Posts made in December, 2016

Will Your Seat Be Empty? 4

Will Your Seat Be Empty?

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Today's Teaching

TEXT: ‘Tomorrow is the New Moon and you will be missed because your seat will be empty’ – 1 Samuel 20:18 THOUGHT: I want to change the text to read, “Tomorrow is the New Year and you will be missed because your seat will be empty.” Where should you be tomorrow? Will your seat be empty because you will not be where you should be? The Person who is missing David was not going to be at the feast because his life was in danger due to King Saul’s jealousy and uncontrollable mood swings. Maybe that’s true for you or perhaps it will be because of a disagreement, debt and money issues, or your marriage is heading for divorce because you will be in someone else’s house and not your own. Perhaps it’s just that you are too busy with work or some other activity so that those who love you the most are now resigned to seeing an empty chair! The person or people who are expecting you to turn up Have you considered their feelings if your seat is empty? What about their disappointment, even anger and tears when they have gone to so much trouble to make the day special? Many relationships end simply because one...

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Swear Words! 0

Swear Words!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Today's Teaching

TEXT: ‘But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison. We use it to give thanks to our Lord and Father and also to curse other people, who are created in the likeness of God. Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth. My friends, this should not happen!’ – James 3:8-10 THOUGHT: One of the more distasteful and disturbing trends in modern society is the widespread use of swear words in films and television, particularly what is called the “F” word. The media claim they are only reflecting modern lifestyles, although a quick survey, will I am sure, reveal this is not the case and its use in everyday life is over-exaggerated. Recently the BBC has allowed standards to slip again, allowing the word “Hell” to be used in reporting and interviews, when once it was forbidden and edited out. Of course, all the other media outlets follow suit. Listening to a local Radio Station recently, one of the presenters used the word “Hell” several times, even surprising his co-presenter. This caused me to act and I sent in an email to complain about it. To my surprise I received a reply almost immediately from the...

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