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Information and Obedience

I think one of the reasons we disobey God is that we are convinced that we know better than He does.  We choose not to obey because we don’t think that God understands the consequences, that He doesn’t know what will happen if we do what He says.  We choose not to forgive because we think He doesn’t know how badly we’re hurt.  We choose not to give because He doesn’t understand our needs.Let me assure you, He knows.God knows what our obedience will cost us.  He understands that when Jesus said to “take up our cross daily and follow Him,” that humiliation and death were the likely outcomes.  He also knows the glory that will be revealed in us for the eternity we are made for.  He is, in fact, the only one with all the answers.  He is the One who knows that if you obey now, He can guide you around the pain later.  Examples?  He knows that adultery destroys lives, so He commands that certain things belong only between a husband and wife, and only after they are married.  Is it hard?  Yes…

From Dr. Turner's Blog

Once again, today I thought we'd look at Dr. Turner's weekly blog posting.


Weblog: Emil Turner | Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Weblog: Emil Turner

Vice Masquerading as Virtue

In the early 7th century an Irish monk wrote the Aipgitir Chrabaid or “Alphabet of Devotion”. This book would have been used in monasteries in Ireland and would have worked its way into sermon material for monks and itinerant preachers. It is one of the earliest documents in the Irish language. One section is powerfully relevant today.

“It is proper that we do not let vices beguile us in the guise of the virtues”, wrote Colman mac Beognai. Bulls-eye! Counterfeit virtue is circulating widely. This monk wrote that:

* Laziness (laxity) takes the disguise of compassion. Doing nothing looks more holy than opposing sin. We can always say we are “waiting on the Lord”.
* Severity takes the guise of righteousness. Being mean is a poor substitute for being holy.
* Fear takes the guise of humility. …

Challenges

Yesterday I was blessed to see the movie “Fireproof.”  It’s not out yet, and as yet, is not slated to come to Monticello.  This is a wonderful film, and I would like to encourage anyone who can to see it when it comes out September 26th!  Let’s get it in the top 10.If you are in Monticello, the only way I have heard to force Malco to bring it here is to commit to buying 1000 tickets.  That’s about $7000, and I don’t have that much.  So, if we could each respectfully call the theater manager and ask for it, that may do the trick.  Especially if we pray and ask God to do this!  More thoughts from the film later…Bro. Doug HibbardCalvary Baptist Churchcalvarybaptistmonticello.blogspot.com

Kittens

We now have 7 kittens in our house. We're probably going to name them after Memphis landmarks, since they moved down here with us from there. They're so cute and helpless.

Reminds me of me somedays. Not cute, but helpless. In desperate need of having God provide for me, meet my needs for security and provision. You know, I think the days that I start like that turn out to be my best ones.

Parenting Perceptions

Anonymous said... I have a question....I am the father of an 8 year-old and sometimes I think I'm a very good parent and other times I believe that I am a complete failure.....why is that?
I think I just answered it myself!!
I would respond to Anonymous with this answer: The evaluation of your parenting is whether you are being faithful to God's word and His direction. You cannot judge yourself to being doing well or poorly based on your own thoughts or by comparing to other children. Ask yourself these things:
1. Am I personally seeking God's word to guide my own life?
2. Am I praying daily for my child/
3. Am I striving to train my child in God's word?
4. Am I lovingly correcting my child in errors and lovingly encouraging my child in right decisions?
5. Am I willing to ask God's forgiveness for all my sins, and to acknowledge my need to do so to my child?

Will you always answer yes? Somedays you will consider yourself doing well on all of these, somedays you wi…

But...

The man woke up, and looked at the clock, and told his wife he was going back to sleep.
His wife said, but, dear, it's Sunday, we need to go to church.
He told her he wasn't going, because nobody liked him there, and everyone was mean.  Besides, the sermons were bad and the music boring.
She said you're going, and that's final.  
He asked for two good reasons.
She said: 1.  It's good for you.
2.  You're the pastor.....

Where did Cain get his wife?

The question has been raised, Where did Cain get his wife?

