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Seven Greatest Things

Flipping through a file marked “Misc. Articles” I found the following outline.

Original Outline - Gus Nichols?

Original Outline – Gus Nichols?

By the type font, I think it is from Gus Nichols who lived in worked in the county I now live in. If I were preaching it this Sunday, I might start by mentioning the Seven Wonders of the World or listing seven of the greatest technological achievements or devices.  Then flow into the idea of the  seven things that are really the greatest things known to man.

  1. The Greatest Being – God
  2. The Greatest Gift – Jesus Christ, God’s Son
  3. The Greatest Book – The Bible
  4. The Greatest Command – Love
  5. The Greatest Possession – Your Soul
  6. The Greatest Institution (Organism – my edit) – The Church
  7. The Greatest Place (Reward – my edit) – Heaven

I may move this to the front of my sermons to borrow steal folder.

- Scott


Grace for the Lost a Video Post

I created this from a PowerPoint sermon from Luke 15.  This is a 2:30 minute version of that sermon.  The music is Amazing Grace performed by the Harding University Chorus.  I used Corel VideoStudio Pro x5 to produce this.


Nehemiah and Leadership

While studying for tonight’s class on Nehemiah, I came across these notes on my iPad from a sermon by Jim Faughn on April 17 of this year Great stuff here!

Jim Faughn, Blackwater-Macedonia CofC.

1. Character- Nehemiah was cupbearer to thnking, a entrusted and honored position.
2. Compassion – he showed Concern over Jerusalem, he ASKED about Jerusalem
3. Contemplative – he believed in preparation and “prayer” – peration. He knew how long he would be gone and that he needed a letter of recommendation. He thought about what he wanted to do and he made plans accordingly. This required faith that his prayer would be an
4. Convicted – Neh 6:3 answered affirmatively.
5. Coordinated Effort- Neh 3:1 note that these people were working close to their house, others who lived away from the wall where no houses were, others near their business. No people’s talents and interests and use them accordingly.
6. Cooperates – notice the use of “we” and the list of nobles or leaders. They were all working. Neh 4:6, 15
7. Commends – chapter three lists the names of the workers
8. Corrects – Neh 5:1
9. Consistent – he treated all fairly and the same, courting the wrong and encouraging the right.
10. Confident- Nehemiah knew the work could be accomplished. Neh 2:19-20


Friendship – David and Jonathan

Allow me to begin with some quotes about friendship I found somewhere through the years.  So long ago that the source is lost – my apologies to the original compiler.

  • Anyone can stand by you when you are right, but a friend will stand by you even when are wrong.
  • A simple friend identifies himself when he calls; A real friend does not have too.
  • A simple friend opens a conversation with a full news bulletin on his life; A real friend says, “what’s new with you?”
  • A simple friend thinks the problems you whine about are recent; A real friend says, “you have been whining about that for 14 years. Get up and do something about it.”
  • A simple friend has never seen you cry; A real friend has shoulder soggy from your tears.
  • A simple friend does not know your parents’ first names; A real friend has their phone number in his contact list.
  • A simple friend brings a casserole to your party; A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
  • A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed; A real friends asks you why you took so long to call.
  • A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems; A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
  • A simple friend wonders about your romantic history; A real friend could blackmail you with it.
  • A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest; A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
  • A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument; A real friend knows that it is not a friendship until after you have had a fight.
  • A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects to always be there for you.

In 1 Samuel 18-23 we have a story of a real friendship.  The relationship between David and Jonathan.  In their company we find four aspects that are common in close friendships:

  1. Mutual Admiration – 1 Sam 18:6-30:  The could have been rivals for throne, yet they were friends.  Saul was opposed to David; yet David & Jonathan admired each other.
  2. Mutual Love – 1 Sam 19:1-6: Even though Saul was against David, Jonathan “delighted much in David.”  More than once, Jonathan stood up to the king defending David and Saul would temporarily forgets his hatred of David.
  3. Mutual Sacrifice – 1 Sam 18:4: David and Jonathan sacrificed for each other – 1 Sam 20:1-3, 30-33.  David would demonstrate this in his actions towards Jonathan’s survivor Mephibosheth in 2 Sam 9.
  4. Mutual Commitment – 1 Sam 23:14-18:  David is spiritually, emotionally, and physically exhausted and Jonathan seeks him out to encourage him. They continually looked for the best in each other as well as ways to do the best for each other

Looking at theses four characteristics of friendship: Mutual Admiration, Mutual Love, Mutual Sacrifice, and Mutual Commitment caused me to reflect on Jesus.  he by his life and sacrifice demonstrates true friendship toward us.  What a Friend we Have in Jesus!
Is it a real friendship if I do not return Admiration, Love, Sacrifice, and Commitment?

