Father’s Day

I want to take this time to say ,”What a blessing it has been to me to be the Dad of Alan and Ricky.” Lots of good memories and lots of fun times. Hardly a day goes by that something reminds of something one of them did growning up.

I remember one day I heard Alan running into the house yelling,”Where’s my Bible!!’ I said what do you need your Bible for. He yelled,”Chris wants to get saved!” And with Bible in hand out the door he went.

I remember Ricky always going to Christian City with me and standing at the mic and sing while I would go round people up for the services.

God has truly blessed me with two great sons, how could I not have a happy Father’s day!

 

Life to the Full

By Remi Oyedele

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. – John 10:10–11

At the time of Jesus, shepherds used two kinds of enclosures for their sheep. In the villages, shepherds often kept their sheep in communal stone-walled and gated sheep pens guarded by gatekeepers. Out in the fields, sheepfolds were often makeshift enclosures made of stones, and the shepherd would guard his sheep by sleeping across a narrow opening in front.

In John 10, Jesus uses the picture of a shepherd and his sheep to assure us of His personal protection. He says He’s “the gate for the sheep” (vv. 7, 9) who “lays down his life for the sheep” (vv. 11, 15). A communal sheepfold would have included many flocks. But as the shepherd called among the mixed flocks, only his own sheep would respond to him. Recognizing the shepherd’s voice, his sheep would draw near to him and follow him out of the sheepfold to the pasture (vv. 3–5).

Seventeenth-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes famously wrote that human life in its natural state is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Hobbes argued that our instincts tend toward war in a bid to attain dominance over others; thus the establishment of government would be necessary to maintain law and order.

This bleak view of humanity sounds like the state of affairs that Jesus described when He said, “All who have come before me are thieves and robbers” (John 10:8). But Jesus offers hope in the midst of despair. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” but then the good news: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (v. 10).

Psalm 23 paints a refreshing portrait of the life our Shepherd gives us. In Him, we “lack nothing” (v. 1) and are refreshed (v. 3). He leads us down the right paths of His perfect will, so that even when we face dark times, we need not be afraid; for He is present to comfort us (vv. 3–4). He causes us to triumph in the face of adversity and overwhelms us with blessings (v. 5). His goodness and love follow us every day, and we have the privilege of His presence forever (v. 6).

May we answer the Shepherd’s call and experience the full, abundant life He came to give us.

Friday Funnies

WINDOWS

Last year, I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive double pane energy efficient kind. But this week, I got a call from the contractor complaining that his work had been completed a whole year and I had yet to pay for them.

Boy, oh boy, did we go around! Just because I’m blonde doesn’t mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I proceeded to tell him just what his fast-talking sales guy had told me last year. He said that in one year, the windows would pay for themselves. There was silence on the other end of the line, so I just hung up, and he hasn’t called back. Guess he was embarrassed.

 

COOKING LESSON

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen. ‘Careful,’ he said, ‘CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’

The wife stared at him. ‘What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’ The husband calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.’

HELPING HAND

You’ll love this one!! An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond.

Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!”

Bible Study

A Day To Remember
Text: 2 Timothy 2:7-8 “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my
gospel:”
As you well know, last weekend we celebrated Memorial Day—the day that we remember those
who have gone on before us. On this day to remember, first we can…

I. Remember Christ’s Provision (Matt. 16:8-10)
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves,
because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves
of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four
thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?”).
A. Here we see a picture of the disciples of Christ just not “getting it.” In this passage Jesus is
warning them to be careful of the Pharisees and the
Sadducees—because their teaching was contrary to the Word of God. But the illustration Jesus
used made them realize that they didn’t bring any bread, and the disciples began to worry.
B. Then Jesus reminded them of how He provided for them, as He asked, “Don’t you remember
the five loaves for the five thousand and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven
loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?”
C. Here Jesus is reminding them that He will supply their needs. He is sufficient enough to take
care of them, just as He had done in the past.
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D. I think than many of us need to be reminded of the provision of God from
time to time. No matter what the need is. He is able to handle it. In Paul’s
letter to the Philippians, he writes, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19). It wasn’t just a promise to the church in
Philippi, it is a promise to us today.
Not only can we remember Christ’s provision, but we can also…

