Monday, January 30, 2017


Study                                                                       01-30-17

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) 15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB) 15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

From one sheep to another. I did an experiment last night. One that I have done a few times in the past. I went to a couple of websites,then I watched a couple of Youtube videos,all about the same subject. A doctrine in the Bible if you will. It doesn't matter which doctrine or teaching,that isn't my point. I went to three different venues,three different teachers,and got three DIFFERENT viewpoints on the same scripture.How can that be you ask? Truthfully, that is above my paygrade.I have an opinion that I keep to myself.

I have heard different men,at different times,in different pulpits say the same thing. "God has a great retirement plan for preachers that twist His word or abuse their authority and whatnot. He will take them out!" Well,I don't know about that,but this I do know. That makes no difference to the pewsitter,the sheep,you know and me. That makes no difference to the folks whose lives have been destroyed by authority figures that have abused their authority does it? And herein lieth the lesson.

There is a popular saying these days among the next generation. How does it go? "You have to put your own work in."That's precisely what God is saying through Paul in those verses isn't it. Look again.

"Do your best,Be diligent,STUDY" In his letter to the Corinthian Church,Paul told the Corinthian believers to "weigh" what was being prophesied in the church.

1 Corinthians 14:29 (ESV) 29  Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.

They were to weigh or judge what was being said. To evaluate is a good word.This was in the context of charismatic gifts in a worship service.The point being just this. Just because someone says something from a pulpit,or on a website,or IN A BLOG,that doesn't make it truth! You hearin' me here?Then how do we know Ronnie? Glad you asked.But, before I give you my take on the subject, know this. The responsibility for knowing is on you and me.The sheep.Look at those above verses again.

The Word says to study to "present yourself" to God. More than says to present yourself APPROVED unto God. Not to a man.Not to a preacher. Not to a blog writer.To God. We are to be responsible for what we allow in our lives. That being said,the only way I know to show yourself approved is first to spend time. Spend time alone with God. Spend time alone reading and studying His Word. Spend time alone with Him. Let Him show you the who,what,where,and how concerning the issues in your life.

Same thing goes for those you allow a voice in your life. IT TAKES TIME. It takes time to build  trust and a relationship with anyone;especially one that deals with the issues of our lives.If we will take time to seek God's counsel and direction, but if we will do just that..He will confirm to our hearts the who's and where's and what's concerning all our questions.

Just like anything else in the spiritual arena. It begins alone with God and His counsel. If you go searching after anything without His counsel firmly planted in your mind and heart,you are setting yourself up for confusion and even abuse. 

Brothers and sisters,fellow sheep,in order to keep from getting "beat up" in the spirit let everything and I mean EVERYTHING,whether it comes from the pulpit or from this blog,let everything pass under the rod of God's inspection. He is the only one that has ALL the truth. He is the ONLY one that has YOUR best interest at heart at all times. But,it's going to take some time with Him. You and I are going to have to study! You feel me?

One sheep to another. His sheep hear His voice.

Psalm 119:145 (ESV) 145
 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.

God Bless


Monday, January 23, 2017

The More Things Change

The More Things Change....                               01-23-17

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (ESV) 9  What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
10  Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.

"......the more they remain the same..." Isn't that the way the saying goes? I get daily posts from an Internet group that is made up of folks that went to Fulton High School. I rarely reply,but I do enjoy keeping up with the lives of a lot of old friends and classmates. Anyway,a few days ago I got a post of a senior picture of my sister who graduated from Fulton in 19??. I copied  it and with the help of my computer literate wife was able to email the picture to Betty.It was her simple reply that birthed this post. She simply said"sure have changed." And that set me to thinking.

On my first day(Saturday past) driving a KAT bus on my own,I came face to face with hundreds of people marching down Gay Street. I was forced to pull over at the corner where the Bijou  theatre is for all you Knoxvillians out there. I was then directed by police to go straight which was off route and whatnot. I had to get on the radio and tell base of my position and whatnot. Not too much for a veteran bus driver,but a little disconcerting for a rookie of one day.At the next corner I was forced to wait about 15 minutes to let the protesters cross the intersection where I was to turn. As I waited and watched all the sign waving and shouting,my mind went back to the days of my generation. The 60's were rife with a spirit of rebellion and protest. Heck,as an 18 year old skull full of mush teenager, I may have participated in a march or two. Long time ago.(smile)

Anyway,as I read early this rainy morn of all the events and stuff that happened over this weekend;and thought about what my sweet sister had said,the above verse popped into my 66 year old skull full of mush. There is nothing new under the sun. And then it hit me.There is ONE thing that SURELY changes with time. And that would be ME. That would be YOU.That would be US! As I looked at my sister's senior picture and then at mine, I realized the truth of what God says in His Word. And herein lieth the lesson.

