Submitted by Tim Perkins

Across the Preacher’s Desk: "The Footsteps of Jesus"

November 19, 2021 - Peter was writing about Jesus when he penned these words in I Peter 2:21, “Leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” Those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus should examine our lives and see how we are doing at following in the steps of Jesus.

Those footsteps of Jesus led him to the waters of baptism, the wilderness of temptation, the house of worship and the fields of Service. They led him to the mountain of prayer, the garden of despair, the cross of suffering, the valley of death and ultimately to the throne of God.

Across the Preacher’s Desk: “Down In The Dumps”

November 11, 2021 - Most of us have our bad days. On those days, our every act, our every thought, our every spoken sentence seems to have a “but”, a “can’t” a “don’t”, or such like. On those days, we are at our worst. We fret about our health and our circumstances and we pity ourselves to the very verge of tears.

But what do we get out of it? Well, we get misery and worry. By compounding every problem and considering every obstacle, we make matters worse than they are.

Across the Preacher’s Desk: “Which Gate”

November 4, 2021 - ​According to the teachings of Jesus, every person is going through one of two gates. Either they are choosing to enter the narrow gate and the narrow way that leads to life or they are choosing the broad way which leads through the broad gate to destruction.

These two ideas represent two ways of life. One represents the way of good while the other represents the way of evil. The thought taught by Jesus in Matthew 7 is that more people will follow the easy and popular way of life than the one prescribed in the scriptures.

Across the Preacher’s Desk: “Take A Little Honey”

October 28, 2021 - Do you remember hearing that old saying, “you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar?” It is something we have heard all of our lives.

If you turn to the book of Genesis, when Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy food, they took a lot of gifts, balm, spices, myrrh, nuts, almost are all mentioned and Genesis 43:11 says “a little honey.”

We have all known folks with a lot of ability, a lot of intelligence, but there was no honey in their lives, no sweetness, no joy.

Across the Preacher’s Desk: Living God’s Kind of Life

October 21, 2021 - Sometimes, the best thing we can do is just get out of the way, not make any comment and let the Word of God do all the talking. The dictionary defines obedience as “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.” 

That said, here is what Jesus said in the Sermon on The Mount in Matthew 7:21; “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (KJV)

Here is that same passage in some other translations:

Across the Preacher’s Desk: It’s Not A Spectator Sport!

October 14, 2021 - One of the things we have lost sight of over the course of the “pandemic” or as I often refer to it “the present distress” is the fact that Worship is not a spectator sport.  I have the utmost admiration and gratitude for the lengths so many have gone to in their effort to keep the Worship of God vital through “virtual church services” and the many different ways technology has enabled people to “attend” Worship from home.  Yet, the fact remains, no virtual service can ever take the place of Worshipping God with other Christians.

Across the Preacher’s Desk…Love One Another

October 8, 2021 - The cross on Calvary’s hill was already casting its shadow on Jesus when he told the disciples to “love one another” (John 13:34) and then He said, “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35)

Sadly, of all the commands Jesus gave, this is more talked about and less obeyed than any of them.   If we mean anything when we profess to have love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, it should show itself in our dealings with them.  

Across the Preacher's Desk: Tomorrow

September 30, 2021 - James would write these very poignant words in Jam s 4:14, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away" The most dangerous word in human speech os "tomorrow". In fact, if you want to really make God [laugh, teN what you are going to do tomorrow.

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