Packing Up

As you read this those of us who went to Guyana should be getting ready to make the trip home. As one of those folks, I sincerely hope that this is actually the case. You know what always accompanies going on any kind of trip we have to "pack up."

Nine From Hobbs Street to Guyana

This Friday morning at 4:00AM nine West Hobbs Street members will leave the building to go to the Nashville airport. From there we zip down to Miami. From Miami we take our familiar British West Indies Airlines (BWIA or "BeWee") flight to Guyana. If things go as planned we will reach Cheddi Jagan Airport in Timehri, Guyana about 8:00PM. Notice that I said, "If things go as planned." We have known it to be otherwise, but we press forward nonetheless.

God's Acceptable Words

The preacher who wrote Ecclesiastes " sought acceptable words" (Ecclesiastes 12:10 NKJV). We are told by this ancient book that "The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd." The words the preacher wrote were inspired. They were not his alone, but came from the Mind of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He then added, "And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books, there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh." There are many books in the world, indeed, more today than in Solomon's day. Study is hard work and this kind of work is much harder than many assume. But the student must remember that God's Word is always superior in content and function to the written meanderings of the mind of man.

Departing From the Faith

The Apostle Paul provided direction for the work of his son in the faith, Timothy. In 1 Timothy 4:1-2 he warned the younger man about those that would depart from the faith. That warning provides us with a concise and clear definition of what it means to "depart from the faith."

Not By Bread Alone

We know that life has material requirements. A person has to sleep some. We have to eat and drink. A little exercise is also good. This is basic stuff. But and if we attempt to live on an altogether material basis, we will fail.

Idea, Definition, and Christianity

Christian faith is a matter of confidence in things that transcend our own individual experiences (Hebrews 11:1, 6). None of us saw the Risen lord, but we know He arose as well as if we had. That faith and trust are components of the definition of Christianity. This is the essence of 1 Corinthians 15 wherein Paul ties trust in the resurrection of Jesus to the reality and truthfulness of the Christian religion.

The Christian and War

It seems that war is at times a necessary thing it is certain that it is never a good thing. We must allow the teachings of Christ to inform and then determine our thinking about war. There are those that believe that all war (not just this one) can be made to go away. I do wish they were right but I fear that they are wrong.

Rejecting Salvation

God has made a gracious offer. He will save all that obey His Son (Hebrews 5:8-9). This is a beautiful thing because none of us deserve to be saved (Romans 6:23). We sinned even after we knew better (Romans 3:23). Yet God has said that He will save us (Ephesians 2:1-12).

Sweetness of Life

A Good Man Speaking Well

John Owsley is a good friend of mine who has lately been fighting a serious illness. His wife frequently calls him by his middle name, which is Milton. He is also is one of the very few fellows I know that graduated from Auburn before it was Auburn. I always look forward to hearing brother Owsley speak whether in giving the invitation or leading us in prayer. When those occasions come up I am reminded of the Latin scholar Quintillian who wrote that a good citizen was also a good man speaking well. In a recent prayer this is a portion of what brother Owsley had to say: