Wiley and Patsy Sexton are great friends.  It seems like yesterday that Debbie and I spent most of our time with them.  Patsy says we were just kids.  And we were.  Debbie and I had been married for a short time and Wiley and Patsy were folks that we loved hanging with.  Since we had no money Wiley and Patsy always took us to lunch/dinner after worship or Wednesday Bible study.  Our favorite place was El Palacio of Mexican Food.  (El Palacio means eating place)  Many wonderful hours were spent in this restaurant.  On many occasions we would leave the restaurant and go to the movies which cost Debbie and I nothing.  Again Wiley and Patsy paid.  I still remember all of the times we spent together with the teen agers at camp, the times we spent together in Metter, GA. doing campaign work for the Mastin Lake Church of Christ.  Metter was a place where the church focused their missionary effort.  There were many parties at their home and at the church.  They owned a florist and we would help them on special occasions like Valentine’s Day and Mothers Day.  Wiley was a very generous individual who gave and gave and gave to help people in need and who assisted many others by providing them jobs when others would not.  I own two Stetson cowboy hats because Wiley gave them to me for Christmas.  They had four sons, one who was killed in an accident on a job site.  Wiley was a master plumber and it was on one of his jobs that the accident happened.  Since Patsy did not have any daughters they decided that our daughter would be their daughter.  So for several years they clothed Natasha.  We still have photos of many of the things they purchased for her.  During these times Debbie and I were so blessed to have them as friends and enjoyed their generosity.  That is not why I loved being with them.  These folks loved the Lord  and loved to have fun and fun is what we had.  There is no way that we could ever repay them for the kindness they showed us.  We love Patsy and Wiley Sexton.

On Sunday, April 18th, Debbie and I received a phone call that Wiley was in the hospital in Franklin, TN. and was not doing very well.  When talking to Betty, Patsy’s sister, she said that Patsy wanted me to do Wiley’s funeral.  I was so honored but was upset that Wiley was in such a bad way.  I told Betty that we would be up there on Monday or Tuesday but she said to call first because it might be too late.  Debbie insisted we go up on that Sunday afternoon.  So she and I left for Franklin and arrived at 5:15 in the afternoon.  After talking with Patsy and the boys we were taken back to see Wiley.  I had so much that I wanted to tell him and driving to Franklin I thought of all the good times we had and the things I wanted to say.  We entered the room at 5:30 and the doctor was finishing up and exam.  He told the family that he thought Wiley would not live through the night.  At about 5:35 I finally had an opportunity to walk up to the bed and hold his hand.  Five minutes later I watched him take his last breath, my first time to see a person leave this life for eternity.  And I never had a chance to tell Wiley how I felt about him and his family.  For this I felt so sad.

Life is so short.  It seems to me that it was a few days ago when Wiley and I met but over thirty years have passed.  Where did the time go?  How did my friend who lacked 12 days being 72 pass from this life so quickly?  WOW!  A lifetime was over in a blink of an eye.  This makes me realize that in a short time I am going to march off the stage; my life will be over.  And at that very moment there will not be any more battles to fight. .

This helps me to understand brother James who said in his book, chapter 4, verse 14—For what is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. 

No wonder David cried out when thinking about his life, O Lord, my hope is in thee.

Sermons for May 2nd

Sunday AM  Responsibility                Privilege and Responsibility    Corporate and Individual

Sunday PM  Responsibility                 Family, Church, Community, Hampton Cove

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Published in: Uncategorized on April 29, 2010 at 3:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Did you notice in The Huntsville Times on Sunday, April 11, 2010, the article which stated that the Madison county area is growing.  Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau projected that the Metropolitan area (Madison and Limestone County) of North Alabama grew by almost 64,000 people since the last census in 2000.   I imagine that you already knew this by the crowded highways, stores, and restaurants in our area.  In fact, it appears for the first time in the history of our area we will have over 400,000 people.  This is expected to be confirmed with the 2010 census.

