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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

You DON’T Need to PAY for dirt!!!

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Apparently Nordstrom’s, for the quite fair sum of $425, will sell you jeans that are “pre-muddied.” Are you looking for that high class way to say to the world: “Hey, I’m a REAL man?” Then buy those jeans.

All the sociological and cultural implications of this aside( and I am pretty sure they are many, and SOMEBODY is likely offended by this;) I have a much better idea.

This is easy. Come work for me. You don’t have to pay $425 to look muddy and manly. Don’t bother; we will actually pay YOU to get muddy and dirty. Don’t spend your week’s allowance from Mommy and Daddy to look like a man. Get a job and BE one.

Peace and blessings to all.

The “Fraidy Hole”

Help Meeeeeeeeeeee!!

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Help! I’m stuck in a profit making, people eating machine and I can’t get out!

Prom 2017

My stepdaughter Michaela and her beau Trey. A little country and a little elegant.

 

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Just a Thought

jesus saves
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The empty tomb was FULL of power

Albert Mohler

Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Church Discipline-Whose Business Is It Anyway?

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Matthew 18:21

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Last time, we left our post with a couple of questions:

When our brother sins. Against who? Are we talking about brother to brother offenses or just sin in general?

Yes!

If the sin or offense is not against us, is it even our business?

Yes!

Now, let me explain what I mean as best as I can! I want to reference my friend Don Merritt again for a really good explanation of just who the offense in question might be against. Maybe I am being lazy here, but he did a great job of discussing this. I agree totally with his assessment that a case could be made either way about the offense in question. I also agree with his conclusion that it may not really matter just who the offended and/or sinned against party really is. Any sin on the part of our brethren may harm us personally, may harm another of the brethren, or may be harmful to the Kingdom. They are all certainly grievous and wounding to God, aren’t they?

Is our brother’s sin really any of our business? Isn’t that really between him or her and God? I have to vote yes on both of those questions. Of course Jesus is our ultimate judge, and we are told not to judge any one. We are not to pronounce judgment on another person. We don’t know any person’s heart, nor can we be in the business of telling them if they are right with God or not. We can go to Galatians 5 and read all about the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit. The only reason I bring that up is the phrase I have heard, “We aren’t to judge, but we can be fruit inspectors.”

That really doesn’t answer why though, now does it? Why is the sin of our brother’s and sister’s really any of our business?

Our sinning brother or sister may be harming themselves. We are our brother’s keeper. That means as brothers and sisters of a person, we have a responsibility to help them keep themselves out of harm’s way. Many behaviors which we would classify as sin, are in fact harmful physically and/or emotionally to the person committing them. We would certainly be withing bounds to help them out of that situation.

Our sinning brother or sister may be harming US! We are, as The Bible teaches, to forgive even the believer who sins directly against us. Period. That doesn’t mean we have to expose ourselves to their offense or even let them continue in that offense. The gossiper is a good example. If our brother or sister is gossiping about us, the attempt to make this offense stop is certainly within bounds.

Our sinning brother or sister may be harming another. The cheating businessman, or the man abusing his wife may not be harming himself or us, but he is certainly harming others and correcting them on this behavior is certainly withing bounds.

Finally, our sinning brother or sister may be harming the the Kingdom, and the witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a reason so many think our churches are full of hypocrites; sometimes they are. It’s simply not good for the testimony of our churches for members to come to church on Sunday morning and act like an angel, then for the rest of the week act like the devil himself. Dealing with church members who engage in open and notorious sin is certainly within bounds.

Great! We have concluded here that, yes, sin among the brethren is not just their business, but likely OUR business. Now what? We run out and talk about them amongst  ourselves, then toss them out on the street, right?

Well, no, not really.

Coming up: A story of a restoration

Lord, please don’t come just yet.

Of course, all believers look forward to the glorious return of our Lord!…but still, there is so much work yet to be done.

Blessings and enjoy!

Holly T. Ashley

Sometimes I wonder if I am the only person alive who does not daily cry out for the Lord to come.

But I don’t.

I just can’t.

I cry out for those in my family, those friends who I have left behind so as to not be drawn back to my worldly lifestyle and chronic sinful lusts. They don’t know Jesus. They don’t understand what is going to happen upon His return.

Jesus wept.

On that day of glorious triumphal entry into that little town. People rejoice and cried out ““Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38).

This Sunday, people across the world will also cry out, ““Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  in their annual trek to a church near…

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