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“I FEEL LIKE I’M TIED TO THE WHIPPING POST”

“Tied To The Whipping Post” 6/19/18

The Almond Brothers produced a song with that above line in it. We “feel” a lot of things as we travel this world. The people who feel the worst are those who stay in shock, most of the time, because they cannot believe things have “turned-out’ like they have.

We are told to dream, and plan; and as far as that goes; I say ok. But you might have noticed that you cannot control everybody or everything while making your plans. Many folks simply go through life, after such discoveries, and the inevitable let down, in kind of a daze. What happens then is that they search for a “feeling” to bring them back to that illusive thing they call “happy.”

If they could see themselves they would know that they have never been truly, non-circumstantially, happy. Not the kind of happy the Word of God talks about. And since the feeling of being ,”Tied to the whipping post” has been allowed to predominate, the Word of God is like a fading whisper.

They go to the only place things feel real; their feelings. To be different, you have to think differently. You will not “feel” your way out of your perpetual sadness. When they read of ,”a joy inexpressible and full of glory ( I Peter 1: 3-9) ,” they assume they know what that means, but truly have never experienced it. And yes it is to be a present-tense reality, in the midst of a fallen world, that is spoken of here in this verse.
That kind of joy comes only after you have given up on self-glorifying dreams and the desire for worldly recognition. That kind of joy is given to the broken-hearted, if, and only if, they move beyond the heartbreak and surrender to God.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.” (Psalms 73:25) I have never, in 45 years of ministry, ever heard anybody pray this as a prayer! Have heard people only read it. I prayed it a lot; but many times, just half-believing it.
The soul-dulling spirit of this present age must be overcome in your life today; not tomorrow, but today!! You are called to walk in joy, no matter what the circumstances.
” My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from you will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works” Psalms 73: 26-28.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m tied to the whipping post; good Lord I feel like I’m dying!”

Well, yes you are dying; dying to self and can now live to God. JWP

Jim Petty in Post on June 19 2018 » 0 comments

I THINK THIS IS WHERE I CAME IN?

I walked into a theatre in Waco, getting no further than the ingress hallway. I realized I had stepped into a movie, but it was not the one I had paid to see. Got the picture? (No pun intended.)
I tried to figure out the story of that movie, based on 2 minutes of scenes. For two more weeks I tried to figure out ,from that tidbit of information, its full meaning. I had beautiful theories build up in my mind, but all those theories were destroyed but a ruthless gang of ugly facts when I actually saw the movie, in its entirety.
Paul’s prayer for believers, Ephesians 3:16-19 states,” That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.” Now that, my friend, is a bit more than a two minute view!
This verse is about a “full, and long experience” of relationship with the Lord. It seems today that the demand is for “sound-bite” theology. It is no wonder believers fold up like lawn chairs at the least temptation. It is obvious that too many believers are trying to, “Work God into their busy schedule!”
When we came into this world we were dropped into the middle of an ongoing drama of eternal dimensions! You desperately need to know how the drama began and how it will end, because all you will ever be is wrapped up in it!
One of the best, “Now, finally I get it , and can do something with it” passages, in all of scripture, is Romans 5: 12-21. We plumb the depths of that tomorrow. You will be convinced that God’s grace is more powerful that all of the forces of hell, when you understand it, ” Everywhere sin increased, grace super-abounded beyond it!”
If you want a vital Christian life, then stop being “played” by your enemy! You have to tell your moods where to get off, and then get onto the living, breathing, Word of God. ” Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” Romans 10:17.
It is more than simply gaining knowledge by seeing the whole movie, it is an experience, soul-deep, while gaining the knowledge. It’s seeing the movie with a friend sitting beside you. You thought you knew the life of that friend, but somewhere, while watching the film, you realized the movie was about your friend, and all He has done for you. You are overwhelmed; you are undone at first, then greatly relieved !
That Ephesians passage ends this way, ” Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever, Amen.” Ephesians 3: 20-21.
There is another movie called, “Gladiator.” As Rome’s glory is degraded, this captured and exploited x-general remembers the greatness of Rome and states to his fellow gladiators, ” There was an idea that was Rome, and this is not it!”
There is a vital walk to be had with the Lord today. Nothing about it has faded with time! This “drive-by; please entertain me,” mentality has to stop! There is a ” joy inexpressible and full of glory” but what too many are experiencing is not it, never was it, will not become it.
What is it in the forefront of your mind that has replaced seeking and loving God? Let me encourage you today with this; you will find that the road back to God is not a long one. That ambient sound you heard the whole time you were drifting away was the Lord’s steps.
You turn, expecting a long road home, and realize He was standing right behind you! Could you pray right now and say, “Lord, keep me in the place I need to be, no more games, no more wasting time running and entertaining myself; find me; bring me to a deep place where I see you today; this hour; this moment!” JWP

Jim Petty in Post on June 16 2018 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for June 3, 2018

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our new worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on June 03 2018 » 0 comments

GOD IF I RUN OUT OF LOVE CAN I GET A REFILL?