To answer the question, Cain married his sister. The reason that we all are taught to avoid marrying close relatives is because of the probability of passing on genetic mutations. At the time of Cain, the number of mutations being carried was much lower, so there was no reason to prohibit the close marriages. These became unlawful in the time of the Law, around 1500 B.C. When you read through Genesis, you see several marriages that are to near relatives, like cousins.The Bible doesn’t directly say where Cain got his wife because it is fairly obvious. If Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters (which they did, see Gen. 5), these were the only other people on earth.Bro. Doug HibbardCalvary Baptist Church--Loving, Sharing, and Servinghttp://calvarybaptistmonticello.blogspot.com

Back to it

It's been a week where getting stuff on the web hasn't taken a real high priority. There are some things that I need to get up here, and I'll try and catch up this weekend. Right now, I want to leave you with the reminder that God is there through everything, and I hope you will let Him work through you today!

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Update on What Happened at the ABSC

Weblog: Emil Turner | Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Weblog: Emil Turner

Heroism

I have met a few heroes. Selflessness sets them apart. Most of them, when explaining their heroic action say something to the effect of “I did not think about it, I just did it”. And all of us who know them thank God for them.

Meet Kirby Martin. While I have always appreciated him, and liked him, I now know that he is a hero. Kirby has served the Arkansas Baptist State Convention for more than fifteen years. As building superintendent he takes care of our physical plant, supervises our print room, reception area, and telephone system. Those of us who work with him have profited from his “going the extra mile” by helping us with home repair projects, automobile problems, airport pickups, and a host of other things that he does without complaint. Kirby is a hero.

On August 13, Timothy Dale Johnson shot and killed a state political leader seven bl…

From Emil Turner at the ABSC

I read other people's blogs to keep current, and thought I would share with you the latest post from Emil Turner. Dr. Turner is a lifelong Baptist preacher who now leads the Arkansas Baptist State Convention's ministry. Here was his post:

Weblog: Emil Turner | Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Weblog: Emil Turner

A Guide to Worship Etiquette…

FBC, Hot Springs recently included a piece in the bulletin entitled “Worship Etiquette”. The brief items included turning off cell phones, taking children to the bathroom prior to the service, actively participating in worship, having a prayerful spirit, and not leaving during the invitation. Excellent suggestions. You could also include them in the power point loop that shows prior to the service.

The Bible includes some worship etiquette among Paul’s instructions for celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and in 1 Timothy 3, and in the book of James. There we learn that we should deal with our sin b…

Post Office

Ok, so this isn't a real thought provoking post, but I just got back from the Post Office here in Monticello. And I must admit, the two times I've been in the Monticello Post Office, I have dealt with two different people who have been the nicest postal folks I've encountered. If they weren't so busy, I'd ask why...but I'll hazard a guess that they are content with much of the rest of their lives, so work isn't always the downer that many of us have.

How about you? Are you beginning the day with the Peace of God? Or are you beginning the day with dread? It makes a difference..

Ideas and actions

For those of you who don't know me, I am very much an idea person. You give me some basic information, and challenge me to come with some long-term ideas, guiding principles, and the like, and I can take a few days and give so wonderful thoughts. Where I struggle is in taking the intermediate steps to get from where I am right now to those points. This is a part of why we need each other to function. Some people can organize to reach those steps, but have difficulty dreaming forward with ideas. There's nothing wrong with either one, it's that we are created to live in community with others, and we are intended to balance out one another's weaknesses and strengths.

It's much like sailing a ship. You have a lookout high up, seeing far ahead, you have a captain and navigator with charts and then you have people manning the tiller (controls the rudder), setting the sails, scrubbing the deck, and everything else. Each role is crucial, and the captain and the navi…

Mom's Fingertip

Just a quick prayer request. Apparently my mother was involved in an accident in Baton Rouge, LA, in her hotel (she's down there for some museum group meeting. She's part of the State of Louisiana Museum Department.), and has managed to sever the tip of her middle finger. So, if you would pray for speedy recovery and wisdom to know whether someone needs to go get her or she needs to recover down there for a few days. Thanks.

