The American Dread

The  American Dream, Dread

(Subtitle: The Weariness of Reality)

  • Wake up to more problems than pleasure.
  • Walk daily to more trials than triumphs.
  • My companion is more heartache than happiness.
  • The journey is filled with more junk than joy.
  • Travel each path with more despair than delight.
  • Surrounded with the unemployed living off the employed.
  • Sights and sounds of the druggies partying while the taxpayer struggles to pay for their dope.
  • Deadbeats go for free medical treatment while the insured get showered with medical fees.
  • Criminals get a slap on the wrist while the law-abiding are pounded with requests for donations.
  • Children having babies they think are toy dolls only to mistreat them and hurt them.
  • Beautiful artwork cover ups a beautiful person. 
  • The melodies of your lips are saturated with vulgar and filth. Whose did you say you are? 
  • The killing of a six pack leads to a killing.
  • She’s a beauty in bed even though she’s not in her husband’s. 
  • He’s your hunk although borrowed for a few moments from his wife. 
  • You Just Don’t Give A Care. 
  • As Long As You’re Not Hurting.
  • So, What The Hell! Deal With It! Right?

Until Next Time,


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Four Categories of Wisdom

Proverbs was written for the purpose to make one wise. However not all will take their knowledge and use it to become wise. You might find that proverbs list four categories of wisdom or the lack thereof. (See Proverbs 1:4)

  1. There is the wise person. A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (‭Proverbs‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NASB)
  2. There is the foolish person. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, (‭Proverbs‬ ‭1‬:‭1-2‬ NASB) A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬ NASB) A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭10‬ NASB)
  3. There is the scornful person. A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NASB) Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭22‬:‭10‬ NASB)
  4. There is the simple naive person. The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭15‬ NASB) Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me. A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭11-12‬ NASB)

Source: notes from graduation ceremony delivered by Dr. Thomas L. Tatum, sEnior Pastor East Belmont Church of God, Charlotte, NC.

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Check Back In A Year

From the little “family chapel” type of church to the ‘mega-church’ come reports of baptisms and confessions of faith. Some of the average size congregations can become disheartened and critical of the reports of hundreds of professions from the mega church and their combined satellites. 

When a great number of people respond when there is believed no clear presentation of the true gospel of Jesus Christ and what one must do biblically in order to be true saved, skeptics likely rears its head. The cynicism is often revealed by the question, “Wonder just how many of the really got saved?” 

The answer for any size church is with the suggestion to ‘Check Back In A Year.’ You can get a better gauge of what took and maybe what could have been an emotional moment without true saving faith. Is the person who made a profession of faith still attending worship. Are they active in the local assembly even after a year?

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The Response of the Forgiven

The Response of the Forgiven

Luke 7:36-48

I. The Request of the Pharisee (36)

36) Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.No one was excluded from the attention of Jesus.

  • The house of Simon was a house of the rich.
  • Simon was one of the Separated ones.

II. The Response of the repentant: (37-38)

37) And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 

38) and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 

  • The woman was reacting to a conviction which needed forgiven or from one which was recently forgiven. 
  • The woman was a bad woman. Likely a prostitute.
  • She approached Jesus in spite of everything else around her. Nothing was going to get in her way.
  • She came to Jesus in humility. 
  • She gave what was most valuable to her to Jesus to demonstrate the thankfulness of her forgiveness.
  • Like all Jewish women, she wore a little phial (vial) of concentrated perfume; they were called Alabasters. 

III. The Remark of the self-righteous (39)

39) Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.” Simon considered himself a better person than the repentant woman.

  • Simon also considered his judgment, opinions, and behavior to be better than others. He expected others to (Jesus) to judge and act like him. 
  • Simon sensed no need for forgiveness or repentance.

IV. The Reactions illustrated (40-43)
40) And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 

41) “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 

42) When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 

43) Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 

  • Jesus wanted the undivided attention. That is he wanted everyone at the table to stop, look, and listen.
  • From this point on Jesus is answering the thoughts of Simon.
  • The point of the parable is to illustrate The Grace of God in freely forgiving sin.

V. The Redeeming work of Jesus. (44-50)
44) Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 

45) You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 

46) You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 

47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 

48) Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” (Luke 7:36-48 NASB)

  • Jesus deserved more than common courtesy
  • Jesus is the One who had the power to forgive sin
  • Jesus was the One whom the people needed to ask about
  • Jesus is the One who did save the repentant.

What is remembered most from this passage?

That a woman shed tears on the feet of Jesus as she wiped His feet with her hair as she poured costly perfume onto his feet. 

What do you suppose Jesus wants us to remember most from this passage?

That Jesus is the One who forgives sin and forgiveness is for the truly repentant.

What do you suppose we as a body of Jesus Christ should also take away from this passage?

That our self-righteousness can get in the way of our own forgiveness, the forgiveness of others and the work of God in the body of Christ. 

My friends, the reason many churches do not flourish is because of the people who make up that local fellowship will not forgive one another. 

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Address Unknown

The story is told of a man who was a constant witness for the Lord. All throughout his life he would tell others about the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a good witness. 

His desire to be a witness lead him him to find some way to still warn others even after his death. It dawned on him how people like to read tombstones as they walked through cemeteries. Therefore, he decided to have these lines written on his tombstone for all to read: 

“As you are now so once was I, prepare my friend to follow me.” 

However, Someone passing by decided to add these lines:

“To follow you is not my intent until I know which way you went!” 

So many in this world live a double life. Church-goers on Sunday and devil-acting demons the rest of the week. Talk like a saint in church, cuss like a sailor at work. 

The sad reality is when they die most who know them and are honest with themselves know the writing on the tombstone just as well should read, “Address Unknown.” It’s anybody guess whether they were truly saved or not. 

My friend, live in such a way that, should you profess salvation in Jesus Christ, your marker can stand as a testament to your eternal home. 

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Two Ways to Defend Accusations of Judging

Every time a believer speaks in opposition to what the world supports the cries come from the rafters to the highest mountains to the lowest valleys and deepest basements. That cry is, “you have no right to judge me.” Or some form of that sentiment.

Here are two ways to defend the accusation that you are judging. They both must be present. 

The first is to: preface your comment with “Thus Saith The Lord.” 

The second way to defend the accusation that you are judging is to: make certain the Lord actually saids it! 

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The Spiritual Element

There is a spiritual element to every decision we make, every course we take and every direction we journey. 

How often we forget and neglect such a truth. 

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