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I can’t wait to talk to Dad – Luke 11:1-13

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Introduction

At our last Men’s Prayer Breakfast I listened as a brother spoke about his dad: in 1984 his dad was operated on to remove a tumor on the side of his face.  The removal changed his appearance but the biggest loss, to his son anyway, was his ability to hear; all hearing was lost on one side and the other ear was greatly impaired.  I found out after breakfast that the brother was four years old when this happened.

Fast forward to September 2013, this same father met with a specialist regarding a new device that might restore some of his hearing.  After the tests were completed it was determined that this man’s hearing will be improved by the device.  The father said “Order me one”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Show Me – Jeremiah 6:16

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Introduction

I am noticing more and more those in their 40s and up lamenting the changes they are seeing in the workplace, the family and even in church.  The lament will start something like this… “There was a time when I…” “Back in the day we…” “Things just ain’t the way they used to be”.

These laments, normally directed towards the younger generation, detail life as it was 30, 40 or 50 years ago to illustrate just how far we have fallen.  I’ll give you an example: two sentences ago my spell check griped about my use of the word “ain’t”; it didn’t used to do that, ain’t “ain’t” a word anymore?  In the good old days it was a word. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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And They Rose Up to Play…

Adoration of the Golden Calf Andrea di Lione, artist

I Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

This Sunday morning, referred to as the Lord’s day in Revelation 1:10, will unfortunately be a time when many who call Him ‘Lord, Lord’ forsake His altar and instead, like the children of Israel at the base of Sinai, will rise up to worship the golden calf gods of this world ie. the beach, the lake, the ball field. They will, like Paul says here, rise up to play.

Would to God they showed as much devotion to the one they have been known to call ‘Lord’.  Many Christians have supposed in this day and age, possibly due to the humanistic style of gospel preaching and teaching, that their happiness is paramount in God’s eyes and that, as long as they ‘love’ the Lord, they can do what makes them happy.  Faithfulness in their intentions rather than actions is considered sufficient.  They suppose that being faithful to God’s house is not as important as being faithful to tell others they love the Lord and His church.  Many have supposed that being a faithful servant or bearing the disciple’s cross is archaic and no longer required of the modern American Christian.  Why is this?  Why, my friends, would you suppose that when we have scriptural evidence to the contrary?  Take Luke’s gospel for instance: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Dreaded “D” Word – Matthew 19

Introduction

Recently I listened as a pastor preached his heart out in an attempt to reach his congregation regarding the destructive nature of divorce.  He had counseled married couples to what God’s Word says about divorce.  Too many times he observed couples seeing divorce like the reset button of a video game.  Just press the button and start all over again as if nothing had ever happened.  They tried to justify themselves by saying things like…“Surely God wants me to be happy”, “I just don’t love them anymore”, “It’s nobody’s fault, we just grew apart”.

The foundation, the pillar if you will, of the Christian witness on earth is the family unit.  The evil one has always attacked the family unit God designed as a method of damaging the cause of Christ.  When a man and a woman join together in the bonds of holy matrimony it was to be until death do us part.  This is God’s design.

I am going to talk about divorce in this article but at the same time I must also talk about marriage.  To do so I am going to use God’s Word throughout, because let’s face it, God created us and also instituted marriage; He is the ultimate authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Have You Died Yet?

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Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

The modern social gospel being promoted across the land in many churches today speaks of a religion that has no costs, brings no change, and seems to give all glory to the wrong party… us.  In fact, to hear most Christians discuss styles of worship, contemporary or traditional, you would think that worship itself was for the sole benefit of man.  The humanism that has crept into the contemporary sermons, has led many a lost soul to believe that they need only to believe and they have their ticket punched for glory.  Most then fall well short of what the apostle Paul called the ‘new creature in Christ Jesus’.

Why is this so?  It goes all the way back to the Old Testament.  Many of our gospel songs speak of crossing the Jordan River as though it was the passage from life on earth to life in eternity in heaven.  This is flawed because unlike Canaan, Heaven doesn’t have enemies to be destroyed.  Rather, the crossing of the Jordan River in the book of Joshua more aptly typifies our passage from the death of sin to the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Battlegrounds of Good and Evil – III John

Introduction

Wherever you are the battle of good and evil rages.  All too often we see, and are affected by, the evil in society.  It can be overwhelming, frustrating and can even cause hopelessness.  Despair is a powerful emotion; it not only affects our mood, it can ruin friendships, health, jobs and even marriages.

We go to our local church hoping for sanctuary but in some cases evil can be sitting on a pew right beside us.  What hope do we have?  In a word, plenty! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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That’s Not Fair – 1 Samuel 18 – 24

Introduction

In Gal 6:9 and also in 2 Thes 3:13 we are told not to be weary in well doing.  Generally speaking we understand this, but, when we suffer for doing the right thing we don’t like it.  Let’s go ahead and say it…”That’s not fair”.

Usually when we have given of ourselves for the gain of others the last thing on earth we expect is to suffer for it.  It is these times when we think “Why does God allow this?”  Let me share with you the early years of David, son of Jesse.  During our fast forward through those early years I will be using “TNF” which stands for “That’s not fair”.  When you see “TNF” take a moment to think of David’s plight and how he handled it.  Get your bibles out and follow along. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Those Old Sunday School Lessons

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Introduction

Recently I concluded a series of classes entitled “Old Sunday School Lessons”.  I rolled out those old time favorites like David and Goliath, Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors, Moses and the Red Sea and quite a few others.  My overall theme was faith with each lesson focusing on faith in God or having faith in His promises.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with a quote… “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” In context this was given in reference to those who stop learning and or growing as an individual.  Isn’t it a sad thought to consider that many can remember those old Sunday School lessons but have lost their passion for God’s word as they entered adulthood.  They might be young adults, middle aged or even senior adults but their spiritual awareness is the equivalent of an elementary education. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Are You Acridophobic? – Ecclesiastes 12:5, Daniel Chapters 1-5

Introduction

The Preacher who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes ended his writings with a grim reminder of our mortality. Chapter 12 refers to our senior years as “evil days”.  The Preacher is so encouraging as he reminds us of what awaits; diminished eyesight, weak bones, curved spines, losing teeth, having trouble sleeping and loss of hearing.

Our lesson title comes from verse 5 which talks about various fears.  Midway through the verse the Preacher uses grasshoppers to illustrate how small things can become a very big deal.  What was once considered little things now become a fear or burden.  By the way, Acridophobia is the fear of grasshoppers.

In this lesson I want to confront the realities of our mortality, understand it and know that God can use anyone of any age to fulfill His purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Latrine Duty – Nehemiah 2:7 – 4:6

Introduction

Where in the world would you get a lesson title of “Latrine Duty” out of the bible?  I’ll answer that a little later.

One of my favorite movies of all time is “No time for Sergeants – Warner Brothers 1958” starring the late Andy Griffith.  In the movie Will Stockdale was given the post of “Permanent Latrine Orderly” by his drill Sergeant.  The Sergeant thought Will, played by Andy Griffith, was a country bumpkin and assigned the job with the intent of making fun of him.

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Will accepted the assignment and took pride in his work.  Ultimately the scheme backfired on the Sergeant when the commanding officer found out.

The question posed by the movie was “how could a person accept such a loathsome job, perform the work with passion and take pride in the accomplishment?” As it turns out we have a bible account closely related to the job Will Stockdale received. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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