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BIG CITY

1982-01-02-090

SONG #026

BIG CITY

Big City are you waitin’
Big city are you waitin’ on me
Are you waitin’ on me?

When I left out of the city
I left it for a smaller town
Tryin to get back to the country
Just tryin to settle on down

Big City are you listenin’
Big city are you listenin’ to me
Are you listenin’ to me?

I had me a woman in the city
I loved her the best I could
She left me a cryin and a whinin’
Now I know I never should

Big city are you burnin’
Big city are you burnin’ your lights
Are you burnin’ your lights?

City’s been callin’ me back there
City’s been on my mind
Found a new love in the city.
City don’t let me unwind

Big city don’t be bringin’
Big city don’t be bringin’ me down
Don’t be bringin’ me down

Big City I won’t go hurtin’
Big city I won’t go hurtin’ no more
I won’t go hurtin’ no more.

Larry Binion
01-02-82

……………..I could not bring my passions from a common spring……..

Pristine Firsts

Pristine Firsts

That first kiss
the first date
the first time to give the heart away
Oh, to catch the joy only once partaken

The very first can only come once
Once here, it is gone
Joy is wasted on the youth
while old folks remember the thrill

Larry M. Binion

2016-01-24

WATERMELON BLUES

1998-01-07-232

ESSAY Personal  #011

WATERMELON BLUES (year 1959)

One summer night in 1959, my brother Danny spent the night with Johnny Stubblefield. I was 13, and my brother was 15. When he wasn’t home for supper the next night, my mother said she knew where he was anyway. But by the third day, and Danny still hadn’t shown  up, she called Johnny’s mother. His mother was shocked to find that the boys weren’t at our house, as my mother was shocked to find that they weren’t at her house.

Was my mother ever mad! It was not good to be caught by my little mother when she was mad. At 5’2″, when she came at us boys, who towered over her, with a switch we knew we’d pushed her too far. She couldn’t hurt us, but just knowing we had caused her to cry was punishment enough for us. This was one of those times. I felt sorry for Danny when he got home.

Later that night a police officer from Seminole called. They had caught three boys stealing watermelons off a grocery store porch. One of them was Danny. It was then we found out that they had been staying at a third friend’s house. He was sixteen and would be charged as an adult. Danny and Johnny, however would only be charged as juveniles, and, since neither  one had a record, the police thought it would be a good idea for them to spend the night in jail, before the parents came to pick them up. The charges would be dropped at that time.

Mother thought a night in jail was the perfect punishment for Danny, and she told Kiddo that when he came home, to leave him alone. She was very firm about this. He had enough punishment, and she had an agreement with the policemen. She knew that Kiddo looked for any and every chance to whip us. He used to wait until we’d gone to bed at night, and wake us up by spanking our bare bottoms with a belt because we didn’t wash our feet before we went to bed.

Mother took off work at the Jean Factory the next day long enough to drive from Wewoka to Seminole to Pick Danny up, back to our house at Ong, then back to Wewoka to work.

Kiddo had also taken off that day. He was watching from Highway 99B as mother turned into the gravel road that led to Ong and our house.  Danny was telling me what had happened during the last three days when Kiddo burst through the door. He had left his car on the gravel road, hidden from view by our blackberry bushes, and walked the few hundred feet to the house.

Danny and I usually tried to get away, but this time he had us. Kiddo began hitting Danny in the face with his fists. I had to help my brother. While Kiddo was hitting Danny with his fists, I’d hit Kiddo in the back with mine. When He’d turn around to hit me in the face with his fists, Danny would hit him in the back with his. There was a brand new Morton Salt Shaker by the stove. I took it and smashed it on the back of his head. It took us six months to get all the salt out of the kitchen. The fight took on a furious turn as Danny dropped his guard and Kiddo landed a nasty blow to the side of Danny’s head. Then Danny turned and ran for the door, with Kiddo a half-step behind.

I thought if Kiddo caught him, he’d kill him, so I frantically looked for a weapon. I found the hammer, and threw it as hard as I could.  It hit Kiddo in the small of the back. He staggered, turned and gave me a hateful look as he went down on one knee. Then he struggled to get up off the floor to pursue Danny.

While Kiddo staggered, it gave Danny the head start he needed to run away. He was a good twenty feet in the lead, and would have gotten away, but he suddenly stopped and turned around. Kiddo was on him like a tiger, smashing Danny in the face with his fists. By the time I came running up to help, it was all over.