I am pastoring my first church, I am 29 at the time, I am teaching on a Sunday morning, and out of the corner of my eye I see my 2-year-old girl being passed around from person to person until the message was over.
Everybody wanted to hold that little bundle of joy. Romans 5 was the text. When the service was over they hand her over to me and I noticed her little t-shirt which said, “God, If I Run Out Of Love Can I Get A Refill?”
The Word of God says that in the end days, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold,” Matthew 24:12.
We can see why this is the case. Self-protection kicks in and people grow isolated and fearful. It does not have to be that way for the believer, but it is that way for the unbeliever.
Romans 5:1-11 is our text tomorrow, with the focus on 5: 6-11. Romans 5:5 says that, “The love of God has been poured out in our heart,” if we have truly given our whole life to Christ.
To stay with the analogy, we need to stop “holding back” that fullness of God’s love that is in us by the Holy Spirit, by disobedience. Living in isolation and fear is disobedience, make no mistake about it.
In other passages we have, ” Do not quench the Spirit,”
I Thessalonians 5:19, and, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,” Ephesians 4: 30 a. ” Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh,” Galatians 5:16, or Ephesians 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit.” That last one means to allow Who is already there, the Holy Spirit, to take up the space you make for Him.
We can do it our old way and get isolated, thinking we do not need the strength and fellowship of others, and/or be cold and not give space for the Holy Spirit to work and really love others heart- deep.
Why do we think we are going to run out of the love of God? That’s what it means when the Bible says, ” If you try to save your life; you will lose it, but if you lose your life for My sake you will save it.”
Fear says we will run out of resources, but God says we get a refill. It does not matter what age we may be in. It does not matter how impossible it looks at times. If you try to recover yourself, by running away, or entertaining yourself to death, or dreaming about a better batch of people to hang around; it just gets worst; and colder, and sad.
We have all said something like this, ” Lord I cannot do this, I guess many can do it, but I just can’t seem to get this, I guess I am a failure!” That is not a bad place to be. It is then, and only then, that the power of God can work. You just took your hands off of His workings; you are confessing to Him you cannot do His will in your own effort; you surrendered; and now you get a refill!
No matter what the money-motivated news reports say, we must continue to allow that “poured out” love of God to flow out of us by surrender to God ‘s will, afresh and anew!
How well I remember that little 2-year-old baby of mine; how dependent she was on me for life itself; how she totally trusted me; and how I would do anything in my power to give to her anything to continue the love flowing through her. God wants that for each one of us.

Ephesians 3:16-19, ” ,,,That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.” JWP 6/2/18

Jim Petty in Post on June 02 2018 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for May 27, 2018

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our new worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on May 28 2018 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for May 20, 2018

I Wonder What God Is Looking For

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our new worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on May 28 2018 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for May 13, 2018 (Mother’s Day)

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our new worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on May 28 2018 » 0 comments

THERE THE WHOLE TIME

There are many things we possess as believers in Christ, but fail to access for our daily walk. One of those is the peace of God that is ours to walk “inside of” each day. Believers may desire that circumstances change; or for those troubling people to be removed from their lives; or a million other things they ask for, but not realizing that they had what they most needed; the whole time!
The peace of God undergirds all the above items. Without the peace of God in your life none of the things listed above mean anything! I am not speculating here! I have been, too many times, at the bedside of the unbeliever dying and heard the last words of those who got what they wanted off that list above, but did not have the peace of God during their life. Those are sad moments, eternally sad moments.
Starting the last year of Seminary would complete a nine year journey of higher education for me. Southwestern has the largest theological library in the world! I had that at my disposal, the whole time I was there. But there were things about it that were there for my benefit, but I did not know I could access them.
I made good grades, but wonder how much more I could have done if I had know one truth. Just one truth could have changed so much for good.
This was before the internet! So you needed physical access to the library. I lived far away and had to work most days after school. No time to be in the library during the 8 to 5. Some folks lived on campus. Knowing that some folks lived on campus; how could that help me?
One day I was bemoaning the fact that I had no time to access the library. A man who lived in the men’s dorm said, ” You know for 5 dollars a night you can stay in the men’s dorms and have access to the library till 11 P.M. almost every night!” Now he tells me! But it was not really his fault for not telling me, it was my fault for not asking!
What a wonderful thing to learn, especially during finals. I would end up staying many nights there, and learned so much! What I did not know had really hurt me. I should have ask more about it before, and I would have received!
The peace of God is a settled condition for you. We will study that today in Romans 5: 1-5. The peace of God is something that is a fact; but is also something you can feel. It completely alters your heart, mind, and emotions, and your body! Waiting till you get an ideal set of circumstances to live “inside” this supernatural peace is not required, nor will you and I EVER have ideal circumstances!
You can’t “work up” the peace of God by your own doing either. It is there for you, and has been there for you; the whole time! Assume it and ask God how to walk in it. It will not take long before you find yourself clear- headed and clear -hearted.
” Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27.
” These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33 JWP

Jim Petty in Post on May 28 2018 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for May 6, 2018

ROMANS 4

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Jason Kerr in Post on May 12 2018 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for April 29, 2018

ROMANS 3 NOT MY NOTES

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our new worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on May 12 2018 » 0 comments

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