Monday, November 24, 2014

The Highest of Good and the Satisfaction of our Souls!

"God is the highest good of reasonable creature, and the enjoyment of him is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows. But the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean."

--Johnathan Edwards


Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Duty of Thanksgiving


SERMON               GMT14-021

SERIES:              Topical Messages:  Thanksgiving

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Duty of Thanksgiving

SCRIPTURE:     1 Thessalonians 5:18

SUBJECT:          God demands thanksgiving

SUMMARY:       God demands all believers to give thanks!

SCHEME:           that believers live a life of thanksgiving
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Our theme is: God demands thanksgiving

This is a good reminder for us all that our Christian experience regardless of circumstances is to be a life committed to the giving of thanks.

 Proposition:  God demands all believers to give thanks!

Interrogatory Sentence:  What is involved in thanksgiving?

Transitional Sentence: Today I want you to see the duty that God places on every genuine believer. God commands all believers to give thanks. As we develop our theme today, we will clearly see the will of God.

God’s will is seen in:

1A     THE DEFINING THE SUBJECT OF THANKSGIVING
2A     THE DISCOVERING THE SOURCE OF THANKSGIVING
3A     THE DETERMINING OF THE SCOPE OF THANKSGIVING
4A     THE DECLARING THE  STATEMENT OF THANKSGIVING

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Why Do Believer's Stumble in Their Christian Experience?


  1. They are ignorant of biblical truth
  2. They have been taught incorrectly
  3. They do not believe what the Scripture says
  4. They settle to easily for everything other than Scripture
  5. They will not pay the price to remain faithful 
  6. They take promises of God for granted
  7. They love sin and unrighteousness more than holiness and righteousness

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Starbucks CEO to Shareholders: If you support Biblical Marriage, Sell Your Shares!

Seattle, Washington — At the annual Starbucks shareholder’s meeting this past Wednesday in Seattle, company officials told those who support Biblical marriage that they “can sell [their] shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company.”
According to reports, during the meeting, the founder of Corporate Morality Action Center expressed concerns over the company’s support of homosexual marriage. Tom Stobhar from the organization cited that the company’s stance affected shareholder earnings after Starbucks backed efforts to legalize same-sex “marriage” in Washington state last year. The company’s announcement had resulted in boycotts against the coffee king.
“In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and earnings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing,” shareholder Tom Strobhar stated.
“Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year,” responded Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “I don’t know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last 12 months.”
“Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people,” he continued. “We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity — of all kinds.”
The response drew both applause and cheers.
Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz
Schultz then concluded by saying, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”
While some shareholders appear to be doing just that, a number of Starbucks customers have also refused to frequent the franchise as long as it remains opposed to Biblical marriage. One website, DumpStarbucks.com, launched a nationwide campaign to urge coffee lovers to go elsewhere for a cup of joe.
“We are urging customers across the globe to ‘Dump Starbucks’ because it has taken a corporate-wide position that the definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be eliminated and that same-sex marriage should become equally ‘normal,'” the effort’s website outlines. “As such, Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers.”
As of press time, there were over 49,000 signatures on the campaign’s petition against the company.
“Starbucks is using its resources to invalidate traditional marriage in the US and redefine the institution of marriage despite the strongly held views of so many of its customers, including me,” the petition outlines. “Therefore, I will no longer purchase anything from Starbucks until you change your corporate values to be more reflective of my own.”
“Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples,” Starbucks outlined in a written statement last year when it announced its support for Washington’s push to legalize homosexual “marriage.” “We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.”
Starbucks was also among the over 300 U.S. corporations that signed onto a recent Supreme Court brief in an effort to overturn the nation’s Defense of Marriage Act. 

I don't own any shares so I don't have any to sell. However, I, for myself, have decided I don't need to drink their coffee any longer.

(Copied from the Christian News, dated November 18, 2014)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Is It Over Yet?

Monday  is the day of the week between Sunday and Tuesday. According to the traditional ChristianIslamic and Hebrew calendars, it is the second day of the week, and according to international standard it is the first day of the week.

 The name of Monday is derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday, which means "moon day".

Wake me when it is over, would you?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Do You Love the Gospel?

There is something essentially wrong with a man who calls himself a Christian and who can listen to a truly evangelistic sermon without coming under conviction again, without feeling something of his own unworthiness, and rejoicing when he hears the Gospel remedy being presented.