I asked Danny later why he didn’t keep running. Because, he said, he wanted to protect me, and besides, Kiddo would just catch him sooner or later, and he just wanted to get it over with.

A few hours later I heard someone screaming. When I walked around the barn, Kiddo was just throwing down the garden hose he had used to whip Danny. Danny motioned me to not interfere. It was over. To be sure, Danny never touched another watermelon. Mother never found out that Kiddo came home that day. If she’d known how he treated us, she would’ve gone into hysterics. Thus due to our own code of silence to “protect” our mother, we were perpetuating further abuse. Before a year had passed, Danny had run off to Dallas for good. And Kiddo has had back trouble ever since.

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the wordmaster says:
❝Another true story. Some tense moments.❞

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LOST IN THE CROWD

1998-11-10-273

POEM #098

LOST IN THE CROWD

Alone with no name

You are a faceless, nameless entity.

Stony people care not for your pain.

Your scream is like a pebble in the ocean

unnoticed, unseen, unfelt.

 

Lost in the crowd

A silent groaning beseeches

For a Mollifying paregoric that never comes.

Screams only echo to the top of your head.

Knots battle for control of your stomach.

 

You speak to a patron of stone:

Having heard does not want to hear;

Having seen, does not want to see;

Having felt, does not want to feel;

Having sensed, does not want to perceive.

 

Like they, you become seared and stony

You see the young person beside you:

A faceless, nameless entity.

His cry is like a pebble in the sea

unnoticed, unseen, unfelt.

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the wordmaster says:

❝So many people, and yet so many people feel as if they don’t have a friend in the world.❞

AnnieOakLeaf says:

❝Flea23 – Whatever you do, Larry…don’t ever give up on the fact that your heart and your soul tell you you’re a writer. It’s hard to hold on to that faith in yourself. Take that brave heart of yours and attain…be what you wish to be…be what you are. You have a lot of power in your pieces, Larry…it is Larry that writes and the Flea that plays…and laughs and giggle and plays hide and go seek. Write..Larry. I know you can. You leave kernels of truth…and rings of drama and the depth of perceptions all over the place. You are NOT lost in a crowd…in fact..you’re something of a stand-out.❞

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Questions

Questions

Questions
To be answered of humanity
Why am I here?
What am I doing?
Why?

If only I knew.
The circle of life
Life imitates art or
Art imitates life.
Does any of it matter?

Like the throwing stars into the sea,
“I saved this one”
I hope the one that was saved
May just have been
Me.

Larry M. Binion
(March 2015)

SUZANNE

SUZANNE

CARICATURE #023

Drawn 1997-06-14-221

With a flourishing script, she wrote into my yearbook. I gaped at her, the most beautiful girl in school was signing my 1962 yearbook because I asked her to. I couldn’t believe it. She was two years older than I was. She was a graduating senior while I was just a 10th grader. I hoped she didn’t notice how stupefied I was. She was way out of my social order. She was of the elite society, very pretty, and highly intelligent.

Then, abruptly she asked “Where’s your brother, Danny?”

“I haven’t seen him in the past two years. Where is he?” she queried.

“He moved to Dallas two years ago”. I said.

“I’m sorry to hear that”, she said. “I always wanted him to ask me out. I really liked him. Do you care if I sign your yearbook for him?”

“I don’t mind a bit”.

“You promise you’ll show it to him”.

She signed for Danny as well, and turned to the mob who was begging her to sign their yearbook. I was stunned. She had wanted to date my brother, and he had the nerve to move to Dallas. I couldn’t wait to tell him. She could easily have been a movie star queen. She was that pretty.

It was six months before I saw Danny again. I told him about the incident and showed him what she’d written. Naturally, he wanted to move back to Wewoka to find her, but he was now a High School dropout, and she was already in college somewhere.

Danny would later finish High School with a GED, but for now his only comfort was to stare at the words she had written to him: “Love Always, Suzanne.”

the wordmaster says:

Wish I had been her age.

CIDER MANIA (1954)

1998-06-04-267

ESSAY Personal #030

CIDER MANIA (1954)

Sometime in the summer of 1954, Kiddo had gotten a lot of apples. He decided to make apple cider out of them. He put them is a rain barrel and let them rot. After smelling that awful rotting smell for a week or two, he put some of the juice in a gallon jug. He took the sample and put it in the refrigerator. When my mother and Kiddo went to town, seven miles away, my curiosity got the best of me.

