Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy National Poetry Day

Apparently today is National Poetry Day. Don't feel bad, I didn't know either until I read my friends blog. So, in honor of today, here are two or three samples of my poetry. Hope you enjoy! Please leave a comment, would love to hear what you think. Thanks!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Heaven: Our Heart & Our Home (Part 5)


SERIES: Topical Messages: Heaven

SETTING: North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE: Sunday AM (October 4, 2015)

SUBTITLE: Heaven: Our Heart & Our Home

SCRIPTURE: Selected Scriptures

SUBJECT: The perfection of Heaven

SUMMARY: Heaven is comprised of absolute perfection

SCHEME: To prove that heaven provides absolute perfection.

Friday, October 2, 2015

There They Go Again....

Once again I am floored by the lack of confidence and poor attitude that some people have toward the Bible. I just find it so irritating and mind-boggling that a so called believer would even make such a statement. Don't people who consider themselves to be believers actually think before they speak?

I was reading the so called "apology" of Mark Driscoll to charismatic false teachers and also to Joel Osteen. The interviewer, Brian Houston gave Driscoll the opportunity to share his feelings on "name calling" particular people for differing views or practices.

Of course Driscoll uses the video-op for a platform to show he is rehabilitated. He offers statements of his humbling and humility. He speaks of now knowing it was wrong to call out various people. Then he makes the statement that just set me on edge. It is such a celebrated statement that most people never take the time to analyze it and see just how ludicrous it really is.

Driscoll purports that he realizes he no longer has the right to call out people regarding false or incorrect doctrine or practices because, "after all, he doesn't have all of the truth either." Of course I do believe he wants to get across that he doesn't know it all either so what right does he have to condemn or criticize someone else.

You say, what is so wrong with that statement or sentiment? Well, forgoing all of the references, imperatives, warnings, and exhortation to hold to sound doctrine and expose those who hold to false doctrine, it denies the absolute sufficiency of scripture.

Driscoll may believe he does not have all the truth, but I do. I have all the truth that God deemed fit for me to have. Recognizing that only the original manuscripts were inspired and without error, I have all the truth that God deems I need. My problem is that I don't understand all of the truth that I have. I must apply myself diligently to correctly interpret, understand, and apply the truth that God has given us. This I am working on as we speak. But to say we don't have all of the truth, or at least all of the truth that God determined to give us, speaks against the scriptures.

I will grant you the fact that Driscoll probably did not mean to denigrate the scriptures. I would like to think he does think that they are fully adequate, complete, and sufficient. I just wish he would either think about what he says or simply not say anything.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Each Time I Had to Call

Each Time I Had to Call
Gregg Metcalf

A couple of girls came up to me
In the Dollar Store parking lot
I knew what they wanted before
They asked, they wanted a five spot

I told them the truth that out late at night
I didn’t carry a wallet, nor a single dime
I couldn’t help them so they moved along
But that made me think of another time

I remember when times were hard and low
We didn’t have a single dime to our name
No food in the fridge and no gas in the tank
Even thought we might be put out in the rain

I cried to the Lord and asked what was up
Here I am doing what you want I thought
I was scared thinking I’ve made a mistake
Surely it wouldn’t be that God had forgot

With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes
I fell to my knees and began to make my plea
I reminded the Lord about all of our troubles
I ask him please, Lord could you remember me

How foolish I must have sounded to our Lord
Like some little child who had lost his way
How easy it is to forget just who He really is
It’s too easy to complain than it is to pray

It has been nearly 40 years since I lived those times
I’ve been to a lot of places and done many a thing
I’ve never gone hungry, nor had to live on the street
Never missed what I needed while serving the King

God has been so good I can’t count every blessing
And I can’t describe living this amazing grace
Undeserved, unmerited, never rating these gifts
Behind the dark clouds was always His smiling face

So Lord let me take just a few lines to tell
How much I love you and I’ve appreciated it all
I wouldn’t trade a single trial or one of those days
Thank you for being there each time I had to call

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Heaven: Our Heart & 0ur Home (Part 4)


SERIES: Topical Messages: Heaven

SETTING: North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE: Sunday AM (September 27, 2015)

SUBTITLE: Heaven: Our Heart & Our Home

SCRIPTURE: Selected Scriptures

SUBJECT: The eternal heaven

SUMMARY: Jesus has made a promise that He has gone to prepare a way for genuine believers to live in the Father’s House in personal dwellings, or “apartments,” and that He will return personally in order to escort us to this place. Where is that place? The scriptures are silent when it comes to a specific location of the temporal or present heaven. However the Scripture is not silent on the location of the eternal heaven. At some point in God’s plan the temporal heaven will relocate to a newly recreated earth where it will remain for eternity with the New Jerusalem as its capital city.

SCHEME: To prove that the eternal heaven will be located on earth.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Heaven: Our Heart & Our Home (Part 3)

Due to technical problems (clumsy fingers) the last subpoint 6C and conclusion were deleted.

Heaven: Our Heart & Our Home
Selected Scriptures * Part 3


Where is heaven?

·        Some say heaven is somewhere in outer space
·        Some say heaven is beyond our solar system
·        Some say heaven is just beyond the furthest horizon
·        Some say heaven is somewhere in the sky or atmosphere
·        Some even say, that heaven is right here on earth

The Scriptures are silent when it comes to any specific location of heaven, at least the temporal or present heaven. We simply are not told the exact or precise location of the present heaven.

The apostle Paul thought it was crucial that as Christians we should at least know what happens when we die. Listen to what he told the Thessalonians:

          “…I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen           asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.” (1 Thess 4:13, NKJV)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Heaven Our Heart & Our Home (Part 2)


SERIES: Topical Messages: Heaven

SETTING: North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE: Sunday AM (September 13, 2015)

SUBTITLE: Heaven: Our Heart & Our Home

SCRIPTURE: John 14:1-4

SUBJECT: The Promise of Heaven (Part 2)

SUMMARY: Heaven has been promised to the genuine believer