Boomers and Lyrics

Jim Harris

Someone thought that since all of us baby boomers are getting older we need to update the lyrics of some of the songs we used to listen to. They suggested:

First there’s Herman’s Hermits singing, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve got a lovely walker.”

Next, hear the aging Beatles Paul and Ringo singing, “I get by with a little help from Depends.”

Don’t miss the Bee Gees singing, “How can you mend a broken hip?”

And you’ve got to hear Paul Simon singing, “50 Ways to Lose your Liver.”

And who can forget Helen Reddy singing, “I am Woman, hear me snore.”

And the Scandinavian group Abba will have us rocking out to their new song, “Denture Queen.”

And finally, Jerry Lee Lewis singing “A whole lot of Aching going on!”

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No one can Ignore God and get away with it

2 Chronicles 33:1-202Ch 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
7 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.
9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.
15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
(KJV)  Today’s devotional thought comes from the disobedience of Manasseh.  God allowed him to rule in Jerusalem for 55 years.  Most of his life was disobedient to God however verse 12 says that eventually he sought God.  This is where we can see the saying “too little, too late.”  King Manasseh of Judah stands as an example of what can happen when someone ignores God. Despite the example of his godly father Hezekiah, Manasseh abandoned the Lord and led his people into idolatry. He was deaf to God’s voice and carried on with this evil for quite a while. But in time God finally got his attention through a painful situation involving the Assyrian military. Humbled, Manasseh repented and began obeying the Lord instead of ignoring Him.    

People all around us are disregarding God’s offer of salvation through faith in His Son. If we look at their lives, it may not seem that they are not facing any divine judgment, but we must remember that repercussions don’t always follow immediately. Ignoring the Lord is rebellion and idolatry in His eyes, and unless the offender turns to Him in humble repentance and faith, consequences will come.

Are you sensitive to God’s voice, or does He have to bring hardship and suffering into your life to get your attention? Disregarding Him is a serious matter, but God is merciful and responds to the cries of a truly repentant heart.

Remember dear friend it is only those who hear God that will make it to heaven.  Are you one who is listening to God or are you defiant to Him.

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Jim Harris

Bethel Baptist Church – Texarkana

Most people can quote John 3:16, and many do so while missing many great truths from this simple verse. Of course the verse is often quoted to prove that salvation is totally by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. But even then, without a deep study into the wording of this verse, we miss the deepest points of it. In this short (we hope it’s short) article we will look at the word “gave.” “For God so loved, he gave . . . ” According to Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest, this is a “specialized word.” He says, “It denotes not merely a gift, but a gift which is given out of the spontaneous generosity of the giver’s heart, with no strings tied to it. The Greek word grace (charis) has the same root and the same meaning. Thus the word refers, not to an undertaking based upon terms of mutual agreement, but upon the free act of one who gives something, expecting no pay for it. This at once shows the difference between law and grace.” If God had intended for us to understand that our salvation is based upon a combination of works (law) and faith, He could have used a word which refers to an offer based upon the terms of a mutual agreement. If that were the case, God would have offered salvation based upon our performance of certain acts – totally void of faith. When it comes to salvation, faith and works are mutually exclusive. In Romans 4:1-5 Paul said, “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? (2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. (3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” And then in Romans 11:6 he points out, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Furthermore, the verb is in the perfect tense which speaks of a past completed act having present results. In other words, “the past act of God giving the inheritance (salvation) on the basis of a promise (faith) has present results – present to Paul in his day, and to us in our day. God does not offer us salvation on any merit or goodness on our part. It is “out of the spontaneous generosity” of His great love and mercy for His fallen creation. “In my hand no price I bring. Simply to thy cross I cling.” (“Rock of Ages”)

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Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
Had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

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William Andrew Dillard

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43.

Those who subscribe to the theory of evolution as the force and explanation of mankind have no hope beyond the grave. But Christians have a strong basis of faith and hope for what lies beyond the veil. That hope is abundantly supported by assuring evidence. Let’s think about it.

The Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple consisted of two rooms: the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The two were separated by a thick veil. Priests entered the Holy Place in service, but only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place and that on the Day of Atonement.

The Holy Place foreshadowed the church, and the Most Holy Place foreshadowed heaven. While much more could be said about this, the point is when our High Priest became the sacrificial Lamb, He entered the Most Holy Place of heaven, making the way for believers, and that veil of the Temple was “Rent in twain.” Upon the death of His saints which is said to be precious, each one follows the path prepared by Jesus right into the Paradise of that Most Holy Place.

Of course, there is another route too many will take. In mere seconds after you slip behind the parted veil of earthly life, you will finding yourself being greeted in joy by angels, departed saints, and Jesus Himself. or you will be getting your first look and terrible experience of indescribable torment. Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable.

In the gospel of Luke, a record is given of two men moments away from going behind the veil of earthly life. When Jesus was being crucified, two thieves were hanged, one on either side of Him. They cast insults toward Jesus, Mark 15:32

However, one of them realized Jesus’ innocence, and his own sin, and destiny. He rebuked the other thief and asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. evidencing repentance and faith. Jesus responded, “I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Salvation for the man was immediate. He knew that day where he would spend eternity.

Realizing that we are sinners and placing our trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection assures us that we can immediately know where we will spend our eternal tomorrows. When time comes as it unerringly, but too soon will, for you to irresistibly enter behind the parted veil, where will you find yourself? It is not wise to wait about this decision to trust Jesus. Most people do not have a last minute opportunity. Life is short; hell is hot; and heaven is real. The grace of God fixed so you may have eternal bliss by faith in and through Jesus

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William Andrew Dillard

“Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” Prov. 25:16

When you walk into the bookstore and see a table filled with books on dieting, you know it must be early spring. After several weeks largely cabin-bound life of overeating all kinds of foods, people in many cultures turn their attention to not eating.

Surprisingly, food plays an important role in Scripture. God uses it not only to bless us but also to teach us. Misuse of food keeps us from knowing God in ways He wants to be known.

In the Old Testament, God gave instructions to Adam as to what to eat and what not to eat (Gen. 2:16-17). Later He gave the Israelites manna to convince them that He was God and to test them to find out if they believed Him (Ex. 16:12; Deut. 8:16). In the New Testament, the apostle Paul stated the proper attitude for everything we do, including eating: “Whether you eat or drink, . . . do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).

When we think of food as a friend that comforts us or an enemy that makes us fat, we miss the wonder of receiving with gratitude a splendid gift from God. Obsessive eating or not eating indicates that we are focused on the gift rather than on the Giver, which is a form of idolatry.

When eating becomes a true act of worship, we will no longer worship food. Our appetite for the bread of life is diminished when we make physical food our god.

To preach on the sin of gluttony is far from a popular thing to do, but the Bible has much to say about it, and none of it is good. It is ironic that some folks who would vehemently denounce bad language, alcohol consumption, and a number of other things often follow up their disparaging comments by gorging themselves at a laden table without any noticeable compunction.

Such were the Cretans of Old. Although not specifically labeled as epicurean, enough is said to give the distinct impression that they were just that. The Apostle Paul left Titus in Crete to set things in order and ordain elders in the newly formed church, but he had quite a bit to say about the nature of the Cretans. “Slow bellies” is what he quoted one of their own poets as calling them. Those words simply mean that they were culturally lazy and loved to lay around stuffing their gut.

The apostle admonished Titus to “rebuke them sharply” that they may be turned in their focus from material food and other sins to becoming sound in the faith.

Seeing food as a physical necessity to continue life is supposed to depict the necessity of spiritual food that sustains the life of the soul. Few overeat at that table, but all are invited to do so.

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“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? I Peter 4:17-18.

What are these verses of scripture talking about? They are talking about judgment upon life’s works of faith. Why must that judgment begin at the house of God which is the church of the living God? Because those are the only ones on earth that can be judged on God’s standards and meet any degree of approval.

Then what will the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? Their works will be as wood, hay and stubble and will be burned up in the judgment seat of Christ. I Cor. 3:9-15. They will be spiritually saved if they were saved while here on earth, but they will be saved yet so as by fire with nothing to show for a life lived on earth.

