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Take time to Smell the Roses

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Two Sunday nights ago we were blessed to have a visitor. I had never met this man but I quickly learned that he was an assistant pastor at the Continental Baptist near his home in Rogers Arkansas. His name was Bro. Boiling. He had 4 small children. I quickly learned that his dear wife had recently passed away from a flesh eating disease. I was heart broken to say the least. He was my age, and I could not bear the thoughts of having to endure such a tragic circumstance. On the following Tuesday, I went into my office to pick out a book to begin reading. I noticed my answering machine flashing; I pushed play. To my suprise, it was Bro. Boiling. He had left his Bible on the pew where he and his children were sitting. Like any preacher, I begin to search through his Bible to see what kind of sermons he might have. To my dismay, I found no sermons by Bro. Boiling, but I did find the greatest sermon on heaven I had ever heard or read. It was written by his son. It was a Mother’s Day card and, it read as follows: “Dear Mom, I love you, and I can’t wait to see you in Heaven. I have been doing well in ball and in school. In fact, I am already done with school this year. I love you. Love Joseph.” As you can imagine I wept when reading this letter. At the end of the letter this little boy wrote, “Heaven in for Real!” This letter has convicted my heart perhaps more than any other sermon I have read in recent days. It reminded me to take time and smell the roses! It reminded me to take every opportunity to spend time with those that I love. Life is Brief! We are here for only a moment. It also reminded me once again of the promise of heaven for the redeemed of God. Thank God for a place beyond the river! While we make our journey to our final destination, learn to live life to the fullest, and never take for granted the joy of having loved ones around you!

Learn to Remember

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One of my favorite authors is a preacher by the name of Clovis Chappell. Clovis Chappel lived from 1882 until 1972. He was a Methodist in denomination and his writings are mostly in sermonic form. He preached a sermon entitled, “Learn to Remember!” In his opening statements Chappell writes, “What a marvelous power is memory! It is absolutley independent of space and time. It is far fleeter than the fastest airship.  It can bridge seas and continents as quickly as light. It is independent of space and time. A man may be 80 years of age and yet in a instant he can remember faces from his childhood.” Sadly, we as God’s people seem to have a very short memory. We seldom remember what God has done for us in the past. We almost never take the time to tell others about the provisions that God has made for us. Children seem to forget about the sacrifices made by parents and parents seem to more and more forget about their children. Pastors in many churches are almost always forgotten. Men can spend countless hours on their face praying for people in the church and yet in one moment everything can be forgotten. Preachers can get caught up in the getting part and never involve themselves in the giving. Let us as God’s people always strive to have a good memory!

Revival

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America is in desperate need of Revival. I am not talking about the kind that Baptist are notorious for having. For too long we have set aside a week that is usually in the spring or summer. We invite our favorite evangelist in for a 3 or 5 night meeting. We leave after the week still weak! The touch of God is missing in our churches. Sadly, churches seem to be used to not having it! For the most part, “christians” would rather have gold than to have God. Iain Murray said, “The characteristics of revival is that a profound consciousness of sin is produced in many persons at the same time by an awareness of God.” We sing the hymn, “Mercy drops round us are falling,” what we really need is a thunderstorm!