111 years overdue January 14

Recently a book was returned to a library in Idaho that made the headlines. What was so unique about this book was that it was actually 111 years overdue. The library tallied up the late fees of two cents per day which added up to $803 but needless to say the individual who returned the book was obviously not the person who checked it out and was not charged. Did you know the Bible tells us that while we are alive we are not yet overdue but our opportunity to get right with God will pass? In 2 Corinthians 6:2 it reads, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” We are also told the means of experiencing this salvation in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Volleyball sold for $308,000 January 12

Recently the volleyball known by the name “Wilson” that was used as a prop on the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks sold at an auction for a staggering $308,000. In the film Wilson was essentially garbage on a deserted island that became the main characters best friend. Did you know in the Bible there is garbage that we are not to have any sort of connection with but so many do? It is in relation to self-righteousness and it is found in the book of Isaiah 64:6 in which it is written, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;. Thankfully, in the book of John, Jesus identifies where true righteous can be found by saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Don’t Null and Void the Offer January 10

I purchased a plug for my daughters’ keyboard recently from amazon which did not work properly. It would randomly cause the keyboard to shut off. Right away I knew I had to return it but kept putting it off. Finally, one morning while at my computer I went on my amazon account to make the return and realized I missed out on the opportunity to return my purchase by eight hours. Did you know the Bible has blessings to be unlocked but in certain cases there is a limited time to do so? It is our lifetime that is limited. The key is we have to do what it says to unlock the blessings. In the book of James it reads, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Stray Cat January 7

When my sister and myself were in grade school there was a stray cat that we found on our porch in the morning. When we finished our day at school and came home the cat was still on our porch. We pleaded with our parents to let us keep the cat that so desperately wanted to come in to our home and they eventually gave in. Did you know that in the Bible anger is presented as a means to bring something into your life that so desires to be a part of it. In the book of Ephesians, “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.” You need to be careful because being angry and not dealing with it can invite something into your life that can reveal itself in resentment, self-righteousness, bitterness, misery and vengeance. Anger can invite in a pet that trust me you do not want.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Be On Guard January 5

A number of years ago, while we were shopping, my wife had her purse stolen. It was not ripped off here arm but rather a person bumped into her, managed to take my wife’s purse without her realizing, and then left. It was stolen and she did not even know it happened. I don’t know if you realize it or not but our contentment can be like that. We can be content with what we have or what we have accomplished and then we see someone who has more or has accomplished more and our contentment is stolen except in this case someone else did not take it rather we allowed it to be taken. In the Bible in the book of Philippians chapter 4 verse 11 the writer shares, “for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. He also shares in verse 13 how he experienced this ability, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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Look Up January 3

This month, a very unique villa in the heart of Rome will be auctioned off at a starting price of 547 million dollars. What makes this villa so unique is that it has a ceiling mural by the Italian painter Caravaggio. The mural covers approximately 30 square feet. That would bring the value of the ceiling to somewhere around 18 million a square foot. That would be quite a site to look up at. Did you know in the Bible there is direction given to look up at something that is absolutely magnificent? It the Bible there is direction given by Jesus Christ regarding his second coming. In the book of Luke, in the context, He is talking about a number of specific things that will happen immediately before He returns and he instructs his followers present during those signs to, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Whistleblower Gets Paid 24 Million Dollars December 31

Recently the US auto safety regulator announced its first ever reward to a whistle blower. It handed out more than twenty four million dollars to a former Hyundai employee who provided key information about safety lapses at the South Korean carmaker. A representative from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said “Whistleblowers play a crucial role in bringing information to NHTSA about serious safety problems that are hidden from the agency,” Did you know in the Bible there is a whistleblower. He is known as the Apostle Paul. He let humanity know of a serious problem that many were not aware of that has to be addressed. He wrote in the book Romans chapter 3 verse 23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of Go
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Accomplishing Something Great in 2022 December 29

The year 2022 is just about to begin. Many people are looking at the year ahead with the anticipation to accomplish many things. Many great things! People are looking to accomplish something that is praiseworthy. Did you know the Bible outlines something to accomplish that is praiseworthy that places other accomplishments dark in its showdown? It is knowing God! In the book Jeremiah it reads, “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD. Have a great 2022!

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Two Bracelets for 8 Million Dollars December 27

Recently two diamond bracelets once owned by Marie Antoinette, the former queen of France were auctioned off in Switzerland for more than eight million dollars. The former queen sent the jewelery away for safe keeping before she was guillotined during the French revolution. The bracelets were bought over the phone by an anonymous bidder. This person bought quite a treasure. Did you know Jesus had something to say about treasure that we should be storing up? He said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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$1600 Takeout Order December 24

Earlier this year someone in Canada managed to spend $1600 on a single takeout order according to data from a delivery app. In its annual Cravings Report, Urber Eats said the country’s largest order was placed in Vancouver. It was placed at the city’s high-end Gotham Steakhouse and Bar. This person must have had an absolute consuming desire to order enough food to cost sixteen hundred dollars. Did you know that in thes Bible, Jesus speaks of having a desire that should be all consuming? He says in the book of Matthew, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” Jesus also tells us the way to experience this righteousness, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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