I. Remember Christ’s Provision (Matt. 16:8-10)
II. Remember Christ’s Love
(Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.)
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us.
A. Because of His great love for us, He has made us alive, even though we were dead.
B. Because of His great love for us, He has seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ
Jesus.
C. Because of His great love for us, He will show the riches of His grace expressed to us in His
kindness.
D. Because of His great love for us, we know what love really is and what it is all about.

I. Remember Christ’s Provision (Matt. 16:8-10)
II. Remember Christ’s Love
III. Remember Christ’s Sacrifice
(1 Corinthians 11:23-25 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,
That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24And when he had
given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do
in remembrance of me. 25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in
remembrance of me.)
A. Because of His sacrifice, our every need is met.

  1. We have just finished discussing the fact that Jesus will meet our needs in this world as far as
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    our material needs. But because of His sacrifice, He does so much more.
  2. He meets the needs of our physical bodies.
  3. He meets our emotional needs. Psalm 147:3 says that “He healeth the broken in heart, and
    bindeth up their wounds.” Not only is God concerned
    about our physical bodies, but he is concerned about our emotions, too.
    He heals the emotionally scarred.
    C. Jesus commands us to remember Him. Every time we share communion together, we are
    remembering His sacrifice—His broken body and His spilled blood.

I. Remember Christ’s Provision (Matt. 16:8-10)
II. Remember Christ’s Love
III. Remember Christ’s Sacrifice
IV. Remember Christ’s Return
(Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and
repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know
what hour I will come upon thee.”).
A. In this passage, the church in Sardis is being addressed. They are being told that even though
they have deeds, and they have a reputation for being alive, they are dead. Then they are told to
wake up and strengthen what remains and is about to die.
B. This is a church that at one time was on fire for God and made His priority it’s priority. But
they have lost their fervor. They have decayed and even what remains is dying.
Jesus is saying to WAKE UP! We do not know when He is coming! We have to be watching
and waiting.
E. Luke 12:35-46

CONCLUSION:
On this “Day to Remember,” have we remembered the four things I challenged us to remember
at the beginning? I challenge us to remember them today.
Do we have needs in our lives? Remember Christ’s provision.
Do we feel depressed and confused? Remember Christ’s love.
Do we feel hurt and lonely? Remember Christ’s sacrifice.
Do we feel far from Him and spiritually stagnant? Remember Christ’s return.

Wade’s Wednesday

The Secret of Contentment

By Charles Stanley

In Philippians 4:4-13, the apostle Paul says he has learned the secret of experiencing contentment in all circumstances, good or bad. Does it surprise you that he wrote this when he was in prison, unsure of his future?

We’re often discontent even when all is going well. Consequently, we wonder how it’s possible to be truly content during our most difficult trials, especially when there’s no end in sight. So what is genuine contentment? Paul is speaking of a freedom from worry and frustration about everything in life—even unfulfilled desires.

It’s usually when we cannot control or change our situation that we feel discontentment. As long as our satisfaction depends on whether certain things actually work out, we’ll allow circumstances to cheat us out of peace. I’m not saying there’s some spiritual stage where you will never again experience anxiety or frustration. But what matters is how we respond when those feelings grip us.

This is something that the apostle had to learn. Paul endured amazing suffering, from shipwrecks and hunger to unjust imprisonment and beatings (2 Cor. 11:24-30). He had gone through countless situations that were uncertain, extraordinarily painful, and seemingly hopeless. But he finally discovered that contentment could not be dependent upon his circumstances.

How do you respond when circumstances are out of your control? Do you get angry? Do you try to escape? Does despair make you want to give up? Paul chose to give his anxieties to Jesus in exchange for peace that “surpasses all comprehension” (Phil. 4:7). That same peace is available to you!

