Twitter Not So Bad, IF

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People that have known me for years know about my on again and off again relationship with Twitter. Well I have finally found, I think, a balance with the use of it. It seems to be working rather well this way. All I do is follow some local, national and international news sites, some of which are visible in the picture. I follow 15 at the moment. I don't follow any individuals, I don't DM anyone and I don't retweet. I don't really tweet anything besides my blog post. It turns out this makes for a rather useful and pleasant Twitter experience. Every morning I scroll through my Twitter feed and see what happened in the last 24 hours. Sometimes I'll check it at night.

So if you find that your Twitter use is raising your blood pressure then maybe you should just unfollow everyone and add back just a few news feeds. Because who really needs 500 hundred retweets in their Twitter stream of the same news article.

Gunslinger

The cave was dark and dusty. McGumory held a handkerchief to his face with his left hand to keep the large particles of dust out of his lungs. He grunted with pain as his right hand held his left side with the feather end of an arrow sticking up between his fingers. He limped as his right leg still had a bullet in it from yesterday.

“That was dumb.” He mumbled to himself.

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Summer Language

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By the time you read this school will be out for most kids or very close to it. For kids summer begins on the last day school. But that is not really true  summer starts June 21st, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. But that is not really true either for there still only 24 hours in that day. We just call the longest because it has  the most hours of daylight. On the June 21st sunrise will be at 5:41 and sunset will be at 7:46. But thats not really true either for the sun does’t rise or set. The earth just rotates so you can’t see the sun any more.

What does summer starting at the end school, the longest day and sunset all have in common? It is a linguistic device that in seminary we called language of accommodation. I said those things are not true but that is only in a technical sense. To a kid summer begins that last day school. Most people think of a day as daylight hours and not 24 hours. What is going on is that we are talking in way that is using agreed upon metaphors.

Why is this important? Because the language of accommodation is used in the Bible. So when studying the Bible you have to be very careful to look at what is being said based on the context of not just who is talking but on when. the Bible was written over a period of 4,000 years and involves many different cultures. Sure it has one author, God but He spoke to each group in their language.

For example in John 8:44 Jesus tells some people their father is the devil. Jesus does not mean that literally. Most people realize that but there are other places where the language of accommodation is more subtle. 1st Timothy 2:9 the word modest. Today people erroneously think Paul is contrasting revealing vs modest modern clothing. He wasn’t because none of the clothing we wear today even existed then. If you look at the whole verse it is a contrast of simple vs flashy and inexpensive vs expensive.

Those that know me know I believe every one needs to read their Bible regularly. As you read it listen to what is being said and think about the time period and the audience of that day. Find the principal God was teaching them and bring that principal forward to you.

Stop Taking Quizzes on Facebook

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I have been telling people for years that you should not take quizzes on facebook. They are offered by companies to get information from you so they can sell it. It has now come to light that not only do these companies get to scrap your data (not just the answer to the questions you give them) but they get to scrap all your friends data.

So stop taking quizzes. Don't do it. It doesn't matter if they promise to tell you the comic book character you are most like. Just say no.

While we are on the topic of facebook don't share a story you have only read the the tittle to. I mean why are you telling everyone they need to read something you have not read.

Easter is Coming

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Easter is coming and this year it is on April 1st. Every Sunday is a weekly celebration of Jesus paying it all. Easter is the annual service. Here at FBC Callaway, we will gather at sunrise (6:30 a.m.) and celebrate the resurrection. Then at 11 a.m. we will gather in the sanctuary to hear our choir lead us in stirring music that points to the Lord.

Start now on inviting you friends, neighbors and family. Make an effort to invite them three times between now and April 1st. This just might be the Sunday that they give their life to the only one that can save their soul.

Yes, they may say no. They also may say yes. Pray for them often, asking God to soften their heart so that they will come. In John chapter 4 when the woman at the well realized who Jesus was she left her water pot, went and told her town about him, and then she lead them to Jesus. That is all we need to do. Tell our friends, neighbors and family about who Jesus is to us and then lead them to him. Don’t worry if they told you no in the past just be very humble and very loving and invite them again.

Some that read this are not part of FBC Callaway but still invite your friends, neighbors and family three times to your church, bathing your request in prayer, humility and love.

Have You Really Seen the Gift of God?

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In a few days Christmas will be here. For many the day will pass with little thought of Jesus. Some will be distracted by toys, and some will be distracted by reunion with family they have not seen in a while. For others the day will pass just like every other day of the year. While it is true that the modern holiday called Christmas is an amalgamation of many different traditions and Jesus was probably born in the Spring. Let us not forget that Jesus is the greatest gift that God has ever given mankind.

Jesus’ birth was unique but it is not his birth that makes him great. The angel announced to the shepherds not that a baby had been born but that the Savior, Christ the Lord had arrived. Simeon was not excited by a baby but by the Lord’s salvation, the Lord’s revelation to the Gentiles, and the Lord’s glory of Israel. The Wise man came not to see a child but a King.

Only two of the four gospels even mention his birth. All four of the gospels and the rest of the New Testament speak of his death. The gift was not in the birth but in the death. For on that cross as the Lord gave his life so the sins of the many could be forgiven.

The importance is not the baby in the manger but the Savior, Christ the Lord, on the cross bridging the gap between God and man for the glory of God and the redemption of man. 

I hope that this Christmas you personal understand the depth of the Love of the Father in sending his son. That like Simeon God will not let you see death until you have seen the Lord’s Christ.