Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing the things that are said to be--
Said one to another: "Now listen you two
There's a certain rumor, but it can't be true'
That man descended from our noble race-
Why, the very idea; it's a disgrace.
No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life.
Nor did ever a mother-monkey
Leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to another
'Till they scarcely knew who was their mother.
And another thing you'll never see
A monkey building a nest around a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monkeys to have a taste.
Why, if I build a fence around a coconut tree,
Starvation would cause me to distribute to you.
Here's another thing that a monkey won't do:
Go out at night and get on a stew;
Or use a gun, a club, or a knife
To take another monkey's life.
Yes, Man descended the ornery cuss!
But Brother, he didn't descend from us."
“do not be unequally yoked”: This is based on Deut. 22:9 which prohibited the yoking of two different animals. It, of course, speaks of joining two things that should not be joined. Clark says, “A very wise and very holy man was given his judgment on this point: ‘A man who is truly pious, marrying with an unconverted woman, will either draw back to perdition, or have a cross during life. The same may be said of a pious woman marrying an unconverted man. Such persons cannot say this petition of the Lord’s prayer, Lead us not into temptation. They plunge into it of their own accord.”’
However, Paul is speaking about much more than simply marriage. It applies really to anything that is not of God being allowed to influence our thinking. The issue at stake is influence. I.e. books, movies, television, magazines and relationships.
We all like to think that we can be around ungodly things and not be influenced. Paul reminded them in 1 Cor. 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
“If God had set aside His wrath or His justice to save sinners, then the Cross, instead of being a demonstration of love, is instead an exhibition of unspeakable cruelty and injustice, and of one man’s misguided attempts at do-goodism. If sin could just be excused, then it never needed to be satisfied in the first place!”
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Oprah? Beck? Palin? - Christian or not? (OneNewsNow.com)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Johnny's Mother looked out the window and noticed him "playing church" with their cat. He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work.
A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back To the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water. She called out, "Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!" Johnny looked up at her and said, "He should have thought about that before he joined my church."
Saturday, December 11, 2010
After winding down an elementary Christmas play Friday night; my Saturday started at 8:30am when Jannett and I ran over to the school and took down all of the Christmas decorations; including an 8 ft. Christmas tree; stuffed them into our little Mazda 323; carried them over to the restaurant and set them back up for our scheduled staff Christmas party that night at 4:00pm. In the end, it was a success. The boys and I got to lead in a few Christmas carols and read the Christmas story. Unfortunately, I popped a “G” string on the first song and the restaurant was a little loud for the occasion. However, in the end, the food and the fellowship were excellent. Conclusion? We have a great group of teachers and staff at ICSL (International Christian School of Lima)!
Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city. The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama." The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theatre built in the house." The third said, "I had my Mercedes=dealer deliver an SL600 to her." The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it." The other brothers were impressed.
After the holidays, Mom sent out her Thank You notes. She wrote: " Milton, the house you built is so huge I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house; Thanks anyway." "Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks." "Michael, you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound. It could hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead. I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same." "Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."
Friday, December 10, 2010
We are looking at a very busy weekend. We have an elementary program tonight at the school called “Mayhem in Bethlehem” and then we have our staff Christmas party tomorrow night. Both of which Jannett is decorating for, I’m recording and leading worship with my boys. Hey, it’s a family affair!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I’ve been reading Spurgeon’s “Lectures to My Students” and it’s awesome. Read it if you haven’t already. He said in “The Minister’s Self-Watch”, “No phase of evil presents so marvelous a power for destruction, as the unconverted minister of a parish, with a £1,200 organ, a choir of ungodly singers, and an aristocratic congregation.” Wow!