We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


2nd Tim 2:26 Taken Captive

I thought I’d do a little experiment this morning while waiting for my car to be repaired. I decided to turn the TV off since no one else was in the room yet. For the first hour several joined me and no one turned the TV on. Everyone was reading. But my quiet time didn’t last long. A woman walked in and said, “Is the TV broken?” I smiled and said, “I think that we are just enjoying some quiet while being productive.” Then she said something to me as if she didn’t hear a word I said, saying, “Do you mind if I turn the TV on? It won’t bother you will it?” I said “No problem.” Why did I say that? It is a problem of course it will distract me! So on came the tv and everyone in the room who was reading stopped and began watching the same news that they had already read in the newspaper or heard on the radio that morning. An hour later, I was alone again. So off went the TV. A few more came to sit in the waiting room and no one seem to care that the TV was off. Then another lady came in and started asking where the remote was. She then turned it to a soap opera and again, every eye was upon the TV. My experience that morning confirmed what I already knew. We as a culture are amusing ourselves to death. We have become addicted to the TV and sitcoms and soap operas, which include programs like Lost and American Idol, and have become a nation that is held captive by its amusements. Action is needed and it starts by removing the idol so that we may recover out of the snare of the devil, who has taken us captive at his will. Tim 2:26

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Retirement

In an article by Chuck Swindoll, he was asked how he intended to spend the remainder of his years (he is 75 years old). Here is his response: I want to preach till the last breath in my lungs runs out. Nothing is more bothersome to me than retiring. Weird things happen when you disengage; first you get negative, then you start telling people about your latest surgeries, and eventually you lose touch. I want to stay in touch.

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