James 4:13-14 (ESV) 13  Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—
14  yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

The KJV says our lives are as "vapors"

Brothers and sisters,if Jesus tarries for another thousand years,men and women,boys and girls,will be taking to the streets,the airwaves,the media to protest one or another of the many injustices that we as human beings perpetrate on one another. As surely as the sun rises tomorrow,people will also rise and go about whatever it is that they do on a daily basis. And rest assured,injustices,real and perceived,will be debated and protested from now on. It remains the same. But,BUT...

You and I will not remain the same! When I was eighteen years old,I thought that I would live forever. Getting and being old never entered my consciousness. The only thoughts of my mortality and death were upon learning of the demise of a loved one or of someone that I knew. Those thoughts vanished as instantly as they had arisen. You getting my drift here? Staring eternity in the face was NOT something on my agenda.It was not something I did.

Aahhh...but a a vapor from a spray bottle... my life has passed before me. I am now approaching eternity with the Lord Jesus and His Word suddenly becoming VERY RELEVANT!!  You feelin' me here?

As I watched those protesters march the other day,and as I thought upon my sister's profound response, the verse in Ecclesiastes crossed my lips.A new President,
to the chagrin of many and the delight of many others,has been duly elected and inaugurated. But,today in about two hours, I will put on my KAT uniform and go drive a bus for eight hours. You also will go about your daily routine,mostly unaffected by the drama of the weekend. Nothing will really change in our lives as a result. It will mostly be business as usual. The only real and lasting change that you and I will experience is the fact that we both will be one day closer to meeting the Lord Jesus Christ,face to face.He,Jesus,is the only TRUE constant that we have isn't He? The ROCK of our salvation.

In an age,like all other ages that is clothed in discord,dissension,and controversy let us take pause.Let us consider the only material change that is taking place on this earth. That being the change that is taking place in us. You and me.While considering that TRUTH,maybe we all,YOU and ME should take pause and spend a little time upon those Words written many,many moons ago.

Hebrews 13:8 (ESV) 8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The only thing that changes is US!!While we spend some time with those words,we just might want to spend a little time with the Author.Amen?

Psalm 111:10 (ESV) 10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

God Bless

Monday, January 16, 2017

Consent Of The Governed

Consent Of The Governed                                       01-16-17

Psalm 78:1-4 (ESV) 1
 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2  I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3  things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
4  We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

Just some thoughts and opinions this week.

I read an article(s) the other day that described the effect that the Soviet Union had on religion in general and more specifically Christianity in it's sphere of influence.The eastern bloc countries under Soviet influence had shown a remarkable decline in religious affiliation and identification.For example in the Czech Republic,described as the least religious nation in all of Europe, there is hardly any religious influence in the populace.It has been eradicated due in great measure to the lack of teaching,doctrine,and tradition being passed down from one generation to another.More sobering is the fact that this suppression was accomplished more or less in ONE generation. A mere sixty(60) years.Due mainly to the neglect of God, His Word and His principles.He was hid from a whole generation. Never for a minute believe the sophistry that we as a nation and a people are immune.  

While considering this I was struck by the phrase that is the title of this message. Bear with me here. I have long been of the opinion that the demise of this nation,should said demise actually come to pass,will follow because we the people voted it in. We won't be tormented by some foreign enemy breaching our soil and forcing their will on us.Should this American experiment fail,it won't be an outside foe toppling us.No,no. Our passing into history's refuse bin will be accomplished not by subterfuge or deceit, but because we ALLOW it. Actually it will come about because we as a people covet and desire it to be so. We will VOTE IT IN.It will emerge and arise from the "consent of the governed." NEVER! You say?As Lee Corso from Gameday says,"Not so fast my friend." And herein lieth the lesson.

If a primary purpose exists for the physical church today in my opinion,it is for this one reason. What would that be you ask?While there are many noble undertakings there is I believe only one of great import.The church on the street corner should be a conduit for passing on the ways of the Lord.It is the responsibility of this generation to tell the rising generation of the glorious deeds of the Lord. To make known to our children and grandchildren the knowledge,miracles and wonders that He has done in our lives.We,(my generation)were afforded that opportunity and we owe it to the ones coming after us,don't you think? 

Romans 10:13-15 (ESV) 13  For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14  How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
15  And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!

We shan't hide from our children the opportunity to learn about the Lord Jesus and His salvation.If we as a nation,and as individuals neglect this duty,then we shall travel  the same road of those peoples who have stumbled on before us to irrelevance and destruction.Look again at verse 4.

Psalm 78:4 (ESV) 4  We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

God Bless

Monday, January 9, 2017

I Am Indebted

I Am Indebted                                              01-09-17

Once again,my work schedule today requires another early posting.

Romans 15:27 (NASB) 27  Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.

