Nine Church Cripplers

There are certain things that you and I are sometimes guilty of that are harmful to the local church. In reality they are a danger to the Church universal. I am simply going to share this as a list and without comment.  

  1. Regular Absense
  2. Indifference
  3. Worldliness
  4. Lack of Faithfulness to God
  5. Selfishness
  6. Neglecting our Duty to God and the Lost
  7. Compromise with Sin
  8. An Argumentative Spirit
  9. Ignorance of God’s Word

Bonus: Loveless words and actions.

– Scott

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Project Care

IMG_2410This past year Howard McCraney, a deacon at Central where I serve, began leading outreach efforts.  The goal is to take our mission and compassion outside the walls of our building to the people who need it.  Part of this outreach effort is Central Church of Christ Project Care (CCC Project Care). This weekend I was able to spend a few hours with Howard, Olus Mitchell, Jake McCraney, and Andrew McCown as we set posts for a wheelchair ramp for an elderly lady in our community.  The work was manual and the Alabama humidity was intimidating, but the result were beyond compare.

Not that the ramp is perfect to specs. But that we were able to provide this 93 year old lady who lives alone, a safer way for her to get in an out of her home.  And that we were blessed as we worked together.  I was unable to be at the site on Saturday when they finished, but some men from a different area church (a separate non-denominational group) asked if they could help finish the ramp. They helped on Saturday.

I am glad that I can be a part of this type of outreach.  I am glad Central cares. My prayer is that through our physical efforts, doors will continue to open so that we can spread the message of the Good News.

– Scott

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Top Posts by Views

My '01 Frontier

My ’01 Frontier

Every once in a while I will check to see the statistics on how The Morning Drive is doing.  Here are my top five posts of all time (going back to February 2009 when I started The Morning Drive) according to the number of views.

Number 5 – From My Heart.  This post was about my feelings as I look at the moral condition of the world around me. It is also a very recent post.

Number 4 – I Will Never Go Again. This was a football post, well sort of.

Number 3 – The Greatest Commands.  These are my reflections on the song of the same title.  There is link to a YouTube video that someone else created.

Number 2 – A Prayer. Another recent post concerning a fatal accident that I came across on my morning drive. Be sure to read the comments.  A family member of the man who died in the crash gives some details about the man.

Number 1 – Ten Common Lies.  This post is about lies we tell ourselves, not just each other.  See if you are guilty of at least one.  You likely are.

– Scott

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Is your Bible Straving for Attention?

Quite a few people asked for “A Bible’s Diary” from Sunday morning’s sermon. Every place I found it online listed it as author unknown (if anyone know whom the author is, please let me know so I can give credit). Thank you to whomever wrote it. Here is the piece: • Diary of a Bible:
January: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first three weeks, now I am not as busy.
February: Someone used me for a few minutes last week. He had an argument and was checking references.
March: Grandpa visited us. He kept me on his lap for an hour as he read and studied.
April: I had a couple of busy days. The dad in my house was appointed a leader of something and used me to take his oath of office. Oh btw, I went to church for the first time this year – I love Easter!
May: I have a few grass stains on my pages. Someone pressed some flowers in me.
June: I look like a scrap book, I am stuffed full of clippings. One of the girls got married and before the wedding they looked up 1 Cor 13.
July: They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are off on vacation. I wish they would leave me at home. The table is more comfortable than staying in this case for the rest of the month.
August: Back home, but still in the suitcase.
September: They finished unpacking and put me back on the table with two new books: True Stories and Funny Stories. I wish they read me as much as they do those books.
October: They used me a little today. One of them sick. Right now I am shined up and in the center of the table . . . an elder must be coming by.
November: Back on the table under the magazines.
December: Christmas is coming. Once they clear all the wrapping paper off of me, they may take me to church again.

This make you think, doesn’t it . . .

– Scott

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Our Duty to Each Other

When I was a teenager, back before cellphones. Back when only the wealthy had CD players in their cars. I would travel with my youth group to youth days and youth rallies at churches in South Alabama and Northwest Florida.  One sermon title I remember was, “The Dirty Little ‘D’ Word” — the word – DUTY. I do not recall the points the speaker made, but I remember the major idea.  As Christians we have a duty toward God and each other.

With that in mind, I thought I would share some scriptures about our duty to each other:

  1. Rom 14:19  – Edify / encourage / build each other up.
  2. Rom 15:14 – Admonish / instruct / reprove each other gently when the need arises
  3. Col 3:16 – Teach each other, even in song.
  4. Gal 5:13 – Serve / minister to each other’s needs
  5. Gal 6:1-2 – Bear / carry burdens for each other.  Be there for each other.
  6. Eph 4:32 – Forgive each other
  7. Jas 5:16 – Pray for each other.
  8. Heb 10:24 – Provoke / stir up each other toward good works and love.
  9. John 15:12 – Love each other.

