One of those popular lifestyle sites sports an article with 15 reasons why artistic people are difficult to understand. I’m not sure if I like the article or not. The Missus would probably classify me as one of those difficult types. Robert Frost used to sit on his front porch and stare out into space. Neighbors thought he was teched in the head. (Is it proper to put him and me in the same paragraph?) Continue reading
I occasionally watch the TV series CSI. It is the one where crime scene investigators gather evidence and analyze it to determine guilt. In August ’07 a 55-year-old man in Fall River County, S.D., accidentally shot himself in the stomach. According to police, he was attempting to show friends that a televised CSI show was wrong. He believed that the scripted victim could not physically have managed to shoot herself in the stomach. He was wrong, dead wrong. He died from the gunshot. How often do we need to be reminded that poor decision making leads to poor results. Actions have consequences. This is Just A Minute.
Pastor Walter Steen started the “God Will Provide Tax Service” in the spring of 2005. But he ended up serving fifteen months in prison. Pastor, prophet or preacher, it makes no difference. If you break the law, you will pay the price. Even if you get away with something now, the Lord knows what is going on and there will be a payday, and “the wages of sin is death.” Pastor Steen pleaded guilty before a Detroit judge to tax fraud in August (07). Prosecutors said of the 1578 returns he did, 1573 claimed refunds whether they had one coming or not. Evidently the devil is in the details. When will we learn that if you dance with the devil, you will have to pay the piper? This is Just A Minute.
If you turn to evolutionists for an explanation of the consequences of their theory on society, you will read something like this: axiomatisation, “logical necessity”, or “units of selection” and terms like replicators, interactors, species, genes and so on. All of that may be fine for long-haired professors but it is gobbledygook to the average person. If you really want to know the consequences of two generations of evolutionary thought, look around you. Is society marked by a higher moral standard than before? Or are we facing moral decline and ethical challenges that far outstrip increased population or any other offered excuse. Take a moment to think where their yellow brick road leads. This is Just-A-Minute.
Just suppose Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan and all the evolutionists are right. Just suppose that there is nothing to us but matter, molecules and material; no spirit, no immortal soul. Remove the spirit of man and you remove responsibility, you remove morality. How can murder or stealing or anything else be wrong, when there is no basis for right and wrong? If all we are is matter, you can no more blame a man for murdering his neighbor than you can blame a tornado or a tsunami for killing people. Look at the end of the yellow-brick road the evolutionists are leading us on and I don’t believe you will like where it goes. Is it any wonder that our society is unraveling? This is Just-A-Minute.
A modern Biology text used in high schools across Tennessee says, “Evolution is the process by which all organisms have developed from older life forms. Organisms alive today are the descendants of the first cells that lived 3.5 billion years ago.” That is what our children are daily taught. However, Genesis 1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth . . . and the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.” One elevates man as created in God’s image; the other traces his origins to a swamp of primordial ooze. Both systems require faith: one asks for faith in God the other in missing links. One makes man morally responsible, the other removes all moral responsibility. Which will it be for you? This is Just-A-Minute
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Robert G. Lee (1886-1978) was a famous Baptist preacher whose renown was enhanced by a popular sermon that he preached titled “Pay-Day Someday.” Lee first preached the sermon in 1919 in Edgefield, South Carolina. From 1927 to 1960, Lee served as pastor of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Every year on the first Sunday of May he would preach “Pay-Day Someday” to large, attentive audiences. Some years the service was moved to a public auditorium in Memphis to accommodate the crowds.
When I lived in Shelbyville, Tennessee I was a member of the Shelbyville Rotary Club. One of the members of the club was retired Navy Admiral, Ed King. Ed was the husband of Beulah Lee King, the daughter of Robert G. Lee. I knew the Kings on a casual basis, and recall talking with Ed on one occasion about his father-in-law’s famous sermon. Ed said he had heard it many times. I am told that Beulah Lee King, who still lives, has donated all of her father’s sermons to the Baptist Center which is housed in the New Duck River Baptist Association, 902 Union Street in Shelbyville.
Dr. Lee’s sermon centers in the story of Ahab, king of Israel (c. 874-853 B.C.); his wife, the wicked Jezebel; Naboth, whose vineyard Ahab coveted; and Elijah, the faithful prophet of God. The sordid story is told in I Kings 21-22, with the final episode recorded in II Kings 9. The larger context encompasses I Kings 16:29 through II Kings 9:27. If one loves “Soap Opera” drama, one owes it to himself or herself to read this true yet horribly sad and gruesome story. For those interested in hearing an old fashion Southern orator with a flair for the dramatic and a remarkable ability to paint word pictures (Lee describes Ahab as “that vile human toad who squatted on the throne”), I would recommend setting aside an hour to hear Dr. Lee’s sermon on Youtube. Little wonder that he stood at the top of Baptist preachers of his day!
The point of Lee’s sermon is emphasized many times in Scripture and is a lesson of which we all need to be keenly aware. Consider the following sober warnings and reminders.
“The wicked shall be turned aside into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalms 9:17). Pay-day someday!
“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27). Pay-day someday!
“Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper” (Proverbs 23:31-32). Pay-day someday! Continue reading
On Wednesday night I got some ideas from a text used only briefly by the teacher. Jotted down a six-point outline of how to help people abandon sin. The audience was Israel, the speaker, Samuel, in 1Sam 12.20-25.
Sorry, but it came out in Portuguese, and I posted it on our Brazilian church site.
Maybe sometime I’ll get it into English, but if not, it’s well worth your attempting one of those horrid translators. That’s how much I liked it. Yeah, even if it was mine.
OK, I ran it through the translator and it was decent. I cleaned it up just for you, so here’s how, following Samuel’s sermon, to help people forsake sin and follow the Lord.
- Give people who live in sin a vision of repentance (20-21). You can turn from sin and succeed in the rejection of transgression.
- Emphasize God’s faithfulness (22). His faithfulness inspires in us the same.
- Make continuous prayer for the people (23). The apostles joined prayer and ministry of the Word (Acts 6.4).
- Provide instruction in the good and right way of God (23). People do not know by instinct what is right.
- Remind people of what God has done (24). Today, his action is focused on Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.
- Give warning about the consequences of persisting in sin (25). Sin destroys!
Part of sowing to the Spirit is sharing all good things with those who teach the gospel. Ga 6.6-8
Text: 6 One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Shirley Koota, 62, of Miami, accompanied her husband Bert, 65, to the pistol range to learn how to use their newly purchased .22 automatic. During the lesson, she squeezed off a round, and the hot cartridge, ejected by the pistol, flew down the front of her blouse. It startled her so badly that she whirled around and shot Bert. Fortunately he was only hit in the leg. Nonetheless, Bert got more than he bargained for. Actions carry consequences but sometimes the consequences are more than expected. That is certainly the case with the Christian. Many a person has contemplated the Judgment Day and the possibility of hell and wisely chose faith, only to discover that the choice leads to a better life and a prepared eternity. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
Wisdom is the art of seeing connections between thoughts and words, between words and actions, between actions and consequences.
We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts…. Self-government means self-reliance.
Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president (1872-1933)