Fill your tank!

I was driving Wayne Adams' lawnmower around the yard one more time this morning when, quite surpisingly, it died. Just gave out completely, wouldn't start, wouldn't budge. What was the cause of this? Well, if you read the title, you already know. It was out of gas!!!! That's right, you have to put gas in lawnmowers too! (This is why I think a cow would be preferable. They eat grass, and give milk, saving me on gas and milk.) Sure enough, a quick fill-up of the tank, and I was back on my way.

Why do I think this is important to share? Well, we don't run on gas, but our tanks can still get empty. We still need to take the time and fill up. What do we need filled with?

#1: The Spirit of God. We know that we are baptized in the Spirit, and receive Him when we accept Christ as Lord, but He allows us to push His control back from our lives. We need to allow all of our life to be filled with Him. One way is to be involved in Bible Study to deepen our understa…

Minor Details

Ok, so we got the van back from Ryburn's Wednesday night, and they had fixed it. Replaced the throttle body controller, 2 O2 sensors, the Map sensor, the sparkplugs, and I'm not even sure what else. I asked what had happened, and they explained that the throttle body controller has a plastic piece on it where the cable from the gas pedal comes into it, and that the plastic piece had broken. (I knew the plastic piece broke. I had duct-taped the cable back into it, because with the plastic piece broken, the car wouldn't go. That was the only way to make the van go.) Moving on, since the throttle controller was now out of balance, too much gas was being dumped into the engine, which fouled up everything else.

This got me thinking about how we sometimes don't pay attention to the little things of life. A little piece of plastic doesn't seem like much, but apparently it's a very significant part of holding together V6 3.3L Flex Fuel Dodge Engines. Without it …

God's provision and action

I'm a still a little bit stressed by this whole car repair thing. I really want my life and the life of my family to serve as an example of God at work in our lives, and I want people to see God's provision for life in what we do. The problem is, I don't have $1500 to fix the van. While I am currently well-compensated as a pastor, when I was bi-vocational, almost all of my pastoral income went to the expenses I incurred to be the pastor, so we don't have any savings. (I know, that's bad. But God has always provided when we've needed.) So, we'll pay for the van repair by going deeper into debt, which is something we are desperately trying to not do. This seems like just another ordinary day, nothing too miraculous happening.

That's what I have been thinking. But, now I've been corrected. First of all, we do have some savings. We have the remnant of the 401(k) money that UPS paid me, and tomorrow I can request that payout. It should be enough to cover …

Ebay!

Did you know you can buy cars on EBay? I was about to bid $.01 on a Porsche, then I looked at the shipping.....

I've been on eBay this week, looking for some other things. I think I've found Ann's Christmas presents, but since it's her eBay account, she won't be surprised. Oh well. I took a little detour into the electronics side, and got to thinking about how much some of those items sell for. Some people are paying almost the same as retail for items that are used, refurbished, or, in truth, possibly stolen. (I should look for my mower!!!) Why do they do it? Because in the excitement of competition, we don't think about the true cost. Even eBay's advertising about 'Shop Victoriously!' pushes us to toss aside the cost, and win!

Our competive nature causes us to do things without considering the true cost. We all want to be the best, we want to excel, we want to win. Even preachers are that way. I want our church to be the best. I want us t…

Cars

I think that we would be better off without cars. Can we go back to horse and buggy? I mean, horses will automatically produce new horses, and so when one breaks down, you can move on to a new one...although I don't think I'd have the heart to shoot the old one.



I would be glad right now, though, to shoot the van. Many of you know the feeling. You're still paying for a vehicle and then it something goes wrong with it, and the cost to fix it is several months worth of payments. Never mind all the days it has worked, the days it doesn't work make you wish you could just get rid of it and get a new one. It's frustrating.



That's where we are with the van right now. It's at Ryburn's, since 2 of the parts it needed are only available from a dealer, and it's got to be fixed, since it's hard to live without one. Hopefully it will be ready Wednesday, if they can get the parts from their warehouse in time to get it fixed. (For what it's costing, they ca…