Jonah 1:7-16, Jonah’s Sad State

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You can live your life 1 of 2 ways in light of Jonah’s story. You can obey God and be blessed by His using you to reach others or you can resist, be miserable, and still be used by God to reach others. To those of you here today unsaved, I implore you…. See the mercy and love of God in this story; See the length to which He will go to reach out to you; Return to Him today!

Jonah 1:7-16, Jonah’s Sad State

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Jonah 1:4-6, Pursued by God

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We find Jonah, fleeing, but being pursued by God. This speaks to the mercy and love of God. He loves so much, that He pursues Jonah. He is so merciful, though Jonah disobeys and flees, God stays after Him to help him into a good path rather than one of destruction.

Jonah 1:4-6, Pursued by God

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Jonah 1:3, Fleeing the Presence of the Lord

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Jonah disobeyed God’s Word, he tried to avoid God’s will and flee God’s Holiness. He attempted to flee the presence of God! But Jonah knows all too well that God is All-Present. He is everywhere, all the time. Further, Jonah, God’s prophet, knows and preaches that God is sovereign. He is in control. Are you following Him or fleeing?

Jonah 1:3, Fleeing the Presence of the Lord

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Jonah 1:1-2, Jonah’s Great Commission

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Jonah is actually a story about the mercy and love of God. This is a story about the love of God and how we share it with others. This is a story about the will of God and how we respond to it.

Jonah 1:1-2, Jonah’s Great Commission

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Luke 2:21-35, What to do with Christmas

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Let me ask you today, spiritually speaking, “What are you going to do with
Christmas?” Christ came down and has spiritually made you rich. Are you living richly or poorly? Is your life like Mary, Joseph, Simeon? Just, Devout, Holy Spirit-led?

Luke 2:21-35, What to do with Christmas

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Luke 2:1-7, Jesus’ Birth

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As we continue a look at the Life of Christ and seeing reasons to say, “Jesus, Thank You…” Today we will look at His Birth. Arrangements can sometimes become overwhelming. Adventures can really wear on us. This is the Birth of Christ. Are you taking full advantage of Christmas? Jesus came that you might be saved, are you?

Luke 2:1-7, Jesus’ Birth

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Luke 17:11-19, Jesus heals 10 Lepers

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Jesus, Thank You for making us whole. Though we were spiritual lepers, unclean. Still, you came to us and healed us.

Luke 17:11-19, Jesus heals 10 Lepers

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Luke 19:1-10, Jesus and Zacchaeus

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Jesus, Thank You. Thank You for seeking and saving the lost.

Luke 19:1-10, Jesus and Zacchaeus

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Luke 23:33-49, Jesus’ Crucifixion

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Jesus, Thank You! Thank You for Your Divine Forgiveness to us, unworthy sinful people. Thank You for Eternal Security and Immediate Access. Now, please bless this time as we spiritually dine on the remembrance of
these things.

Luke 23:33-49, Jesus’ Crucifixion

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2 Peter 3:8-14, The Return of Christ

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Peter builds upon his comments on scoffers with more information about the return of Christ. He is clear, that day will come. He points out that the delay is simply God being patient. He gives instructions for believers while waiting.

2 Peter 3:8-14, The Return of Christ

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2 Peter 3:1-7, Scoffers

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Peter writes to comfort the church while facing false teachers and accusers. The prophets told us these people would come, questioning Jesus’ promise to return and God’s judgment in the end. As the scoffer speaks, we are reassured that the prophets were true. Thus, scripture is true. Jesus is Who He claimed to be, & He is soon returning!

2 Peter 3:1-7, Scoffers

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Nehemiah 6:15-16, The Wall is Finished

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How is your wall coming? You’ll probably be glad when it’s finished… It might seem like it is taking forever to build… I promise it will be worth it. Especially when you hear/realize “It had to be God.”

Nehemiah 6:15-16, The Wall is Finished 

 

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New Service Times

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Exciting news from Harpeth Baptist Church!  Now that we are in our new auditorium we will go back to just 1 Sunday morning worship service.  Beginning on 10/20 we will have only a 10:30 AM service. Here is a full list of all of our Service Times:

Service Times

Sunday

8:45 AM Breakfast Fellowship
9:15 AM Sunday School Groups
10:30 AM Morning Worship
6:00 PM Evening Worship

Wednesday

7:00 PM Men’s & Women’s Bible Study | KID Connect | Teen Connect

We hope you will join us!