Now, I liked apple cider, having had some several times before. I looked forward to it with delicious expectation. At last, it was here in the refrigerator.

There were two jars in the refrigerator, one directly behind the other. The one in the front had little pieces of apple floating in it and tasted pretty good. The one behind, however, was a lot clearer and tasted much better. I vaguely wondered how two completely different textures and tastes could come from the same source, but I shrugged it off. I was pretty ignorant at eight years old.

Well, I was at the house all by myself with nothing to do. I decided I’d just taste the apple cider and report back to them how good I thought it was.

When my mother came back, she had to coax me off the roof. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk. I was totally messed up. I climbed to the top of the tree by our house, leaning out and raving like an idiot, and taking chances I never would have taken otherwise. I kept trying to talk to her, but I couldn’t understand why the words didn’t seem to come out right. I was drunk.

My mother was so mad at me, I thought she was going to kill me. But she began laughing. She laughed so hard she cried. This was the first time in memory Kiddo actually told mother not to spank me. Mother told me later that Kiddo had put some real wine into a jar so us kids wouldn’t know it was wine, and put it in the refrigerator. He thought we wouldn’t find it. Well, I had drunk about two-thirds of a gallon of the wine he didn’t think I’d find. That wine tasted so much better than the cider.

They bottled up the rest of the cider. It took a long time for me to drink any more of it, but when I finally did, with every sip I kept thinking that it wasn’t nearly as good as the wine in the other jug. No wine ever appeared in our refrigerator again. Mother saw to that. For that matter, no apple cider appeared in our refrigerator for many years.

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the wordmaster says:

❝It wasn’t funny to me.❞

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THE BOY WHO LOVED TOM SAWYER

1981-03-31-082

STORY #001

THE BOY WHO LOVED TOM SAWYER

Robert Timothy Birmingham, the rich kid from Highland Park, had just put down his favorite book, HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Downstairs, his father called “Lights out, Tim. Vacation starts tomorrow, 6:00 O’clock sharp”.

At last, a chance to visit the land of his favorite heroes: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He knew he’d never be a Huck Finn, or have the same adventures as Tom Sawyer. He was still dreaming what he would do as he fell asleep.

When the family arrived at Sawyerville, Louisiana, confusion was prevalent. They were able to rent a cabin right on the park campground. Tim’s dad issued instructions to help clear away the baggage to the twins, Mary and Jerry, and his mother Susan, and big brother Ben. Little Terri Lynn was too little to help, so she was to keep track of the dog, Shamus.

At last everything was in place. Tim couldn’t wait for dark, for he couldn’t wait to gaze out upon the Mississippi River, just like Tom Sawyer.

“Hullo”, said a voice behind him.

“Hi, who are you”, replied Tim.

“Hank Finkel, what’s yours? Are you on vacation? How come you came here?” Tim smiled at the torrent of questions, for this is how friends were made.

“My name is Robert Timothy Birmingham and we’re going to spend a few days here in Sawyerville because I never get to anywhere to have fun.”

“Well”, suggested Hank, “I’ve got a raft. Why don’t you ride the raft dowhn the Mississippi with me”?

“Yeah”, was Tim’s instant reply, but my dad would never let me go.

“Who said anybody has to know. We’ll be back in an hour or two.”

‘This is heaven’, thought Tim as they floated down river. There was no one to see his extreme joy as Tim, Hank, and Hank’s dog floated majestically along. Somewhere to the right, a streak of light lit up the sky for a split second.

The silence was broken by Hank “It’s gonna rain on us before we get back”.

Tim quickly thought about the trouble he would get into once he got back, then replied “Let it rain, hank. We’re adventurers!”

Soon the wrath of the heaven’s were being felt. The storm was at full strength. It became impossible to hang onto the little raft. There was a small, sandy beach up ahead. If only they could reach it.

Suddenly, they heard someone yell at them from two different directions. A boat with two people in it were coming from one direction, and on the little beach, Tim recognized his dad’s car and the whole family was with him. All the confusion made Hank fall in the water. All Tim could think of was the trouble he was going to get in. He would never forget the wonderful adventure he had on the Mississippi.

“Robert Timothy Birmingham! Wake up! It’s time to start our vacation. It’s 6:30 already! We’ve got to get going. Robert groaned. The adventure on the Mississippi was only a dream. Today they were to leave for Disneyland to have a wonderful, dreary time. At least they could have named him Tom.