Just thinking out loud . . .

- Scott


Summer Series: Uplifting Influence

Last night was week two of our Summer Series. Jim Lampley who serves as the Youth Minister at 9th Avenue Church of Christ in Haleyville, Al was the guest speaker. His topic was: Uplifting Influence. Below are the notes I took on my iPad as he spoke.

Everyone around us including us have influence.

Influencing the world seems to great a task, how can I change the world?
Start Small and Change those around us by our actions.

World changers go against the crowd.
Jesus the Christ is the supreme example.
We remember those who stand out because they are different.

Christ’s Message – Stand Out

Mat 5:13-16

Taste-how can salt be good if it has no taste.
We are to flavor the world

Light is essential for life.
Light guides.
One light makes a difference in the dark.

Can we make a difference? How?
Four things we need

1. KnowledgeAct 18:24-28

2. Fervency2Co 9:2-3
Two dangers
Rom 10:1-4 zeal w/o knowledge
Rev 3:15-17 knowledge w/o zeal

3. Accuracy
Act 18:24-25
2Ti 2:14-16

One truth
One life
One way

4. Courage
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
What scares you? What if these above lacked courage?
It is easy to stand for nothing and go along with the crowd.


Parrish Summer Series

Last night, Tuesday, June 12 began our Summer Series at Parrish Church of Christ. We will have a special speaker each Tuesday through August 7. These series will be our mid-week assemblies allowing guests to be with us and us to visit around on Wednesdays.

Our theme for Summer Series 2012 is Uplifting Messages from the Sermon on the Mount. This is part of our overall summer theme of Raise Me Up. Last night, Glen VanZandt who preaches at the Palisades Church of Christ in Hoover, Alabama was our speaker. His topic was “Uplifting Attitudes”. He had the daunting task of preaching the Beatitudes of Matthew 5 in about 40 minutes. Below are the notes I took on my iPad while he presented this material. (Be warned, I paste them exactly as I took them.)

Uplifting Attitudes
We do best when we live as God intended for us – the way God made us to live.

Blessed is from a word that describes a contented ness that is not based on circumstances or “happenstance”

It does not matter to you, it matters what happens in you, because if what happens in you is right, what happens to you does not matter as much.

Poor in spirit is a spiritual beggar! This is the foundation of the rest of the beatitudes.
You are spiritually destitute / bankrupt.
So you mourn. Jam 4:9
You are meek – teachable, because you have nothing to brag about.
Jam 4:6
So we long to be filled with what is of God
Hungering and thirsting after God’s righteousness
2Co 5:21

Then we show Mercy to others
Mercy hurts with other people demonstrating pity.
Rom 12:15
Now we need to exercise moral purity.

Become peacemakers.
Rom 14:19
You will be persecuted
People will not always appreciate you swimming against the stream.

Leave a comment and I will put you in the drawing for a complete set of DVD’s of Summer Series 2012.

- Scott


Summer Series at Parrish

In less than one month, our annual Summer Series will begin at Parrish Church of Christ.  This year we continue our new tradition of changing our mid-week services to Tuesday evenings for the nine (9) weeks of Summer Series.

Our theme for the Summer is “Raise Me Up!” and each lesson for our Summer Series will be from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 -7.  Here is the schedule for Summer 2012:

Speakers for Summer Series 2012


God’s Concept of the Church

From notes hand-written in my Bible and now entered into Olive Tree Bible Reader on my iPad here is a bare-bones sermon outline on God’s Concept of the Church.

