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September 2007 entries

Thanks for the Response and While I'm at It....

The last blog solicited a lot of great response. Many of you have obviously thought long and hard about this one too. I would like to ask all of you who believe in the power of prayer to lift me up in prayer right now. I have been sick for a week now and my schedule does not allow me much downtime. Today I am as weak as water and have not been able to go into the office. Any prayers lifted up on my behalf would be appreciated.


Let's Discuss

Are there any scriptures that make you wonder what they mean? Do you struggle with some even though you believe the Bible to be true? Would it surprise you to know that there are some scripture verses that fall into that category for me too? Well, there are. So I thought I would share one with you and get your input. Since I am teaching "Get Real With God" on Sundays about prayer I have had to come to grips with one of my "troublesome" verses." Here it is:

"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the LordAnd the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." James 5:15 - 16 (NKJV)

I have prayed for many people over the years and many have become well and many have not. I know the pat answer is to say that death is the "ultimate healing." Do you think that is a cop out to deal with what seems to be an unanswered prayer. Do you have an enlightened answer or perspective on this issue. I appreciate the intelligence and spiritual depth of many of my readers so email me and tell me what you think.

Pastor Ken

Glad to Get Home

Well, we're back. Marilyn and I returned this weekend from our annual Timothy/Barnabas retreat with Johnny Hunt of Woodstock, Georgia. A great time was had by all. Some of my favorites were there. Jerry Vines, former pastor of one of the largest churches in America. Jamey Ragle, the funniest man in America, bar none, who doesn't have to resort to profanity for a laugh. Newsong was there as well. It's amazing how they have continued to re-invent themselves over the years. Their sound is fresh and they rocked the house. Finally, J. Hunt was his usual inspiring self. Johnny is a true friend to pastors. He really speaks the language and understands the heart of a pastor better than anyone I have ever heard. It is interesting that in a sense Pastor Hunt is re-inventing himself as well. His dress is more casual and his language more relevant. For a couple of days Marilyn and I were refreshed and encouraged. Then there was the drive home.

There is nothing more likely to cause someone to lose their Christianity than to drive from Atlanta to Chattanooga in the remnants of a hurricane. What should have taken 2 hours took 4. Sadly, all the tension that we were able to release while at the retreat returned with a vengeance before we got home. It is amazing that some people ever received a drivers license at all. Does it seem reasonable to you that a car should at least slow beneath the speed limit in bumper-to-bumper traffic during a driving rainstorm and visibility at about 3 feet. It didn't occur to those who were fellow travelers on I-75 last Friday. As a matter of fact, many of them took the opportunity to drive and water ski at the same time. Their sporting adventures caused the rest of us to take twice as long as it should to drive home. So several times between Acworth and East Ridge I lost and regained my salvation more times than a schizophrenic at a tent revival. We are safely at home now, thankful for the memories and even more thankful for traveling grace and the prayers of a few great friends.

See you around the throne, Pastor Ken       

May I Suggest

Hey guys Marilyn and I are preparing to leave town for a couple of days. We're heading south to A'town to be with the good people of Woodstock Baptist and their pastor Johnny Hunt. We have been going for years and it is always refreshing and encouraging. While I'm gone I thought you might want to check out a book I've been reading called "Demon: a memoir." It is something like "The Screwtape Letters" but not exactly. You might enjoy it if you are looking for an easy read that is pretty enjoyable. Well, I'll catch you on the flip side when we get back.

Good reading,

Pastor Ken   

Credit Card Evangelism

Tomorrow I finish a 4 week series of talks on money and material possessions. I've been trying to encourage people to live with eternity in mind and to store up treasure in heaven. So I want to practice what I preach and have been trying to stay current in all my bills and even dispense with a few of them. Everyone knows that one of the greatest hindrances to paying things off is credit; especially credit cards. Wouldn't you know, just as I make this a priority the offers for new cards have increased in number; filling my mailbox with tempting "no or low interest" offers. It's like a guy trying to overcome an addiction to pornography and receiving a free lifetime subscription to Penthouse.

With all these tempting offers also comes a postage paid envelope back to the bank or finance company. With one sitting on the kitchen counter I remembered what one enterprising fella did to "redeem the time." Or in this instance, "redeem the postage." Since they were sending him an offer too good to be true, he decided to decline their offer and in return offer them a better deal. He would simply write over the application the words "no thank you" and then add an application to eternal life. He would write Scripture verses on a piece of paper outlining how a person could invite Christ into their heart along with a simple prayer. It is only fair, if the financial corporations want us to go into debt to purchase things that will eventually burn, then I think I'm going to offer them an opportunity so that they don't have to.

In His Shadow - Pastor Ken          

Getting Real With God

I am currently preparing for my new series of sermons to begin Sunday after next. The working title is Getting Real With God and it is all about the struggle we all have with prayer. I am going to be addressing the issues I have to confront daily about communicating with God. As a spiritual leader of a local body of believers I need to have an active line of communication with the ultimate source of wisdom in the heavenlies. Unfortunately, I do not hear my phone ring often enough. It is as if the Lord makes me wing it time after time to make the right decision concerning the direction I should go and subsequently lead others. So this series is going to come straight out of my own struggles concerning prayer. I am going to voice them out loud and share my search with you to find the answer. This ought to be interesting.

In His Shadow,

Pastor Ken