Larry M. Binion
3-31-1981

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DANGERS FACING THE CHURCH – PART TWO

Dangers Facing the church in the Twenty First Century Part Two
MAN’S REFUSAL TO UNDERSTAND GOD.

A couple of weeks ago I began telling you about some of the dangers facing the church in the 21st Century. I only talked about one: ignorance. Tonight, I’m going to talk about another one.

I’m going to talk about the Genesis Factor first, and then about modern man. What is the Genesis Factor? It is a factor that tells how it all got started, and how it factors into everything today.

Proverbs 1:7 says The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and  understanding. Adam and Eve feared God when they were first made, to be sure. But somewhere something happened. Sin entered the picture. And man has been trying to justify sin ever since. Denominationalists love to say that man can=t help it when they sin. They are born in sin.

 Did not God say after each day of creation that it was Good? Not only that, but after God made Man, he said it was VERY GOOD. How can the heavenly Father, who cannot sin, make a sinful man, and say that it was very good. 

 One of the great dangers of the church in the 21st century is MAN’S REFUSAL TO UNDERSTAND GOD.

I.    Hereditary Total Depravity.  Ecc. 3:11 put it this way: He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 To justify the sins of man, Denominationalists came up with a fancy word: Total Hereditary Depravity, and blamed Adam for every sin that every man on the face of the earth commits. This doctrine says that we are born in sin. Somehow we inherited sin from Adam. This is not fair. Adam didn’t commit every sin in the world. He committed one sin. Only one. But then what was Adam=s second sin? He blamed what he did on the woman. What did the woman do? She blamed her sin on the serpent. Man doesn’t want to take the blame for the sin he commits. Everyone wants to blame someone else for the sin they commit. The result of that sin was that man was kicked out of the garden. We are under the RESULT of Adam’ sin. We don’t bear his sin. If I picked a fruit off that tree, I don’t remember it.

If Total Hereditary Depravity is true, then God creates evil. John 8:44 says AYou are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Does this passage mean that the Devil created anybody? No!  Or consider this passage THE wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. Ps 58:3-4. Can babies speak? NO! But they use passages like this to support their depraved doctrine. Hereditary Total Depravity. The only depravity is the one that says such a thing exists. Why mention this doctrine? Because it is one of the greatest dangers facing the Earth in the 21st Century.  It’s not that so man members of the church believe it., but that the rest of the religious world does.

 II.   Evolution. In modern times there has been another try to justify the sins of man. They call this Darwinism, or Evolution. In Gen. 1:20 where the Bible says “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life. This is not a proof for evolution. “Bring forth” does not mean to come out of. How could man have come from a fish if the fish were created the fifth day and man came along two days later?

A.  If Evolution were true, they would have to explain which fish we are supposed to come from B a snail or a whale. Then they leave out a link. They say there=s a missing link. Yes, there is. The Dinosaur. So here we have a snail coming out of the ocean, turning into an alligator, then turning into a Tyrannosaurus Rex, then turning into a monkey, then turning into a man. If man came from the fishes, there is just as much proof that man came from the Fowls of the air@.  The beasts were created the sixth day. Why not have man coming from the beasts? Why not a cow? What about every creeping thing. At least >every creeping thing was created the say day man was. Gen. 1:25-26

If Evolution were true, why couldn’t man have come from a tree? Or anything else in the plant kingdom? There is not an evolutionist anywhere who would attempt to claim this kind of evolution. But the theory remains consistent. It all started in the ocean with just one cell. Can you believe that? Where in the world did the one cell come from? Survival of the fittest. If Evolution were true, Man would have no reason to exist!!

The decision to make man was no afterthought. It was no cover-up for a mistake God already made. It was no accident necessitated by developing conditions. God did not plan one thing and come up with another!! Gen 1:26-2:1 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

 We see from the Bible that man had five roles: 1) be fruitful    2) multiply 3) replentish  4) subdue  5) rule

Man’s job from the beginning was to bear fruit. What is that fruit? What is our job now? The same job!! To bear fruit. We are to multiply. How? By marrying and having babies! Now I want you to get a point. We are to replentish. That word means to give back. That means something was already there! Man’s fourth job was to subdue the earth and everything in it. Man’s fifth job was to rule over all the earth and over every thing in it B the fish, the birds, and all the beasts. There is not one beast, bird, or fish, that man hasn’t subdued and ruled. And this has nothing to do with Evolution! It’s not that the members of the church believe pure Evolution, but the rest of the world does. And a lot of the members of the church believe a thing called Theistic Evolution.. This is like saying “I only believe in Evolution in that God helped it along. This is one of the great challenges the church faces in the 21st Century. And a lot of people who call themselves Christians are falling for it!