God’s Concept of the Church

God Has a Select People of His Own

  • 1 Peter 2:9
  • The Bible calls the people:

◦   His Kingdom – Matt 16:18

◦   His Flock – Acts 20:28

◦   His Body – Eph 1:22-23

◦   His Church – Eph 1:22-23

◦   If Body = Church Then Body of Christ = Church of Christ

◦   His Bride – Eph 5:32

◦   His Household – 1 Tim 3:15

These terms are singular

  • The Church is singular – Eph 5:23
  • The Church is not just a group of Good people – Matt 7:21-23

◦   Can be good / religious and not saved – Rom 10:1

◦   Can be very religious and very wrong – Acts 17:22, 30

◦   Not about keeping the Old Law but about following Christ – Gal 5:4

God says how one can belong to this group – 1 Pet 2:10

  • Faith – Jn 8:24
  • Repentance – Acts 3:19
  • Confession – Rom 10:9-10
  • Calling on the name of the Lord  – Acts 22:16;  1 Pet 3:20-21

The Way God planned from the beginning of Christ’s Church – Acts 2:14-39.

You can fill in the details.

- Scott


Seven Things

Jehoshaphat was not jumpy.  Jehoshaphat was steady.  This king of Judah heavily relied on God. The chronicler records, “The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. (2Ch 17:3-4).”

Later we read of enemies forming an alliance to go up against Judah and Jehoshaphat in battle.  When word comes to the king, “Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. (2Ch 20:3-4).”

God sends Jehoshaphat a seven-fold answer.  These seven points were vital to Judah’s success and I find them to be just as applicable today. “And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” (2Ch 20:15-17)” (underlined for emphasis – BSMc).

Did you see the seven things – I underlined them to make it easier.  Here they are in a list:

  1. Do not be afraid.
  2. Do no be dismayed (don’t worry).
  3. The battle belongs to the Lord.
  4. Stand firm.
  5. Hold your position.
  6. See the salvation of the Lord.
  7. The Lord is with you.

In the words of one of my mentors and instructors, Wendell Winkler, “Boys, that’ll preach!”

- Scott


Let Us Come to Fear: Part 2 Developing Fear

On Tuesday I shared the first part of my lecture notes on Hebrews 4:1.  That post is here.  Fear is not something that we (Specifically, fear is not something I am comfortable with.  Sometime in my teen and young adult years, I developed an attitude of ‘No Fear.’ I am still somewhat of a thrill seeker, not as much now that my body complains more.  Still this past summer, Andrew and I rode all the coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia in about 3 hours – the park was relatively empty.)  Still, we are to fear God. I have to learn that fear.  Isaiah’s experience in Isaiah 6:1-10 helps me learn and develop Fear of God.  That is part two of my lecture:

Some people fear heights

How to Develop Fear – Isa 6:1-10

  • See God – Isa 6:1-4
    • Creator
    • Sustainer
    • Judge and jury
    • Consider Cain, Korah (Dathan and Abiram), Moses (rock), Nadab and Abihu, Uzzah
    • Ananias and Saphira, Herod eaten by worms
    • Be Afraid!
  • See Self – Isa 6:5
    • God is so far beyond us
    • “Get your own dirt.” – Cloning is an amazing accomplishment . . . but)
    • Space travel is a wonderful achievement but God made everything out there.
    • Man is a moral conscience but – Rom 3:10
    • Therefore – Rom 3:23; Rom 6:23
    • Be Afraid!
  • See Your Redemption – Isa 6:6-7
    • Isaiah receives grace – Old Testament btw
    • JFB  “Lord — here Adonai, Jehovah in Isa 6:5; Jesus Christ is meant as speaking in Isa 6:10, according to Jon 12:41. Isaiah could only have “seen” the Son, not the divine essence (Jon 1:18). The words in Isa 6:10 are attributed by Paul (Act 28:25, Act 28:26) to the Holy Ghost.”
    • Rom 3:24-25
    • Rom 6:23
    • Grace is in Christ – Gal 3:26-27
  • See your Mission – Isa 6:8-10
    • Go to others
    • 2Co 5:11, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.”
    • Lead others to the promised rest (Heb 4:1)

Heb 4:1-3, “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

Fear leads us to Enter the rest though obedient faith in God:

Let us come to fear!

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