I read an article the other day about bad things happening in this country of ours over the past 50 or 60 years. It centered on ten natural disasters. Everything from "the perfect storm" (remember that?) to Katrina(remember that!) It wasn't the disasters that caught this reader's eye so much as the uncanny proximity of the timing of the disasters with this country's political maneuvering concerning the nation of Israel. It seems that whenever this nation CHOSE to pursue policies that were directly detrimental to the nation of Israel,something bad happened.I won't attempt to explain.Just thought that I would throw that out since this nation just CHOSE to take a stand AGAINST Israel at the United Nations. It is on the internet if you want to read about it. You can make up your own mind on it. 

That being said,the above verse speaks to a debt that the Gentiles owed the saints in Jerusalem. A material debt owed due to the spiritual blessings that they enjoyed through the Jewish race and the Jewish nation.The Apostle Paul had more to say about this. Look at this.

Romans 1:16 (NASB) 16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 2:9-10 (NASB) 9  There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,
10  but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

See a common thread? To the Jew first.

 If you read through the Book of Acts,you will discover that not only Paul but God Almighty Himself offered the Gospel to the Jew first. Only after the final rejection by the Jewish nation of their Messiah,Jesus of Nazareth,was the Gospel "sent" to the Gentiles. No,this is not a political message concerning the support of Jews and the nation of Israel;although that support is warranted in my mind,based on what I read in God's Word. But that's not what is on my mind today. It's about gratitude and appreciation for those in our lives that have shared God's Word with us.And herein lieth the lesson.

I owe a debt that can never be repaid.I can remember on a number of occasions folks coming to my aid in times of distress. The kindness and love they shone towards me in my time of need is a debt that I can't repay. This is especially true in the spirit realm isn't it? For ALL of us don't you think? I can still remember the day I got saved. If it had not been for someone sharing the Gospel with me that day, I might be lost and without hope today.I have been told on many,many different occasions that it could have been anyone that day. It could have happened at a later date on and on. I completely understand that. And my pat,standard,unwavering response to that is just this. Yes it could've been someone else at some other time........BUT IT WASN'T!!! You feelin' me here?

It could have been the French that God chose to bring the Gospel message. The Russians, the Germans, but it wasn't. It was the Jews and for that we are indebted to them.

Brothers and sisters,it could have been any church that ministered to you and your family in your time of need. It could have been any Pastor or Preacher that gave of their time to hear from God,to deliver that word to you that changed the direction of your life. It could have been anyone who spent time alone in prayer for you and your family and loved ones. BUT IT WASN'T. It was that one person,or one Pastor,or one Church that God placed in your life to share with you the spiritual benefits of the Gospel. And for that reason, YOU AND I OWE THEM. Make no mistake about that. Paul is decidedly clear. Not only in this passage,but in 1st and 2nd Corinthians, 1st and 2nd Timothy and other places,the Word of God is clear.Material support is in view here. Yes,there are other ways to support. But here,in these passages,material support is the context.If you and I have benefited spiritually from the labor of someone or someone's, then we owe them materially.Just that simple.

Just as this nation and indeed the whole world is indebted to the Jewish nation and people for the oracles of God not to mention JESUS,the one and only savior;so we are debtors to those who have prayed,taught,mentored and loved us to where we are now. Just sayin'

On the subject of indebtedness and gratitude,a gentle nudge or reminder

Psalm 130:3-4 (NASB) 3  If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
4  But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.

God Bless


Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Years Thought

A New Year's Thought                                          1-1-17

I am sorry for the early post. I will be very busy this afternoon and I am afraid I might not be able to get this out. So I am sending it now.Hope you enjoy it.

I was thumbing through my notebook yesterday and stumbled over something that I had written down last December 30th. I went back on my blog to see if I had shared them and I had not. So,I thought  that I would share them with you know. Some thoughts  for the New Year. I don't make resolutions anymore because sadly I came to the knowledge after many years of trying in my own strength,that I never could keep them! lol At any rate, these would be a good place to start this New Year 2017 don't you agree?

1) Free your mind from hate.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (ESV) 4  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Leviticus 19:17-18 (ESV) 17  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
18  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

2)Free your heart from worry.

Matthew 6:25 (NASB) 25  "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:27 (NASB) 27  "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

3)Live simply,thankfully

Philippians 4:6 (NASB) 6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:11-12 (NASB) 11  Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
12  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

4)Give More.

Luke 6:38 (NASB) 38  "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

2 Corinthians 9:6 (NASB) 6  Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

5)Expect less from people and more from yourself.

John 21:21-22 (NASB) 21  So Peter seeing him *said to Jesus, "Lord, and what about this man?"
22  Jesus *said to him, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!"

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NASB) 16  There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
18  A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19  A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

I pray that this year I make the Lord my counselor. Him and Him alone.

Psalm 119:105 (NASB) 105
 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Happy New Year

God Bless