Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ain't it Funny?

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While we were eating lunch a few moments ago, Narvel Felts came on the background music singing, "Ain't it funny how time slips away?"

I listened for awhile, turned to Mrs. W and said, "Looking back at age 83, it ain't so darn funny.  Where did it go?"

The tear still dampens the side of my nose.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Church is Jesus' Hot Mamma

Snippet from Johnnie Blair's message, Sunday morning.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Barney Miller

Wojciehowicz reads description of the missing horse:  Brown eyes, brown hair, about six foot three, weighs 1200 pounds.

(Twinkle in his eye)   How about we don't tell them its a horse, Barn?

Barney: We better tell them; they might find someone.

Oh, man.  I loved that show.  Always cracks me up.

(Catch it Sunday nites on antenna tv.)


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Forward Thinking

Philippians 3:12 - 4:1.  Paul continues his admonition to the church at Philippi.

Religious practices will not save.  Only through faith are we saved.

God changes lives.
Christ offers transforming power to develop the image of God within you.

Don't look back.
Remember Lot's wife. (Luke 17:32)

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God delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Yet they moaned, Let us return to Egypt.
 They were in bondage to their bondage.


The Prize:  Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Seek His face; become what He wants you to be. 

Leave the things of the world behind and run to Me. --Jesus

Our citizenship is in Heaven.
Don't forget who you are in Christ Jesus.
Don't forget whose you are.


Pastor's declaration over us:
You will stop listening to the voices of the world.
You will listen to the Voice of the One that matters,
The One who needs you; 
He who gave Himself for you.

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Flesh or Faith

Continuing our reading in the letter of Paul to the Philippian Church, 3:1-11

Old Testament righteousness is based on the individual's ability to keep the Law.

Heard of "The Ten Commandments"?  The first four keep the people in right standing with God; the next six are directed to keeping one in right standing with people.  But the religious leaders expanded on the commandments, building rule upon rule that had to be followed in order not to break the commandments.  This ultimately resulted in 613 commandments.  Who can live without breaking one or some of those?  Paul, apparently, for he tells us that "all these he kept from his youth up."  His point?  He was more religious than all who might read this.

Jesus boiled the entire law down to two commandments, namely, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul; and Love your neighbor as yourself.

No matter how good one is at keeping rules it does not make him holy.

Confidence in the flesh will always be one of man's greatest temptations.

Pastor asserted that he was more religious than most of us.  He illustrated this by his testimony to his upbringing, the thousands of hours he had spent in church as a child, even the fact that as a home-schooled lad his primary textbook was the Bible.  But ultimately

Religion is empty calories that will leave you empty.

Confidence in the flesh will always end in condemnation
Faith in Christ will always result in GRACE.

Pastor continued, "I know Christ is enough!"

God is interested in the HEART, not in our ability to keep a set of rules.


Religion is about the Law,
Faith is about the Heart.

Religion fosters Fear
Faith fosters HOPE.
Perfect Love casts out all fear.
Religion builds barriers
Faith breaks down Walls.

Religion eats away at community
Faith edifies the Body!

Religion creates legalistic lists
Faith brings about true righteousness!

Religion always leaves you empty
Faith will make you FULL!

Faith in Jesus Christ is all that is required.

He is risen from the dead
who died to bring you life!

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning  


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chicken House

Suppose the rooster spends his days and half his nights plucking the feathers from his hens, pecking them mercilessly whilst he ignores the fox that came in through the knothole in the wall.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cause and Effect

A 19-year-old was killed after police say he was shot in the head during a party Sunday morning.

Happened in a nearby cityA true tragedy when a young person loses his life at the hands of another  young person.  I would never make light of this horrendous event.

However, whoever wrote the above banner needs to be called out.  Does it suggest that had the police not said he was shot in the head he would not have been killed?  Or what?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Are you a GOOD friend?

The scripture lesson is from Philippians 2:19-30 in which Paul, adjuring the Church to "be like Christ" is commending Timothy and Epaphroditus to them.

"Until your heart breaks for people you will never know what it means to love them."

     "If you ever feel alone it is your own fault."

We must become people people.
 "People are always looking for messes.  God is looking for people."
--Dallas Willard

People must be our highest priority.  We need characteristics like Timothy and Epaphroditus who were
1.  Christlike.
2.  Team players
3.  Genuinely concerned for others
4.  Loyal to others
5.  Acting out of compassion. (As opposed to the natural impulse to criticism and judgment.

What if you lived out this model?
Are you a GOOD friend?
Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

At the Fair

Many potential comments come to mind.  I'll leave it to you.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We Are in This Together

The lesson is a continuation of the letter of Paul to the Philippians.

When you are down, turn your thoughts to what you can do for others.

In your suffering Christ is with you.

The Church must expect cultural and social push back.  What is much more harmful to the Church is dissension from within.

In the fog of war there are many casualties caused by friendly fire.

The Church does more damage to itself than it receives from external forces.
 We are sometimes so busy messing with each other that we lose sight of what God is trying to do.

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit; One God, gave His Church a seat at the table and invited us into Oneness with Him.  [See Acts chapter two.]

The Church was born to reflect the same unity that is in God.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself--  before you wreck all of us.
Tenderness and compassion before
meanness and a critical spirit.

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning