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Blessing the Bully

February 16, 2013

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.


Lately, bullying has taken a major place in the news. Television reporters act like it’s a new phenomenon, but it’s been going on longer than I’ve been alive. If we could go back to Cain and Abel and hear directly from them, I’m sure one or both would complain about being bullied.

But don’t think I’m in favor of bullying. As a kid, I didn’t like it. As an adult, I like it even less.

It may be hard to believe, but as a child, I was the runt of the litter. I’m the oldest of four boys, but my next younger brother has always been bigger and stronger. He grew up to become a state highway patrolman, carrying a gun and wrestling bad people to the ground. I grew up to become a youth pastor and missionary, carrying the thinnest Bible I could find and calling 911 when the bad guys showed up. Continue reading

Integrity or Hypocrisy: That is the Question!

February 11, 2013

 

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 26:1-12

Introduction

Integrity or hypocrisy: that is the question!  This is a choice we must make.  Someone suggested there are three types of people in the world, believers, unbelievers, and make-believers.  Lord Bacon (1561-1626) stated, “An ill man is always ill; but he is then worst of all when he pretends to be a saint.”[1]

Dr. Elon Foster (1833-1898) shares, “A farmer called on the Earl Fitzwilliam to inform him that his crop of wheat had been destroyed by his hounds.  The gentleman inquired what his loss was.  He thought fifty pounds would not more than repay it.  The earl immediately gave him the money.  As the harvest approached, the farmer found that his trampled wheat was the most luxuriant.  He went again to the earl, and wished to return the money.  ‘Ah!’ exclaimed the earl, ‘that is what I like: this is as it should be between man and man.’  Then, writing a check of one hundred pounds, presented it to the farmer, saying, ‘Take care of this, and, when your eldest son is of age, present it to him, and tell him the occasion that prompted it.”[2]

From Psalm 26:1-12 we read, “Vindicate me, O Lord, / For I have walked in my integrity.  I have also trusted in the Lord; / I shall not slip.  Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; / Try my mind and my heart.  For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, / And I have walked in Your truth.  I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, / Nor will I go in with hypocrites.  I have hated the assembly of evildoers, / And will not sit with the wicked.  I will wash my hands in innocence; / So I will go about Your altar, O Lord, / That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, / And tell of all Your wondrous works.  Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, / And the place where Your glory dwells.  Do not gather my soul with sinners, / Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, / In whose hands is a sinister scheme, / And whose right hand is full of bribes.  But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; / Redeem me and be merciful to me.  My foot stands in an even place; / In the congregations I will bless the Lord.” Continue reading

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