What does it mean that the righteous scarcely be saved? The term “Scarcely” comes from the Greek “Molis” which means with great difficulty, hard work. Doesn’t this teach salvation by works then? Not at all. It is a reference to one’s life and its eternal reward, not to who will be in heaven or hell. God expects His saved people to grow in grace and produce fruit appropriate to the indwelling Spirit. That requires effort. Those not doing so will suffer great loss.

Then where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Notice that there are two classes of people mentioned here: the ungodly and the sinner. All men are sinners. Some are saved sinners and some are lost sinners. Saved sinners who do not live for the Lord then live ungodly lives. They shall appear before the Lord empty handed and suffer consequential loss of reward FOREVER. The sinner (implying the lost sinner) has nothing to be judged that is good. He is not even qualified to appear at the judgment seat of Christ, but must appear at the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20.

Folks, these verses of scripture are a sober warning to all. Lost sinners desperately need to be saved. Saved sinners desperately need to live their lives to the honor of God: growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord. Are you saved? Have you followed the Lord in baptism? Are you actively honoring the Lord in a New Testament Church? Are you studying the Bible, praying and growing as a Christian? Underlying these things is the desire to do it. The believer does well to pray for that desire.

The children’s song summarizes it well, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!” IS YOUR LIGHT SHINING FOR JESUS?

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Psa_40:3, – And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Psa_40:13. – Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

What the Lord has done for me brings songs to my lips. When my end on earth was destined to be a place of horror, God sent His Son for my salvation. He brought me out of a place of damnation and put me on a solid rock, His own Son, the sacrifice without sin that I might be saved.

He gave me purpose and reason for living. He has established my path that I might not stray. His words thrill my soul and challenge my life and living to become acceptable to God. That is why I sing a new song of praises unto Him. He is my everything, my reason for living. God Bless this Day.

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Psalm 39:1  To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me

2  I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 

3  My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, 

4  LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 

5  Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 

It is time to truly recognize who and what we are in this world. We find the Psalmist contemplating one of the more evil ways that man can sin and that is with the tongue. We find lying tongues today that mislead people and they end up following a wrong path to destruction. That bridle is used to guide away from wrong and point to right and proper paths. He guards his tongue, as we all should.

We then see the Psalmist as he is reflecting about life before the fire. From what is written, he might have been thinking of life how he had achieved so much. This brought some thoughts about pride. Look what I have done is what sometimes possesses the thoughts of man. Reflection should reveal the brevity of man. Life is short. I have not reached the time of an octogenarian but I am a senior citizen. My mind tells me that I am not that far removed from being a teenager fresh out of high school. Now, I am at the age that people say, do you need help with that? If I had known the “measure of my days,” I might have change some things in my life. Fresh out of high school, I simply could not die. I took chances that I would not take today. The Psalmist said, “that I may know how frail I am.” Man is frail. Life can end sudden. Life rushes on and too soon we see the end of life coming and what have I done for the Lord? What have I done for my family? What have I done for my Church? I see the end of life, not far ahead. May I leave this life serving my Savior and Master, Jesus Christ.

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Psa 38:20  They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. 

21  Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 

22  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation. 

How many have adversaries, enemies do we have in this world today. Do not be misled, those that ridicule you are your enemies. They stand against you. They will label you as “conspiracy theorist.” By labeling you with names they are setting you up as deranged and demented. There are not 80 million nor 40 million nor 10 million conspiracy theorists today. This simply an attempt to shut people up and cause people not to express what they believe the truth is.

David said, “because I follow the thing that good is.” David is making a statement that even though he is a sinner and does commit sin, that he will confess that sin before God. He wants to live a life that is good but occasionally slips. He declares his iniquity and is sorry for his sin.

His enemies use his mis-steps against him. His enemies rejoice over his mistakes. This is a common malady to this day. There are those that are hateful from their youth. There are those that are deniers of God and live a contrary life. Then there are those that know better but will attempt to tear down any that attempt to live a life that they envy and mock and ridicule.

David said, “Forsake me not,” and, “Make haste to help,.” We must always remember who created us, who saved us and who we serve. God almighty stands with us and for us. NEVER BE SHAMED BY FOOLS

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