In His Service

In His Service

by Pastor Paul M. Sadler
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Scripture Reading:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” — Romans 12:1,2

At all times we should stand ready to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He has called us. Time is precious! Isaac Watts once said: “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away.” Unlike eternity, everything in this life has a beginning and an end, as Solomon reminds us:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die” (Eccl. 3:1,2).

In the natural course of things, life and death are in God’s control. But what takes place between these two monumental events will have a bearing upon us throughout eternity. Life is the dash that appears between the dates on every tombstone. And that little dash speaks volumes. For some it marks a conversion to Christ and all the spiritual benefits that come with it. But for others it is a chronicle of rejection and rebellion against God, with no hope of reprieve. Which is true of you? If the latter, there’s still time to trust Christ and flee the wrath to come.

The question is, what will we do with the remaining time that’s left before our dash is etched in stone? Paul says, “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” (Phil. 3:13,14).

This passage has always amazed me. After 30 plus years of serving the Lord, Paul was still pressing toward the goal. He refused to allow the past to influence his life — whether it was past failures or accomplishments. God has done a wonderful work here at BBS through the years, but we must not dwell upon past accomplishments or failures.

Like Paul, we must press forward toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God.

May it be our desire that we might “know Christ,” that is, more fully, and experience the power of His resurrection. There is still much to be done, but with your help, we can leave a legacy of grace that will be long remembered after we lie in the dust of the earth.


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Happy Memorial Day Weekend

This is just a normal weekend for us of making sure all the wheels are turning in greased grooves here at Red Bird Acres. All this lovely rain has made the road ride-able, thus we have taken the bikes out for a spin or two. When it stops raining is when the sand on one mile of country road gets scary. Thank you LORD for this blessing of rain. May it continue all Summer long. My grass and plants are very happy too.

The AeroSeal on the air conditioning ducting has worked out wonderfully! The house smells fresh and clean. The musky smell is gone. The thick layers of unexplained dust are gone. My allergies have cleared up. I’m so glad we had this done. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! ❤

Steve’s mother has, for all intensive purposes, been sent home to die. Well, she is 88 years old. The surgeon(s) say that she is too frail for surgery, thus the bladder fistula caused by years of diverticulitis in her colon, have taken their toll. She’s on a witches brew (I call it) of antibiotics and back at her home. Please pray with me that we can get her moved down to our neck of the woods. Thanks so much. But, God’s will be done, of course. We’re trying to secure a place for her at the local Baptist Village. None of us having much funds is a bit of a hindrance but God is bigger than any bank account. We’re trusting in His wisdom and guidance. And, no, she can not stay in my house. That’s another post. 🙂 I love her and will never purposely harm her, or anyone, but I like a Drama Free life. 😉 My nerves are too fragile. ‘Nuff said.

So, I hope everyone has a happy, carefree, safe Holiday weekend. May the LORD bless and keep you.

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Silence Isn’t Always Golden

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I’ve been silent for over a week because it’s been a bit chaotic in my corner. Found and rescued a 7 month old puppy someone dumped on our country road. I couldn’t keep her for various reasons, so, I gave her a name “Socks”, and after a trip to the Vet, a good bath and lots of hugs, I found her a good home with a lovely couple that have other dogs and kids not too far distant. Socks is now Lucy, and, I hear, very content. But now, I’m blue because I miss her. I’m so fickle. lol It’ll pass. She was a sweetie though.

My husband’s 88 year old mother is in a bad way. She’s in the hospital fighting for her life. She had been suffering from one bladder infection after another for, I think, almost a year now. Her doc couldn’t figure out why. He, quite rightly, kept giving her antibiotics to fight the infection. A few days ago, she noticed blood in the urine and rushed herself to the Emergency Room. The diagnoses is Bladder Fistula. She met with a Specialist on Sunday and that doctor recommended she not have surgery because he’s concerned she will not survive the surgery. I’m confused though. I don’t know how she can live with this horrible condition!? If he was to ask me, I would opt for the surgery and take my chances. Mother-In-Law believes in the LORD Jesus Christ as her Saviour. She is ready for the transition. But living with this condition would be … well, hellish, if you’ll pardon the word. I dunno. Maybe I’m wrong in thinking that way. Wouldn’t be the first time (that I’m wrong, that is.) 🙂 Anyway, she’s on several prayer lists. I feel so helpless though.

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Sunday was my birthday. Yeah, I know, I should have posted about that. Just wasn’t in the mood, I suppose. After Church, many of our Sunday School class went to Olive Garden in Waycross. Their food has improved or something because it was very tasty and there was so much of it. I definitely took some home for another meal. Now I feel fat and wanna go on a diet … again. That’s another post. lol

Our stick built home turned 25 years old last March. For the past year or so our allergies have been epic with the sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and general discomfort. I called a local A/C Contractor and last week they sent out a nice fellow. He did an air induction test and we were shocked at the results! The tests showed that we have a 38% heat/cooling loss. The ducting is picking up dust and other not-so-lovely things from the attic and scattering it all through our house. Plus, during the summer, the ducting “sweats” through the wrapping and down onto the floor which eventually finds it’s way onto our ceiling. So, today there’s scheduled an Aeroseal for the air conditioning ducting. We’ve prepped the house (and our check book) in anticipation of this. sigh It’s only money. rolling my eyes

So, that’s what’s been going on in our neck of the woods. I gotta go get ready for our “guests”. I hope everyone has a happy, loving and cheaper day.

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The Counsel Of Kindness

The Counsel Of Kindness

by Pastor Ricky Kurth
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“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph.4:32).

While probably everyone has an idea of what it means to be kind, the precise definition of kindness might surprise you! Let’s begin by seeing how the Bible defines this word, as we compare Scripture with Scripture:

In II Chronicles 10, Rehoboam had just inherited the throne of Israel upon the death of his father Solomon (9:29-31). When the people asked if he would ease the financial burden that his father had placed upon them (10:1-5), Rehoboam “took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon” (v. 6). These elders wisely replied,

“If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever” (v. 7).

However, the parallel passage in I Kings 12 records their words differently:

“If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever” (v. 7).

Far from a discrepancy, this variation in what these men were heard to say that day is God’s way of defining kindness. To be kind to a man means to be a servant to him. This agrees with Webster’s definition of the word “kind”: “Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants…,” etc.

How important is kindness? When Rehoboam “forsook the counsel of the old men” (I Kings 12:8), and determined to be more unkind than his father ever dreamed of being (vv. 14,15), “Israel rebelled against the house of David” (v. 19). This was the beginning of the great division in the twelve tribes of Israel, as Jeroboam led ten of the tribes in revolt away from the house of David, driving a wedge between the ten tribes of Israel and the two tribes of Judah (I Kings 12:20-33). In other words, millions of people were divided for a thousand years—all for the lack of a little kindness!

In closing, while your lack of kindness is not likely to have that kind of monumental effect in the world, it will affect someone. Why not rather decide right now to be Pauline in practice as well as in doctrine, and “be ye kind one to another!”


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