Vocational Awareness

Vocational Awareness

Paul teaches about how Christians are to act by stating a challenge to develop a bit of “vocational awareness.”  In the earlier part of the letter to the Ephesians we are taught about WHO we are (Ephesians 1-3), and then, in 4:1, we are urged to live our lives accordingly.  “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).

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The Way

The Way–And Today’s NO WAY!

I have uploaded a brief study of Acts 9:2, “The Way–And Today’s NO WAY!”  It can be reached by clicking H-E-R-E.

Swelled Feet

And Their Feet Swelled Not

(Nehemiah 9:21)

by David Lemmons

What an AMAZING chapter in God’s Word is Nehemiah chapter 9!!!  It is a chapter which deserves to be read every single day of our lives.  Such a practice should surely get us started down the road toward a proper respect for and love of God Almighty and a deeper respect for His will in our lives.  It was a part of my daily Bible reading on Thursday, and I am thankful to be able to write a few lines to encourage you to read it, as well.  I have confidence that spiritual fruit will be produced as a result, to the glory of God.

This great chapter of some 38 verses is mostly composed of a prayer to God from His people.  It is actually a NATIONAL CONFESSION OF SINS, if you will.  It is one of the most beautiful prayers you will ever find anywhere from any time period.

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Living Waters

Living Waters: Jeremiah & Jesus

by David Lemmons

At Freed-Hardeman I once took a course in “Cultural Anthropology.”  My teacher for the course was sister Elsie Huffard.  She and her husband had done mission work in Jordan for several years.  One of the things I remember clearly from the class was the unusual appreciation she had for WATER.  She talked more than once about how valuable water was in the Middle East and how strange it was to her to see all of these homes in America with hoses spraying water out on the lawns to grow grass, just so it could then be mowed down.

When I moved to Dublin water was somewhat of a problem.  Georgia was enduring quite a “dry spell.”  The Governor was telling folks to take pride in dirty cars. This was part of a campaign to save the precious resource from being used for such mundane causes as supporting the vanity of driving around in a nice clean car.

I’ve made a dozen international trips to preach and teach the gospel.  During most all of those trips, I found urgent need to purchase some form of clean drinking water.

It is no surprise to me, therefore, to find the great prophet Jeremiah making use of a word picture involving WATER in an attempt to grab the interest of his hard-hearted brethren.

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But He Lied unto Him

One of the finest two years of my life was a period between 1980 and 1982 when I was in preaching school in Hurst, Texas.  I had pretty much daily contact with one I might describe as “THE PREACHER’S PREACHER.”  His name was Wendell Winkler, and sadly (for us), he is no longer training preachers, but has gone on to his reward.

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Least Confessed

A fly landed on a nice strip of gooey, sweet-smelling fly paper.  Quickly surveying the situation, and not seeing a challenger in sight, he happily announced, “My fly-paper!”  Sinking his nose into the syrupy stuff he dined sumptuously.  Then, he blissfully snoozed in an “after-dinner” siesta.  Afterward, deciding to leave, he began hopelessly beating his wings against the air … and the paper announced, “My fly!

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