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Persuasion not Petulance – A Preacher’s Position on Scheduling Conflicts with Church

“Preacher, isn’t it sad that the grocery store is open on Easter, forcing all those cashiers and bag boys to miss church?”  “Preacher, can you believe the recreation department has scheduled games during Prayer Meeting on Wednesday?”  “Preacher, I remember when I was younger, everything was closed during church.”  I hear these comments all the time.  People lamenting the fact that everything doesn’t shut down for churches and worship anymore.  Some share these words with sadness.  Some share these words with anger.  Most share them with some level of disbelief in the fact that the United States no longer has “respect” for the church.

These conversations happen in churches all across the country, and inevitably, they end on the United States and disappointment with the country allowing this disrespect to happen. First, the United States in this sense is not a single entity. One person or one group of people did not make a single decision to begin scheduling on top of worship services. This began to occur on a much more grass roots level.

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Radio Show 18: The Gospel According to…Chocolate Doughnuts

Radio Show Episode 18 for WNEG 630 AM Toccoa Georgia.

Devotion: Matthew 26:14-16, Choice, Supremacy of Jesus Christ

Music: Ladies Trio

Tune in each week to hear us live at 8:15 am on WNEG 630.

Freedom for What? – A Preacher’s Position on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana

Indiana has been all over the news lately with the passing and revision of the Indiana State Bill 101 better known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The aim of this bill was to protect Business Owners that practice a religion to be able to say “no” to request that would force them to do work against their faith and/or belief system.

Let me say, that I apllaud the idea.  A tee shirt company in Kentucky was ordered to print a pro-homosexual tee shirt.  The tee shirt owner stated, “We’ll work with anybody, but if there’s a specific message that conflicts with my convictions, then I can’t promote that.”  He stated that he would provide service for any person regardless of sex, race, orientation, but he could not print a message that went against his faith.  How can a court order a person to go against his or her faith, whether you agree with that faith or not?  Whether or not you agree with homosexuality, I find this order worrisome.  A man was ordered to do something against his religion!  That is scarey and not just for Christians, but for all peoples of faith, and LGBT community.  It would be just as wrong to order a business owner from the LGBT community  to perform a task against the LGBT community.

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The Parable of the Magician – 2015 Holy Week Devotion 3

I love magic and magicians.  You pull a rabbit out of a hat, and you will have my undivided attention.  There is just something fun about watching a magician or better still magicians on stage, doing something that seems impossible.  I remember being in high school, and my family went to see David Copperfield in person.  It was amazing.  He made people float.  He made the right card appear every time.  He made people disappear, and even flew around auditorium.  I am still scratching my head.

Well, I have watched numerous shows and even read a book or two about magic, and I am going to let you in on a little secret on how magic works.  The secret to many a magic trick is to get the audience to look the wrong way.  The magician does this in many different ways.  The magician waves his or her right hand around like it has spasms, while the left hand is pulling out the right card.  The magician has dancers that are breaking it down like M. C. Hammer and Paula Abdul on the left side of the stage while the elephant exits stage right.  The magician can accomplish so much while your eyes are looking in the wrong direction, and the magician uses all kinds of bells and whistles and fireworks to ensure your are looking at the wrong thing while the trick is being tricked.

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How to share a Prayer Concern or Praise for Online Prayer Service

We want our Online Prayer Service on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15pm to be interactive.  We do not want you to just listen.  We want you first to pray along with us.  We also want to give you the opportunity to share your prayer concerns and your praises with us.  There are two ways to get these to us.

First, you can email them directly to me, Jesse Colbert at preacher@sunnysidebaptistchurch.net

Second, each Tuesday and Thursday, we will post on our Facebook Page a status update asking for prayer concerns and praises for that days Online Prayer Service.  Once you find that status update, all you have to do is leave a comment. Our Facebook Page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Sbctoccoa

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How to Listen to Online Prayer Service

Prayer is a powerful gift from God that we can use to impact our world.  We could all use more prayer in our lives.  With that in mind, we are beginning a new Online Prayer Service on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15pm.  We want to bring some power to your lunch hour.  This article will help you connect and listen to our prayers service.  We want you to be a part of this ministry.  Share it with your friends.  We would love for this service to go viral on the internet and become a worldwide prayer ministry.

First, we need to discuss how to tune in and listen.

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The Parable of the in Home Workout – 2015 Holy Week Devotion 2

P90X, Body Beast, Crossfit, Insanity, Plyo, Zumba and on and on, the in home workout business is booming. Some are videos. Some are books or magazines. There are even workout apps where you can get fit in the comfort of your own home. You no longer have to drive to the gym, get dressed, workout, drive home, and go about your day. This business is booming for several reasons. First, people are extremely busy. The 20 minutes of driving time to the gym is precious to those with kids. I know I would rather have a tea party with one of my daughters that spend it driving, no matter what great tunes I have on my iPod. People just do not want to give up that time. Second, many people just do not have access to a good gym. Whether they live in a rural area, or whether they do not have the funds to make another monthly payment.

The in home workout sought to face this issue head on. Instead of paying monthly, you pay a one time fee for a video or magazine. Then, your home becomes the gym. Also, there are plenty of free in home workouts that you find on the internet. The idea is that with minimal equipment, a dumbbell or two, yoga ball, pull up bar, you can get in shape in your own for much less than the cost of a gym.

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