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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio



THE PREEMINENCE OF GOD OVER HISTORY

Jesus is not a "doll." Several years ago, a Christian company in Florida began marketing "Jesus the Doll," a doll the makers claim will "help children discover Jesus." For $29.95, the doll promises to "provide solace for the elderly and the infirm, for those in recovery programs, and those in emotional duress. The real Lord is just too ethereal, "it's hard to hug air" the company notes.
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Maybe some people who are not Christians need to take "Effexor XR", but Christians do not, nor do they need a "Jesus the Doll." Christians do not need to rely on "venlafaxine hydrochloride" the extended release capsule. But a continued release of the Holy Spirit in our spirit.

Christians need to understand the theology of God and His work and words.
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Christians do not necessarily need drugs for strength, for encouragment, for solace, for recovery from hurt, disappointment, death, and daily living. They need to grasp the knowlege of who God, Jesus Christ is and what he is doing in the world today.
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I am afraid that too many people in America have forgotten the sovereign power of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is abounding in love and mercy, but not in "hugs." He is too big to hug. And those in the Bible who saw God, men like Moses and Isaiah in Isaiah six, wanted to run from God. They didn't want to hug Him. They said, "Woe is me, I am ruined!" Even angels who minister before God's throne would not even dare to look God in the face, but cover their eyes and feet and cry out, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" Our God, our Lord Jesus Christ, is a consuming fire, not a rag doll. And God is sovereign and there is really no need to fear... HE IS IN CONTROL.


The time-extended-release capsules we need is not found in hugging a doll but reading the verses in the BIBLE. The Spirit will release His strength in us hourly.

  • Psalms 103:19 "The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom ruleth over all."
  • Romans 8:28 "And we know that all works together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called to His purpose."
  • Ephesians 1:11 "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things afer the counsel of His own will."
I suggest that you spend $ for a Bible, like the John MacArthur, Jr, Study Bible
(or Charity would get the Charles Stanley "Life Principles" Bible).

Or get a hug from Charlie Bond or Ray McCoy. That is far better than hugging a doll. Get a call from Sharan McCoy, get an email from a friend, get a card from Allen and Toni Barnhart, including their children and grandkids. Or share a new blonde joke with Melody. If you need a spiritual therapist, Rick Warner has been a blessing to me. Of course I could continue to give illustration, but it would take pages.

If you need strength, or you have emotional trouble, or you need a lift, you need the time-released power of Jesus Christ, via the Holy Spirit. And sometimes Christ will use us to encourage others.
I think therefor I BLOG.
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