A few quick points about evolution before we leave.

Man was fashioned with deliberation and counsel. Gen. 1:26 says ALet US make man. They already knew what they were going to do. All three members of the Godhead were involved in the creation of man.

i)   Plato’s definition of man was A two legged animal without feathers. Diogenes brought him a plucked chicken, threw it down, and said “Here’s you a man. Neither one were Christians, but it illustrates the point.

ii)  Man’s brain is all out of proportion to the mental needs of the highest of any animal. The weight of the largest brain of a gorilla is less than half that of the average man.

iii) An Oxford Scientist, a Dr. Romanes, collected facts on the reasoning powers from every known species and found that all together, they did not surpass the intelligence of a 15 month old child.

iv) Man has been defined as a Atool using animal. No animal can use a tool intelligently, but only man can make the very tool he uses.

v)   No animal is able to devise and enjoy sports and keep to the rules he has devised.

vi) No animal is able to produce fire except man, from the earliest recorded history.

vii)      Some animals may mimic the human voice but they cannot create words, and have a decided, understood meaning behind those words.

viii)     Only man has any Spiritual concept and the ability to worship God. What evolutionist would dare preach Christ to an ape? Religion has been shown to enhance peoples lives. It has stopped the spread of slavery within 50 years of Pentecost.

ix)  Only man is master of his fate. Only man is master of the fate of animals.

x)   It used to be argued that the blood of an ape and the blood of man were the same. Exhaustive tests showed that the blood of a monkey was far inferior. No man in his right mind could consent to a blood transfusion with a monkey or any other animal. In Gen 1, Moses tells us that there are three kinds of flesh: That of fish, that of birds, and that of the beasts of the field. Man=s flesh is different from all the others.

xi)  If Evolution is true:

(1) At point does the irresponsible passion of an animal turn into moral obligations?

(2) At what point is this animal made into the image of God?

(3) At what point does the Spiritual nature appear?

(4) This is the killer point: How far back does the blood of Christ take effect? To the original cell in the ocean?

III. Another of the greatest dangers facing the church of the 21st Century is Man=s refusal to understand God. Last time we talked about what God requires and some places in the Bible where Christians are supposed to know certain things. I want to turn my attention now to some things we need to understand. The writer of Proverbs tells us AWith all thy getting, get understanding.@ Pr. 4:7 But mankind and the Denominationalists tell us that we can misunderstand 40,000 ways and still be all right. Sad to say, even those who claim to be the churches of Christ are numbered among them.

A.        Itching Ears. 2 Tim 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

Brother Binion, what does this mean? It means that  people want their gospel taught just they way they want it: The Burger King Way. Not only do the denominations want it their way. This is why there are denominations in the first place) But the churches of Christ have fallen into the same trap. Here’s some examples:

 i)          “All the church talks about is money, so I think I’ll leave” Does this mean that the church is singling you out demands money from you every time they see you? If you’re giving all you can give, you’re giving all you can give. We’ve had people leave this church because All they talk about is money. If that’s true, then I guess I’m guilty as well, because all I talk about is money, and anything else the Bible talks about. If it is a legitimate complaint, take it to others, and if there are two or three witnesses, there might or might not be a problem. The truth is, the Bible talks more about money than almost any other subject. Those that have itching ears on this point must have a problem with their own giving. They have a problem with God, not me.

