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Old Town Hill Baptist Church


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2022 Church Theme:

Faith is the Victory

Join us in our journey as we study the book of Hebrews this year. We'll examine the superiority of Christ and what that means to us.

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Sunday 9:00 am
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Sunday 10:00 am
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Sunday 5:30 pm
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Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesday 6:00 pm
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The Answer

Have you noticed how crazy our society has become? I know it has always been like this in some sense, but it sure is getting worse to me. I am only 53 and things have changed so drastically even from when I was a kid. I cannot imagine how those from an earlier generation must feel. It is like you took a nap and when you woke up someone stole your society and exchanged it with one from a science fiction book. There are things that we are dealing with that we never in a million years thought we would have to encounter. Yet here we are.

I understand the Bible did warn us there would be days like this, but to see it up close and personal is mind-boggling. II Timothy 3:1-5 tells us, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”  When we read this, I imagine we can shake our heads in agreement. We see what is happening around us and have little doubt people have lost their minds. But here is the kick in the gut, the Apostle Paul is not speaking about the world. He already knew that lost people were nuts. No, Paul is giving a warning about what will happen inside the church as the day of the Lord’s return gets closer. That should be sobering to us. I don’t have the time to break down everything Paul has listed, but if we are honest, we can already see some of these things happening in “the church.”

I would say the sin of pride is at the root of nearly all of these. The cause of the rebellion against God got many angels cast from heaven and still plagues man today. Here is the scary part, what we see today is only the beginning. Oh, it will get worse. We already have churches that have forsaken biblical principles for the sake of political correctness and in doing so hope to escape persecution. Paul warns us in verse 12 that we will be persecuted for the cause of Christ. If we are not persecuted, then maybe we are not doing something right.

So, what do we do about it? Paul tells us in verses 16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” We must get back into God’s word. I’m not just talking about reading it, but I am saying live it to the utmost. The Bible is not just what we do in the church, but the Bible should be how we raise our families, and how we do our work. It should permeate every aspect of our lives. The Bible is how we defeat the work of the enemy in our personal lives and the life of the church.

The answer is and always will be the Word of God. Let us stand at the gates of our hearts and the gates of the church and cry out, not in this place, not today, not ever.    

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Tricked

Some tricks are funny and then there are those tricks that are harmful. One of the things that fire me up is when people try to trick and take advantage of the innocent. You know, the ones that will call an elderly person and say they owe the IRS money, and if they give them their credit card number they can take care of the debt over the phone, grrrr. This is the essence of the enemy, the great trickster. Throughout the history of the world, he has always been whispering lies and tricking people into places and situations that are harmful to them or derail their walk with God. There is a picture of this in the book of I Kings 13. In this chapter, the Lord gives one of His prophets a message to give to the king, not a particularly good message. In the orders the Lord gives the prophet He tells him that after the prophet gives his proclamation, he is to return home and not stop for anyone or anything. The prophet bravely gives the message to the king and begins to return home.

Now here is where it gets interesting. Another old prophet hears about the one who was sent to the king, goes to him, and asks him to go to his home for bread and water. The first prophet replies, “Can’t do it, bro, the Lord told me not to stop and go home the way I came. The second prophet replies, and this is where it gets strange, “an angel of the Lord told me to come and get you and bring you back to my house so you can eat bread and drink water.” The first prophet gets tricked and believes the second old prophet and goes to his house.

During the meal, the Lord speaks to the second prophet and tells him that since the first prophet rebelled against God and went back to eat and drink like He said not to, the first prophet is going to die and not be buried with his ancestors. That is exactly what happened, on the way home the Lord sent a lion and killed that first prophet.

There are so many questions, like why did the second prophet trick the first prophet? I have no answer, maybe he was just sent to test the first prophet.

Here is the point I want to get to. There is only one word we are to listen to and that is the word of God. There are many voices out there that will try and tell you what you are to think and where you are to be. The only question you must answer is what does the Lord say? This prophet had a clear word from God on where and when he was to serve and chose to listen to the word of a man. There are many brothers and sisters in Christ that mean well, but they are not God and even if it is by accident, they can talk us into disobeying the Lord. Now the Lord may not kill us, but the ramifications of not being where the Lord has called us can cause damage in other areas of our lives and sadly the lives of others we care about.

Let me remind us that the Lord doesn’t always call us to the easy place to do the easy task, but if we are where the Lord calls us, it will be good. Guard your heart and listen only to what the Lord has to say. Do not get tricked.   

  

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