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God’s Gonna Cut You Down

Speaking of Johnny Cash, this song just came on Pandora…

 

[LYRICS]

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

Well my goodness gracious let me tell you the news
My head’s been wet with the midnight dew
I’ve been down on bended knee talkin’ to the man from Galilee
He spoke to me in the voice so sweet
I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel’s feet
He called my name and my heart stood still
When he said, “John go do My will!”

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down

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Johnny Cash

I grew up singing along with Johnny Cash on 8-tracks as my dad and I would make the 20 minute ride to our hunting camp every Saturday morning until I was about 10-years-old.

I can distinctly remember one time where we were driving home and the song I wanted to sing hadn’t come on yet and so we drove around town for a good 15 more minutes until it came on.

I enjoyed his music then, and I still enjoy it immensely today. Something simple and raw about it.

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Bible Reading Schedule

Not sure if you’re into the whole Bible Reading Schedule “thing,” but if you are, this is one that I came up with a year or so ago and ┬ánumber of people have found it helpful.

It moves you through the Bible one book at a time but alternates from Old Testament to New Testament to Epistles so you still get a good variety.

Plus it means that you only have one bookmark in your Bible!

All you have to do is print the PDF on two sides of the same paper, fold, and trim, and you’re all set.

Enjoy

Bible Reading Plan

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The Other Side of Christmas

Well, I don’t know about you, but it sure is nice to be on the other side of Christmas. It was awesome and wonderful, but it was also exhausting in many respects. Lot’s of stuff going on, not to mention complete craziness at UPS. That’s always a nice start to the day.

On Christmas Eve we had about 140 people at church. There were more visitors than regulars. It was an awesome evening and a great opportunity to share the gospel.

On Sunday morning our attendance was WAAAYY down. I think people got their shot on Christmas Eve and then got some sleep and some peace and quite on Sunday. I probably would have done the same thing if I wasn’t the one who had to preach.

But Christmas morning was one of my most enjoyable services in a while. The sermon came together quite nicely and I felt as though the Lord was really using it my life as well as a number of those from our congregation who were present that morning. I taught from Colossians chapter 3 about putting on the new man and being clothed in Christ on a daily basis.

I got a little laugh from the folks when I actually used the phrase “blinged-out in Jesus” during the service. Not sure where that came from. It certainly wasn’t in my notes. Must have been the Holy Spirit. If it was, it seems like he was having a little fun on Christmas morning himself.

Enjoy the Lord.

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Advent Presents Anyone?

Many, many years ago (I’m getting old) we celebrated Christmas with our first two young children. We got them a few different presents, only to find out that they played with the first one for about ten minutes, the second one for about ten minutes, and then the third one for the rest of the day.

Then the relatives came over and buried them in presents and they totally forgot about ours. I cried myself to sleep that night.

As a result, Ericka and I did some talking and we decided that we wanted to spread Christmas out a bit and so for the last several years we have given each of our kids one present each Sunday in December leading up to Christmas. And each time we did we would go over a different part of the Christmas story. It worked well both practically and spiritually.

This year we were more intentional about tying it into the season of Advent. It’s been a lot of fun, and real good for our family.

If you’re not very familiar with Advent I would encourage you to look into it. It has really helped us to stay focused on Jesus in the busy weeks leading up to Christmas.

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And please keep praying for me as I have some very interesting meetings and have to make some important decisions and lead in some clear ways.

Things are going well at the church. Real well actually. God is bringing more and more people our way and many of them are taking some very wonderful steps of faith.

Lately I’ve given away two Bibles to people who are coming to our church who didn’t have one but wanted to get one so they could read it and have one to bring to Bible study. Pretty cool.

This week I’ve got two sermons. One on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas morning. Please pray that I would know what to hit on and that it would be short, sweet, and powerful.

Enjoy the Lord.

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Service Update

Thanks to everyone who prayed for last Sundays service. It went surprisingly well. Many people came and it seems as though the Lord was working in some hearts. He sure seemed to be working in mine. We had many people and families there who don’t normally go to church and who are not Christians. We had more people last Sunday than we’ve ever had since I’ve been at this church. It was so good to share the good news of great joy with all those people.

This week I’m speaking on the topic of “Love.” I just read my sermon from last year, and I’m almost tempted to use it again this Sunday. We’ll see.

I’m also starting to get a little sick so prayers for strength and healing over the next couple weeks would be appreciated.

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Simple Song

He lived the life we could not live
He died the death that we deserve
He rose again
Calls us to him
And now we long for his return

Jesus, he is our Savior
Jesus, King of Kings
Jesus, he is our Savior
Jesus, King of Kings

We’ve been singing it every night with the kids for years.

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