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  1. Ron Hamilton has entered into hospice due to advanced dementia. The family has been called to gather with him. It is not expected that Patch will be much longer for this earth..
  2. Well, I was a bit younger when I made that site . . . now I'm old enough where homegoing isn't going to be so much to go. When the Lord calls, unless He makes other arrangements the site will no doubt disappear. I've been supporting it myself. I ran out of room on my site so I posted a few books on a different site that has since gone under.
  3. On the devotional page I keep getting this message right after I post something and then go back and try to edit it. I can't get the devotion for Profiting With Proverbs to work since yesterday. This comment can no longer be edited. It may have been moved or deleted, or too much time may have passed since it was posted for it to be edited.
  4. Still working on it It doesn't seem to be working.
  5. 1 Yesterday's devotion didn't post, so I'm trying it again.
  6. “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?” (Proverbs 8:1 KJV). In chapter 8, we have a picture of a preacher that is wise to sin, and the discourse is on the fact that we ought to listen to the preacher. Not only that, but Christ is personified—in other words, wisdom is given human attributes. Wisdom in the chapter is going to personify Jesus Christ. How does the Oxford English Dictionary define Personification? “Attribution of personal form, nature, or characteristics; the representation of a thing or abstraction as a person, as a rhetorical figure or species of metaphor.” “Doth not wisdom cry?” Did that young man in chapter 7 die because there was no one to warn him? No, wisdom was crying in the streets. We saw that when we started the book of Proverbs. The young man just wouldn’t listen to wisdom. He listened to wickedness. Do you know what sin is like? Sin is like something that looks good, feels good, tastes good, sounds good—everything’s ‘good’ about it—but then it ends up sour. “O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart” (Proverbs 8:5 KJV). Doing it God’s way is just the reverse. It starts out sour—repentance, rebuke, weeping, getting right, then it starts to get good. Then the heart is full of joy, the heart is full of peace, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God” (Ro 5:1). Then you get that Holy Ghost leading, guiding, directing; and you start helping folks to get saved, you go to the right church, you start giving to missionaries. Wow! What started out sour starts turning sweet. The world doesn’t want anything sour . . . they want it sweet all the way through . . . but there ain’t nothing sweet all the way through. Nothing. Everything in this world starts out sweet and then turns sour or starts out sour and turns out sweet. Is there any fruit that starts out sour and ends up sweet? Well, yea, all fruit when it is ripe. Bananas are horrible when they are green, but give them some time. Let the sun shine on them a while until they turn a golden yellow – and then there is nothing sweeter! “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?” She does. See what God told Isaiah: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isa 58:1 KJV). In every age, God has someone preaching for him. In every place, God’s got a witness. Father, we have learned the bitterness of a life without Christ, and we now know the joy and sweetness of being Your children. And yet, we know that we live in a world that does not love You or Your people, so we may be called upon to suffer for Your Name’s sake. As we grow in grace and in the knowledge of You and Your Word, help us to understand that the “sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Amen
  7. Megakudos for the new site format. I love the way it is easier to spot which forums have active threads. You are really working hard behind the scene to make us grumpy old Baptists happy, brother Matt!
  8. “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee” (Proverbs 7:1 KJV). Why does the father go over and over this godly instruction in Proverbs? Because he is “training up” his son for the future day when he won’t be there to act as his guide and tutor: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV). There will come a day in every person’s life that only memories will suffice when they need a word of advice from a parent. It is our divine duty as parents to see that those memories are Bible rich and not worldly wise. Oh, friend, this is why we must guard our emotions at all times so that our words are not words of anger and frustration, but words laced “alway with grace, seasoned with salt” which will be repeated countless times in tomorrow’s thought life of our children. No wonder that we live in a world filled with angry men; for growing up all they knew was anger from those whose duty it was to nurture and prepare them for the coming of adulthood, but as anger was all the parent knew, that was all the parent could bestow. Those families that know the Lord and are blessed to be able to name the name of Christ in their home, are doubly blessed to be able to influence the next generation with a legacy of faith. Proverbs uses a lot of repetition. The Word takes it for granted that we do not remember everything we hear, so it says it over and over again. That’s one way we learn—through repetition, through association, and experience—so he says again, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.” In 3:8 it says that if we “keep my commandments, and live” (vs. 2), “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (3:8). Even for a Christian, this is true, for “if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV). Words to the wise is sufficient. “Bind them upon thy fingers.” A book is bound, and we talk about that being the Bible. “write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman” (Proverbs 7:3-4 KJV). In other words, get as close as you can as you would to your own family. “That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words” (Proverbs 7:5 KJV). Father, impress upon us the importance of guarding our thoughts and our emotions at all times, understanding that the next generation is more likely to remember the wrong things we say. Let us live in such as way that years from now our children will continue to rise and call us blessed, and the instruction that we gave them will, along with the Word of God, be their anchor in this world. Amen.
  9. Sorry I missed this. Praying all is well with pastor Willis and that he is getting some much deserved rest.
  10. I have experienced this first hand. I used to be one of the ones who ridiculed and shunned Christians. But then, once I actually turned to Christ for Salvation I found that those who had been friends before now shunned me. And didn't God replace that old crowd with some true friends! God is good . . . all the time!
  11. “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look . . .” (Proverbs 6:16-17 KJV). “A proud look,” is the first in the list, therefore, it might stand to reason that it is the worst, but sin is sin is sin. Disdainful arrogancy is an attitude which can creep into a man’s life without him even noticing it. When considering this attitude, one is immediately drawn to a scene where the prayers of two men are related as a parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:10-13 KJV). Do we ever catch ourselves praying a similar prayer as we look out onto the harvest field? From experience I can relate that there are some mighty pitiful situations out there. Police officers and ministers look on the worst of society at times. Often, the police officer finds himself hardened to what he sees, and at times even uses what we call “gallows humor” to deal with what he finds hard to observe. The minister, or soul winner, does not have this option available to him ever. Of course, we pity the situation, but we must never begin to gauge our own holiness against the lives of others. Without Jesus Christ, God sees no difference in one sin versus another. We are all sinners in Adam as are all men, we are all sinners by nature as are all men, and we have the same iniquities and corruptions in our hearts as other people. The blanket of righteousness that covers us is not of our own making, but it is the pure righteousness of Jesus Christ that justifies us. In other words, we are only a sinner saved by grace. The lost are only sinners not yet saved by grace. Pride was the sin of the cherubic Lucifer that resulted in his designation as Satan, the father of lies. Pride was the sin of the angels, that left their first estate to roam without rudder, or to be chained in chains in outer darkness. Perhaps pride is the first on the list because it is the sin that gives rise to every other sin. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18 KJV). Father, help us to keep away from pride in our lives, Let us ever be grateful that everything we have is so much more than we deserve. Let us not forget where we were when you lifted us from the miry clay and placed us on the firm foundation of our salvation. Whenever we begin to think that we are better in any way than others that are less fortunate to us, impress us with the need to run to the mourner’s bench and get it right. Thank You again, for loving us, help us to love others through You. Amen.
  12. "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again" (Philippians 1:21-26 KJV).
  13. I'm glad we can just be plain, old simple Bible believers.
  14. "Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (II Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV).
  15. >>>The mind of the natural man is “a reprobate mind”<<< I agree with your statement here. I do not believe that the "natural man" is simply an unsaved person that can't understand the Bible. I have a small study where I connect him to the man in Romans 1 who has rejected the Creator for the creature and worships the things of nature. He is the scoffer, not the simple lost man that hasn't heard the gospel explained yet. He is the man that has heard the gospel, rejects it, and now hates it.
  16. “I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly” (Proverbs 5:14 KJV). It is a most wonderful miracle when a young child, before he has had the misfortune to discover the depths of sin, is miraculously saved because a parent, Sunday school teacher, bus worker, or friend cared enough to give him the gospel and show him how to be saved. To meet a young man that has kept himself pure, that has grown into a strong, vibrant Christian unscathed from the ravages of sin is to have a glimpse into the very throne room of God. To attend a wedding where two chaste virgins are uniting their love for one another to a life where God is honored is a treasure to behold. And to know that these things are still possible in our debauched society gives one a modicum of hope. Sadly, this is not always the case. Thank God that He is still saving men and women who have been ravished by the world, the flesh and the Devil. I believe that in every instance of authentic salvation, there is a moment of realization unlike anything ever experienced in that person’s life. It is a moment where a pit is exposed, and one is able to see themselves in exactly the way that God sees them. Thoroughly lost and completely condemned. “I was almost in all evil,” is the instant that a sinner recognized that there is but a step between him and hell. In fact, in a very real sense, the gates of hell are thrust open and a future glimpse of themselves burning in that preternatural furnace is lain open for display. As if that were not frightening enough, it is accompanied with the secure knowledge that that is where we belong, that that is our just deserts. It is at that moment in time when all the sins of our life are revealed of the things that we are guilty; our contempt for God, our parents, all authority and all the lewdness of our preceding years are laid bare. It is then that we are forced to realize that we are existing at the very brink of hell itself, except for a single heartbeat, we are standing on the precipice of eternity. “. . . in the midst of the congregation and assembly,” we discover that our supposed morality was nothing more than a cheap whitewash, and, though we had not a name for it, somehow we understood that “we were an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as a filthy rag,” and we understand as we never had before the true cost of our iniquities, for “the wages of sin is death.” In order to be truly saved, my friends, we must first become truly lost. It is at this heavenly vision that I believe that every man and woman experience the fact that the greatest transaction of heaven or earth is completed. It is at that moment when our dirty hands reach out to receive the purest prize available in all the universe, and upon receiving, our filthy hands become washed in the soap of Christ’s Blood. And we are “new creatures in Christ!” It is a beautiful thing when a child receives Christ and is permitted to escape the life of sin that we who are saved later in live are exposed to. However, that is not completely the best thing, for there is nothing to compare to the realization that years of debauchery of a lifetime are suddenly and completely and eternally gone and left in its place is a child of the living God as holy and as pure as a new born babe. I have yet to hear, and am unable to communicate, any word that truly describes the translation from being a child of Satan to becoming a son of God in as quick a time as the tick of a clock. Father, all I can say, all anyone can say, is thank You for saving us, for showing us what we were, and what we are now. Thank You for the blessed anticipation of the day that we will one day be as our Saviour—glorified and free from even the very presence of sin. Amen.