– Scott

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One More on Prayer

Prayer is one of the most repeated commands in the Bible.  There are many promised blessings attached to prayer – more than prayer-teachus1any other spiritual activity.

That is why I am asking for you to help.  This blog post is yours to complete.  I am asking the community to provide answers to ENCOURAGE each other (me included) in our life of prayer.  I am asking you, the reader to leave a comment; pick one or more of the questions I ask, and answer in the comment section (either on WordPress or on Facebook).

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Here are the questions for your assignment.  Get those answers in!

  1.  Why do we not prayer more?
  2.  Who are examples of people of prayer in the Bible? What do they have in common?
  3.  When did people pray in the scriptures?
  4.  How does a special place help prayer become sacred?
  5.  What posture is best for prayer? What posture(s) does the Bible mention? How does posture affect prayer?
  6.  How do you prepare (plan) for prayer?

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Who is Jesus? Really?!?

IMG_0001For the last quarter of a century my occupation and vocation are the same. I am a minister, a preacher, a Christian who shares what he learns from his study with an audience of people – what we typically call the church.  I try to regularly preach through the Bible – both Old and New Covenant, these books include wisdom literature, poetic literature, prophets, historical narratives, the gospel accounts, and letters to early churches and individual Christians.  I teach the inspiration of scripture and hold to a plenary view of inspiration (fully inspired by God using the personalities and experiences of the individual writers).

As I study to understand and to teach (Ezra 7:10), I am continually learning and re-evaluating what I know or think I know. Recently, I am beginning to think we (I) have some things wrong concerning the church.  There are things that need changing.

STOP! Do NOT get angry. What we need to change most is a simple mindset, I will share that later (at the end of this post – don’t skip the rest to read it).  I wrote that statement about changing the church to get your attention.  I wanted you to begin to understand what the Jews of Jesus’ day were feeling when Jesus started turning their religious beliefs and traditions upside down. Their anger is why John records, “And this is why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.  But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I am working.’ This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” (John 5:16-18). Jesus claimed God as a His personal Father and abused the Sabbath rituals.

Who is this Jesus?

Jesus is the Father’s Emissary. Without Jesus, the Christ, on earth we would not know God.  The Old System (Law of Moses, Writings, and Prophets) brought people to the Christ.  The New System is about, from, and of the Christ (Galatians 3:24-29).

Jesus is the Giver of Life. John 1:1-4 tells of Jesus’ role in creation. But not only did He create our physical life, He came do give us a wonderful life now and for all eternity, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).

Jesus is the Judge of All Mankind“And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:42). As Judge the Christ judges the living and dead righteously. He is always fair, just, and right. The standard is the Word He gave, “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” (John 12:48).

Jesus is the Assurance of Faith.  Assurance not insurance.  We purchase insurance in case there is a catastrophe. Assurance is a guarantee of no catastrophe.  Faith in Christ is Eternal Assurance. “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” (2 Timothy 1:12).

This was revolutionary to the Jews. Jesus’ teaching and mere presence was destroying their religious system and in many ways their way of life.  Can you imagine how you would feel if someone told you everything you believe in and that your parents believed was wrong?  Can you imaging hearing that all that you knew up to this point was just to bring you to something completely different?  No wonder they wanted and tried to destroy Him.

– Scott


Oh, you still want to know what needs to change about church?  You want to know what we have wrong?  Here is my answer:

Too many times and for too many years we use “church” as the location or the gathering of people.  Although the concept is correct that the church is the assembly of those called out of the world and to God, we have made a mistake.  We somehow think that we need to bring people to the building or the assembly to reach them for Christ.  So we have revivals, meetings, special events, and VBS and say we are reaching our neighbors.  Then we try new paradigms and methodologies (some even inconsistent with Bible teaching) to bring people to the assembly so we can teach them about Christ and we call that OUTREACH.  Although some of these things are good.  Admittedly, some are even very effective. They are not what we are called to do.

The “Great Commission” does not say, “Advertise and bring every creature to the building or event, making them disciples of your ministry or program . . .”  Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). As the church we are to go to where people are.  As an individual member of the Body of Christ, I am to share the message of the good news of salvation with those I have contact and influence with. Growing the church does not mean simply increasing the numbers at the building, but reaching people where they are with what they need.  As the title of Ivan Stewarts 1974 classic book says, “Go Ye Means Go Me.” Until we reach out we have it wrong.

-Scott

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