Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Visitation will be at Autry Funeral Home here in Frankston from 5-7 PM, Sunday evening, March 2.
Graveside services will be Monday morning at Frankston City Cemetery, 10 AM.
Jimmy grew up here and was baptized at our previous facility. He leaves behind two lovely daughters who'll miss their daddy deeply and two grief stricken parents who'll miss their beloved son.
Last night, I got a call from some dear friends in Corsicana, people I've known since at least 2001. Or at least I thought I knew them. "Fred" (not his real name) left his family, abandoning his beautiful teenage daughters and his wife of more than two decades. May I be transparent for a moment? I wanted to get in my truck, drive over to Corsicana and pick up a buddy of mine and then find "Fred". We'd take turns whupping him until he came back to his senses! Pray for "Fred" and his family.
When I went to bed last night, I laid awake for sometime talking with the Lord asking what in the world was going on! I was reminded of his comments in John 10 - "I am the Good Shepherd and I care for my sheep." In other words, when you don't understand the plan, understand the Shepherd. Join me in praying that the Good Shepherd will shower his comfort, mercy and grace on all those who need it today.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
That's the question asked by Ben Stein in a new movie about to be released called "Expelled." All I've seen is the trailer right now, but even that makes me say maybe Ben, after having given away all his money (you do remember the show "Win Ben Stein's Money"?) and having checked the roll for Ferris Bueller one last time (go rent "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and you'll understand that one), has finally begun to ask some penetrating questions. Here's a link to the site.
As far as those of us left here, we were absolutely overwhelmed facility-wise. We had no idea we'd have somewhere around 800 people in attendance. Our auditorium seats 400 comfortably, 450 if we squeeze in a few chairs, 500 if we line the walls with people standing. We had another 75-80 seated in folding chairs in the foyer. The rest just had to make do, a fact we'll work on for next time (let's hope it's under happier circumstances. Our parking was woefully inadequate - people parked as far away as the Maxwell pharmacy three blocks to our north. A special thanks is due to the Cooper Funeral Home of Athens and Gina, our wonderful and amazing janitor who put the building back together Saturday night in time for Sunday.
Please continue to pray for Lisa and Emily Morgan, our friends at Hilltop Baptist Church and our community.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
BTW, if you'd like to discuss my hobby of New Testament textual criticism, drop by and let me bore you with it for awhile. It's a fascinating field constantly growing and changing as it evolves. Relatively young, the science of textual criticism really took of in the mid 1800's under the leadership of B.F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, both of whom were British professors and church leaders. Google their names to learn about these amazing men and their beloved studies.
Why the change? Plain and simple, they've got the money. Their endowment is over $17 billion. All tax-exempt, that money enables the school to continue funding the operating expenses, pay salaries and provide financial aid. It's one the best endowed schools in the country (behind Harvard, Yale and followed closely by Notre Dame). Their level of endowment has grown significantly faster than inflation meaning their pricing didn't match how much people were making. Bravo for Stanford having the courage to step out to do this! I don't see the Ivy Leaguers doing it!
At the same time, I can't help but wonder if that was the idea of endowment in the first place - a giant tax-exempt safety net. Some churches do that - gather a huge nest egg and sit on it, protecting it's position. While there's nothing wrong with having money in the bank, it must not be at the expense of our mission! Pray with me for the vision to see how the Lord would lead us in the spending of His money.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Our friends at Hilltop Baptist Church had a special guest yesterday - Rev Larry Morgan, Shane's dad and missionary to Africa. From all accounts, Rev. Morgan's message was powerful. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ guide them as well.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Perhaps you read recently that the city of Berkley, CA has asked the US Marine Corps to leave. Going even further, if the Marines choose to stay, they do as "unwelcome, uninvited and unwanted intruders." Hmmmmmm. If I remember correctly, Berklye was a part of the US when the Marines fought to protect them in every military conflict since California was admitted. Nevertheless, they are exercising the freedom our Marines (and Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard) fought (and are fighting!) to protect. There are, however, consequences to freedoms such as that. Here's a letter from Mr. Brian G Dennad who is also using his freedom to choose. Below, I've enclosed his letter to the city of Berkley.
Dear Mayor Bates,
In that you and your city have chosen to gravely insult the brave men and women, who have indeed bought you that right with their blood, I am informing you that my company will no longer do business with any of our current suppliers located in the Berkeley, California metro area.
In that my company is in international resort real estate development, and do business with and am associated with, developers and investors worldwide, I am informing all of my contacts, associates and patrons that we will no longer do any business of any sort with anyone living in the Berkeley area.
In that we/MDG Resorts are currently building a state of the art mega-yacht marina, all of the suppliers of Marina equipment, all owners of Yachts , all suppliers of Yacht materials & supplies, all yacht brokers and all tangential yacht business purveyors will likewise be informed that we will not do any business whatsoever with anyone from the Berkeley area.
Likewise all suppliers of building
materials, both interior and exterior, currently associated with any of our several resort developments (Brisamar 300+ villas and 200+ condos: Porto Hussong, www.portohussong.com <http://www.portohussong.com/> 500+ condos, 180 slip mega-yacht marina) both of which I might add have international recognition by virtue of glowing reports in Robb Report, Wall Street Journal, Yacht World, Forbes.
I will likewise inform all of our investors, most of whom are very wealthy yacht owners, casino owners, high net worth international businessmen, of our decision to essentially boycott all products and providers located in, or associated with in any way whatsoever, Berkeley, Ca.
Trust me when I say that having been in the real estate development business for over 35 years, our list of contacts and associates is long and very, very impressive. We, and I personally, are going to recomend that they ALL along with us boycott your city, its purveyors, suppliers, and businesses and CHARITIES of every kind.
You have every right to choose to take the obnoxious anti-military stance you have taken, and as stated, that right was bought for you with the blood of better men than you.
I too have every right to do all that I can to insure that your city suffers consequences arising from that obnoxious, sickening stance.
Brian G Dennard
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
When I got the email, I wondered about the truck that had wrecked out. As it turns out, it had been traveling from right to left, crashed through the guard-rail and flipped over to where we see it. Thanks God he didn't crash into the culvert, right? Then you look at the picture below - the culvert was the least of his worries! But you don't know that without the proper perspective! Take a look at the picture below to see what I mean.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Otherwise known as Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday), today is a long-standing tradition of sinfulness! The idea is simple: sin as much as you want, making yourself "fat" on it, before Ash Wednesday, the day when the Season of Lent begins and you have to start preparing for Easter's arrival 40 days later. I've heard it explained to me this way: "I've got to have something to confess when I get to Ash Wednesday, so I might as well make it something good!" Hmmmmmmm. I'll have to study on that.
On second thought, no I won't. That argument holds no water. That same argument was used by people during the Apostle Paul's time. In Romans 6:1-2, he says it this way: "So what shall we say? Is it possible to go on sinning so that grace looks even better? Absolutely not! We died to sin; is it possible to go on living in it?" (Wood Translation) Grace is a gift freely given, but it was anything but cheap. Events like the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans and the Carnevale Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil are flimsy excuses to act as morons and live in a shameful way. I want to be free from sin on all days of the year.
On a related note, it's been a long-standing tradition to "give something up for the season of Lent." For most Catholics, it's meat with Friday being the exception when you can have fish. In fact, the name for the Mardi Gras festival in Brazil implies this. Carne-vale - translated "meat goodbye". For the last several years, I've given something up for the season of Lent, but this year I've not really felt the Lord's leadership in any area. (I don't know if that means I'm doing great or I'm beyond hope!) If you'd like to try it, Lent begins tomorrow at sundown.