On Thursdays during the lunch time at the correctional center in Pacific, I normally set up a table with tracts and correspondence courses with the hope of interacting with the offenders. Sometimes no one stops at all, but more often lately many will stop and speak. Recently, several began the courses that we offer.
Most of the people that I have come in contact with and gotten to know want to be accepted. They want someone to think of them as important in some way, to feel like they matter to someone
Last week we were blessed to have a great Gospel Meeting with Andy Brewer. Friday through Sunday we spent time in the Word of God coming to understand what the difference is between The Church and other Christian religious groups. I would like to take this opportunity to recap the wonderful lessons that were given.
Are you excited? I know I am! It’s finally September!!! With it comes: Fall, College Football, and Deer Season! As most of you know, this is my favorite time of year, with the cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the afore mentioned events. It’s easy for me to get excited this time of year and it’s even easier to talk about things that excite us.
There is a lot of information concerning water in the news. Most of it revolves around the places that lack water or are at dangerously low levels. However, for the most part, the world has an abundance of water.
Man has a great curiosity for the unknown. This has driven us, as a race, to explore. First to look at this world and later the one outside ours. Exploring and discovering new things has a sense of adventure. Mysteries are revealed and the unknown is then known.
I had the wonderful opportunity last month to attend Polishing The Pulpit (PTP) near the Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN. This is always one of the highlights of my year. Where else can you be surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, surrounded by Christians, listening to sound Biblical teaching? I’ve found no place else on earth like it. It’s a wonderful preview of what Heaven will be like!
Have you ever stopped and wondered about something? God has roles for all of us to play. We can’t change or modify them, just do what He tells us and trust in His will.
One of my elders used this familiar phrase recently – you know the one. “Preacher, you quit preachin’ and gone to meddlin’.” It’s a sad day when preaching meddles in our marriages, meddles in our work ethics, and meddles in our use of money. Of course, that elder was kidding. But I like the phrase because it says something important. There is an idea out there, not quite said, but believed nonetheless, that preaching isn’t supposed to actually demand lifestyle changes, commitment, or repentance.
When I was a child, my sister would promise me certain things in order to get me to do her bidding. It did not take very long to realize that she did not always hold up her end of the bargain. That led me to eventually refuse her, by saying “promises, promises”. Sometimes, she would insist she was being trustworthy and other times she would smile and go back to whatever sisters do. The point is that we learn to trust others by their behavior after a promise of some kind is made. If they keep their word, then a trust is built. If not, then there is no trust or it is damaged