Did you realize that Huntsville’s metro population is closing in on Mobile and with BRAC transfers, will soon become the second largest metro area in the state.  Dr. Don Bogie, calls the area’s growth “eye popping.”  The experts say that the rapid growth may cause problems with infrastructure and a greater demand for food and services.  (Example:  I visited the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Friday and they were out of three different selections.  The response was that so many people has purchased the food that they did not have enough)

Most of the new growth is happening right here in Madison county where our population is estimated to be over 327,744 folks.  Bogie further stated that the cause for the population explosion is a result of “hefty net migration into the area.”  More births than deaths are occurring so that means that we have younger families with kids in our area.

Take a look at our neighborhood at the structures that are being built.   While driving down highway 431 I noticed that the following new businesses are being built—a new car wash, a doc in the box (walk in Dr. office), and yes, a new school is under construction with plans to open soon.  It seems that sub-divisions are being built in areas that once housed cotton fields, or land for cattle and horses. I anxiously await the arrival of restaurants that I enjoy visiting. 

But of more importance is the growing opportunity for the church, particularly the Hampton Cove Church of Christ.  Now is the time to

  1.  Prepare—to reach the lost
  2.  Plan—to deliver the message
  3.  Execute—take it to the community

The people that live in our community and also those who are moving or will be moving to the area must hear the story of Jesus and we are responsible to deliver it.

Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvests.              (John 4:35)

The Bible statement, “for such a time as this” applies to us now.

Pray you, to the “Lord of Harvest” that we will be successful

Then do it.

Published in: Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

There once was a lady who had some time to kill while waiting at an airport. She brought a cup of coffee and a package of cookies. She sits at a table where another man is sitting. The stranger reached and took one of her cookies and ate it. The woman couldn’t believe what this stranger was doing. Without causing a scene she takes a cookie. A minute or so passes and the stranger takes another cookie. The woman then reaches and takes the two remaining cookies and eats them. The stranger then leaves the table.

The woman hears the call to load her plane and as she reaches for her ticket in her purse she finds an unopened pack of cookies. The very one she has just purchased and failed to open.

Everyone makes mistakes, so let’s be careful that we examine ourselves first before pointing the finger.

Mt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

 Mt 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

 Mt 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Sermons

Sunday Morning 4/18          “In Heaven”

Sunday Evening 4:18      “That Open Door”

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is there anyone in America who has not discussed the health care legislation in the past few weeks?  What about you?  I have noticed that those who have health care are against it and those who do not have health insurance are for it.  There is one thing we know for sure, health care is a topic which everyone has an interest and wants to give their opinion.   Now that the bill has passed the attention has turned to how does it affect me?  Those who have Medicare seem to believe the benefits will go down.  Others believe doctors will quit practicing.  Still others believe that the healthcare will drive up the cost of everything from gas to medicine.  Someone told me this past week that gas would be going to between $6.00 and $8.00 a gallon.  I certainly hope not for the sake of our country.  It certainly appears that everyone is concerned about the future of health care.

I wish that America in general, and the church in particular, would become as excited about health care for the soul as much as health care for America.  I have often heard it said that people talk about things which interest us.  We can talk about sports, politics, the economy, and now health care.  When do we talk about the spiritual?

What I want is for you to have great spiritual health care.  While physical health care is important to me, it is not as important as my spiritual being.  Is it well, or does it have diseases?  The Bible is very plain in Matthew 10:28—  “And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:  but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

I am not asking you to quit talking about health care.  I am not going to have insurance after August so I am as concerned as anyone about what the future holds.  However, I do not want those of us who are Christians to forget that the world is full of sin sick souls.  We have the cure and it is the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone (Romans 1:16).

Evaluate your priorities because if we are not careful Satan will help us misplace the important things in our lives.

 

 

 

SUNDAY NIGHT SERMON

“Easter” will be the title of the sermon for Sunday Night.  We will examine this subject from a different view than you have ever seen or had presented.  I pray that you will join us in this study from the word of God.

Published in: on April 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment