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Words of wisdom from our weekly bulletin

IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON

IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON 

The apostle Paul charged the young evangelist, Timothy, to “preach the word” in season and out of season. ( 2 Tim 4:2)  Most sermons I have heard said that meant when it is convenient and when it is not. The context certainly implies be ready to correct, rebuke, and encourage at all times using the God-breathed Scripture mentioned in verse 16 of  the previous chapter.

Paul also charged elders with much the same language. ( 1 Tim 5:17)  What would that  look like to an elder and a church today?

IN SEASON might be a time in which all the brethren:

#  are at peace with each other,

#  are giving cheerfully as prospered,

#  are growing in love for each other and outsiders,

#  are praying without ceasing,

#  hate the evil and cling to the good,

#  attend regularly all services of the church,

#  share with and build up each other,

#  take joy in searching the Scriptures,

#  are honest and patient with everyone.

OUT OF SEASON 

Obviously the Devil would not let such a situation like that continue unabated for long. He would try to sow seeds of discord between brethren.  He would spread envy, jealousy, pride, suspicion and several other hurtful traits.  He was able to infiltrate the seven churches  mentioned in Revelation as well as the one in Corinth. Any church today that feels it is above all that has put themselves in the position of the Laodiceans of whom Christ said, “you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” ( Rev 3: 17)

Whether in season or out of season, we all must be instant (KJV) ready (NAS) prepared (NIV) to “preach the word.” ( 2 Tim 4:2)

Jim Bailey

OUTSIDE/INSIDE

OUTSIDE/INSIDE

There is an interesting TV Program on HDTV called, “You live in what?”  It features unusual places that people have converted into homes; boats, sugar mills, barns, bakeries, school houses, etc. etc. Not much attention is paid to the outside of these homes to enhance the curb appeal.   However, the insides receive meticulous care at huge expense to make them truly places of great pride and beauty. Continue reading

HUMBLE VS ARROGANT

HUMBLE VS ARROGANT

     Jesus Christ is the gold standard of measurement when attempting to define humility. (Phil 2:1-8)  For the rest of mankind, God called Moses “ more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” ( Num 12:3)  The King James Version uses the word meek.  It is unfortunate that in today’s usage it has taken on the meaning of timid or even cowardly. The dictionary defines meek as, “ humbly patient.”  Continue reading