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Stop the Gossip!

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Oh the trouble that this piece of flesh that wags between our jaws can cause! And that is true within a church family! Having been in pastoral ministry for some 30 years now, I have seen many a fire started when people couldn't control their tongues! Here's what God has to say about the tongue:

"Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." (James 3:5-6)  
Chuck Swindoll, in his book, Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, has this to say about the tongue: "The tongue is capable of prying open more caskets, exposing more skeletons in the closet, and stirring up more choking, scandalous dust than any other tool on earth."  He then goes on to offer the following four suggestions for silenc…

Thursday A La Carte

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Yet another Thursday ... yet another "Thursday A La Carte" offering. Enjoy!

1. Stephen Wiltshire bears the nickname, "the human camera." Here's an incredible video (5:23) that shows the reason behind his nickname.

2.  Tim Challies offers some interesting (and somewhat convicting) insights on Resisting Consumeristic Temptations.  

3. Here's a really solid (and brief) article by Ed Welch on The Secret to Dealing with Fear and Anxiety.

4. Here's a video (3:09) that brings to mind King David's words of Psalm 19:1.  Enjoy!

5. Finally .... here's a Honda commercial that I found fascinating to watch. Must have taken quite a bit of time to set up!

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pj

When an Unwelcome Visitor Comes Calling!

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Alexis Dunbar of Palmetto, Florida arrived home to find a seven foot alligator in her guest bathroom! The gator entered the home through a doggie door. Apparently it had been eying up Dunbar's two cats for some time. When the alligator grew hungry enough, it followed the cats through the doggie door and into the house. Fortunately for the cats, they were able to stay out of the alligator's reach! The uninvited visitor was eventually removed by a trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Ouch! You talk about a downright scary moment. To walk into your house to be greeted by a seven foot hungry alligator? Just one more reason I can think of as to why I would not want to live in Florida!

As I thought about Alexis Dunbar's experience, I realized that her experience is Everyman's and Everywoman's experience. Not that we find alligators in our homes. But all of us, as we go through our routines day in and day out, will eventually encounter a si…

Every Person Has a Life

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Here's a video I posted last week ... but it had a bad link. So I thought I would just embed it for you. It is powerful! Produced by Chick-Fil-A it is a powerful reminder that there is a story behind every face you see. Enjoy!



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pj

Now Here's A Thought As You Start Your New Work Week!

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Last week I ran across this quote from J. I. Packer's book, Knowing God. I shared it with our church staff and thought you all might enjoy it as well. It gives me goosebumps to think of God's love as Packer describes it!

Good Friday!

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Today is the day Christians around the world commemorate the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for us. It is called "Good" Friday because of the good that Jesus accomplished on the cross. Because He died, we can have the hope of eternal life (to find out how, click here). To help you spend some time reflecting on the cross, here is a link to a brief article on the Seven Last Words of Christ  and a link to the article, "What is Good Friday?"

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pj

Thursday A La Carte

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It's time for Thursday A La Carte:

1. Here's a video produced by Chick-Fil-A that reminds us that all those nameless people around us? They all have a story. It's easy to forget that, isn't it?

2. Talk about a commercial that required quite a bit of work! Here it is!  

3. The Evangelical church has lost its way when it comes to fearing God (which is tragic considering that the Scriptures teach that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!). Here is a brief article by R.C. Sproul on what it means to fear God.

4. Jesus lives!  For a couple of blog postings on both the internal and external evidence for the resurrection of Christ - check out Justin Taylor's (of the Gospel Coalition) blog.

5. On a lighter note, here's a brief video that reminds us that the "good old days" perhaps weren't so good after all. At least, not when it comes to cell phones!

The Irony of Life!

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Back on the morning of April 7, 18-year-old Aaron Shawn Hill was driving to school when a pickup truck crossed the center line and slammed head-on into his Honda. Hill was declared dead at the scene. He was the only fatality in the accident. This accident may have been relegated to the back page of the local Welford, SC paper but for one thing. The portion of the highway where the crash occurred was named "Sergeant Shawn F. Hill Memorial Highway" under a resolution passed by the South Carolina General Assembly. Sgt. Hill was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Sgt. Hill was Aaron Hill's father.

Ouch! I cannot imagine the pain Aaron's mother and family must be going through. To lose a husband and dad in 2008 and now a son and brother just three years later. And to add salt to the wound ... the fatal accident occurred on the highway named in memory of Dad! To say this was ironic would be an understatement!

As I thought some on all of this I was reminded of just how crue…

Dancing One's Shoes Off in Celebration of Easter!

About 2000 people from Second Baptist Church got together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I love the fact that although most in the group were younger, there were also some older folks involved as well. I also loved what they did with their shoes (appropriate when you consider they titled the number, "Dance your shoes off!") Enjoy the video (about five minutes in length)!



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pj

Thursday A La Carte

Yes! It's Thursday a la carte time again. Here's today's offerings.

1. If you are currently in the midst of raising teens, you might be asking yourself, "How can I get through to them in a way that they will 'get it?'" If this is where you find yourself, you just might want to check out the following article by Ted Tripp, "Communicate with Teens."

