Senior Moment

      The

     Senior Moment

 Glenstone Baptist Church, August, 2019

 

HOW BAD ARE YOU?

 

Have you ever heard someone say that their spiritual condition is too bad for them to be saved? Some have claimed this, but as I have been reading in 2 Chronicles, I have found evidence that such a claim is likely wrong.

In 2 Chronicles 33, we learn that this is certainly not always the case. Manasseh was the son of a very good king of Judah, Hezekiah. We are told in the previous chapters how Hezekiah had done many things to restore the ways of God in his land. He had (among other things) cleansed the Temple and had invited people from both Judah and Israel to observe the Passover which had not been done for many years.

In verses 1-11 of chapter 33, we are told that Manasseh attempted to undo all of the good things his father had done in the land. He deliberately tried to turn the nation against the practices which God had endorsed. Such a change in the spiritual life of the land was almost beyond imagination.

As a result, the Lord brought against Judah the army of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, bound him with chains and took him to Babylon. However, “In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” (2 Chronicles 33:12-13)

The next paragraph begins with the word “Afterward”, and lists the changes which Manasseh instituted in the land after his prayer of confession and commitment. You see, God does hear and answer prayer, even to the changing of the life of a man who started out to be one of the worst of rulers, but when he recognized how God saw him and offered him the possibility of being different, he accepted God’s power to change him.

You see, God does exist and cares about the ways people live and act. Even as He saw the conduct, government, and character of the leader, so He cares about every person today. His care then was not limited to Manasseh, but to every person who was being influenced by this wicked king.

Today, He cares not only about you and me, but about every person who is affected by us and our lifestyle. We do not have to be kings or leaders. Our life does affect the lives of our friends.

Our God still has the power and the desire to re-create us into the person He wants us to be. No one is too bad to be beyond His reach or power to change us over and to make of us what He wants us to be.

One issue which should concern every one of us is the spiritual condition of our country. We need to learn from Manasseh, be repentant, and turn to God and allow Him to reshape our nation as well as our own lives. God can change both our nation and our lives, but we must be willing for Him to do so.

GO TEAM FOR AUGUST

Our GO Team meeting for August will be at 11:00 AM on August 20th, and our speaker will be Richard Crabtree. He researches and collects vintage photographs and has photos on numerous topics. He recently showed pictures of the early days of Downtown Springfield. We are glad to have him returning to bring us more up-to-date about our city. We will follow his presentation with our carry-in lunch.

Why are frogs always so happy?

They just eat whatever bugs them.

 

What country doesn’t take cash or credit?

The Czech Republic

 

What do you call a bunch of dolls waiting in line for grilled meat?        Barbie-queue

 

What kind of tea did early American's prefer?      Liber--tea (ty)

 

Why did the scarecrow win an award?

Because he was outstanding in his field!

 

What happens to a frog when it parks illegally?

It gets toad!

 

GEORGE CARLIN LINES

    1. If you take an oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?
    2. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?
    3. Why do we say something is out of whack? What’s a whack?
    4. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
    5. When someone asks you, “A penny for your thoughts,” and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
    6. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
    7. Why do croutons come in airtight packages. It’s just stale bread to begin with.
    8. When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say? Cheese doesn’t talk.
    9. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
    10. Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
    11. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
    12. Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety one?
    13. “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?
    14. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
    15. If FEDEX and UPS were to merge, would they call it FEDUP?
    16. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?
    17. What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?
    18. I was thinking about how people seem to read their Bibles a whole lot more as they get older. Are they cramming for their final exam?
    19. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?
    20. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don’t they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they delivered the mail?
    21. If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
    22. No one ever says, “It’s only a game,” when their team is winning.
    23. Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag?
    24. Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.