Hello! I hope all of our readers are doing well. I wanted to share a potpourri of thoughts with you this Friday morning. We appreciate you very much.
- It is a beautiful sunny day in Southeast Georgia. We ask your prayers that we can get some rain. Our drought is nothing like the Southwest has suffered, but we are double digits below normal for three years. It is sad to see so many ponds dry. Also, continue to pray for rain in the Southwest, they desperately need it.
- I also ask your prayers for me as I continue battling a neurological condition. The pain has been especially bad, lately. I see a new neurologist in two weeks.
- I read that the Baptists in Kentucky are having a symposium on Calvinism. They say that only one of the speakers is a Five-Point Calvinist. I wish they would figure out that the Baptist doctrine of salvation is Calvinist-Lite and return to the truth of Scripture on how to be saved.
BTW, here is a shameless plug for my book on how to be saved.
- On a lighter note, the 17 year-old son of one of my cousins didn’t know who John Wayne was. Moments like these seriously make you feel old. Likewise, I recently realized that in 2014 it will have been 20 years since I finished graduate school at Freed-Hardeman University. Time flies much too quickly.
- Every Friday, I ask my friends on Facebook what books they are reading. In addition to being an editor and writer, I have a website on writing and a popular board on Pinterest on books. I also lead a writer’s group at the local library. I do what I can to help cultivate a love for books and learning. What do you do in this area?
- I am listening to the Bible on digital audio. As I write, I am listening to Acts 11.
- I am privileged to develop a manuscript on John 21 for the Southeast Georgia Lectureship at Richmond Hill. The lectureship is October 27-28. The last chapter of John is a fascinating study and I look forward to taking it apart and finding the treasures there.
This Sunday morning I will be speaking on James 3:1, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”
Of this passage, Burton Coffman writes:
“James did not seek to discourage any who might have been qualified for such work. As Harper suggested, ‘His words were meant to remind us of our responsibilities, rather than to deter us from our duties.'”
We must not allow this passage to be a path of rationalization to avoid evangelism. We must all become more knowledgeable about Scripture. What thoughts do you have on this verse?
For your reading:
- Mike Benson writes on the pain Jesus felt for the lost in Israel in All torn up.
- Stan Mitchell writes about Gossip.
- Paula Harrington gives an impassioned plea to bring people to God.
- My article from this week discussed how God is actively seeking sinners to come to Him.
- J. Randal Matheny wrote about saving the earth.