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Monday, March 25 2013

  If you have followed this blog for long you may know that I usually set the post to publish at 8:00 A.M.  Today I set it to publish at 10:00 A.M.  Why?  Because exactly 24 years ago today at 10:00 A.M Pamela VanNatta became my wife.  She was a Baptist Bride.  I am sure that some who read the title went into a fit of rage thinking I was declaring myself to be a "Baptist Brider."  HA HA.  The joke is on them. 

I will devote another post on another day to discussing Ecclesiology and what it means to be a Doctrinal Baptist.  Today I just want to thank my wife of 24 years for sticking by me through it all.  When we were dating she used to say to me that she didn't want to marry a Pastor.  I told her no problem, because I had no intention of being a Pastor.  I remember the day I surrendered to God's will for my life and wondering if she would stick with me.  She did.  I have known other Pastors whose wives have driven them out of the ministry through complaining, or through having a bad spirit, or even through greed for money, and I see the failure of those ministries and I thank God for my Baptist Bride.  I have known some Pastor's wives to spend as much time tearing their husbands down as the Pastor spends trying to build the church.  I thank God for my Baptist Bride.  I remember when I was preparing to enter the ministry and my wife, looking ahead with fear and trembling to being a Pastor's wife, crying and saying she didn't think she could do it, but she did it anyway.  I thank God for my Baptist Bride. 

When my mom passed away in 2009 I said at her funeral that I was privileged to have known two of the finest Pastor's wives ever.  My mom, and my wife.  My wife will tell you how much she learned from my mom about being a Pastor's wife.  The reason she learned was because she understood the important part that a Pastor's wife has in her husbands ministry.  I thank God for my Baptist Bride. 

I love you sweetheart.  Thank you for marrying me and for helping me and for loving me.  Thank you for being my Baptist Bride!!

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Saturday, March 23 2013
 I read in the paper this week that some people are having difficulties in their jobs because of things which they had shared on social networking websites.  I'm sure most people could tell of someone they know who had a marriage broken or some other relationship severely damaged, and they blamed social media or the internet.  

First of all, let's be clear.  The internet is an inanimate object.  It can have no motivations of it's own.  It cannot be evil or good it can only be used for evil or good.  For people to blame an inanimate object for things which happen in their lives is to shirk responsibility for their own actions.  It is similar to the gun control argument being made today by people that guns kill people.  Guns don't kill people.  People kill people.  The internet doesn't ruin people's lives.  People ruin people's lives.  

Secondly,  I think it is important to note a word of caution which is deceptive in it's premise.  People are being cautioned regarding what they put on Facebook or Twitter in case the content should be compromising.  The true caution would be to avoid an situation wherein you ARE compromised!!  Just because nobody posted pictures of you on the internet doesn't mean that God doesn't know what you are doing.  The motivation for the believer should be to avoid all appearance of evil.  Not to avoid having their wickedness posted for all to see.

Finally I would like to encourage people to remember the Sunday School song "Oh Be Careful..." Whether it is your eyes being careful what they hear, or your feet being careful where they go, or even your fingers being careful what they type, we need to be careful in all things to make sure we glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.  

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Tuesday, March 19 2013

I freely admit that I am a politi-nerd.  I LOVE elections, campaigns, political talk shows, and I even watch C-SPAN some times.  I like to read about past political campaigns and the intrigue which invariably attaches to those intellectual battles.  The battle of ideas is what politics is really about. 

A few years ago someone coined the phrase "Big Tent Politics."  In other words, they wanted to expand their political party to include differing opinions.  I scratch my head in wonder at the idea that someone thinks they can win an argument by accepting the other sides opinions.  This would be like going to a football game and counting all the people wearing the other teams colors as being on my side.  It doesn't work.  In politics if you have to adopt the policies of the opposing party to win then you haven't won.  The other side has one.

There are many Christians today who have adopted Big Tent policies of their own.  They want to be known as Evangelicals instead of Fundamentalists because they will have more friends.  They want to adopt worldly philosophies and practices because it will appeal to a broader base of people.  They haven't won.  The other side has. 

We have a fantastic heritage as Christians with the faith and practice which Jesus taught the Apostles and which is recorded in the Word of God for us to follow.  If we decide to do away with those beliefs, to let in people who don't agree, we are doomed to failure in the Christian life.  So, stand firm on the Fundamentals of the Faith!!  Don't compromise, don't waver, and don't quit! 

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