Thank you!

Sunday, October 23, was Pastor Appreciation Day. I want to thank everyone for your cards and words of
encouragement, and your generosity! Angie and I have been here at Church on the Bluff for over 16
years and I’m always amazed at the love and care you show for us. God blessed us by leading us here
and allowing us to minister to you all. It has been such a wonderful and exciting time for us; I praise the
Lord for His loving and providential care that brought us here.

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Overrated?

A very popular social media site asked its members to name the most over-rated people in history.
There was quite a list, including such notables as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Christopher Columbus,
Alexander Hamilton, and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. But one name made the list that kind of
startled me (though I guess it really shouldn’t): Jesus.

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Hate

A couple of years ago, during some particularly tough times of racial strife, it was popular to post a sign
in your yard that read “hate has no home here”. That is a wonderful sentiment, isn’t it? I would hope
that, even if there was no sign in your yard, hate doesn’t live at your house. But hate is just one of
several emotions that, when used wrongly, not only causes grief and trouble, but also displeases God.
Note that is said “when used wrongly”.

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“Ain’t God good?”

FROM YOUR PASTOR 10-13-2022
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every
inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5 NIV).
So often, we look around us and see wickedness; absolute wickedness. It seems that everywhere we
look we see depravity in all of its ugly forms.

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“Ain’t God good?”

FROM YOUR PASTOR 10-13-2022
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every
inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5 NIV).
So often, we look around us and see wickedness; absolute wickedness. It seems that everywhere we
look we see depravity in all of its ugly forms.

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True religion

In the book of Acts, Paul visits Athens and notices that there are altars built for so many different gods.
He then finds an alter to the “unknown god”. He took the occasion to teach about the one, true God.
“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way
you are very religious.” Acts 17:22 NIV. In the KJV, however, the word “religious” is translated as
“superstitious”.

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The Truth

A few years ago a neighbor asked me to testify to what I had seen them doing on property adjoining mine.  I agreed and went to the courthouse in Bessemer.  While waiting outside in the hallway a young lady asked me whose side I was on.  I told her that I wasn’t on anybody’s side.  I was just going to tell the truth and that truth doesn’t take sides.  Truth doesn’t take sides, does it?  Truth is what it is. Truth doesn’t change.  A dictionary defines truth as “the reality of a situation”. 


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Sin

I often use a rather simple definition of sin: Anything that violates the character and purpose of God. I
think that sums up sin pretty well. The necessary corollary to that is this: We can only know the
character and purpose of God through His revelation of Himself to us through the Bible. The Bible
shows us that God is higher, nobler, and different than mankind and we are to aspire to grow in grace
and knowledge of Him; to become more like Him.

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He is still on His throne,

Is America a Christian nation? That’s an easy question to answer:  yes and no.  Yes, there is no doubt
that the Pilgrims came over to the New World to escape persecution from the state-run religion of
England. If you read the charters of the newly formed states you will find, not only references to God,
but also to Christianity.

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Positive Direction

I’m feeling so very positive about the direction of the church. I know that the Coronavirus epidemic is
not quite over and we still have a ways to go before we are back to “normal”, but all around me I see
positive attitudes and a willingness to work. The recent Church Council yearly planning meeting and the
Sunshiners organizational meeting both went well and showed me that people want to get some
activities up and running. The Nominating Committee has received very encouraging responses for
workers (though we still need some pre-school workers). All-in-all, things are looking up! Thank you for
your enthusiasm.

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