But first: Luke 9.61

“Yet another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.'”

Luke 9.61

Luke is all about discipleship. Jesus tells us the cost of following him up front. Some want to follow him, but desire to continue their lives normally. Some people are good at prolonged goodbyes.

What conditions do people try impose on the Lord when he calls them to follow? Is there something you want to do “first” before taking discipleship seriously?

#discipleship #excuses #VOTD

Blah blah blah – just go to church

From time-to-time, a friend at work will text me church signs he sees. The latest sign said, “Blah, Blah, Blah – Just Go To Church.”

I’m more fond of saying “go to worship/Bible study” than I am of “go to church”, but regardless, I agree with the sentiment of the sign.

There are legitimate reasons for not being able to attend the services of the church – personal sickness, helping others who are in need of help, etc. But I believe a lot of people throw their own “animal” into a ditch (Luke 13:10-17, 14:1-6) so they can have a reason justify their habitual absence. The average person who misses church services misses them because they want to … nothing more and nothing less.

Excuses may sound good to the preacher, the elder, the Bible class teacher or even our self, but we have to remember that the one we’re called to worship knows the difference between an excuse and a reason for not worshiping our creator, sustainer, savior and judge.

Every way of a man seems right to himself, but the Lord is the tester of hearts. To do what is right and true is more pleasing to the Lord than an offering.” (Proverbs 21:2-3 BBE)

#attendance, #excuses

The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police holds an…

The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police holds an annual contest for the most unusual excuse offered by people caught speeding. Daniel Fogarty carted off the top prize one year. The excuse? A man had explained his speeding as an effort to lose weight. Another offered: “I was in church when they started to pass the plate and I realized I didn’t have my wallet. I’m trying to make it home and back before the collection is over.” The Lord once told a parable about excuse-makers and not one of the excuses they offered was worth hearing. There are a thousand excuses for not doing what is right, but not one reason. This is Just-A-Minute.

#excuses, #just-a-minute

May 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Some Men Must Be Marked (Fred House)
  • Balaam (Sam Willcut)
  • Is Dancing Sinful? (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)
  • Am I Saved or Lost? (Guy N. Woods)
  • Modesty Is for Men Also! (Carl B. Garner)
  • Excuses (Lynn Blair)
  • Sin Is Still Sin! (M. Floyd Bailey, Jr)
  • This We Must Accomplish (John W. Moore)
  • Only in Jesus (Wayne Jones)
  • Comfort for Troubled Hearts (Mike Vestal)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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#balaam, #christian-worker, #dancing, #excuses, #false-teachers, #jesus, #modesty, #mutual-support, #pdf, #salvation, #sin, #spiritual-goals

The Lord isn’t looking for an excuse, He’s waiting for a confession

Often times, in relation to the sins that we commit, it is easy to find ourselves offering an excuse, or even rationalizing the sins that we have committed against God, our self and others. But the Lord isn’t looking for an excuse, an explanation or a personal justification when it comes to our sin. He’s waiting for a confession. There’s nothing that we can add that He doesn’t already know. There’s nothing that we can diminish that He won’t be aware of. To be made clean – we must come clean.

As one surveys the word of God there are individuals who stand out Goliath-high amongst the rest. At the risk of leaving many people out, there is, not specifically in order, Seth, Enoch, Job, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Amran, Jochebed, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Ruth, Samson, Samuel, Nathan, David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Asa, Hezekiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Zacharias, Elizabeth, John the Baptizer, Joseph, Mary, Simeon, Anna, Peter, James, John, Thomas, Paul, and Apollos. And in the words of Hebrews 11:32, time would fail me to mention the names of others who are worthy of such consideration. And what causes these individuals to stand out amongst all of the people that we read about in the Bible? It wasn’t because they were perfect! It was because they were willing to confess their imperfections – they were aware of their own sinful shortcomings in the face of a righteous and eternal God.

Being human isn’t necessarily an excuse for the wrongs that we commit, but thanks be to God for His mindfulness of our human frailties. And with that thought in mind, when it comes to confessing our sin, what are waiting for?

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 18:9-14)

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#confession, #excuses, #forgiveness-of-sin, #sin

It’s hard to find something when you’re not looking for it

English: Gentaur schedule

I just can’t find the time to attend the worship services of the church some say. That’s funny, somehow the time is still found to go to work everyday, to go to the movies, to go out to eat, to go and visit with friends and family, to go to the grocery store, to go to the bank, to go and pay the utility bills, to go on vacation, to go outside to cut the grass or work in the garden, to go to the doctor, or to go to the barber or beautician. On and on we could go. So yeah, I guess it’s hard to find something when you’re not looking for it.

Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 – CEB)

#attendance, #excuses, #priorities, #time, #worship

No excuses

#excuses, #life-in-christ, #repentance

Excuses – JAM

A transient was unable to leave a tip for a waitress at a Salt Lake City restaurant, so he told her, “I’m going to go rob a bank and I’ll be right back”, and that is exactly what he did.  He walked across the street and held up the First Interstate Bank, robbing it of $1200 in cash. He then walked back across the street and left a $2 tip. Police arrested him as he came out of the eatery. There are lots of excuses that we might use to justify doing what we know is wrong, but even if we are motivated by good, it doesn’t turn an excuse into a reason. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.” Too many are sowing to the wind and then praying for a crop failure. At the end of time, when the harvest time arrives, if you would reap the blessings of God and a heavenly eternity, try sowing goodness. This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess

#excuses, #just-a-minute, #responsibilty

We had put this song together for our…

We had put this song together for our puppet ministry since we wanted everything to be a cappella. As funny and crazy as the song gets, it’s sad to think of the number of excuses we have heard people use to get out of anything church related.

This song dedication is going out to Ed Boggess! Thanks for the reminder Ed!

Please click on the link below for the song.

http://richard-mafnz.posterous.com/song

#excuses, #puppets, #song

Excuses, excuses; you hear them every day! – JAM

This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess. The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police sponsored a contest for the “wildest excuse ever” by traffic violators. One entry was “my husband wasn’t speeding. I always have him drive slow when he’s drunk.” Another: “I was trying to get home before I ran out of gas.” Another: “I was in church when they started to pass the plate and I realized I forgot my wallet. I’m trying to get home and back to church.” But the winner was: “I’m trying to lose weight. The faster I drive, the more afraid I become and that helps burn calories.” But the bottom line is an excuse is nothing more than a lie wrapped in tissue paper!

#excuses, #just-a-minute, #lies

Hugh Fulford: Stop!

Excuses for not stopping

The sign said “STOP.” I didn’t. So I said to the judge …

1. I think every person has the right to choose his own interpretation of this word.

2. My mother did not believe in stopping. If I were to stop, I would be condemning her.

3. My family never stopped. If that was good enough for them, it is good enough for me.

4. I have gone so long without stopping, I don’t think I can start now.

5. My preacher says I don’t have to stop.

6. My parents made me stop when I was young, so I don’t do it now. Continue reading

#disobedience, #excuses, #god-as-judge, #obedience