Roger Jackson, Gospel Preacher, Needs Help

Roger Jackson, 74, has preached the gospel of Christ 50 years, often too sick to preach but pressing on. He is a 1970 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. Roger and the former Judy Vinson, pictured here in younger years, will be married 56 years on October 3. Today Roger is a very sick man, and he and Judy are struggling financially and need help.

Roger’s preaching career ended in 2019 when he became sick with what they thought was heart problems. He had breathing problems which concerned members of the church where he worked, but he kept trying to do the work he loved.

In October 2019 Roger spent a week in Madison, AL hospital, but was able to continue trying to preach. He only grew worse physically.

December 22, 2019, Roger preached his last sermon. On the following Monday he was taken to Huntsville Hospital where he stayed until January 4. A bone marrow test was performed on him where it was discovered he had pre-leukemia or MDS. Doctors also found his aorta value had stenosis in it, and his diabetes was out of control. Added to that, he had an enlarged prostate. Doctors exclaimed, “He is complicated.”

Roger began chemo treatments in January 2020 by a series of shots once a month, blood test, transfusion for low blood cell, and platelets. Insulin needed for his diabetes is very costly and insurance only covers a small portion of it.

In March 2020, Roger spent 12 days in the hospital with type B flu and pneumonia. Again from June 8-22, Roger suffered with aspiration pneumonia, histoplasmosis pneumonia, UTI, and breathing issues. Though he has been under home health care, his lungs appear almost clear now.

Roger is weak all the time. He is scheduled for another bone marrow test and prostrate procedure this month. Doctors then hope to replace his heart valve.

The Jacksons only income is two small social security checks. Their sicknesses necessitated them starting to draw Social Security at the age of 62. Neither Roger or Judy are able to work now due to their health issues, plus Roger needs Judy to help with his care. They have depended on the goodness of others from time to time, but credit cards have been relied on heavily just to get by. They are struggling financially and need the help of their fellow Christians.

Churches or individuals who are moved to help this deserving family may send checks earmarked for Roger Jackson to the Elkmont church of Christ, 18955 Upper Fork Hampton Road, Elkmont, Alabama 35620, where Steve Ferguson is the Minister. A PayPal account can be accessed by the name: JudyVJackson@yahoo.com, or gifts may be sent directly to their home address: 1802 1/2 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611.

God bless you all.

#christian-living, #christianity, #news

A small snippet of the root of the problem

Schools don’t often make the headlines with good news today.

Mass shootings (murder), children severely assaulting classmates or their teacher, inappropriate clothing being condoned, illegal relationships between students and teachers, rampant drug abuse, and…students calling their teacher ma’am.

You didn’t read that list wrong. A young man was recently punished by his teacher for calling her ma’am.

I understand most teachers are satisfied with Ms., Mrs. or Mr., but what is wrong with a child who shows respect to an authority figure by using ma’am?

I don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill but I will make a big tree out of a small root because I believe this situation is a small snippet of the root of the problem in our culture today; a culture that does not have much respect for life, personal responsibility or authority figures!

A large part of the reason these conditions exist is because these things are not truly expected anymore, not even from children in schools. And it has gotten to the point to when they are shown, the people showing these characteristics are the ones punished as if they are wrong.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)

#culture, #news, #respect

Clean entertainment via meteor shower

I cannot speak for the southern hemisphere but if you live in the northern hemisphere you still have a chance to catch a peak view of the Perseids meter shower tonight.

Check out this story for more details.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1 NKJV)

#nature, #news, #outer-space

Looking out for the interest of others

Good news is something missing from most news stories, but one story circulating some headlines falls into a category that makes it worth talking about … without it being gossip!

It took a personal initiative and the help of 7,000 views from others to make one doctor’s concern about something he saw while watching a TV show worth the effort of going the second mile.

The concern revolved around a lump on the throat of a woman (who was a perfect stranger to the afore-mentioned doctor) buying a house. And while the lump obviously wasn’t bothering the woman, at that time, it bothered the doctor. That’s why he decided to take action. His effort to reach the woman ended up being to her benefit because the lump ending up being cancerous!

Looking out for the interest of others isn’t always the easiest the thing to do. At times it takes some effort driven by concern. And while the effort will not always be appreciated by everyone, it can and will eventually make a big difference in someone’s life.

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:1-5 NKJV)

#help-others, #news, #thinking-of-others

An atheist who gets it

Richard Dawkins actually gets it.

Talk to “evangelical” atheists and it does not take very long before the “Christianity is a dying religion” card is happily played.

My answer to that “card” is Christianity is only “dying” in Western cultures, not worldwide. And I’ll add, from time-to-time, that atheism will miss Christianity when it is gone, because the alternative will not be as accepting of their intolerance. Something else will fill the spiritual vacuum!

The cultures of mankind (and womankind, contrary to the thoughts of this Massachusetts “college” for women) have an unbroken habit of looking to a “higher-power” to worship: religion, politics, or self. It’s unavoidable! When something spiritual is gone, something spiritual will take its place. The “soul” of humanity craves it. Even atheism must admit this, because, according to atheism itself, God is not “real” and all people are born atheists – so where did religion come from?

So go to the “funeral” of Christianity and laugh. But it won’t be long before you go to a “wedding” and mourn.

