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”

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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  

Do you have dogwood trees in your yard?  When the dogwood blooms I know spring is just around the corner.  When in full bloom these are some of the most magnificent trees in all of God’s creation.  I have noticed that they are blooming here in North Alabama although the beauty is not as dramatic as it is further south.   On Tuesday, I took Debbie to Birmingham for a doctor visit.  Once the visit was over I went by Western Supermarket headquarters to visit a friend who I haven’t seen in several months.  In front of the office were six or so dogwood trees that were in full bloom.  Of course, we took the time to look at them.  We decided to drive back up I65 instead of going through Guntersville.  Our original plan was not to travel north on the interstate because of the dreaded sink hole.  But the traffic was light and we, along with everyone else except tractor trailer trucks, could travel all the way to Hartselle before having to exit I65.  In fact this turned out to be a very easy ride with hardly any waiting.  It might have taken us ten minutes longer which was not too bad.  But I digress.

On the way north I was enjoying the spring weather.  There were peaks of sunshine, clouds, and warm weather.  Oooooh, spring is in the air.  While enjoying the beauty of the day we passed a large wooded area of pine trees.  Now as beautiful as dogwoods are, pine trees are ugly.  I know this because I have several in my back yard.  On the ground are either limbs, dried up pine needles, pine cones, or green pine needles.  You get the picture, right.  I thought to myself, more pine trees that I am glad are not in my yard. In the middle of all of the pine trees was one lonely, beautiful dogwood.   It was blooming.  My attention was immediately given to the dogwood.

And then it hit me.  As a Christian I am suppose to be the dogwood and the world is the pines.  Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify our father in heaven.”  The dogwood stood out and shined compared to the pine trees.  Are we seen as brightly as that dogwood?  Does our behavior stand out to others?  What a contract I saw.  Then I was reminded of  II Corinthians 6:17— “Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord”.  As Christians we are different from the rest of the world.  I challenge to show the world like the dogwood did me that we are indeed different! 

 

 

UPCOMING SERMON

“Wounds of the soul” is the sermon I plan on presenting the first Sunday of April and it is    April 4th.  Invite your friends and family because I believe this message will appeal to all of us.  Every person carries wounds and, therefore, needs this lesson.  If they come I believe they will benefit from the lesson.

Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm  Leave a Comment