Tuesday With Karen

He’s Working With Us

He’s working with us, each and every day,
Remolding our life in His loving Way;
He gives us strength if we become weak,
His wisdom is given to all those who seek!

He’s working with us, meeting every need,
In each day we live, we are overseen;
God knows we’re flesh, in need of His help,
How sweet to know that, in us, He dwells!

He’s working with us, in doing His will,
God’s loving grace makes a heart fulfilled;
He hears every prayer His children cry,
In the storm, He says, Fear not, it is I!

He’s working with us, in His perfect Way,
Teaching us all we need to do & say;
He’s worthy of all our heart’s faith & trust,
Praise God for lovingly working with us!

God’s Grace Is Enough

God’s grace is enough to make a heart strong,
When Satan tries to make right go wrong;
God’s power makes him flee the other way,
It’s all a part of His sufficient grace!

God’s grace is enough if storm clouds arise,
He waits to hear our heart’s earnest cries;
Even when we can’t find the words today,
He’s there to fill us with His loving grace!

God’s grace is enough, it will never fail,
Working within us, He always prevails;
Nothing is too hard for His loving hand,
He’s our solid Rock, on whom we stand!

God’s grace is enough to bring perfect peace,
In the midst of strife, He gives sweet relief;
For everything He does for us each day,
He deserves glory, adoration, & praise!

KI

Only Believers

Only believers know the joy God gives,
As He pours out grace in each day we live;
He walks with us in every step we take,
Watching over us, each and every day!

Only believers know the love of God,
All His Words are true, & He changes not;
His wisdom is higher than we realize,
His love reaches down, working in our life!

Only believers know the power of prayer,
That God, when we cry, will always be there;
God’s Word tells Christians to Ask & receive,
He does special things for those who believe!

Only believers have eternal life,
Given to us, the day we trusted Christ;
We gave Him our heart, salvation received,
A new life He’ll give to all who believe!

KI

We Have It Right Now

We have it right now, God’s unending love,
He cares for us greatly from Heaven above;
He blesses our heart by His written Word,
In its pages, the truest words ever heard!

We have it right now, God’s amazing grace,
He gives grace anew in each & every day;
Once we’re in His fold by His open door,
He’s living within us forevermore!

We have it right now, eternal life in Him,
When Jesus died, He paid for all our sin;
The Spirit won’t remind us of the past,
He meets all our need if we only ask!

We have it right now, God as our Refuge,
He’s beside us in all we say and do;
It’s not long before His Bride goes away,
To fellowship with Him face to face!

KI

Friday Funnies

Spring Fever

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. Much to their relief she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.” Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: “First Question: Which tire was flat?” 

History and Maths Lesson

A bus load of tourists arrives at Runnymede. They gather around the guide who says, ‘This is the spot where the barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta.’

A fellow at the front of the crowd asks, ‘When did that happen?’

‘1215’, answers the guide.

The man looks at his watch and says, ‘Gee whiz – Just missed it by a half hour.’

Flying In The Plane

Sue and Bob, a pair of tight wads, lived in the mid west, and had been married 20 years. Bob had always want to go flying. The desire deepen each time a barn stormer flew into town to offer rides. Bob would ask, and Sue would say, “No way, ten dollars is ten dollars.” 

The years went by, and Bob figured he didn’t have much longer, so he got Sue out to the show, explaining, “it’s free to watch, let’s go watch.” And once he got there the feeling become real strong to ride. Sue and Bob started an argument.

The Pilot, between flights, overheard, listened to their problem, and said, “I’ll tell you what, I’ll take you up flying, and if you don’t say a word the ride is on me, but if you make one sound, you pay ten dollars.Sue and Bob agreed, so off they flew. The Pilot doing as many rolls, and dives as he could–heading to the ground as fast as the plane could go, and pulling out of the dive at just the very last second. Not a word. Finally he admitted defeat and went back the airport.

“I’m surprised, why didn’t you say anything?”

“Well I almost said something when Sue fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars.”