Then and Now

Good evening to all. Becky and I are celebrating our 46th anniversary tomorrow and so we took a short trip this afternoon over to Michie, Tennessee and had dinner at the Top Of The River restaurant there. What a seafood platter I had! It is known as the world’s largest seafood platter and it actually took up a fourth of the four seat table we were at. I have a picture of it if you don’t believe me. I believe it could have fed at least three people and still have some left. Brought most of it home where I know it will be devoured by some of the grandkids tomorrow. And I had a wonderful time with my wife as we traveled and talked. God sure blessed me when He set her apart to be my mate for life!

Started the morning today with our weekly bible study and it was a great time of fellowship as we shared together. One of the guys shared his personal testimony of how God saved him about 3 years ago and what a change it had made in his life. As an added bonus he had the opportunity to lead a teenage boy to Christ at a recent youth camp. He is really pumped and walking on air. What an encouragement it was to the rest of us today!

As I have studied and contemplated about what to write this week, there has been one thing that I keep coming back to. Through a series of several routine events in my life this past week it has really sunk in how different the “Christian” way of life has become from what I remember as a young convert in the sixties. As a matter of fact it is almost unrecognizable for me on many occasions. There is a sharp contrast to how I see a lot of “Christians” live today to what I experienced as a young man. I realize that I came from a home and background that was rooted in total trust in God’s promises and an unwavering commitment to following Him in complete obedience. There was no room for compromise in anything that was contrary to the Word of God no matter what the social pressures of the day were. My, what a change in today’s time!

Over the next few weeks we will take a look at a number of those changes that I think are apparent and discuss what effect they have had on the spiritual condition of the church today. As usual, most of it will be my opinion but I will endeavor to back it up with scripture. It could get interesting and I would love to have any comments that you would like to share with me and the others that read this post. I am a strong believer in the phrase “iron sharpens iron” because I continually experience it as I’m around other believer’s who are in God’s Word on a regular basis. So hold on for the ride!

As a way of announcement, our group Reassurance will be ministering through music at the Forrest Hills Baptist Church tomorrow evening. The service starts at 6:00 PM and runs until 7:00 PM. If you don’t have a church home at this time or your church doesn’t have Sunday evening services, you are welcome to join us tomorrow evening. I truly believe you will receive a blessing because we are always blessed when we share with others of like mind and faith.

Until next week, may God richly bless you and those you love and keep a hedge of protection around them.


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