2. Interesting interview of Tim Challies by Paula Hendricks of True Woman on issues related to technology, and specifically as they pertain to women. The interview takes about ten minutes. Well worth the time investment.

3. How much should we be giving away to those in need vs. spending on ourselves. Randy Alcorn addresses this tension in a four minute video and does it well!

4. Al Mohler discusses why Islam is so resistant to the Gospel. 

5. On a lighter note, here's a prank two Japanese girls played on a number of unsuspecting people. LOL!


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pj

Why Memorize Scripture?

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Yesterday I posted on the topic of "Why Read the Bible?" Today ... I want to share a bit on the need to memorize Scripture. Ever since becoming a Christian, I have been taught that memorizing Scripture is an extremely profitable practice. Verses such as Psalm 119:11 and Romans 10:17 and the account of Jesus' temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) have been pointed to as evidence that this is so. In addition to the testimony of Scripture itself (on the value of memorizing God's Word) consider the following two testimonials:

Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memori…

Why Read the Bible?

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As you slowly get back into this week's routine, here's a quote from the pen of A.W. Tozer that struck a chord deep within my heart. Enjoy!

"The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts."
Tozer's words make a lot of sense when you consider that the Bible is the revelation of the person, nature, character, works and will of the God who designed us, made us and even now sustains us. Thank God for his incredible gift of this Book of books to us! 

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pj

A Sermon Jam to Start Your Week.

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As you begin your work week out in your mission field, here is a sermon jam that I found to be quite challenging. I hope you do too!



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pj

We Say "God Answers Prayer" but Do We Really Believe It?

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One story in the book of Acts (Acts 12) has always fascinated me. The story begins with King Herod on an anti-Christian crusade. He arrested many Christ followers and even had the Apostle James (brother of John) put to death. When he saw that his execution of James pleased the Jews, he ordered the arrest of the Apostle Peter.

As Peter languished in jail, wondering if he was on death row, the church "was earnestly praying to God for him."  Now as I put myself in the sandals of those first century believers who were praying for Peter, I can't help but think I am praying for his release. The fledgling church had just suffered the loss of one of it's pillars (the Apostle James). Another loss of such magnitude would be a difficult blow to take. So ... bottom line ... I am convinced that the church was asking God, pleading with God, to free Peter.

God answered this prayer. In the middle of the night, through the work of an angel, Peter was miraculously set free! After Pete…

Thursday A La Carte

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Today is, once again, Thursday (and therefore, a la carte day!). 

1. Here's a prayer about finishing well in the Gospel. A good read ... and a better pray!

2.  If you ever struggle to really believe deep down inside that the God who made and rules the universe loves you, you may just want to read what blogger Bob Glenn has to say in his post, "Do you struggle to believe God loves you?"

3. Someone set me the following link to a remarkable video on the recent Japanese tsunami. I was amazed at how the water kept coming and coming and coming. It brought to my mind the coming wrath of God. One day, when God pours out His wrath upon sinful humanity, people will seek to hide from God's wrath (Revelation 6:15-17) but will not be able to do so. Quite sobering!

4. Here is a look at the our economic problems from Calvin and Hobbes. Laughable, yet though provoking!

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pj

Motivation to Pray ... and to Pray MORE!

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I ran across the following "sermon jam" (brings sermons and music together) on prayer. I found it to be be a fascinating view! I trust you will be encouraged, motivated, convicted by it! 



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pj

Just Too Many Mosquitoes!

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Here's a bit of trivia for you: Do you know how many mosquitoes there are in the world per person (Keep in mind that there are almost 7 billion people on our planet)? 100?  1000? 10,000?  Nope! There are a whopping 144,000 of these blood-sucking insects for every man, woman and child on earth! That's more than "one-too-many" of these nagging pests!

Now when it comes to the difficulties that we must face in life, mosquitoes, as irritating as they can be at times, they can be managed. But what of those much larger troubles that come our way? How do we handle them? And, if we are going to truly love our neighbor as we love ourselves, how do we help others to endure the tough times?  Much too often, we tend to avoid those who are suffering. Why? Because we just don't know what to say ... or we are afraid of saying the wrong thing. If this is true of you, let me suggest you take a minute or two to read an excellent article by Ed Welch titled, "What not to say to …

The Delay of Spring

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It's Tuesday, March 29th at 12:48 pm as I write this posting. It's currently 40 degrees outside and forecast to peak in the mid 40's. Typically on this date we should be peaking in the mid 50's. With the exception of a couple of days two weeks ago ... we have been averaging much below normal when it comes to our daily temperatures. And I see snow in the forecast for Friday April 1st (Is this come cruel April Fool's Day joke?). I can't speak for you but I can speak for myself. "Please, Lord, send some weather to match the season!"

Now I must admit that I have grumbled more than once today about the weather. But then I got to thinking about the people in Japan. Especially the several hundred thousand that are still in evacuation centers. Many of these have no realistic hope of ever returning home ... if they even have a home still standing. In light of that kind of suffering, what's a few colder than normal days? Really - NO BIG DEAL! At least I can…