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God’s Provisions…Man’s Mess-ups PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James I: 17), but man, since the dawn of civilization, has been busy messing up all that God has given to us.  God instituted marriage for human kind, but it wasn’t long until ignorant and evil men perverted God’s plan for the union of one man and one woman.  Special thanks to the Willette Church of Christ for their timely add in last weeks Chronicle.  The Scriptures used, in this add, condemned homosexuality and thus same sex marriage.  It is time for all congregations to stand for the truth of the Bible. 

            God’s world is beautiful but man has marred it with his sins.  God gave us the Bible to guide us in living godly lives, but man has ignored it and traveled the path of his own choice.  Some of his paths are dangerous for they seek to pervert God’s gifts and ways.

            Islam is a graphic example of wicked man’s efforts to undo God’s plan of Christianity.  We must stand against this violent religion now, if our children are to inherit and enjoy a peaceful America tomorrow.  What happened in Boston last week on a part of two Muslim brothers is another warning that Islam’s goal is to make America and Islamic state.  This is further proof of our need and right to own a gun.  I find it difficult to understand why Left Wing Democrats hold-up the hands of radical Muslims.  Furthermore, I also can’t understand why Country Club Republicans like John McCain, voted to make it difficult for law abiding citizens to purchase a gun.  He was in essence voting against the Constitution which allows us to arm ourselves.  Left Wing Democrats, Country Club Republicans; Bah humbug!  I think I’ll just be an independent.

            By the way, every person who voted for the liberal mess out of D.C., and who minimizes the efforts of Islam will face God in judgment, and if they don’t repent, will be held accountable for the little girl whose leg was blown off in Boston and her little brother who was killed.  Radical Islam did it.

            God Bless America!

           

 
Democratic Party Official Makes Students’ Stomp on the Name of Jesus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Deandre Poole, a professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a top official in the local Democrat Party, recently stirred up a major controversy by making his students write the name Jesus on a piece of paper, throw it on the floor with the name face up, hesitate for a moment, then stomp on it.  All the students, with the exception of Ryan Rotela complied.  His refusal resulted in his being suspended from the class by the university.  Ryan Rotela, who is a junior from Coral Springs, had this to say:  “Any time you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value.  So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus it says that the word has no value.”  These are the exact words he told local CBS TV Affiliate WPEC, when he was interviewed. 

            It’s unbelievable that a college professor teaching young students would participate in this anti-Christian exercise.  I seriously doubt that Mr. Poole would dare to do this with the name Mohammed.  To Mr. Poole’s credit, he was conducting this exercise based upon the suggestion from the textbook “Intercultural Communications a Contextual Approach, 5th Edition”, which he was using in class.  You would think that a university professor would have more wisdom than to do this among young students.  However, books are being written in today’s culture to undermine God, Christ, and the Bible.  The liberals love it.  What I don’t understand is how a once good political party like the Democrat Party has joined in the fight against Christianity.

            By his actions, Mr. Poole has motivated tens of thousands who believe in Jesus to realize just how serious this conspiracy is in the matter of trying to eliminate Jesus from America.

            Dear reader, take up the only weapon Christians can use in the fight against atheists, liberals, and intellectual elites, and that is “The sword of the spirit”—The Bible.  Unless we stand where the Bible stands, our world will grow worse and worse.

 God Bless America!

 
About Our Children PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Some children in a family found that their misconduct finally caught up with them.  And their father was mad at them.  The children at night prayed about their relationship to their father.  Then the next morning they put this sign on their parents’ bedroom door:  “Be kind to your children, and they will be kind to you. Yours truly, God.”

 

                                                ______________________

 

            Children, like canoes, are more easily controlled if paddled from the rear.

 

 

About The Congregation

 

            I wanted to share with my readers the following article from John Smith.  It is good advice for members of any local congregation,

“Ponder Your Feet??”

                                                            by John Smith

            Proverbs 4:26 says to us, “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established”.  God is warning us to take a look at what we are doing and where we are headed.  Ephesians 5:15-16 states “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  It is God’s will that we always consider our spiritual condition and make correction where needed so that we can glorify Him.  If correction is needed…let us make it and get busy in the Lord.  We do no know what tomorrow holds for us!  There is much work to be done in His kingdom and in the local work.  What work you say?

v    Attend all of the services of the church faithfully.

v    Set aside some time each day for personal Bible study.

v    Teaching the lost the plan of Salvation.

v    Teach a Bible class.

v    Leading songs in worship.

v    Visit the sick and needy—there are many opportunities to assist those who are elderly and/or those who are in need.

v    Greet and visit our visitors who come into our assembly.  Some are hearing the Word of God and seeing Christians for the first time when they visit our worship services.  Let us make them feel welcome.

v    Support the work of the church—we need Christians who will shoulder the load and seek out what needs to be done and do it.