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2 Peter 2:17-22, The Impact of False Teachers on Others

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False teachers are pointed out in scripture, and so is their impact on others. They leave those they betray with unfulfilled promises. They offer liberty but instead lead them into legalism. They can only ever give them a religion, never true regeneration.

2 Peter 2:17-22, The Impact of False Teachers on Others

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2 Peter 2:10-16, False Teachers Part 2)

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There are counterfeits and imitators around the church. These false teachers are bold and arrogant. They promise freedom but deliver slavery. They are immoral, they are smooth talkers, and they try to get others to fall into their own immorality. Peter is clear, they will pay the price for their evil deeds.

2 Peter 2:10-16, False Teachers (Part 2)

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2 Peter 2:1-9, False Teachers (Part 1)

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There are counterfeits and imitators around the church. Peter describes false teachers here, he reveals their coming destruction, but best of all…he writes to the church of their deliverance! Let’s consider False Teachers, but with a confidence that only God can give.

2 Peter 2:1-9, False Teachers (Part 1)

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2 Peter 1:16-21, Prophecy

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The Word of God is Trustworthy. We do not follow a myth, we follow the words from the mouth of God, delivered by the Holy Spirit. Go with me through these verses as we consider: Prophecy.

2 Peter 1:16-21, Prophecy

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James 5:19-20 – Restoration

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Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Believers in Trouble

We began our study in James stating that the goal of faith in the Lord is maturity. But, as James indicated earlier, everyone stumbles in many ways. “In many ways, we offend all”

Previously we looked at the temptation of the churches being written to disrespect the poor and avoid the sick. James writes as if the same temptation exists to leave the wandering believer on their wrong path. Just as the church should:

  • Treat the rich and poor the same.
  • Pray for healing of the sick.
  • We should try to restore the brother in sin.

James’ final words involve a ministry of bringing back, of restoration.

As a believer, we should never condemn. We should see the wayward and try bringing them to effective restoration through the mercy of God.

Believers who Help

James reminds his readers of the purpose of trials at the beginning of his letter. Here in the conclusion, he reminds them of the purpose of restoration. These believers were to help others who had strayed into sin.

As tough as a task like this is, it is one a believer should want reciprocated when roles reversed. We are all subject to Double-Mindedness. We are all subject to self-deception.

Much is at stake in the sinner’s need for restoration. His or her very life “shall save a soul from death”. Believers who wander from the truth have been led into sin by their own evil desires, and the end of this process is death.

Death. What did James mean by this? He may have been thinking about the Lord ending the life of the backslider as a punishment for sin. We don’t like to hear it, but there is such a thing as sin that leads to death. “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” (1 John 5:16-17) All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

When we go about the business of restoration, we don’t always know what we are achieving. We may be saving that person from an early grave! Death. James might have had something else in mind. He might have been suggesting that a backslidden condition is like a spiritual deadness in the heart. In this case, the one who reclaims a backslider is rescuing him or her from that deadness. Whatever James had in mind, it’s apparent that backsliding is a very serious thing indeed. It is also apparent that anyone who helps the backslider is doing a wonderful thing.

Like Elijah, who put himself out there to bring Israel back from their sin, the brother who restores another lays aside self for the sake of the other’s life. If backsliding is turning from the truth, to convert the backslider is to turn them back towards the truth.

Hide a multitude of sins. One author suggests that the word ‘hide/cover’ takes us back to the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy seat of the Old Testament. The ark was a box in which the Law of Moses was placed. Above the box were stationed cherubim, who represented God himself. If the ark consisted of nothing more, it would have done nothing but give testimony to an awesome reality, namely, God taking note of our disobedience to his holy law.

But there was another part of the ark. Thank God it was there! The mercy seat! The mercy seat was a flat gold plate that sat between the box and the cherubim. When the high priest of Israel made atonement for the sins of the people, he would take the blood of a sacrifice and sprinkle it on the mercy seat. The blood of the mercy seat covered the broken law! It was as if God could not see the sin because of the blood!

