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Everybody Worship (MP3) by Partners In Christ April 28-May 5, 2010

I was on my way to a prayer meeting and I was running late.   Something in my heart told me to turn the car around and stop at a Gospel Music store.   I stopped and bought some music and this is where I found the wonderful music of “Partners In Christ”   They have remarkable music and a remarkable story.   You can purchase a CD at their website by clicking  HERE

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The NBA Tattoo Dilemma April 26-May 4, 2010

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

As I sat blogging the other day, my family watched the NBA playoffs.  I glanced up a couple of times and I exclaimed:  “Oh, my…they are covered with tattoos! ”   “Why, in the world would they do that?”

Somebody shot back:   “Mom, it’s called freedom of speech!”

My reply…

“Since when does freedom of speech override  the Bible?”

Therein lies the problem…

Freedom of speech grew over the years and incorporated to a great degree freedom of thought…and also freedom of expression…and in the aftermath to many…the bible shrunk…in meaning to a lot of them.

Man is like many sports stars in the aspect of being a “free agent” as far as God is concerned…man has free will…the right to choose to follow God in this brief stint on earth…or to “do his own thing.”

Well, if that’s true many might say…let me just do what I want:  commit adultery, fornicate, get tattoos and body piercings, be homosexual, have abortions, kill, cheat, lie…steal…and “just leave me alone!”

Why don’t we just leave these people alone?   Why don’t we stop with all of the warnings?  Why can’t we avoid being judgmental?  Why do we offend people?   WHY?   WHY? WHY?

I’ll answer each question separately.

1.   We have inside information that hell is real,,,and we have heartfelt love for every man…it’s unconditional love…and we have the largest heart for God…so large that we seek to do His will.  It’s God’s will that we snatch people back from the throngs of hell!   And we’ll do that untiul our last breath here on this earth!   It’s our charge!   It’s our mandate!!   It’s our commission!

So, why do Christians join in with the world and get tattoos? Influence, deception, lack of knowledge.

Many Christians do not get tattoos and would not even consider it for a second.  Don’t be fooled!

2. We cannot stop with the warnings…read the answer to No. 1.

3.  We shouldn’t be.   We must fiight very hard to avoid it.

4.  Offense is a four part  sin.  It takes a sender and a receiver.   It also can be deliberate and unintentional.

So…let’s get to the crux of the matter.   I imagine there are lots of Christians in the NBA.  And I’m sure that some have tattoos of loved ones, sentimental points, important milestones…and maybe even Jesus.

There may be a few (if they’ll admit it) who  got tattoos because “everybody” else has them.

Is it covetousness?   I couldn’t answer because I do not know their hearts.   Do they do it to appear tough?   Is it a  thing…or something done to fit in?

Almost everyone has one.  My hat is off to those who don’t.   The non-conformists who against all odds don’t have them.  STAND YOUR GROUND!!

They do it in other sports too…it’s a trend…I just didn’t watch the other sports…so I am talking about what I’ve seen.  However, all role models in sports…be advised….God is watching!

I suppose it all boils down to…whose temple it is in the mind of the person.

So why would I call it a dilemma?  I hate the fact that so many can be influenced by this… LOOK AT JOAKIM NOAH  BELOW:  ….NO TATTOOS!!!I And I vow to pray about  this entire tattoo dilemma.   Please join me.

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Seasons (MP3) by Donald Lawrence and The Tr-City Singers April 25-May 4, 2010

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Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 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. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account. [a]

16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

17 I thought in my heart,
“God will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed.”

18 I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath [b] ; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal [c] goes down into the earth?”

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?