I will soon reach 66, but I will not retire. I am weary but I will not quit. I am laughed at and ridiculed both behind my back and to my face, but I will not cease to proclaim and preach the will of God. Long ago Hosea declared, “The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have arrived. Israel knows! The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is insane, because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.” So I am a fool, let it be said, and I will die a fool. For I have no plan to refrain in silence from trumpeting God’s will and denouncing the devil and all who demonize our world. Call me a fool if you will, it matters not. For I will be a fool for Christ’s sake. But be forewarned. You cannot take burning coals into your bosom and not be burned. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
In the context of Matthew 10, Jesus is telling his twelve disciples what to expect when they go from city to city, preaching the gospel. He explains to them that the world will hate them because of the message they preach – including those of their own household (Matthew 10:16-22). He then tells them to preach the whole gospel without fear (Matthew 10:26-27), the only person to fear is the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).
In Matthew 10:31, He then goes to to say that the disciples are of far more value than that of mere sparrows, therefore, they are not to “fear” what man can do to them – God will take care of them, even in death (Matthew 10:29-31; cf. Romans 8:28-39; cf. Psalm 116:15; Revelation 14:12-13).
When Jesus rides in our boat, there is absolutely nothing to fear: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/02/05/when-jesus-rides-in-our-boat-2/
The older I get, the more I realize the less time I have on earth, and thus, the more I realize how precious time is: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/02/11/appreciating-the-value-of-time/. Once time is gone, it can never be reclaimed. Do I waste time? Not that I know of. I’m always busy taking care of my wife, working in the yard, paying bills, grocery shopping, preparing daily meals, studying the Bible, writing articles, reading good books and publications produced by faithful proclaimers of God’s word, preaching and teaching. Doing all of this plus working as a library substitute for our local school district, keeps me plenty busy – never have time to be bored, that’s for certain.
I do watch the news and weather on television, plus two weekly shows, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Don’t know if that’s wasted time or not, because both shows motivate me to use my mind in figuring out the plots.
The last true evangelist that I’ve known who lived what he preached, was Brother Dan Gibson, who preached for our Montana Street congregation for approximately seven years. He has since retired, he and his wife moving to Conroe, Texas to be close to their children.
He and his wife Joy, are now members of the Longmire congregation http://www.longmirechurchofchrist.com/longmirecc/welcome, where he now preaches part time. He also oversees the congregation’s educational program, making sure that the materials used in their Bible classes, coincides with clear Bible teaching.
Brother Dan is truly a man of the Book. I love and miss he and his wife dearly. I call him every weekend to see how he and his wife are getting along healthwise (they are in their late 70’s). Such faithful preachers in the brotherhood, are few and far between (and getting fewer by the day).
The “little ones” in my life is my congregation of loving and caring people who help me when I’m in financial straits. Conversely, I help them in preaching and teaching the sound gospel of Christ (or whatever else needs to be done). We help one another, and in so doing, both of us are richly blessed by the Lord.
I definitely lean to the extrovert side. Naturally, a 6 maybe 7. Like Mike, I push myself to be more outgoing. I do enjoy interacting with people and can meet and greet most with ease. Teaching the adult class at church, moderating and guiding the discussion is pure fun. Preaching is different. Sometimes I feel close to enjoying it, but that feeling can soon pass in favor of feeling pressure.
I don’t like to be in very large crowds, like busy urban malls, shoulder-to-shoulder amusement parks, and packed stadiums. I do need my daily alone time, otherwise my discomfort level begins to rise. Speaking in front of people I don’t know, requires lots of self-talk interspersed with brief prayers.
What are my talents? Well, I can do a little preaching, lead singing, lead in prayer, conduct an adult Bible class, present a Bible lesson at the Veteran’s Home every 3rd Saturday morning, write a few Bible-related articles. And anything else that the elders need me to do.
What saying of Jesus resonates most? The one found in Luke 12:48-NKJV:
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
In addition to our spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), Christians have been given a great responsibility (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-116; cf. 2 Timothy 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:1-2). We’ve been entrusted with the gospel of Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:4; cf. 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14). What a responsibility that is!
We’ve also been given various abilities (Matthew 25:14-30) to carry out the above responsibility. We’ll be judged on how we used our abilities respective of the opportunities that came our way. Did we take advantage of every opportunity to preach and teach Christ to others, or did we miss a few?
Luke 12:48 makes us think inwardly, doesn’t it?
I’m including an article relative to the above Scripture:
While reading the local newspaper this morning, I noticed this article by “Reverend” Kati L. Houts, the senior pastor, Metropolitan Community Church of El Paso. In her article entitled, “Think Outside The Box and See World In New Ways,” she opines that our society needs to “think out of the box” regarding same-sex marriages.
A quote from the article regarding “diversities”:
“Those who interpret the Bible literally refuse to look at life or people in all their diversities. These diversities are gifts from God and add to the richness and beauty of creation. Thinking outside the box requires openness to new ways of seeing the world and a willingness to explore.”
The word we need to replace “diversities” with in the above paragraph, is the word “perverse,” and then add “lifestyles” to it. For “Reverend” Houts’ benefit, Christians don’t refuse to look at life or people in all their diversities, we look at life through the eyes of faith (Romans 10:17), and come to the only conclusion possible – that homosexuality and same-sex marriages are perverse in God’s eyes – an “abomination” worthy of death (Romans 1:25-27; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13).
The “Reverend” goes on to say:
“The issue of same-sex marriage will never be solved by the various religious factions.”
She is correct in this statement, because God’s decrees are not based on “various religious factions” but are based upon His sovereignty and authority as Creator.
She then states two words that are the downfall of religious entities, “I believe” instead of “What does the Bible say” on the matter? http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/07/i-believe-or-the-bible-says/
“Reverend” Houts then states:
“The benefits of a legal marriage do not apply to those who choose not to marry or those who cannot legally marry due to an antiquated law that defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman.”
Yes, God’s law regarding marriage being between a man and a women is indeed “old” (about 6,000 years worth), but certainly not “antiquated.” It’s still in effect today (Matthew 19:1-6). Then she quotes the definition of marriage from Merriam and Webster’s online dictionary. Fortunately, God’s law is not based on that dictionary.
Lastly, “Reverend” Houts praises God for “thinking outside the box!”
The only “box” the “Reverend” is going to be “thinking out of,” is the box the undertaker will put her in at her demise. Then, she will face the Creator in person. Only then will she come to realize the results of her “diversified” thinking.
Brethren, the world is one sad shape. May God give us the spiritual backbone to stand up and preach/teach the totality of God’s truth without reservation (Philippians 2:12-16; cf. Acts 20:17-27).
The Montana Street congregation faithfully adheres to and steadfastly promotes the faith. We help support the Lord’s work in Juarez, Mexico and in India. We help support our Spanish congregation in their efforts to teach and preach the gospel. We engage in a weekly television broadcast, preaching God’s word in El Paso and surrounding counties. We host the area wide singing of congregations here in El Paso. We also conduct a devotional at the local Veteran’s Home every fifth Saturday.