 

If we are going to be useful to God, we are going to have to “Ponder” our paths that our feet are taking us and make corrections if needed.  We must all be looking for opportunities for us to better serve our Lord as we ponder our feet!

 
“…We Need Help. Amen.” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Baptist preacher prayed this brief invocation at the Texas legislature on January 11, 1989:  “Our father please read our lips.  We need help.  Amen.”

            All kinds of statements are made in these times to describe the current mess coming out of D.C.  However, few of them actually describe the colossal mess the Liberal Democrats and Country Club Republicans have created for us while spending tax dollars like sowing wheat or oats.  Just last week we learned that the liberals in D.C. have included in the budget a million dollars for a study of which foods to eat on Mars so as to insure that those who make it there will not become sick.  Hey, Mars is uninhabited.  All the little green men live in D.C. and work at the White House.  God, “we need help.  Amen.”

            At a college job fair, a man bumped into one of his school’s guidance counselors.  I can’t seem to find a career that intrigues me,” he said.  “What are your interests?”  He asked.  “I like to take things apart,” the man said, “but I hate putting them back together.”

            “Son,” replied the advisor, “you ought to consider politics.”

            Well, from D.C. to the capital in each state, it seems that most of the politicians have this in common:  they like to tear things apart.  The administration in Tennessee’s capital seems to be bent on taking things apart—fixing things that aren’t broken.  The 87 adult education programs in our state have recently been reduced to less than 50.  Macon County has been thrown in with big Sumner County; in spite of the fact Macon’s adult education has been a great success with countless adults getting their GED degree.  Now, and how dumb, the same wrecking crew is working to do away with our fifteenth judicial district, forcing citizens of this district to travel countless miles to other towns for justice issues.  How stupid!  It isn’t broken; therefore, it doesn’t need fixing.  Neither are the adult education programs in Tennessee including Macon.  God, “we need help.  Amen.”

 
What Do You Do When Your World Is Turned Upside Down? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It happens, doesn’t it?  The best of people have their world turned upside down.  One of my favorite biblical passages is also very sad, yet real: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1).  Every day, all across the world, people are having their world turned upside down.  It may be a devastating storm, an accidental or premature death, an act of violence, or other countless things.  We all have this in common:  they turn our lives upside down.

            Over the past two years, I have been involved in events which have turned my life upside down.  First, our grandson was injured seriously in a wreck, leaving him paralyzed and perhaps unable to walk for life; then my wife had five bypasses, both resulting in multiple economic and emotional problems.  But by the grace of God we have survived.

            Senior citizens have had their world turned upside down by the Obama Administration—first, their insurance and now their Social Security is being threatened.  Did you know that if senior’s today have their social security taken away that 51.4% of seniors in Kentucky will be living in poverty, while 54.8% in Tennessee will be living in poverty.  When FDR pushed the Social Security Act through congress, it was his aim for it to be a retirement fund and to be paid in during the working years of a person’s life, not to be squandered by liberal politicians in the future.  Four billion dollars wasted on golf trips and vacations in over five years, and now the elderly are being threatened by the same people who have wasted America’s wealth.  The only answer is to be found in the grace of God.  We must not give in to the ruthless and corrupt politicians of today, but stand our ground and seek guidance and help from God who has the power to undo the liberals, the radical Muslims, and the drones which some in DC are using to threaten Americans. 

            Paul and other apostles turned the world upside down with the gospel—that was the right way, and that is the way we must pursue, and not be overcome by those who are trying to turn our world upside down in an effort to overcome us.  These people want to turn us upside down to control us.  Let’s be Christians and stand our ground for righteousness.  I’ll never give in to the conspiracy for the radical Muslims to take over America and make it an Islamic State governed by Islamic Laws.  I’ll never give in to the doctrine that Islam is as good as Christianity, and that their founder is as good as Jesus Christ.  The fact is, and it doesn’t frighten me to write this, Christianity is the only religion of Devine authority.  All the others have their origin in the twisted minds of men seeking power.

            The Judgment will reveal the truth.

 
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