Our brother Jim Newsted was a Fellow here on TFR several years back. His wife Linda is in hospice care. Please pray for the family.
Jim was always open about his past struggles in understanding the unconditional love of God. He was a great Barnabas for us (one of his self-identified gifts), and we pray he continues to be so.
Before you, Lord, I bow my head,
I know that you in heaven reign;
Upon my face I fall in dread,
My many sins become my pain.
How blessed are we, with blood to save,
With hope to guide, and love embrace,
All things possess, your Spirit gave
A promise soon to see your face. Continue reading
In a bit we take our car to the mechanic, who will keep it during our trip and do some work on it. He’ll leave us at the bus station, where we’ll catch a bus to the airport. We get there quite early this way, but that’s better than more expensive options. Then we catch a plane tonight for Atlanta, then on to Nashville. Then starts the fun. Prayers are welcome for safety and smooth ride.
God bless you all in your service to him.
Our sister in Christ and TFR Fellow Glenda Williams said last night that it appears her mother will not last much longer. She said that separations are hard and requested prayer. Glenda has cared for her 102-year-old mother for a long time.
Show us, O Lord, the transience of the world in the light of heaven, the shortness of time in the light of eternity and the meaning of death in the light of resurrection; through the merits of Christ the Lord. Amen.
—Richard Challoner (1691-1781), Prayer of the Day
Hello! I hope all of our readers are doing well. I wanted to share a potpourri of thoughts with you this Friday morning. We appreciate you very much.
- It is a beautiful sunny day in Southeast Georgia. We ask your prayers that we can get some rain. Our drought is nothing like the Southwest has suffered, but we are double digits below normal for three years. It is sad to see so many ponds dry. Also, continue to pray for rain in the Southwest, they desperately need it.
- I also ask your prayers for me as I continue battling a neurological condition. The pain has been especially bad, lately. I see a new neurologist in two weeks.
- I read that the Baptists in Kentucky are having a symposium on Calvinism. They say that only one of the speakers is a Five-Point Calvinist. I wish they would figure out that the Baptist doctrine of salvation is Calvinist-Lite and return to the truth of Scripture on how to be saved.
BTW, here is a shameless plug for my book on how to be saved.
- On a lighter note, the 17 year-old son of one of my cousins didn’t know who John Wayne was. Moments like these seriously make you feel old. Likewise, I recently realized that in 2014 it will have been 20 years since I finished graduate school at Freed-Hardeman University. Time flies much too quickly.
- I am listening to the Bible on digital audio. As I write, I am listening to Acts 11.
- I am privileged to develop a manuscript on John 21 for the Southeast Georgia Lectureship at Richmond Hill. The lectureship is October 27-28. The last chapter of John is a fascinating study and I look forward to taking it apart and finding the treasures there.
This Sunday morning I will be speaking on James 3:1, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”
Of this passage, Burton Coffman writes:
“James did not seek to discourage any who might have been qualified for such work. As Harper suggested, ‘His words were meant to remind us of our responsibilities, rather than to deter us from our duties.'”
We must not allow this passage to be a path of rationalization to avoid evangelism. We must all become more knowledgeable about Scripture. What thoughts do you have on this verse?
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