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Summer by the Numbers

Summer by the Numbers

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore is founder of AweStar Ministries. His commitment to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ is reflected in his very lifestyle. He also has a burden for young people to be 0n the mission fields of the world. For more info on how the young people in your life can learn missions first-hand, go to www.awestar.org.


As a child returning to school in the fall, I almost always had to write a paper entitled, “What I Did with my Summer Vacation.” Since our family did about the same thing every summer, I turned in the same report year after year. Now that I’m older, I know I could have made things much more interesting. If had to do it today, I’d describe my summer on the mission field by the numbers. Here goes:

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Are there any corrections, deletions, or additions?

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.

 

Ephesians 4:17-24

Introduction

After the reading of the minutes in a business meeting, you are likely hear the moderator ask, “Are there any corrections, deletions, or additions?”

Dr. Stephen F. Olford (1918-2004) explained at a Christian Life Convention, about the difference between a conference and a convention.  As Dr. David Ford recently reminded me, “Dr. Stephen used to quote Dr. W. Graham Scroggie (1877-1958), who said that the difference between a ‘convention’ and a ‘conference’ is that a ‘convention’ has an object, and a ‘conference’ has a subject.  In a conference they convene to confer upon a subject, but in a convention there is the transaction of business.  A convention is to do business with God and Jesus is the ‘object.’”[1]

Dr. W. Graham Scroggie began his message on John 10:10 titled, “Abounding Life”, “On Monday, July 28, 1875, there was inaugurated in this place what is now universally known as the Keswick Convention.”  Later in the message, he continued, “What, then, it may be asked, is the distinctive message of this movement?  A former distinguished leader was once asked what was the difference between a conference and a convention, and after a moment’s reflection he replied, ‘A conference has a subject, but a convention has an object.’  As applied to Keswick, that is not a mere epigram, but a great truth.  This convention has an object, and that object is nowhere so briefly and adequately expressed as in the words of our text, ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’  Here Christ distinguishes between ‘life’ and ‘life more abundant,’ and it is for the interpretation of this distinction, and that we might know experimentally this maximum life, that we are now gathered.”[2]

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Tattoos and Piercings

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore is president and founder of Awe Star Ministries, a student, mission-sending ministry. For more info, go towww.awestar.org.


Can someone explain to me why this generation has such an infatuation with pain? Why would someone want to take a perfectly good tongue or belly button (or any other part of the body, for that matter) and poke a hole through it? I could understand if we all still lived in caves and pain was a part of everyday life.

And who knows? Maybe after a hard day chasing a brontosaurus and trying to bring home the Big Mac, poking a stick through your tongue would seem like a pleasurable experience. In the Stone Age, the dentist just whacked you on the head with a club to pull your attention away from an achy tooth.

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So You’re The Preacher

Norm MillerThe first-person article below I wrote for Baptist Press in 2004. It is essentially an apologetic for relationship evangelism and for ‘being in the world but not of it.’ The account is rendered not for personal attention, but to encourage you to make yourself available, to develop relationships, and to be ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope what follows accomplishes these objectives.

Deus Caritas Est,

Norm Miller


‘So you’re the preacher?’

by Norm Miller

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–My interest in the game of pool goes back to my boyhood days in Nashville, when Dad — a Baptist pastor — sometimes took my three older brothers and me to Strike and Spare bowling lanes to play pool. Mostly, I watched. And mostly, I got hooked.

I remain a big fan of the game, so much so that I watch the competitive matches on TV whenever possible. While watching one such match, an ad told how to join a pool team in my own neighborhood: “Just go to the website … yada, yada, yada.”

How often does a pastor contemplate going into a pool hall not only to play the game but to build relationships with hurting people in order to be Christ to them? I know, not very often. And what pastor in his right mind would risk his “religious reputation” or his “associational ascendancy” to be seen in a sports bar? It shouldn’t matter, I thought; right or wrong, plenty of Baptist pastors and their flocks eat meals in restaurants that also serve liquor from a bar.

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The Puzzle of Providence

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.


Psalm 49:1-20

Introduction

Drs. John Mason Neale (1818-1866) and Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890) comment on Psalm 49, “All that we can learn from the title is that the Psalm was given to the chief musician to arrange suitable music for it, and then left for the Sons of Korah to sing.  Mention of the harp in verse 4, identifies the Psalm as another of David’s wonderful odes.  Here, the renowned poet-musician sings, to the accompaniment of his much-loved harp, the burden of his song being the despicable character of those who trust in their wealth, and the Divine consolation oppressed believers can expect.”[1]

After reading through many commentaries and study notes, there seems to be a discrepancy about the human penman of Psalm 49.  Some commentators say it is David and others say it is the Sons of Korah.  Regardless, of your understanding, remember the words of 2 Timothy 3:16a, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . .” Also we read in 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

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