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Words of wisdom from our weekly bulletin

Bridal Shower

There will be a bridal shower in honor of Cindy Smith, fiancé of Charles Wittman, on Sunday, June 26 at 2 o’clock. The shower will be held in the home of Margo Smith.   Cindy and Charles are registered at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.

YOU CAN BE GOD!

This has to be the most naïve and insulting statement that God could ever hear.  A logical thinker should respond, “I could not nor would I ever want to be God.”  And yet there have always been those who think they do.  Satan ( the Devil, Lucifer, the Dragon, the Serpent) was the first and continues to challenge God for the souls of mankind.  Although he is a created being, Satan seems to have had a special place in heaven’s domain.  He had entrance into God’s court to accuse Job ( 1:6, 9-11) and again the nation of Israel after the exile. ( Zec 3:1)  He must be beautiful because he masquerades as an angel of light. ( 2 Cor 11:14)  If the passage in Ezekiel 28 is a dual prophesy that also talks of the king of Tyre, then Satan was a, “ model of perfection and full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. (v 12)  That is until he was, “driven out of heaven in disgrace from the mount of God.” ( v 16) ( Rev 12:9) His heart became proud and he corrupted his wisdom. (v17)  He was banished  to earth and according to Jesus, is the prince of it. (Jo 12: 31)  He is a liar and the father of lies, and a murderer. ( Jo 8:44)  Not a great role-model in trying to be God.

Some dictators throughout history have aspired to be or allowed themselves to be called God: Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, Various Caesars, Hitler, etc, etc. All were humbled by the true God. This must be why we call it BLIND ambition.

What wonderful insight and providential interaction it took to fulfill the prophesies while still allowing humans their free will. What arrogance to think any mere human could cope with billions of conflicting wishes while still loving each soul.

Most of us have real difficulty arranging our own agenda for a day let alone those of others. Who would really want to worry about what others need to do? God does not worry, but He cares.

Job wanted to argue his case face to face with God. ( 13:3) ( 23: 3-4) God begins in chapter 38 through 41 to patiently yet firmly explain to Job why He is almighty and Job is not. He laid the foundation of the earth. ( 38:4)  He ask Job if he knew the gates of death ( 38:17)  and if he knew the laws of the heavens. ( 38:33)  Job could not answer any of the many questions God asked him about His creation, finally declaring, “ I put my hand over my mouth, I am unworthy.” ( Job 40: 4)  A good lesson for us the next time we think, “ If I were God, I’d…”

Jim Bailey

 

TAKE ME WITH YOU!

TAKE ME WITH YOU!

Most responsible parents would weigh this small child’s request in the scales of common sense.  Is the destination:  An age appropriate location? Would there be a danger to the child? Would boredom cause discipline problems? Would time be a factor?  On the positive side: Could we make this a “teachable moment”? Could the child bond more closely with the parent? Will the parent learn patience not frustration?

Implicit in our decision to obey Jesus Christ is His desire to be with us always. ( Mt 28:20)  In fact, He lives, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, within our inner being. ( Jo 14:17) ( Jo 14: 23)  How badly do we really want to go wherever they go?  Are the cross on a gold chain and the WWJD ( What would Jesus do?) bracelet mere jewelry?

Based on the places Jesus went during His tenure on earth, we can assume that we should be willing to go to almost any destination.  That includes: Jails, Burn units, Alzheimer’s wards, Cemeteries, Divorce courts and many other uncomfortable locations.  In these places we can pray for and comfort victims and their relatives in hopes of having “teachable moments” for Christ.

If we decide to “take Jesus with us” to these type places, we should remember what He taught His followers.  “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” ( Jo 16:33)  “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” ( Mt 10:22)  “If  anyone is ashamed of me and my words…the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes into His Father’s glory with the holy angels.” ( Mk 8:38)  Jesus gave us a warning and then a promise.  As with the small child, our actions should be weighed in the balance of common sense.  If other religious groups have promised to kill us on sight, we should probably try to live to teach another day in hopes of reaching them in a different way as did the Apostle Paul, ( Acts 9: 23-25) and also Jesus himself. (Lk 4:28-30)

Jim Bailey

VOICES

I have two voices that sound in my head nearly unceasingly.  The first is a physical one called Tinnitus, a medical condition in which an extremely high-pitched ringing occurs in my ear producing an unwanted, intrusive, annoying noise almost constantly.  I hesitate to call it a disease, although it seemingly has no cure other than those claimed for years—“Dr” Zeke’s Snake Oil.  The ringing (squealing) never goes away, but it is possible to mask the volume somewhat by distractions and hearing aids. Certain combinations of medicines seem to exacerbate the condition.  I can function quite well in society, but sleep is a blessed escape from voice # 1.

The second voice is a welcomed guest and a spiritual gift which is also always there but in a positive, uplifting way.  This voice, of course, is the indwelling Holy Spirit of God who works with my conscience, ( Rom 9:1) helps me know the mind of the Father and Son, ( I Cor 2: 10-12, 16) strengthens me in my inner person, ( Eph 3:16) helps me pray, ( Rom 8: 26) and so much more.  The Spirit is so different from voice # 1 in that I decide when to heed or reject His gentle promptings.  His voice reminds me to look in the inspired words He has written in the Bible and yet is not an unrelenting, demanding and annoying voice.  The Spirit was given by Jesus to remind the Apostles of the truths He taught them and to be a Counselor and Comforter to all His people. ( Jo 16: 7-15)Although it is possible to grieve, ( Eph 4:30) lie to, ( Acts 5: 3-4) and quench, ( I Thes 5:19) voice # 2,  I hope to never reject such a friend who has only my good in mind.

I don’t really expect to see a cure for Tinnitus in my lifetime, but I fully expect to spend eternity with the Holy Spirit along with the Father and Son.

Jim Bailey