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The Mind Numbing Ponderings Of A Pulpit Preacher

The Woman Caught in Adultery: A lesson on Gossip??????

TEXT: John 8:1-11

We know the story well. A woman is caught red handed and a mob drags her through town. They throw the woman down in the Lord’s presence and start hurling accusations. This was done to trap Jesus so they could accuse him as well. Christ reaction was remarkable. He demonstrated courage and wisdom. Such intestinal fortitude; His reaction defined the stuff that REAL MEN are made of. His reaction………..  silence.

Of course the mob kept pushing and pushing and pushing until the Lord felt the need to make three statements.

1.Let the person who has never sinned cast the first stone

2. (To the woman) Where are your accusers

3. (And finally) Neither do I accuse you, don’t do it again.

Talking about nipping it in the bud!  Imagine the divisive chaos that would have occurred if Christ had responded differently or worse, If he had joined in on the tirade of hate.

While the point of the story is power of forgiveness, a point “in the story” is a lesson on gossip.  Too often when people are approached with accusations ( be they true or not) their response is drastically different than that of Christ. Such responses lead to gossip, slander and hypocrisy. The result being destroyed reputations, ungodly divisions and ruined lives.

A good rule is this; when you hear rumors and accusations either react as if you never heard it or talk to those involved. Jesus did both and that settled the matter.

HE is a great example.

August 19, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | 1 Comment

Songbook

Here is a supplemental songbook that I put together. The only requirement for use is the purchase of a CCLI.

Download here

For information concerning CCLI click here

August 10, 2011 Posted by | E-Books, Sheet Music | Leave a comment

5 Challenges

I CHALLENGE YOU…………


1. To Make A Personal Testimony

Mark 5:19

Jesus said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

2.  To Invite a stranger

Matthew 25:35

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

3.  To study a little more

Acts 17:11

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

4.  To ask questions and to seek answers

John 3:1-5

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

5.  To Pray for an enemy 

Matthew 5:43-44

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

If you do these things you will never be the same.

August 10, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study, Church Growth | Leave a comment

LABELS!

Liberal! Conservative! Legalist! Pharisee!  Change Agent! Hobby Rider! I’ve heard them all. In fact, I’ve been called them all.

I guess it’s human nature to try to categorize things and people. Unfortunately such classifications have little thought behind them.

I’ve been called a liberal because I use other versions besides the KJV in my studies. I’ve been called a Change Agent because I’ve used Power Point. I’ve been called a legalist because I enjoy worship songs that are older than I am. I’ve been called a hobby rider because of my insistence that we should teach the rudiments of music to improve our singing.  I’ve been called a Pharisee because my definition of a Christian is limited to those who have been added by God and not merely to those who behave a certain way.  What gives?

If I were to place a label on myself it would probably be fundamentalist.  Not the evangelical kind but the basic “God said it that settles it” kind. While I will lend a small amount of legitimacy to the use of labels, like so many things, their use has been abused.  It seems that if someone doesn’t hold to the same “tradition” ( NOTE: I said tradition not doctrine. doctrine is a different issue) we feel the need to label them.

In my experience I have rarely seen such labels used in a constructive way (there have been some but not many).  By constructive I mean the basic principle of “teaching the truth in love”.

I am not suggesting that there are no legitimate times when these labels can be used, what I am suggesting is that when such terms are applied you better know what you’re talking about.

August 2, 2011 Posted by | Mind Numbing Ponderings | Leave a comment

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August 1, 2011 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

Mind Numbing Ponderings

1.  It is discouraging to preach a sermon on the importance church attendance when those who need to hear it aren’t there.

2.  If all the people who left one congregation to go to another because they had a bigger youth group would have stayed we would have a bigger youth group too.

3.  It’s nerve racking to have to explain to the person on the phone the difference between a pastor and a preacher.

4. When praying, never use “Lord” as if he was a form of punctuation.

5.When it comes to gossip to err is human, to forgive is divine, but silence is golden.

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Mind Numbing Ponderings | 1 Comment