• The Preacher Says

Double Standard

by Keith Bellamy

Some people are very good at digging up dirt on whoever they want to investigate. There is so much bad news out there, one wonders what one should do with such. The question, "How should Christians react to terrible news?" is appropriate here.

Should we say, "They are probably guilty"? Some would say that what goes on in someone’s private life is nobody’s business. Or they may even say, "Well, they all do it."

I want to be fair here. It is easy to make an accusation. It is easy to bring charges against individuals who may or may not be guilty. I know of many who have been falsely charged. And it is so easy to jump to conclusions without the facts.

Please notice the words of Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV). “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

My point is that we often use a double standard. Jesus said in Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (NIV). But He also said for His disciples to “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly” (John 7:24 NIV). And the problem is…we usually don't judge correctly.

We should admit we don't always know all of the facts. So, we need to use the standard of our Lord. His was not a double standard. Neither should ours be. Christians should be known as a fair-minded people.

Remember, they falsely accused Jesus with fake testimony and they crucified Him!


Think About This

I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because Jesus said, “If you receive a little child you receive me.” So every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus the neglect of receiving Jesus.”

Abortion is really a war against a child, and I hate the killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love.

…Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

Mother Teresa

  • The Preacher Says

Hateful People

by Keith Bellamy

We were never taught to hate. If we had even mistreated an animal, we would have been disciplined. We were always encouraged to treat everyone the same.

I remember the song, “Jesus loves the little children.” There is a real message in that song. “All are precious in His sight!” How true that is.

But then again there those people who are hateful. They are bitter. They spew hate out of their mouths and they are like acid. They eat away at everything and everyone.

Someone said, “A toxic person will never change; they just change victims and blame everything on everybody else.” Could that be true?

The people I read about who helped the early church grow were not hateful people. They tried to practice what Jesus taught. I’m sure they were not perfect, but they tried.

Please consider the following scriptures.

John 13:35: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (NIV)

1 John 4:7: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (NIV)

  • The Preacher Says

I want you to read Diane’s comments that were on Caring Bridge.

“God is awesome! He listens to prayers and answers them and works out things for the best. I can't begin to thank everyone for all the prayers, comments, best wishes, cards, etc. during the last 6-7 months. These have all helped me keep a positive attitude (although I had my times) and to keep pressing forward. One thing it taught me is more compassion for others who have/had to fight their battles. Watching others while we waited to be called into the various sections of the process made me realize I really have nothing to complain about. Others are much worse off than me. But the most important lesson I've learned is humility. This has taken me to my knees and strengthened my dependence on God. I confess that I've been complacent in my service to Him and have asked for and received forgiveness. Now I'm anxious to get back to work for Him. My brain is working but my body has no stamina! Soon I hope!! Again, thanks for all the love that's been sent my way! Love to all of you and may God bless you every minute of every day!”

Never once have I heard Diane ask why? Never once have I heard her say her brethren didn’t care.

To be sure there have been some very emotional times that comes from the treatment etc.

However, she learned a long time ago, Who her Savior is.

Read Romans 8:28

Proud of our community.

We were proud of our community for showing respect for Jasper native Army Specialist Jacoby McFarland. We were very glad to share our parking lot as the family and law enforcement met to start their entry into Woodville. While none of us knew this young man, it was very uplifting to see the way he was honored. May God bless this young man’s family.

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