Dewayne Spivey

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly said to Jesus, ‘All of self and none of thee.’”...

Practical Application

Is the following an example of Jesus using practical application? A man asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in essence replied, “What does God say?” “What do you understand the Bible to say?” Are you reading the Bible? Do you understand what...

Ironing

I finally caught up on my ironing last night. I had been putting it off for a few days. Uh, yes, I know how to iron. Our mother made sure her boys knew how to iron, vacuum, clean house, wash dishes and clothes. Was your mother not mean like that? I’ve even ironed with...

As In The Beginning

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. We learn a lot about God in the first three chapters and none of it changes. The Bible is a big book, but the lessons of the first three chapters remain. God created man as male and female. His first directive to them was “to be...

An Opportunity To Help

We help support the School of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria. It has been and continues to be a very productive work in various countries in Africa and even other continents. Several years ago, two students from Uganda attended the school in Jos, and upon their...

Freedom

We all want it. We often misunderstand it. Too often, we consider freedom to mean our ability to do whatever we want to do. But the problem with that is the reality that we cannot live that way. What we want to do may not be what we need to do. It may not be what is...

VBS 2022 The Big Four

Our very special thanks to our “Big Four” of VBS, Jina O’Clair, Karen & Jason Smith and Eric Gott. Jina, Karen and Jason have been the “brains” and drive behind our Vacation Bible School for years. Now they are joined by the special talents and abilities offered by...

Washington Speaks

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought it would be good to remember some words of final warning given to us by George Washington in his Farewell Address. He spoke of the great care that needed to be taken to guard and preserve the unity of our government....

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not...

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon the nature of the instruction or leading to which a...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37...

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He had already made his choice. He shared it with...

Thank You, RCOC!

What a turn out Sunday night. What a joyful, fulfilling evening. What an example of organized chaos. But we got it done. Over 150 buckets filled. All delivered to Healing Hands and they should be headed out today to the ship that will deliver them to those in need in...

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the nicest man in his  profession. After reading his...

We Need Your Help

When? Sunday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.   For What? We are loading buckets of essential items to be sent to those fleeing from the war in Ukraine.   Healing Hands International has provided us with a list of essential items that will...

Three Levels of Maturity

I’m not sure where the following thoughts are taken from, but they are worth considering again and striving to follow. It seems there are three levels of maturity we pass through. They apply to our lives in general, but also to each individual struggle or issue we...

Extraordinary

Thanks to Alice Harper sharing Phyllis Gibson’s post of the Yulan Magnolia also known as Magnolia Liliflora. With a little help from Photoshop, the flower looks like a bird. When we take the time to look and to think, we realize that we do not live in an ordinary,...

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Sunday night we sang this song. Below are three verses that will help us understand the meaning. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from...

Life’s Most Important Thing

What is life’s most important thing? Now, there is a question for all of us to consider. Think about what God says. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him....

Ironing

Jane’s treatment is having an impact on her hands. Therefore, she informed me yesterday that I would need to iron my clothes for a while. That’s not a problem. But instead of starting last night, I thought about ironing which led to this article.   Ironing is...

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