A Summer Like None Other

This summer has been one for the books! Not sure why such misfortune has come our way nor the lessons to be learned but I believe God has a purpose in all He does. 

I still affirm Him and claim the promises of scripture that “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” 

Just far this summer my family and I have experienced, not necessarily in chronological order and not an exhaustive list…

  1. Riding mower quit working. The cause still not diagnosed. Cutting our lawn with a push mower is like a personal iron-man competition. 
  2. Increased stress level at our jobs. For Real!!!
  3. Health issues abounding
  4. Motorcycle wrecked. Praise God no one got seriously hurt. The hit and run driver in the car fled the scene, later identified and not charged. One word against another. 
  5. $ spent to replace plastic on motorcycle only to have…
  6. Someone steal the motorcycle. Thief caught but released on ‘personal recognizances’ bond. Now I ask you, how can a thief be expected to keep his word when he lied in the act of stealing? 
  7. Kia Sorento returned to dealership for refusal to honor their warranty. No way were we going to make payments on a vehicle needing costly repair that was under warranty and Kia Dealership refused to make right. Paperwork provided proved our role in maintaining the vehicle. Only 38,000 miles. Thanks Kia Motors! 
  8. The remaining ride being shared by the three of us is an Envoy (has +209,000 miles). It was taken for an oil change and returned. A day later My wife and I noticed the cruise control stopped working, the check engine light on, and a warning light of ‘reduced engine speed’ coming on. 
  9. Downturn in economy adversely affecting our small business. Income taking a drastic hit! Ouch!
  10. There’s more but you get the picture. 

However, we will get through all this because ‘with God, all things are possible.’ He will ‘supply all our needs according to His riches in glory.’ God will do this because He promises. I can state it, expect it, pray for it and hope for it. However, it is for God to decide the when, where and how. Our position is to trust God. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Kneeling for the National Anthem of the USA

Appropriate Responses: 

Pastor Jerry Vines was the Co-pastor of Jacksonville First Baptist Church when he testified of an occasion when he and his wife were invited to the White House for dinner when Bill Clinton was president. In honor of the office of the presidency, Brother Vines and his wife stood when Bill Clinton was announced and entered the room. In protest of Bill’s relationship with Monica they did not clap. Appropriate Response. 

I propose a like-minded response to those who refuse to stand for the National Anthem of the USA. Just as a person protests a speaker by turning his back to him whenever they speak, I propose the fans turn their back to Brandon Marshall, Colin Kaepernick and the others who will join the bandwagon, whenever they are performing. 

You don’t have to agree with everything going on in America to show honor and respect to its citizens. It is a general statement of allegiance and not a specific act within America to stand with dignity during the national anthem. Any one of us can find some atrocities within America. In spite of them I respect and honor the fighting men and women of our armed forces both past, present, and future. 

Untill Next Time,

Hoss

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Truth and Love in Balance

I wanted to share this quote: 

Zeal for the truth must be balanced by love for people. Truth without love has no decency; it’s just brutality. On the other hand, love without truth has no character:  it’s just hypocrisy. 

John McArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, page 106

Some people want to focus on the love of God to the extreme creating an imbalance where the truth of God is relegated to mere facts. It distorts the importance of having a healthy balance of God’s love which isn’t tainted by the minimizing of God’s truth. 

To be Christlike is “the perfect expression of truth and the perfect expression of love.” (Ibid. p. 106)

Until next time,

Hoss

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Man is he pisssst!

I’m not much for the title but it is what it is. There’s a story behind it so here goes. 

July 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana ‘French Quarter’. I was strolling down the sidewalk, window shopping and just taking in the sights. I was approaching my seventeenth birthday.

This was a few years before I became a born again Christian. The Lord must have already been dealing with me about my salvation. I say that because of my anger to a T-shirt I read. Here’s the inscription. ‘Jesus is coming and man is he pisssst! 

I really didn’t like the inscription. I still don’t. However to be honest with you, I sometimes think Jesus is not at all happy with how things are going in His church, in the country and in the families. I know He’s not surprised by it but certainly not pleased.

Wonder if anyone else feels the same? Do you think Jesus is angry with the condition of the world? Are you angry with what we who call ourselves born again Christians with the current climate of our country? 

Until next time,

Hoss

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And Jesus was Amazed

Maybe it just me? Perhaps I’m reading more into than I should? I know I’ve read in the bible where the people were amazed at Jesus for one reason or another. Amazement seems to imply to be astonished or surprised. That’s how I’ve thought of being amazed. It’s being in a sense of ‘Wow.’ 

