Bear ye one another’s burdens

Our prayer is that the Lord will use you to help someone who is weighed down today and that He will send someone to lift you up as well.  Let’s talk about that…

Many in the Gospel music family have been sharing and praying for the need of a young man named Eli Fortner.  Our guitar playing and singing friend is in a serious medical situation.  After battling through years of issues, Eli received a kidney transplant several years ago from his Dad, Roger, and has enjoyed great health. But, in recent days his body has begun to reject that kidney.  FB posts and by any means possible Eli’s friends have spread the word and called on the God of Heaven to touch our friend and minister healing.  The basic reality is that he needs a miracle.  It’s a good thing the Lord specializes in miracles.

It has been so encouraging to see the earnest plea’s for prayer.  That is what we are supposed to do according to the scripture, right?  In Galatians 6:2 Paul instructs us to “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  Prayer is the most powerful tool we have when it comes to helping others.  Paul told the Philippians in chapter 2 verse 4 to, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”  We can admit that when it is us going through the problem that it is easy to forget everyone else that needs prayer.  The compassionate prayer for others shows a great faith that reassures us with the thought that “what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.”

My challenge to you is this; How is your prayer list today?  Just this week I compiled my three lists that were floating in my Bible into one big list.  Many of you are on that list.  Preacher friends, music friends, church friends, lost friends, widows, little kids, those I’ve been blessed to lead to the Lord, all make up that prayer list.  When I got through re-copying that list I began to write down some specific needs of our family.  Know what I found?  My list wasn’t near as long as my anxiety would tell me it was and they were all things that my God is able to supply, fix, provide, bless with, and put his blessing on.  How is your prayer list today?  If you have a need you would like us to add to our list contact me and I promise that we will Take it to the Lord in prayer.  Let’s pray…

Lord bless our friends on this day you have given, and please touch Eli Fortner for your glory.



Good Sunday morning friends.  This sanctified day is holy for the child of God. Our prayer is that the weight of God’s holiness will give you strength and conviction of heart.  Let’s talk about being holy.

This blog message will be the first one that is liable to make some of you MAD.  But, it is my duty according to the calling that the Lord to obey his leading.  I am burdened about being holy.  I am burdened for the people of God to be holy.  I Peter 1:13-16 is our text today which is in the context of Leviticus chapter 11 and 20 where God makes this statement, “be ye holy; for I am holy.”  My simple question is this; is your life Holy before the Lord.  I am not referring to the righteousness that Christ clothes us in.  I am talking about being holy.  Which brings me down to the nitty gritty.

I am getting sick to my stomach with Church folks doing things like getting tattoo’s.  There are only a few reasons why this is happening without any recourse.

#1 The tattoo’d have not read their Bible.  Leviticus 19:28 clearly says “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”  I Corinthians 3:16 still says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

#2 The tattoo’d think they are not under the commands of the Old Testament.  Newsflash, Thou shalt not kill is in the Old Testament.  When Jesus Christ fulfilled the law (Matt 5:17) it was the ceremonial, sacrificial and dietary laws.  The Moral laws of God are still in effect, Old and New Testament.

#3 The tattoo’d know that tattoo’s are wrong and are aware of what the Bible says and they are in open rebellion to the God of heaven and His holy word.

Then, I am further nauseated by this idea that God breaks up one marriage to put another one together with his blessing and/or guidance.  We all know that it happens under the worst of circumstances but divorce is not in God’s plan and Jesus explained His position on it in person in Matthew 19:7-8.  Please, for the love of the Lord, do not disgrace the name of Christ and proclaim that after you have been through two or three that God brought you number 4 when you said He already brought you numbers 1 through 3.  “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”  Aren’t you thankful that Christ will never divorce His bride?

While I’m at it, let me just go ahead and address the appearance of evil.  If our dress, our associations, and actions resemble the world more than the bride of Christ (James 4:4, I John 2:15) we are the enemy of God.  I saw not too long ago a picture of a “Gospel” group that was pictured with their signature sharpies in their mouths like cigars.  Are we serious?  Why not see how holy we can live instead of how close we can be like, look like, sound like the world.  Be ye holy, for I am holy. 

