Living Faith MBC Ft. Smith – Though You Slay Me

Posted October 4, 2013 by bigbanjo
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Living Faith Fort Smith AR- Living Inside Out: Final Step

Posted September 15, 2013 by bigbanjo
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Living Faith Fort Smith AR – Living Inside Out: Evidence of Living Inside Out

Posted September 15, 2013 by bigbanjo
Categories: Podcast

Living Faith MBC Fort Smith AR- Living Inside Out : How to Renew the mind

Posted September 15, 2013 by bigbanjo
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Living Inside Out – Eliminating Worldly Thinking

Posted September 12, 2013 by bigbanjo
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Don’t Look Ethel! It was too late…

Posted September 10, 2013 by bigbanjo
Categories: Blogs

In the Ray Stevens song entitled “The Streak” there is a phrase that is repeated several times, “don’t look Ethel!” Recently I have felt the urge to yell out “don’t look Christians!”
But I’m afraid it’s too late.

The Miley Cyrus episodes of twerking and suggestive dancing has caught the attention of many in the Christian community. Many have gone to great length to inform us how ungodly her behavior has been lately. They go so far as to show us pictures and give details that can only be known by watching the video. There has been a lot of posting and reposting about the actions of Miley on Facebook from parents to preachers. The discussion has opened the door to several questions that need to be asked.

Should Christians watch such videos? The Bible says “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Eph. 5:12) In public or secret, it’s not something that christians should dwell on or promote, even if it is to point out how wrong something might be.

Has the Christian community digressed so much that we need christian watch dog groups or christian family organizations to point out sin for us? Are we no longer able to identify wrong or shameful acts?

Why have we singled out Miley? I have seen some touchdown dances that were inappropriate in my opinion but nothing is mentioned about such acts. Why are we so inconsistent?

Many years ago I was quick to point out the sinfulness of others. But I discovered that I was not helping the sinner but only fueling the imagination of my own mind while exposing my inconsistent message. I began to pray and study the Word of God looking for a solution to my problem. I soon discovered a Biblical and better way of dealing with the sin filled world.

Don’t be against something but be for something!

I’m for the gospel of Jesus Christ! I’m for the Word of God! I’m for Spirit led living that glorifies God! I’m for decency and respect for my fellow man! I’m for the Truth that sets men free from the bondage of sin and death! I’m for a brotherly love that touches lives! I’m for hiding the Word of God in my heart that I might not sin against God! I’m looking for the return of Christ!

Why do we feel the need to expose sin in others when we can shine the light of Jesus?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. (Ephesians 5:11-13 KJV)

So what do I think about Miley’s newest video involving a wrecking ball and sledgehammer? (DON’T LOOK ETHEL!!) I’m FOR the One who died on the cross shedding His blood so that all who believe and repent of their sins will find forgiveness and grace!

A State Trooper Who Doesn’t Love Jesus

Posted August 13, 2013 by bigbanjo
Categories: Blogs

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Blue lights interrupt our slow yet peaceful trip. A State Trooper walks up slowly beside the car I was driving and says “Sir can I see your driver license and registration?”
“What did I do that was wrong?” I asked.
“You were doing 56 mph in a 40 mph zone!”
“I’m sorry, this is not my car and I’m not used to driving it. It belongs to our youth pastor who is at Bogg Springs Youth Camp with a group of kids who need to get closer to God and some who need to hear the glorious gospel of Jesus. Being the Sr. Pastor I brought our group down this morning and I’m taking his car home. Our youth pastor went down early to get things ready for a great week at church camp where lots of people will trust Christ. My grandson and I were just singing deep and wide and about to sing Jesus Loves Me. We want everyone to know God’s Love!”
The Trooper replies “I’ll be right back.” He takes all my paper work and returns to his car and leaves me sitting and hoping that he loves Jesus too. Surely he will appreciate our devotion and love for God!

He’s an Atheists! He doesn’t love Jesus!

He handed my two pieces of paper. One was a ticket for speeding and the other was a warning citation because our (ex) youth pastor didn’t sign the back of his car registration! Really!??
I was speechless! He obviously doesn’t love Jesus, and He enjoys persecuting those who do!
The Trooper informs me of my court date and as he turns to walk away he says “Oh, God Bless!” Blasphemy!!!

There are several lessons to be learn from this experience. First, sign the back of your car registration. I believe that’s why he gave me a ticket for speeding instead of a warning ( I’m sure it had nothing to do with me speeding).

Second, why do we feel the need to use our Christianity for personal gain? We play the Christian trump card to get out of trouble or to get the upper hand. Does our Christianity serve us or do we serve Christ? Did Paul say that he was following Christ because of personal gain or did he say “what was gain to me I count loss, that I may know Him?” Do we believe in Jesus so that we can have a better life or do we follow Christ because He is Life? Wearing the cloak of Christianity for personal gain is a form of idolatry.

The truth; I was speeding and guilty of breaking the law. I was not speeding on purpose but I deserved a ticket and I was wrong for hoping my good deeds would out weigh my wrong. It doesn’t work that way with God, why am I surprised that it didn’t work that way with the State Trooper? But thankfully God is merciful and forgives our trespasses through Christ.

If you feel lead by God to help pay my speeding ticket……let me know!

Just so you know, the State Trooper was very nice and professional! I appreciate our law enforcement officers very much. We have several in our church family and they are a blessing to our church!

“For if I still pleased men; I would no longer be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10)