The Others

20111024-082456.jpgNo not the movie, I still have nightmares. I am speaking of the others, as in, those around you.  Think about the other people you contact, connect with, and cross paths with each day. Think especially about your brothers and sisters in Christ.

The more I study God’s Word and reflect on His message, I become more and more convinced that being a Christians means that I am “Other Person Centered.”

There are some negatives associated with this focus.  There are things we are to NOT do to each other. I will share those today and the next blog with look at some of the things awe are supposed to do for the others.

  1. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Romans 14:13)
  2. But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:15)
  3. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (Colossians 3:9
  4. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. (James 4:11)
  5. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. (James 5:9)

These are the negatives, but there are WAY more positives . . . but that is tomorrow.

- Scott

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A Good Soldier

Today is Veterans Day.

As I think about the men who served our country, I also think about those who serve in the Lord’s Army.

Nov 12 AM A Good Soldier

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A Growing Church

I found this poem in the files this morning. I thought you would like to read it.

A Growing Church,

by Norman Gipson

I really want the church to grow -

It means the world to me;

I always worship with the saints

When I’ve no company.

I really want the church to grow -

And prosper in the end;

Then maybe someone else could come

And try to teach my friend.

I really want the church to grow -

And have sufficient funds;

I’d give some too, except that I

Must pay off all these loans.

I’m anxious for the church to grow -

The worship is so great;

When I last wen, six months ago,

I was just barely late.

I wonder why the church won’t grow?

It would, you plainly see,

If all the members of the flock,

Were faithful, just like me.

Hmm, I wonder what the author is saying . . .

- Scott

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My Top Posts by Views

I began blogging on February 25, 2009. I hope something I shared has helped you along the way.  I am not quitting . . . this week . . . I am just reflecting on what topics people are most likely to read.  In my checking my statistics and summaries, I learned which posts have the most views.

Here are my Top Ten Posts by the number of views.

  1. Ten Common Lies – 3, 206 views
  2. I Will Never Go Again – 1,752 views
  3. Top Ten Church Puns – 1,322 views
  4. The Greatest Command – 1,246 views
  5. Parable of the Mountain Lion – 1,209 views
  6. Expository Outline of Colossians 1:15-20 – 1,054 views
  7. Rain – 842 views
  8. OMG! – 838 views
  9. Keep Happy in the Holidays – 812 views
  10. For Sale – 792 views

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Imitating Satan

If you have followed this blog for sometime, you might have seen this back in 2009.  I pulled it from the archives and used it as the basis of the lesson Sunday night at Central. Since it was well received, I thought I would share it as a follow-up to yesterday’s post. In true Late Night form; “From the home office in Tuscaloosa, Alabama: here are the top ten reasons to imitate Satan:”

10. Satan does not quit. No matter how many times you turn down his offer, he is not giving up (Luk 4:13).10

9. Satan believes in God, heaven, and hell (Jam 2:19).

8. Satan tirelessly works both night and day.

7. Satan knows the Bible (Matt 4:6).

6. Satan is always looking for a prospect, he may well be the worlds best soul winner, just to the wrong side.

5. Satan accepts people quickly, it does not matter to him how good you have been, if you decide to do what is wrong, he will accept you.

4. Satan is positive; he always sees the good in the bad (Isa 5:20).

3. Satan is not easily discouraged (Job 1 & 2); he sticks with his plan.

2. Satan is patient, he will give you opportunity to serve him and leave the offer open for as long as it takes (Luk 4:13).

. . . . And the number one reason to imitate Satan is: <insert a dramatic pause> . . . .

1. Satan uses all available methods at his disposal to reach out to you and to win you over to his way of thinking (Eph 6:11 – wiles/schemes/strategies).

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Knowing the Enemy

As Christians, we need to know our enemy. Your enemy is not others in your congregation that you had a disagreement with. Your enemy is not the church down the road. Our enemy is not the people across the political aisle. The enemy is Satan – the devil.  Starting today and for a few posts that follow I will be sharing things I think we need to know about Satan as our enemy. We begin with what those in Jesus’ day, His apostles and followers, and what Jesus himself said bout Satan:

  1. Mat 6:13 – Satan is the evil one.

    Evil, it's in the eyes!

    Evil, it’s in the eyes!

  2. Mat 12:24 – Satan is the Prince of Demons.
  3. Mat 13:38-39 – He is the enemy that sows the weeds.
  4. Joh 8:44 – Satan is a murderer, liar, father of liars.
  5. Joh 12:31 – Is some ways the devil is the ruler of this world.
  6. 2Co 4:4 – As ruler Satan takes on the role of the god of this world.
  7. Eph 2:2 – Paul refers to him as the prince of power of the air.
  8. 1Th 3:5 – As the tempter, Satan puts our desires of the flesh right out of reach to draw us into his destruction.
  9. 1Pe 5:8 – More than a distant enemy, he is our adversary who is in our face.
  10. Rev 12:9 – Satan is the deceiver of the whole world, convincing the world that God is their enemy.
  11. Rev 12:10 – Jesus came to save the world from sin, Satan however is the accuser - the prosecuting counsel – desiring us to share in his suffering.

But remember, as a child of the King of kings “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).

- Scott

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We Can Keep on Keeping On

Yesterday we considered why we quit.  We looked at what potentially leads us away from God and His people – His Kingdom thephoto Church. Even with all that is against us we can keep on keeping on. We can “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Cor 15:58)”

How Can We Endure?

  1. Know Satan’s ploys.
  2. Know our own tendencies.
  3. Work on MYSELF.
  4. Help each other.
  5. Purpose of assembly.
  6. Encouragement
  7. To learn

How Can Avoid Falling Away:

  1. Remove all occasions to stumble.
  2. Help each other deal with temptation.
  3. Be Spiritually minded.
  4. Engage in godly activities.
  5. Surround self with good influences.
  6. Know / learn the Truth.

- Scott

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