All of this was designed, of course, to picture the redeeming work of the Lord Jesus. The blood that he shed on the cross covers the sins of all those who believe in him. But that same blood also covers the sins of Christians who sin.

This same work is accomplished when believers practice biblical restoration and hide a multitude of sins.

Conclusion: This brings us to the end of our study of James. His emphasis has been spiritual maturity. This would be a good time for us to examine our own hearts to see how mature we really are.

Here are a few questions to assist you:

  1. Am I becoming more and more patient in the testings of life?
  2. Do I play with temptation or resist it from the start?
  3. Do I find joy in the Word of God, or do I just study and learn it?
  4. Are there any prejudices that shackle me?
  5. Am I able to control my tongue?
  6. Am I a peacemaker rather than a troublemaker? Do people come to me for spiritual wisdom?
  7. Am I a friend of God or a friend of the world?
  8. Do I make plans without considering the will of God?
  9. Am I selfish with money? Am I unfaithful in the paying of my bills?
  10. Do I depend on prayer when I find myself in some kind of trouble?
  11. Am I the kind of person others seek for prayer support?
  12. What is my attitude toward the wandering brother? Do I criticize and gossip, or do I seek to restore him in love?

Pastor Chance Strickland

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2 Peter 1:12-15, Remembrance

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Remembrance was important to Peter in the lives of the church. A church full of Christians living with the authority of the Word of God as their basis is not likely to fall prey to apostasy. His purpose is to show the importance of knowing God’s Word and relying on it completely. The Christian who knows what he believes and why he believes it will rarely be seduced by the false teachers and their devious doctrines.

2 Peter 1:12-15, Remembrance

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James 5:17-18 – The Potential of Prayer

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Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

The Potential of Prayer

James uses Elijah as his illustration of what prayer can accomplish. Elijah pronounced for the Lord that rain would cease until he said it should rain again. Elijah, 3 years later, is told by God to call for rain.

You and I may never cause the rain to cease. Using Elijah as our example here we should note that his prayer was a prayer for his nation. He wasn’t praying for personal gain or preference. Of course, his prayer would directly benefit him. But, it would also benefit all others in the land. “If the Lord will…” (Cf. 4:15)

It probably isn’t God’s will for us to perform this exact same work today. We probably shouldn’t march into Nashville to tell the Governor that it isn’t going to rain again until we pray for it. This was a very useful tool in it’s time that gives us the modern church a better understanding of the potential power of prayer.

Even if we wanted this or something as powerful to happen, God would have to will it. Notice, Elijah’s prayers were powerful. But, He was simply praying as commanded by God. God’s will was for the rain to cease in this case.

To determine the potential of our prayers, we must be in tune with the will of God through His Word. We could pray and fast until the day we die for something outside God’s will and accomplish no more than the prophets of Baal.

What is it that God wants you praying for? It may not be for the rain to cease. But, no matter how small a thing it seems to us right now, we should always be aware of the potential of our prayers. Just because our prayers may not stop rain doesn’t mean we cannot change the world. Our cries to a heavenly father have the potential to have Him intervene on our behalf.

Especially given in a situation like Elijah’s with a national prayer. What powerful national prayers could we have right now? Abortion, Economy, Pornography, etc.

Elijah was not only believing in his praying, but he was persistent. “He prayed … and he prayed again” (James 5:17–18). On Mt. Carmel, he continued to pray for rain until his servant reported “a cloud the size of a man’s hand.”

Too many times we fail to get what God promises because we stop praying.  It is true that we are not heard “for our much speaking” (Matt. 6:7); but there is a difference between vain repetitions and true-believing persistence in prayer.

Our Lord prayed three times in the Garden. Paul prayed three times that his thorn in the flesh might be taken from him. Elijah was determined and concerned in his praying. “He prayed earnestly” (James 5:17). The Greek here is “and he prayed in prayer.” Do you pray in your prayers? Or do you just some say religious words?

A church member was “praying around the world” in a prayer meeting, and one of the men present was growing tired of the speech. Finally, the man cried out, “Ask Him something!” That is what prayer is all about: “Ask Him something!”

The potential power in prayer is the greatest power in the world. History shows how mankind has progressed from manpower to horsepower, and then to dynamite and TNT, and now to atomic power. But greater than atomic power is prayer power. Elijah prayed for his nation, and God answered prayer. We need to pray for our nation today, that God will bring holiness and revival, and that “showers of blessing” will come to the land.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

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2 Peter 1:5-11, Growing in the Faith

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What does growth in the faith (Christian Maturity) look like? Grow in the faith — Don’t just remain a babe after being born again. Add these things to your faith, have them increase in your life, practice them over and over. It will provide assurance of your salvation, it will give you the confidence to perform the tasks God intends for you. You will Grow in Grace.

2 Peter 1:5-11, Growing in the Faith

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James 5:13-16 – The Practice of Prayer

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Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Afflicted

Those afflicted should seek God’s comfort through prayer.

  • Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD.”
  • Psalm 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
  • Jonah 2:7 “When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: And my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.”
  • Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
  • 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 

This private prayer would keep them from public grumbling. This prayer of the sufferer should be a prayer for wisdom and wholeheartedly asking in faith.

Also, James asks is anyone merry? Normally a happy perky person would anger someone afflicted. The solution is to sing psalms. No matter the mood, singing praises together keeps harmony among believers.

Sick

James directs those who are “sick,” to call for the elders of the church for strength, support, and prayer. Those of these churches had the temptation to:

  • Show disdain for the poor.
  • Ignore their needs for food and clothing.
  • Threaten their physical survival by withholding their fair wages.

This is the same temptation to neglect fellow believers who are sick. Believers who are sick should receive special attention from the whole congregation. This verse presents a simple three-part pattern that can be followed on behalf of the sick.

  • First, the sick one should call the elders. The elders can’t help if they aren’t told! Also, the elders aren’t instructed to make the first move, the sick is.
  • Second, the elders anoint the sick with oil. Probably rubbing oil into wounds of those physically bruised and battered by persecution. Could be a reference to ceremonial anointing. Either way, the point is the elders would be encouraging, comforting, and strengthening the believer.

Does the oil heal?  Why then use it? Ceremony. Sometimes humbling oneself to the point of following a Bible ritual outwardly shows faith in God to heal and utter selflessness to help.

The elders do this. Elders? In the churches James is writing to this would have been those put in charge by the apostles. What about the modern church? Would this be Deacons, Stewards, Ordained, Leaders?

  • Third, they should pray over the sick for healing. During anointing, the elders should pray. Of course, regularly anyone in the church can pray for anyone who is sick. This should more often be the case. Rather than a healing line.

Some prefer to pray for healing, others prefer to pray for “God’s will”. In 4:15 James instructs to operate, “If the Lord will…”. “Lord, if it be thy will, heal….”. Being cautious of the fact we shouldn’t obligate God to do something he hasn’t promised.

This would all be done is who’s name? The name of the Lord. This explains the order of the process. If I go to a sick man and pray and he is healed, I may get some of the glory for going to him. However, if the sick comes to the church to pray and we pray and he is healed, God gets all the glory.

Prayer of faith

The prayer offered on their behalf by the elders. Save is very confusing in this verse. Sodezo, the same word is used here and in verses 5:20, 4:12, 2:14, and 1:21. Sodezo means save, heal, and preserve. Leaving a multitude of uses for this one word.

Some would argue that the author is saying that physical healing if off the table here and that the goal is to be sure a sick person is saved. Others would ignore salvation altogether here and deal only with physical healing.

Also, we have to notice there are two parts to James’ writing here, Prayer and Faith. We pray to be healed, we have faith for Salvation is another take on this verse. James answers both.

  • The Lord shall raise him up.
  • Sins shall be forgiven him.

The easy error to make here is elders can pray over you and forgive your sin. If you are healed your sin was also forgiven. The most effective application is we pray to be healed when sick. For this to be effective our sins must be out of the way first. Therefore, a sick person coming to be healed would also ask forgiveness for sin during the process.

