There's a new post on The Preacher's Files. http://preachersfiles.com/the-need-for-vision-in-our-work/ Enjoy, G. E. Watkins
I feel I need to explain my absence from TFR while I can. As I write this I have very little to no feeling in my right hand, especially my thumb, index and middle fingers, thus making a lot of typos and corrections. I am looking at having spinal stenosis in my neck vertebrates. I have a pending appointment with a neurologist to either confirm or find a different reason for the numbness and tingling in my arms and fingers. I know I already have three bulging disc in my lumbar area and stenosis in the vertebrates in that area. this has been my reason to stop my input in the prior months because I could not sit in front of the computer but for very short periods of time before having severe pain. I have been seeing a chiropractor about the lumbar area and it has helped. I walk with a very unsteady gait, I have fallen or had to get down at a low level not being able to get up with out a lot of difficulty.
I still read most of your postings and am encouraged by what I read. I would appreciate your prayers in this matter. Thank you and praise God for the wonderful brothers and sister in His kingdom.
Home means my sanctuary. Linda and I just discussed this last week. It is my place away from the rest of the world. Home is where the heart is as far geography. My heart is in Texas. So are my boots. seriously, as a pilgrim is this world, 1 Peter 1, heaven is my home. When my journey here in this life is over, then I’ll go home. Praise God, for my real home.
Submission! Being raised in an abusive environment I used to have a lot of authority issue problems. For one, I was rebellious. I believe it was after a congregational Bible study by a preacher that I began to wilt in my relationship with God. I was never going to make it, because I could never be good enough. That was a subconscious message in my head from never being good enough or being a failure from my parental father. It wasn’t until I was in my fifties that I learned what unconditional love was all about. Once I got the old messages out of my head, I could related to God as a loving heavenly Father. I now look at myself as a mere speck of sand and in awe that God cares, but he does. That is what authority is to me now. I am just a speck of sand in all of God’s creation, who am I to put myself on the same level or above God. People do it, but deny that is what they are doing. When ever you hear some one say or read “I” when discussing what the Bible teaches, they are putting themselves equal to or above God. There is no submission to authority, but to their own. To me they are arrogant and self serving, putting themselves in hell.
Who is my best friend? Out side of my wife, which is family I don’t really have one that is as close to me or me to them as my wife. The closest friend I have is my preacher friend that The good Lord, myself and 300 plus congregations and individuals have been helping financially to get a liver transplant. He considers that he owes me his life, but no, he owes his life to God and a lot of other people.
As for what question made the biggest difference in my life, I would have to say, “Now what will you do’? This question was asked after a very thorough Bible study. It’s like the question asked Peter in Acts 2:37, “What shall we do”? There are only two choices to these questions. One either walks away and let’s the choice bother them all the rest of their lives. Or they choose to do what God wants all of us to do by being baptized into Christ for the remission of our sins.
Like Ron writes before me, I am not the best judge of my talents. When I have meditated on them, taking inventory as to what I can do best I find that I am mechanical and technologically orientated. However, those talents are not the best at serving the Lord. In the area of serving the Lord, I can do many and various things, but I am not the best but for a few. I like to communicate, encouraging and teaching others. I do have a gift of gab, which is probably what I am best at. I can pick on people in a humoreous way, that eases people. I do make a good Barnabas.
My favorite conversion in Acts is the conversion of Cornelius. Why? With Cornelius being the first devout Gentile to be baptized into Christ, his conversion allowed me to become a child of God also. His conversion also had to be one with convincing evidence to be accepted by the Jews. I believe there were two things that convinced Peter; the blanket in chapter 10 and the descending of the Holy Spirit.
This conversion is one the most mis-understood conversions by the “faith only” denominational world.
I have a question for the fellowship members. In Aug. of 2009 I created a blog page on preacherfiles.com at
http://jimnewsted.preachersfiles.com/ Up to today I have received 67 comments, recently 2-3 a day. I post the same thing on a WprdPress blog. Zero comments. My question, why the difference? Would anyone care to look at it and/or answer the reason for comments posted on one and not the other.
The largest gathering I have ever been in was an Alabama concert. The largest spiritual gathering I’ve ever been in was at a DLU function in Nashville.
Today as on every first day of the week we celebrate in remembrance the death, burial and resurrection of Christ our Savior as in Act 20:7. We partake of the bread as the pure and righteous body that suffered and died for us; drink the blood shed for the remission of our sins. Praise His Holy name.
I posted this on FB this morning. Some have copied and pasted on their home page. Feel free to do the same or simular to keep the truth moving forwards.
I would have to say an elder in the Falls of Nuce church of Christ in Raleigh, NC. I had been absent from God for a number of years and he went out of his way to greet and welcome me the first time I visited the congregation. I tried to sneak out the door and he followed me. After talking for a while and encouraging me to return, which I did and confessed my prodicalness, he became my mentor. As for someone presently in my life I would have to say Jim Reyna, a preacher in a neighboring town, where I attended for a number of years. He finally received a liver transplant in Oct. 2009. He was suffering from Hepatitis C, from a tainted blood transfusion.Prior to his transplant he went through four life threatening incidents from vein back pressure to the liver causing vein leakage and ruptures. Nearly died twice. After the transplant they had to go back in twice to fix both the left and right arterial blood vessels to the liver for blockage. On march 12th his liver examinations show signs of rejection. They sent him back to Baylor Univ. Med. Center for in depth examination where they found the Bile duct to be the problem. He went back into surgery to have it reconstructed, then went back in again due to internal bleeding. He is coming home today. His stamina is an inspiration to me. I personally may have given up a long time ago.
I would rather give up my computer because I need my car. I don’t have to have a computer. For me a computer is a luxury. As a matter of fact, after coming down with the Crud (best overall description of a two week illness) I found little interest in the computer. Therefore I have resolved to do less with it. I unsubscribed to a number of emails, have used it for Bible study, posting my blogs, using it for information searches, and have only been on Facebook to check on one persons status. This is one of the few nudges I have responded to, altough I read all the postings here via email. My future participation my become sporadic. Can I do without my computer altogether, No. But I can sure be less active on it. It is a time robber.
Mike has already used my most favorite one, because there was a time I had to quote it to myself throughout a day. In that Proverbs are truisms some of the best are found in chapter 26. Wisdom can be found in these, but better yet, remembering them will better your life.
My favorite prophet is Malachi. Israel thought they could cheat God, but through Malachi God let them know what he thought of them. I find a lot of human reasoning argued to God in the 4 chapters. Seems things don’t really change. Man still puts his reasoning up as excuses to do other than what God wants or deserves.
Meteorologist would be interested in how the prophets were able to call down rain during famines and droughts. If they could figure out how to do it and by-pass God they would. All in the name of fame.