  17. “He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live” (Proverbs 4:4 KJV). Most of the Book of Proverbs, of course, are the words of Solomon, who was the son of David, the king of Israel. It is David’s words that are being quoted in this passage. The immediate thought that comes to my mind is that my own children have heard words from me, that they will no doubt remember long after I am gone. I honestly hope that they are more meaningful than, “Were you born in a barn?” or “Because I said so!” I hope that, in some good way, that their lives will be affected for eternity by counsel that I have given them. Praise the Lord that their mother and I led them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ while they were born, but did they always see the Lord in their father? Unfortunately, no. Think of Solomon here. He had to know that his older brother was the result of an adulterous affair that led to the murder of his mother’s first husband, Uriah, and further led to the death of his brother as God’s punishment of David. He probably had every cause to despise his father. At least that is what Jerry Springer tells the world every day on his program from hell. But that is not the case at all. Solomon obviously loved his father, and in large part, because even though his dad was a grievous sinner, he was also a man that loved the Lord with all his heart and a man that was after God’s own heart. Solomon saw also that his father was a man of great faith, and great devotion. We do not know if Solomon read Psalm 51. He may well have. It is not often that a son gets a glimpse so deeply into their own father’s soul. It is a psalm that we all do well to read often, and memorize parts of it: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee” (Psalms 51:1-13 KJV). David sinned, yet David repented, and God did not kill him. David was likely a very different man after this tragic occasion in his life, but rather than become bitter and raise an angry family, David made things right with God and put it behind him. How often Christians will forget the forgiveness and cleansing of the Lord and carry their guilt to the destruction of their own families. As we face this new year, a verse I like to think about was given to us in Philippians. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV).
  18. Then there is the old saying: "Those that attend Sunday morning love the preacher. Those that attend Sunday night love the church, and those that attend midweek services love the Lord!"
  19. Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses . . . that very sober warning is found in other verses as well. You have it in the Law, the poetic books, and the New Testament. God covered the base! Proverbs 30:5-6 - Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Deuteronomy 4:2 - Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 12:32 - What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Matthew 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. In other words, don't mess with the Word if'n you knows whats good fer ya!
  20. “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments” (Proverbs 3:1 KJV). In this and succeeding verses the material divides itself into couplet thoughts, the first verse giving the commandment and the second verse the promise or explanation. Check this for yourself. Too many children instead of not forgetting their parent’s law and keeping the commandments get it backwards: they “keep forgetting” what they were told. If one remembers his father’s instruction, his father should not have to keep reminding him of his duty. Remembering what one is told is a necessary part of obedience. Now, there is a way to keep it in your head by stowing it in your heart. You see that? A lot of religious people have the law in their head. You’ve seen those people that talk about keeping the commandments and then they don’t. The problem is that it is in their heads, but not in their hearts. You get the law in a man’s heart, and there is a good chance it will stick in his head—and he’ll be more likely to keep it. That is why a Christian is more likely to keep the law than anybody else. Now you have to remember that our flesh is contrary to law so that you can’t move the flesh to keep it. Paul said in Romans 1, “For God is my witness whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel” (1:9). You serve God in spirit, and your body will follow suit. It doesn’t want to—believe me—it is just a slave to your will. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin” (Rom 7:25 KJV). Now, a Christian can sin and go against the law, but what is the problem? The problem is that he will be miserable doing it. If a man is truly saved, and he knows it is wrong to commit any sin—he will suffer for it—if he commits it. Now he might try it, he might think he can do it like a lost person, but he can’t. There is something in you that magnifies the law, that upholds the law—and that is that Holy Spirit that is in you. Something that is not in the unsaved man. He can break the law and enjoy it. A Christian can’t. The Christian blessedly has one thing the lost man does not, I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Are you washed in the blood In the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb? Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? Solomon says, “Let thine heart keep my commandments.” That is why we try to get folks, especially young kids, to memorize Scripture. Especially if they are saved—it is a lot easier for them to memorize Scripture with their inner Teacher. There is no appeal to the flesh to keep the law, it’s the heart where the matter is.
  21. Absolutely agree with you about the wisdom of using a word processor. I have had extremely bad moments when I lost a post that I worked hard on. It might be somewhere in the Ethernet but I sure can't find it. So I always have MS-Word or Notepad open now.
  22. Not really, I can always update the paragraph when I paste it.
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