The prophet visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Because the Syrians said, “The LORD is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys,” I will hand over to you this entire huge army. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”” (1 Kings 20:28 NET)

#atheism, #news, #western-culture

Gates destroyed by fire: Nehemiah 2.3 VOTD

“I replied to the king, ‘O king, live forever! Why would I not appear dejected when the city with the graves of my ancestors lies desolate and its gates destroyed by fire?'”

Nehemiah 2.3

The Jewish cupbearer heard of Jerusalem’s condition and wept. He could not keep his sadness concealed from the pagan king, even at the risk of royal displeasure.

How does news about departures from the faith and congregational troubles affect us? Do we feel the connectedness of our being a part of God’s family?

#sadness #news #VOTD

Now it’s a good idea?

Apparently the Pope is going to introduce the idea that Roman Catholic priests in Brazil should be given the “right” to get married.

Before this announcement one could often talk with a “Catholic Apologist” about the unscriptural nature of refusing to allow a priest to be married and he or she would be accused of being a Catholic basher and sola scripture fanatic. But now, to many Catholics, although undoubtedly to all, this will probably sound like a good idea simply because the Pope will say there is nothing unscriptural about it.

Truth is, people in the Catholic Church have been listening to the wrong Head of the church for well over a millennium (Colossians 1:18).

Read the scriptures and you find that the church has always represented marriage as a good, holy and undefiled right given to all people who meet God’s requirements (Hebrews 13:4) – including church leaders!

As a matter of fact, the scriptures record that a plurality of the apostles were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) as well as using a healthy marriage as a central identifying characteristic of the lives of bishops (pastors, elders, overseers, etc.) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12; Titus 1:5-6).

Must an individual be married to acceptably serve God? Absolutely not! 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:9-12 teaches us that. But no man, or woman, or council has the right to deny the scriptural state of marriage to any member of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

While it may now sound like a good idea to some, according to the Holy Spirit “marriage rights” was never a bad idea to begin with.

#catholicism, #marriage, #news

Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!

The Bible stories about the first man and creation are not true, according to a new investigation. Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!

How many times must the same headline be printed?

Headlines will come and go and the world will continue to turn, upheld by the power of Christ’s word, and people will continue to make a decision as to whether or not they choose to accept or reject Jesus and the book written about him.

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV)

#doubt, #news, #reliability-of-the-bible

A public call for prayer that encountered no protests

No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.

But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!

But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)

#danger, #news, #prayer

Truth creates bizarre allies

Much like the time Pilate and Herod became agreeable due to their dismissive ambiguity (and by that I mean their lack of interest in the repentance, righteousness and truth of the gospel) toward Jesus (Luke 23:4-12), right has the weird ability to make friends out of wrong.

For example, Continue reading

#huffington-post, #news, #western-culture

The intolerable tolerance movement strikes again

You may have heard about Kathy Griffin’s photo by now – you know, the one she thought would make people laugh by holding a decapitated and blood-covered head (or mask) made to look like the current President. This is the same woman who used an expletive aimed directly at Jesus after winning an award a few years back too. She’s a model of the true leftist agenda … preach tolerance but retain none for anyone you disagree with (the photographer of the image has offered no apologies).

Now, the irony of the latest situation Ms. Griffin placed her self in is that somehow she views herself as the victim!

Politics is politics for sure, but make no mistake – when politics takes aim at true morality under the guise of tolerance, the motivation is a lack tolerance for the said morality every time.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)

#intolerance, #liberal-inconsistency, #news

Head in the sand

Ostriches have the undeserved reputation for practicing it, but the western culture is the one that has actually mastered the skill of sticking its head in the sand.

Another terrorist attack and a large part of the focus in some popular media outlets (I’m not talking about TMZ) is revolving around the way “stars” are reacting to the news. Because there aren’t more important ways to talk about this situation I guess?!

Never-mind looking into the mindset that led to the attack – that would be too obvious! Nope, let’s stick our head in the sand and pretend like the problem is the recently elected American president, the stigma of using the word Islamic terrorist or even the explosives used to kill and maim so many people. The problem is the mindset that the media sweeps under the rug … a rug with no sand under it mind you.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4-5)

#news, #western-culture

What does this map represent?

What major 2016 statistic does this map represent? Continue reading

#news, #religious-persecution, #worldwide

Unconscious bias targeted with biased symbols – LOL!

The irony of liberalism can be too much at times – especially when it comes to feminism.

Melbourne, Australia is putting the brakes on the western culture’s “unconscious gender bias” with its new … wait for it … Continue reading

#irony, #news, #western-culture

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12-20-2016 Fake News In The News

“Fake news” is in the news, or is it “fake news” about “fake news?” If “news” is “new information about specific and timely events,” then it may, or may not be “true.” Some refuse to face facts: an election is over; there are illegitimate babies and illegal aliens; education is not, actually; profit is not evil and Christians are not hypocrites! “Truth” is “conformity to fact or reality.” Jesus said He came into the world “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37 NKJV).  Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 NKJV).  Pilate represents people who cannot accept reality, so they question “truth” as if it were “fake news.” Since “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21 NKJV), then there is no “fake news” about Jesus Christ in the Bible. Believe it!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#fake-news, #news, #truth