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Glenstone Baptist Church, July, 2017

LET FREEDOM RING!

This is the month of July, the month when freedom is celebrated.  We rejoice in our freedoms, both political and religious freedoms. 

Eula and I had the privilege of seeing the Liberty Bell a number of years ago when we were going through Philadelphia.  It was a thrilling experience for us for we realized it to be an expression of the freedoms that are ours to enjoy in our great country.

Houses these days have mud rooms.  Realtors are very careful to point them out to prospective buyers.  They are places for putting on or removing outer clothing when leaving or entering, particularly in times of bad weather.

Where I grew up in south central Missouri, we did not have mud rooms, but we did have mud.  Our roads were dirt roads and not paved.  Consequently, in the spring of the year, the roads were very muddy and we wore 3 or 4 buckle overshoes on the way to school or in the barnyard when we did our daily chores.  There was no way to escape mud as we went about our daily activities.  Frequently, as I walked to school in the spring of the year, I would stop and attempt to sling the mud from my feet so the walking would be a bit easier.

The Psalmist recognized this problem for he says in Ps 40:2  “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”  Certainly this would have been an ideal solution in my sight.

As we think about freedom, we need to consider that we have a greater need for freedom from sin than any other need which we experience.

For the fact is, sin attaches to each of us as we go through our daily lives.  There is no escaping it, nor is there any place to take it off when we get home.  Of course, we sin even though we are at home.  It attaches to us though we desire that we not be affected by it.  We need a mud room where we can divest ourselves of sin.

But, there is a far more effective way of dealing with the “sin that so easily besets us”.  It is removed completely and for all time by trusting in Jesus as our Savior.  The Bible speaks of Him as the Son of God, who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

Although this will not guarantee freedom from every force that oppresses, it does deliver us from the threat of the worst force in the world, the power of Satan, and the evil destiny which he offers.

GO TEAM for JULY

Go Team for July will take on a different nature this month.  Instead of meeting at church with a program and then lunch, the group will meet at Incredible Pizza at 2850 S. Campbell Avenue.  This will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on July 18th, and will be a time of visiting and eating, with NO program.  A special friend will be present for the day.

The cost will be $7.00 per person which must be paid in advance.  This will cover the meal, the room and a tip.  Money may be given to Karen Davis or Suzanne Williams.

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

HERD

As we traveled to our family reunion recently, we saw a large number of cows standing together in one field.  Someone raised the question, “What are they all doing?”

To which someone replied, “They are listening to see what the others herd.”

WRONG IS ALWAYS WRONG

In a period of loose and sagging morals, Satan provides many rationalizations for improper behavior.  Those who would live faithful Christian lives must not be “ignorant of his devices”.  (2 Cor. 2:11)  Wrong is always wrong despite our efforts to excuse our actions.

 

   WRONG IS WRONG, EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET CAUGHT.  Proverbs 15:3

   WRONG IS WRONG, EVEN IF YOU DO IT FOR A GOOD CAUSE.  1John 3:4; 5:17; &   2 John 9.

   WRONG IS WRONG, EVEN IF OTHERS ARE DOING WORSE THINGS.  Proverbs 24:9.

   WRONG IS WRONG, EVEN IF IT DOESN’T BOTHER YOUR CONSCIENCE.  Galatians 6:7

   WRONG IS WRONG, EVEN IF IT IS COMMONLY CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE.  Exodus 23:2; Proverbs 4:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

 

   REMEMBER, THERE IS NEVER A RIGHT WAY TO DO A WRONG!

                                    __Pat McGee

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A WEEKEND JOKE

Wife calls her husband and says, "Darling, the car is broken, it won't start." "What?! It's in perfect order, what's wrong with it?" "It's water in the carburetor, love." "Oh no, where are you right now?" "Um, in the little lake behind the house?"

THE DEVIL’S BEATITUDES

(Perhaps you have seen this article in some other publication.  I have, but it is so good I am printing it in case you haven’t seen it.)

  Blessed are those who are too tired and busy to assemble with the church on Sunday; for they are some of my best workers.

  Blessed are they who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and mistakes; for they get nothing out of the sermon.

  Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church; for he is important to me.

  Blessed are they who do not meet with the church on Sunday; for they cause the world to say, “The church is Failing.”

  Blessed are they who are easily offended; for they get angry and quit.

  Blessed are they who do not give to carry on God’s work and mission; for they are my helpers.

  Blessed are the troublemakers; for they shall be called the children of the devil.

  Blessed is he who professes to love God, but hates his brother; for he will be with me forever.

  Blessed is he who has no time to pray; for he shall be easy prey for me.

 “Even if you are too deaf to hear the preacher, the church is still a good place for listening to God.”

                                    __J. A. Holmes

TEACHER’S AID

With the economy improved, a certain young man, Pat, finally found a job in electrical engineering.  Pat traveled to various locales to analyze and fix problems which had arisen with his company’s equipment.  Yet it frustrated him that his employer gave him little training.

   One day Pat heard about some training classes coming up and asked if he might attend.

   “Oh, sure,” his boss said.  “You’re going to be the instructor.”