Confess your faults

The “confessing” that James wrote about is done among believers. He was not suggesting confessing our sins to a preacher or priest. We confess our sins first of all to the Lord. We also confess them to those who have been affected by them. We should never confess sin beyond the circle of that sin’s influence. 

Private sin requires private confession. Public sin requires public confession. “It is wrong for Christians to “hang dirty wash in public,” for such “confessing” might do more harm than the original sin.”.

Mutual honesty, openness, and sharing of needs will enable believers to uphold each other in the spiritual struggle. Go to each other and confess faults.  This is a time to pray, not prey. “The confession of sin entails humble honesty about the fact of having committed sin, not a public retelling of the details of the act.”

Effective prayer comes via energetic and passionate prayers of godly people and can accomplish much.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

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2 Peter 1:1-4, Grace and Peace Multiplied (Part 2)

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We consider God’s Divine Power and Promises which further develop the thought of Grace and Peace being multiplied in our lives. This is what God intends for you Christian. Not, “just enough” or a little bit. He has great and precious allotted for you, embrace it!

2 Peter 1:1-4, Grace and Peace Multiplied (Part 2)

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James 5:12 – The Passage

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But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

The Passage

Above all things. Or “especially.” Notice he leads in with “but” leaving us to attach this to previous commands. James stresses again that our speech provides the most revealing glimpse of our spiritual state.

Swear not. The Jews were known for using various oaths to back up their statements. They were ever careful not to use the name of God in their oaths, lest they blaspheme. So, they would swear by heaven, or earth, or Jerusalem, or even by their own heads! But Jesus taught that it is impossible to avoid God in oaths.

  • Neither by heaven. Heaven is His throne.
  • Neither by the earth. Earth is His footstool.
  • Neither by any other oath.

Jerusalem is the “city of the great King.” Your head…“Thou canst not make one hair white or black” (Matt. 5:36).

Let your yea be yea. Mean yes when you say yes. Mean no when you say no. True Christian character requires few words. “The person who must use many words to convince us, has something wrong with his character and must bolster this weakness by using words.” “If you are a true Christian, with integrity, then all you have to say is yes or no and people will believe you.”

James warns that anything more than this is evil. “Lest ye fall into condemnation.”

The Principle

James’ teaching is simply a resounding of what he experienced Christ teaches.

Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”

Basil Miller reported that at the end of the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee was broke, as were many of his countrymen. Money was scarce. About that time a state lottery offered him ten thousand dollars a year for the use of his name. He replied, “Gentlemen, my name is all I have left, and that is not for sale.” Your name is all you have: character, integrity, honesty.

The Practical Use

J. Vernon McGee wrote of his father: “I can remember when my dad went to the bank one year to borrow money to get his cotton gin started. The banker was busy and said to my dad, “Go ahead and take the money.” My dad said, “But I haven’t signed the note.” I never shall forget what the banker said, “If you say you will repay it, that is just as good as if you have signed a note. So come in later and sign up.”

The practical use for what James writes is just that. If we say we are going to do something, we should. J.P. Morgan was once asked what he thought was the best bank collateral.  He replied, “Character.” Even Andy was able to let prisoners out to plant trusting they would return to finish their sentence.

During the 1983 National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D. C., thirteen-year-old Andrew Flosdorf of Fonda, New York, eliminated himself from the contest when he informed the judges he had misspelled “echolalia”. The judges had failed to catch the error. When questioned as to why he turned himself in, he straightforwardly replied, “I didn’t want to feel like a slime.”.

Above all things, let you yea be yea and your nay be nay.

A little boy was asked by his Sunday School teacher to define a lie. He said, “A lie is an abomination to the Lord, and an ever-present help in time of trouble.” Like many in our day, he had his Scriptures as well as his moral values confused.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

Philippians 2:16-18 Rejoicing in All

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Do you rejoice in all, or are you facing something that has taken your joy? I submit to you today that in all of life’s circumstances… In pain, in suffering, in loss, in death, in prison, and in uncertainty. The salvation process is going on for those who trust God. Rejoicing in All is to rejoice in our present circumstance and to rejoice with others.

Philippians 2:16-18 Rejoicing in All

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