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 Glenstone Baptist Church, February, 2018

CROWDS AROUND JESUS

Have you ever noticed how the Gospels speak of the crowds which flocked around Jesus during His lifetime and ministry?  Although the masses anticipated their Messiah coming as both a political and religious leader, yet He did not match their assumptions.  Artists today usually portray Jesus in a white robe.  Would the carpenter of Nazareth be dressed like that?  In actuality, He likely was not distinguishable in appearance from the average person of His day.  Yet the crowds came.  Why?

A number of reasons may be given.  One may have been His voice of authority.  It was unlike that of the scribes, who spoke of the scriptures as what one or the other of the great scholars may have said about the passage, but Jesus told them in a meaningful way what it meant.  He did not mince words nor refer to some other authority.  The fact is that His interpretations of the Commandments were more to the people’s advantage than they were for the religious leaders.

Another reason likely is that He showed His care and concern for them.  For instance, He noted that the multitude listening to Him was tired and hungry.  Not every preacher identifies with the physical needs of his congregation.  The religious leaders consistently showed little or no concern for the masses.

 He also cared about their physical condition.  Although He did not heal every person who had a need, He did so at times and for particular reasons.  Obviously the people recognized His power, even though He did not demonstrate it at all times.

Can you imagine a person in any culture who did not let the culture shape him in any way, but instead demonstrated living in a way that would show the people that it was possible to live in God’s prescribed way?

Another reason the crowds followed Him was likely the fact that He was not a puppet of the Roman government or any other.  While He was not a revolutionary person, He was amenable to the laws of the land.  Only the Jewish religious leaders ever accused Him of being otherwise.

He never played favorites, nor did He tout Himself as the greatest human ever to walk the earth, although He was.  He was totally approachable whether by small children, blind beggars or leaders of the religious parties which existed in that day.

Undoubtedly, there were some who came simply from curiosity.  That is a normal occurrence for any day or place. 

One major reason for the crowds willingness to hear Jesus was that He offered forgiveness for their sins.  This was much more than their religious leaders could or would do.

Go Team

We will meet on the usual date, Tuesday, Feb 20 at 11 am and Barbara & 
Dr Robert Kipfer will do a presentation on Bison.  They will also be 
bringing lots of boxes of goodies to show us. 
He's a retired physician & hospital administrator and she is a retired 
nurse & nursing instructor, and they have done medical and leisure 
trips to many countries....they also are interested in conservation 
and do presentations on many topics.  We will have the usual pot luck 
after their talk.

KNOCK ON WOOD

Three sisters, 72, 74, and 76 live in a house together.  One night the 76-year-old draws a bath.  She puts her foot in and pauses.  She yells down the stairs.  “Was I getting in or out of the bath?”

The 74 year-old yells back.  “I don’t know.  I’ll come up and see.”  She starts up the stairs and pauses.  Then she yells, “Was I going up the stairs or down?” 

The 72-year-old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters.  She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.”  She knocks on wood for good measure.  She then yells, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

  1. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.
  2. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
  3. He who hesitates is probably right.
  4. If you think there is good in everyone, you probably haven’t met everyone.
  5. If you can smile when things go wrong, you probably have someone in mind to blame.
  6. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
  7. Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words “The” and “IRS” together it spells THEIRS?
  8. There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.  For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.
  9. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  10. Don’t assume malice for what stupidity can explain.A penny saved is a government oversight.
  11. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

HOW COLD IS IT?

 When temperatures plunged to 26 degrees below zero, the Rockford, Illinois Register Star asked its readers to finish the sentence, “It was so cold that...”  Here are some of the responses turned in:

...Our snowman begged us not to leave him out another night.

...even my soft water was hard.

...we lit a candle and the flame froze, so we couldn’t blow it out.

...even the world leaders couldn’t get into a heated argument.

...when I went out, my shadow froze to the sidewalk.

...when I called home to Arizona, the message caused the cactus to frost over.

...I baked a cake and put it outside to cool.  A  half-hour later it was frosted.

...you could freeze an egg on the sidewalk.

...I saw a fish jump in the river and the splash froze.

...I had to go up and break the smoke off my chimney.

...we opened the refrigerator to heat the house.

...my false teeth chattered and they weren’t even in my mouth.

...I looked out the window and I saw a cottontail pushing a jack rabbit to get it started.

...when police saw a bank robbery suspect and said, “Freeze!” he did.

...I put the meat in the freezer to defrost.

...I saw a 32nd degree Mason and he was down to 15.

Interesting Church Signs

1. Church Parking Lot Sign: "For Members Only. Trespassers will be baptized."

2. "No God-No Peace ... Know God-Know Peace."

3. "Free trip to heaven. Details inside!"

4. "Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins'."

5. "Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!"

6. An ad for one church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads, "For fast relief, take two tablets."

7. When the restaurant next to a church put out a big sign with red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own message, "We are open on Sundays, too."