I love you and I know this seems pretty rough, but I must fulfill the instruction of my calling (2 Tim 3:16), “…for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”  You may never invite me to preach at your church or revival meeting but under the leadership of the Holy Ghost I will preach the whole counsel of the Word of God no matter what and no matter where.




Our earnest hope and prayer for you today is that the Lord has given you the grace and power to overcome this week.  Pressures, payrolls, pains, powers & principalities, and personal issues can sometimes sweep over us but we have a biblical undergirding that tells us we can overcome.  Let’s talk about that.

I have heard the tag line many times; Overcome or Overcomer.  I vacillate between those two positions.  For example, when we were kids we would go swimming in Weiss Lake every day of the summer.  The aquatic form of king of the hill was to try to climb up on a tractor tire inner tube and stand up without falling.  It was toil, success, and failure.  You either overcame and stood tall as Grand Champ of the Goodyear or splashed down in defeat.  Sometimes our balance, or lack thereof, determined our position.  Other times it was our conniving cousins who caused our tumble into the overcoming water.  Then to add insult to injury in our weak moment they would shove our head under the water.  That was the ultimate in being overcome. Overcome – under water.  Overcomer – standing tall on the inner tube.

John 16:33 is the key verse for the child of God when it comes to Christ’s overcoming power. Jesus is imparting truths to His disciples concerning the Holy Spirit, resurrection, joy, the Father, peace and tribulation.  THEN the Lord puts it all under one overriding heading, “I have overcome the world.”

But, what about those times we find ourselves under the water.  Romans 12:21 gives us an admonition.  “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”  So it is sin that is our conniving counterpart trying to affect our footing.  The enemy and our own sinful nature not only knock us down but try to get over us as we try our best to climb.  Being overcome is described accurately in II Peter 2:19 as being put in bondage. But we do not have to be overcome.  I think of that Collingsworth Family song, You’re About To Climb.  As we toil in the waves Jesus is walking on the water cheering us on!  “You can make it.  Climb! I have overcome Satan, I have overcome Sin, I have overcome the grave, I have overcome the world so you can too! Climb!”  I have some things that I need to overcome and I need the help of the Lord to help me out of the water to stand tall as an overcomer.  I think you probably do, too. He has overcome so we can, too.




Good Sunday morning friends.  When I get to this sacred time I feel like all the headaches and frustrations of the past 6 days are somewhat relieved.  Some things do not go away just because it is Sunday, especially personal conflicts but somehow assembling with our church family helps to make things more bearable.  Maybe it is because we are reminded of the forgiveness that Jesus Christ has graced us with.  Let’s talk about that… forgiveness.

Dr. Luke relates to us in chapter 17 verses 1 through 4 Jesus’ words on the scope that our forgiveness should encompass.  There is a companion account in Matthew’s gospel chapter 18.  Jesus gets very real right from the start.  To ‘get sideways’ with other humans on planet earth at some point in our life span is unavoidable.  It happens with elementary school kids on the playground, with brothers and sisters, parents and kids, church members, preachers, politicians, singers, Black Friday shoppers, athletes, SEC football fans (i.e. Iron Bowl).  It happens.  Sadly, sometimes it extends itself for months, years, lifetimes.  But, it does not have to be that way.

I think the words we need to heed most are found in verse 3, “Take heed to yourselves.  The absolute easiest thing to do is point a finger at the other person firmly shifting the blame away from our squeaky clean self.  My good friend of 22 years, Joel Key, has a saying (actually he has many).  He says, “There are 3 versions of every story; Your version, My version, and the Truth”.

Our text commands that if someone comes repenting to forgive them.  I am not going outside the bounds of scripture in saying that if the other person never comes asking, forgive them anyway.  Oh, but brother Adam, you just don’t know what they said, what they did!  Correct.  But, remember, Jesus Christ forgave every single offensive sin, every sinful word, every sinful thought, you and I would ever commit on Calvary’s cross before we ever saw the light of day.  He did that for the sins of the whole world whether they would love Him or not (I John 2:2).  Every day I come to him to repent of the sins that offend his holiness, He faithfully and justly forgives  every single time (I John 1:9).  It is good to pay off a debt but it is greater to have a debt forgiven that seemed impossible to repay.  Forgiveness frees not only the offender but the offended.  Besides, it is a command.  Just forgive.

Lord, we ask that you help us to forgive as you have forgiven us.