots reminded me of the way we go about trying to improve our lives as Christians. Somehow we think that if we just read the scriptures and pray every day, we will improve. I suppose we will improve some. The scripture is powerful enough to work no matter how randomly it is spread around. But don’t we want a bit more efficiency in our improvement? I want to grow to be a better person as quickly as I can. Don’t you?

How do we set about to lose weight? We pick out the things we will and will not eat. We plan an exercise regimen. We know which parts of our body need the most work and choose exercises that will carve away the fat and mold the muscles beneath it in exactly those areas. How do we learn new skills? We learn facts and procedures, and then drill, drill, drill ourselves in practice.

But how do I plan to improve as a Christian? Every day I read a chapter, any chapter, and then pray a generic prayer. Then at the end of the day when I have once again failed in the same old ways, I pray for forgiveness. Where is the progress in that? Wouldn’t it be better to decide exactly where I need to improve, to choose passages that have to do with that very thing, examples of people in the scriptures who dealt with it, then analyze myself, why I have that problem and what I should do to avoid it? Wouldn’t it be better to pray specifically about it, rather than, “Help me grow Lord?” Why are we so smart in worldly things and so dumb in spiritual ones?

For me the problem is pride. It hurts my ego to say, “I need to be better about ______.” So probably the first thing I should do is work on that pride. What about you? Don’t splash yourself with muddy water as you haphazardly spray away your time with scriptures and prayer. Take good aim, and make the most of the Help we have been given.

For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to become conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren; and whom he foreordained, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified, Rom 8:29,30.

Author: Dene Ward

January 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Our Sermon

What sermon are we preaching? By our lives, we may be preaching all sorts of things without even knowing it.

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Certainty in Uncertain Times

A psychologist on TV said that people are fearful in a bad economy because they feel like they’re not in control. Yet, believers in God can be certain that God is in control.

Continue Reading October 17, 2008 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

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