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20
Nov

THE TURTLE PICNIC

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Three turtles went on a Sunday afternoon picnic. One carried the basket of food, one carried a jug of turtle-ade, and the third turtle didn’t carry anything. They got everything set up and then felt raindrops. The two turtles agreed that the one who carried nothing should go back and get the umbrella.

The third turtle said, “No, because you’ll eat all the turtle food and drink all the turtle-ade, and I won’t have any.” Finally he agreed to go back for the umbrella. One hour, two hours, three hours went by, and then one day, one week, and two weeks passed. One of rthe turtles said, “Well, I guess we can eat the turtle food and drink the turtle-ade because he’s not coming back.” Then they heard something over in the bushes say, “If you do, I won’t go.”

Some of us are like the third turtle. We’re afraid that if we jump out there and do something, we might miss the picnic. The truth is, we’ll miss the picnic by not trusting God and doing our part.

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19
Nov

WAITING

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In an article in Rev. magazine entitled Eating Frogs, Dr. Charles Lowery wrote: “What are you waiting for? There’s a difference between living in the waiting room and waiting in the living room. One of these days is none of these days. What ever sits on the shelf rots. There are no perfect situations. You may end up like the young man who vowed to never marry until he found the ideal woman. Unfortunately, when he found her she was waiting for the ideal man. One can’t wait until the entire army’s in perfect condition before facing the enemy.

“General McClellan was waiting on the Army to get ready during the first year of the war for the Union. President Lincoln asked if he might borrow the Army if McClellan wasn’t going to use it.

“No one can borrow the resources God’s given you. Dreams without deadlines become nightmares. Abraham didn’t have a destination, but he packed up and left home. Moses didn’t have a clue, yet he walked into Pharaoh’s palace. If you wait until you’re really sure, you’ll never take off your training wheels.”

Perhaps this is a word from God to you today. What is it God wants to do?

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18
Nov

HYMNS v. CHORUSES

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Why is it Christians love to fight over music?

An older farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. “Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, though. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.”

“Praise choruses,” said the wife, “What are those?” “Oh, they’re okay. They’re sort of like hymns, only different,” said the farmer.”

“Well, what’s the difference?” asked the wife.

The farmer said, “Well, it’s like this. If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn’, well that would be a hymn. If, on the other hand, I was to say to you, “Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn – that would be a praise chorus.”

That farmer may be a little off in his definition. What do you see is the difference between hymns and choruses?

 

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17
Nov

UNKNOWN ANCESTOR

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I’m on vacation this week so am a little lazy getting this blog posted. Anita and I are spending some extra time with our granddaughter, Raegan. Also, I’m trying to get some winterization things done around the house, clean up the clutter in my study, and get most of our Christmas shopping done. Tonight Anita and I are going out to eat, and then will see the new movie Red.

I’ll still be preaching this weekend as we close out our Desert Discoveries series with the capstone theme Bitter Herbs.

Another project I’m working on this week is to track down the family of one of my early ancestors. This guy was born in 1800 in Hager’s Town, Maryland. I have tracked this ancestor from Maryland to Pennsylvania, to Ohio, and finally to Daviess County, Indiana, where he died. But I haven’t been able to identify his parents. I have a hunch the father was John Ramsey, but that is a common name and there are many John Ramseys. I cannot conclusively prove which one is correct, or even that John was the correct Ramsey. So far, I haven’t yet figured it out. I don’t want to waste time researching the wrong family.

Its like that in our faith, as well. You can’t prove God, but you can trust. But, if we go searching in the wrong direction, we just wander further away from Him, where it gets darker and darker. Let’s search in the right place: the Bible.

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16
Nov

THE RACE

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Servants of God need to learn to focus upon Him. We must daily seek God’s face. A man came upon three boys playing in the snow. He came up to them and asked, “Would you like to try a race and the winner wins a dollar?”

The boys said, “Yes,” and the man told them the race would be different. He said, “I will go to the other side of the field, and when I give you the signal, you start to run. The one whose footsteps are straightest in the snow will be the winner.”

So the race started, and the first boy watched his feet to make sure he was running as straight as possible. The second lad did the same. He watched his feet. The third boy, however, did something different. He ran with his eyes steadfastly fixed on the man at the other side of the field, and he won! Because he had kept his eyes on the goal ahead of him, his footsteps were straight in the snow, and he won the dollar.

Let’s concentrate on God and keep our eyes fixed on Him. He’s the only one who knows where we’re going.

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15
Nov

LION TAMER’S STOOL

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Do you know why animal trainers carry a stool or a chair when they get into a cage of lions? They have a whip, of course, and a pistol at their sides, but have you ever wondered about that stool? Well, to the lion tamer the stool is the most important piece of equipment. When the lion tamer holds the seat of the stool and thrusts the stool’s legs at the lion, the lion focuses on all four legs at once. And, in the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal; it becomes weak and disabled because its attention is fragmented.

Jesus told us to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.” If we will concentrate on that one thing, all the other things will fall into place in our lives.

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14
Nov

FACING TROUBLE

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This weekend we talked about Facing Trouble. Everyone has to face trouble from time to time. That’s how we grow. I thought Pastor Adam’s comments during worship and Don France’s song were very supportive of that message. Churches are often afraid to talk about trouble, because we don’t want to look like we have no faith. But we must address both trouble and deliverance or we’re stealing hope from new believers.

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