Thursday, August 26, 2010

today was...

Good music.  Good friends.  Out of Crockett for awhile. 
Less drama.  Two good meetings today.  Talked with good friends. 
Made a few new ones.  Was rebuked by a true friend I didn't know. 
Scolded by a busybody.  Had unity without Unity. 
Just for Today. 
Just for Today. 
Just for Today.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hosea 4:4-6

5 You stumble day and night,

and the prophets stumble with you.

So I will destroy your mother-

6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

"Because you have rejected knowledge,

I also reject you as my priests;

because you have ignored the law of your God,

I also will ignore your children.

7 The more the priests increased,

the more they sinned against me;

they exchanged (alternate rendering (I will exchange) their Glory for something disgraceful.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rachel's Challenge at CCHS

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Originally posted on "Love at Lebanon" blog...


As was announced this morning, we are launching in a new Sunday morning worship series called "Sermons in Song: Preaching through the Hymnal." This idea comes about through a recent personal study I have been doing about the importance of church music and hymns and praise songs and how they tie together the Christian community. As I said today, many people who cannot quote a verse or name an apostle can remember every lyric of a old hymn or a childhood VBS song. Much of the Scriptures as we have them today in our Bibles are actually hymns and praise songs (Psalms, Song of Songs, much of the Prophets, much of Revelation, etc.). starts here...

What are some of your favorite hymns, VBS songs, praise choruses?  Feedback appreciated!

Thanks and God bless you,
"The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it."
-William James

Friday, August 20, 2010

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, THIS is to have succeeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Transcendentalist essayist and Unitarian minister

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"The mission of the church is missions." 
-Oswald J. Smith
"'Not called!' Did you say?"
'Not heard the call,' I think you should say.'

"Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world."

 — William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army

Monday, August 16, 2010

"God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  To know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves."
-A.W. Tozer

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it."
-Thomas A’Kempis

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"If the Great Commission is true,
our plans are not too big; they are too small." 
- Pat Morley

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lebanon church Mission Night

"Someone asked will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved." — Charles H. Spurgeon

Next Sunday evening, August 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM those of us who worship with the Lebanon church in Dresden will be hearing a special report about the mission effort recently supported by our congregation and sister churches. 
Betsy and Melinda will show photos and relate stories of their recent trip to Central America while Bro. MccAdams of McKenzie will give our devotional thought. 
We want people to know Jesus Christ.  Let's start telling people about this event and opportunity to serve.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
-William Penn

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it."
-William James

Monday, August 2, 2010

"If you want to spend eternity with Christ perhaps you ought to start spending some time with Him now."
-Todd Sanderson

"Give your idols up..." sometimes is a hard lyric...

Giving up an idol is always difficult especially if it is an old one... 

I have loved politics all my life.  I can remember vividly sitting at my grandparents' kitchen table as a elementary-aged child watching Crossfire with Roe Nell and debating.  My best friend all my growing up years was in the opposite party and we fake debated all the issues.  As I got older, I stuffed envelopes, put up yard signs, made phone calls, gave money, wore t-shirts, put on bumper stickers...all in the name of my "civic" duty.  I was class president.  I was voted most likely to succeed.  I was asked to be on a U.S. Congressional candidate's faith committee.  I have written for state-wide was consuming my life in 2008 especially.

About two weeks ago, I slowly started to realize I needed to get it out of my life.  Now, I not going to become a hermit, quit voting and hide in the Great Smokies, but I am going to start being "apolitical."

  • I took down my collection of posters and political pictures.
  • All the pins and buttons are put away.
  • Political books are gone.
  • No more mailing lists.
  • No more arguing and getting mad over the temporary
  • Focusing on souls and the Bible, not on trending topics on ballots
I am not going to lie...this was a hard one.  I have followed it so long and I will miss it.  But I will love the freedom to say that no man or woman owns my vote or allegiance save the One who died for me.

We were saved from sin, but what were you saved for? Ephesians 2:10.

Stay cool,