2.   I know someone who wants to hear a sermon on divorce and remarriage every time they go to church. If that subject isn’t talked about, they’re ready to leave the church, and go somewhere else. If that subject is talked about, it better be the way they want it said, or they’ll say AI CAN’T GO TO CHURCH THERE, THEY TEACH FALSE DOCTRINE.

ii)        I once spoke at a church where said “Most Baptists believe “once saved, always saved”. I was chastized by an elder who said “My brother could have been in that audience and you would have offended him.. Don’t ever mention a denomination by name again. What I said was true. That Elder had itching ears. With all due respect, that elder needed to step down. Jesus offended a lot of people. I’m not Jesus, I’ve been told. But neither am I supposed to have the spirit of timidity. It’s my job to tell it like it is. We’ve got enough milque-toast preachers now. That’s why the church isn’t growing like it ought to.

iii)        There are too many policemen and judges in the church. Some people are so proud of what they believe they want to make sure you believe the same way they do. If you don’t they’re just the ones who’s going to tell you, you’re going to hell. It’s true that there are among the churches of Christ some who are teaching false doctrine. If this is true, it needs to be dealt with. But first we need to determine if what is being taught is contrary to the gospel of Christ. If not, they need to quit being policeman. They get so caught up in the church argument that they destroy everyone around them. We are not policemen, and we are not judges. Our job is to preach the gospel, not murder it. It’s like Moses and the rock. He was to speak to the rock, not hit it to make sure the people know who is in control.

iv) On the other hand, there are the milque-toast preachers and members that will put up with just about anything. These are the ones who wouldn’t know false doctrine if it slapped them in the face. This is the reason I could never be a member of a denomination, even if I could. Some worship on the wrong day. Some worship the wrong way. Some worship the wrong things. Some don’t have the Lord’s Supper, and thus don’t honor the Lord on His day. Some pray with music. Some sing with music. Some want to fall down in order to get up. Some want to foam at the mouth. Some want to honor Mary more than Jesus. And on and on.

 But what is sadder than anything is the number of churches of Christ who believe there’s nothing wrong with any of this. They want to do things just because the denominations do it. They are not grounded in the faith because there is no faith to ground. If the elders are in sin, they can’t see it, because they don’t see the difference between a public sin and private sin.

5.   Members of the churches of Chris get so caught up in what they’ve been taught, they forget that they’re responsible for what they believe, not the one who taught them. It has been the undeclared policy among churches of Christ for years to stay out of politics. This is true. CHURCHES HAVE NO PLACE PROMOTING POLITICS OF ANY KIND. But in doing so, churches of Christ have ignored a basic lesson. If Christians ignore the world, the world will make slaves of us. Look what happened in Russia. In 1907, the Red Army marched across the Land unopposed in their ungodliness because the population said “I don’t watch the news, and I’m proud of it.” Christians said “We need to stay out of politics.” And the people of Russia were slaves for 70 years because of ignorance and a lack of understanding. Even a casual reading of the Old Testament should convince anyone that we need to be interested in and participate in politics. Not as a church, but as Christians. But it is a shame for any church to use their pulpit to promote any politician or party. Christians all over the land want to know how we ever got someone like Bill Clinton. It’s because the church has said “We don’t belong in Politics. God tells us to obey those who have the rule over you. If you don’t want to obey someone like Bill Clinton, then see to it he doesn’t get in office in the first place.

IV  Another One of the greatest dangers the church faces in the 21st Century is Lack of Understanding the Will of God.

b)   Ps 14:1-4 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

c)   All of us like to think we understand God. We will never, ever be able to fully understand God. The more we meditate on God and His Word, the more we will understand. Ps 73:13-17 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,”I would have betrayed your children. When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

Why is it that people do not understand? Isa 6:9-10 God said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.”

In Isaiah we find these words: Isa 44:18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.

Denominationalists insist that we cannot understand the Bible unless the Holy Spirit guide us. Haven’t they ever read in Eph. 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is NASU. Rather than not being able to understand the Bible, we are commanded to understand it.

Ps. 111:10 says “all who follow His precepts have understanding.” Think about that and then turn to Ps. 119:100-104 “I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” NIV

How do we get understanding? Pr. 2 “My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you”, NASU

We find that a man of understanding holds his tongue. Pr. 11:12; A patient man has great understanding Pr 14:9. We also find in Proverbs that a man who ignores discipline despises himself. Also in Proverbs we find that a fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in giving others his own opinion. Pr 18:2

 We often wonder why everyone don’t see the Bible as we do. But then we know how to interpret the Bible, right? The truth is, all the other denominations think they know the truth also. Is it true that we can interpret the truth of the Bible our own way and still be all right? The Bible says “There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death”. Why does not everyone see the Bible as we do? Because Mark 4:11-12 “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN.” NASU

 The difference is, they don’t want to see. They don’t want to understand. We have a warning from Paul. It goes like this: 1 Tim 6:3-6 “If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” NASU

 Wanna know the truth about this passage? To me it says more about the policemen, the judges, of the church of Christ than it does about denominationalism. The denominationalisms say “leave us alone. Take the general themes of the bible and dwell on that.”

 There is a way back to God. It is waiting for you. Jesus said “come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.”. Man has sins he never dreamed of. Do you want to be a person of understanding? You can you know. The person of the most understanding of all is the person who has come out of denominationalism. How do I know that? The bible tells me that too. In Jer 31:19 it says “After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast, I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’NIV

 It’s O.K. though. As long as a person learns the ways of God. God is the judge, not us. Even Jesus was not sent to judge, but that is another lesson. If you need to come to Jesus, come to him now, for any reason, come now. The invitation is for you. Jesus is waiting for you with open arms. Come now, while we stand and sing.

BEAUTIFUL

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ESSAY – MPERS  #007

BEAUTIFUL

It was a beautiful pass the quarterback threw. The Christmas parade was beautiful.  Teenagers sometimes use this word to describe how a car looks or runs.

Many a “beautiful” person has been mangled by a car wreck, perhaps by fire or even disease. Is beauty something that could be lost or broken by the stroke that left one side of the face limp or by the accident that left its victim a quadriplegic?  The world is desperately trying to find the most beautiful woman as they conduct the various “beauty contests”, even permeating the society of children.  While the grown-ups  are looking for Miss America or Miss Universe, the children are looking for Little Miss USA or thousands of other titles, all in the name of beauty.

Let me tell you what beauty is to me. It is a 15 year old girl that says “don’t hit my little brother,” or the two year old boy that tells his older brother “that’s O.K., I forgive you.” It is a mother coming home from work, doing all the chores that a stay-at-home mother does, even though she is too tired. Beauty is a 12 year old boy too embarrassed to say “I love you”, but mumbles it anyway.

Beauty is a pregnant woman stroking her tummy lovingly;  an elderly woman fussing over her grandkids; a wife warming her husband’s supper for the umpteenth time; and a father telling his son “I was worried about you, so I waited up.”

What is beautiful? Look inside the person, and you’ll find plenty of beauty you’ve never seen before.  God doesn’t make rejects. Everyone is beautiful. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”  I have found all the beauty I will ever need: my wife and  my three children. For this I don’t need a beauty contest.

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the wordmaster says:

❝I’d been thinking about this for a long time.❞

Windcrest says:
❝Flea23 – Ya hit the nail on the head. I’ll add this one to your list: A beautiful person is one who’s faced some of the most painful experiences life can throw at them, and has risen above it and gone on to be a ray of light in the world (whether that world is their own home, their town, or a forum like this one!)❞

Dranorter says:
❝Flea23 – I’ll tell you what I think. Beauty is being able to see someone. When you look at the stars, or at the sunset, and think you see beauty, it is because you are gaining understanding. The spectrum of the rainbow contains fundamental truth. The wide expanse of sea stretching far beyond what you can see, that shows you something about the world. Truths are beautiful.

❝With people, it is harder to see them because there is so much hidden within their minds. Physical beauty… makup… these are lies that attempt to show truths; a lot like historical fiction in a way. When they are successful at showing the truths, it is beautiful, but I have come to see most makeup as ugly for hiding truths that I’d prefer to see.

❝So much of a person is within their mind that it takes a lot to see the beauty of some people; especially when they put forth a false version of themselves. But there is so much truth within the mind that once you see it, it is more beautiful than the other truths, those of clouds and stars.❞

Nells1961 says:
❝Flea23 – The title is suited to this one. You have written it well and from the heart which makes it even more special. This one goes straight to the readers heart or it should. It did for me. Beauty is only skin deep. One of my faourite sayings. Its how one feels inside that matters. well done you potrayed it well ❞

Kganz said:
❝Flea23 – In my own little thoughts I loved what you said, but the first few lines were misleading. You are focusing on the beautiful small things in life, not the obvious and I don’t think that is what you were trying to say. Maybe you were trying to make light of the situation to show what you feel inside but I felt it missed a last step to make that apparent. I also have 3 kids, and I am a single mother. I appreciate your spectrum on beauty and that it comes in many forms of many people, and people that are not in the ideal realm of what the media throws out to us.

❝I applaud you at your thoughts of what matters. You’re writing about real difficulties and not what the media shows us, and not what our children are thought to think of as worthwhile and beautiful. You are right. Beauty comes in many different forms.❞

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