So to read where Jesus was amazed kinda caught me by surprise. He is so aware of what goes on, yet He wondered or marveled in this instance. I have read the verse many times. For some reason it struck a little different. Here is the verse and the reason Jesus was amazed. 

“And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.” Mark‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬ http://bible.com/100/mrk.6.6.nasb

“He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬ http://bible.com/111/mrk.6.6.niv

I would say Jesus is still amazed and for the same reason. 

Until next time,

Hoss

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NewSpring Church & Forgiveness 

Forgiveness is not selective. It is all encompassing. 

Local news and Social Media are keeping the events at the local mega church, NewSpring Church, before our eyes all week. Pastor Perry Noble was removed from his role as pastor last Sunday July 10, 2016. 

While you might like for me to get into a dialogue of the particulars of the incident, I’m going to disappoint you. I’m not interested in character assassination or dissecting a local congregation of believers. I confess I’ve not been a fan or follower of Mr. Noble nor of certain practices of the fellowship. However, I’ll tell you what I am a fan of. 

First I’m a fan of holding a person, any person, accountable for their actions. Particularly if they are in a leadership position. I commend the staff for dealing with the situation in what appears to be a loving Christian manner. 

I’m also a fan of congregational forgiveness. Regardless of the sin or what ‘level’ of sin some might consider the offense, for the congregation to stand alongside their leader in his decision to get back to where God wants him is biblical. 

Forgiveness is not automatic. It should be genuine and biblically practiced. It is to be widespread. Let me demonstrate with a true story. In the early 1990’s I listened to the Ref. Charles Stanley from Atlanta First Baptist tell of a personal experience he had in a Atlanta bus station or airport. I forget which venue it happened at. I listened with much interest because of my regard for Rev. C. Stanley. 

The very next Sunday I sat in my local church and listened to the guest speaker for that Sunday morning. He was a young high school student going into the ministry. As he delivered the morning message, he began to tell of a personal experience he recently had. It was virtually word for word with what Rev. C. Stanley had shared just a few days earlier on his radio program. 

I’ve never forgotten it. I think of the guys youth and place a level of trust in the hope he has grown to be more Carrefour in the illustrations he employs. That young man has grown up and just recently been placed as an interim leader of a large mega church. Forgiveness doesn’t need to be selective but available to all and in all cases where it is needed. Forgiveness is warranted here. It was an error in judgment. I forgive him. Even if it is remembered, I can forgive. In fact I use it as a call to action in my use of illustrations etc…

I’m also a fan of a person owning up to their sin. I commend Mr. Noble for seeking treatment and acknowledging his failure. I wish him a deliberate, ongoing, recovery showered in the grace and love of Almighty God. 

I wish forgiveness was as quickly broadcasted for others as it has been here. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Fixing the baby’s bottle

I met with a group of men yesterday morning for breakfast, prayer, and bible study. It’s an accountability group. One of the men, Jon, shared an analogy of how we often react to God’s work in our lives. His analogy went something like this. A baby will fuss and whine and show his displeasure at its parents when it is hungry and wants to be fed. Little does the baby realize mom or dad is busy fixing the bottle. It’s not like mom or dad isn’t doing something for the baby. It’s just that the baby is not aware how busy they are in getting what it needs. As Christians we often whine, cry and complaine to God for not taking action when all along He is quite busy working for us! 

As a new grandparent I’ve recently watched this scene played out a few times. As I thought about this analogy I was impressed to take it a step further. For instance, some parents will try to calm and satisfy the hungry whining baby with a pacifier while working to get the bottle ready.

For some babies the pacifier does its job and pacifies the little tot for a short period. Other babies not so much. They just spit the thing out and cry and whine all the more. 

Ever wonder if we Christians ever get tired of waiting on God or just figure He isn’t doing anything to satisfy our need. The result is finding some other object to pacify us while we wait. That “pacifier” may not be what God wants for us. He may be some activity, event or preoccupation to satisfy us while we wait. It may very well be something which is really bad for us. Embracing false doctrine, leaning towards apostasy, rebellion, denial, dabbing into sinful lust and lifestyle. God is given up on and cast aside for weak unfulfilling replacements.

“But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”” John‬ ‭6:61-69‬ ‭NASB‬‬


Just because we don’t see God at work to satisfy our needs doesn’t mean He isn’t busy. My brothers and sister, do not cast God aside and exchange Him for temporal fulfillment. 

There are some good pacifiers. What to do while you wait on God? Choose these pacifiers. Be in prayer. Be active in bible study. And be active in witnessing for God.

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Until next time,

Hoss

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