Putrid Flower October 15

This past summer a beautiful but putrid smelling flower went into full bloom at Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory for the second time in three years. The beautiful titan arum plant, native to the Sumatra region in Indonesia, has been described as smelling like “rotten flesh, with notes of old fish and decayed cabbage”. It is hard to believe something so beautiful could produce something so putrid. In Jesus day he makes a comparison of something that appears to be beautiful but has a disgusting element to it. What Jesus describes is self-righteousness. In describing the self-righteous religious rulers of His day, He describes them as, “whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Not a picture you would want to emulate!

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Laser-like focus October 13

The late Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee was quoted as saying, “the successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.” I trust you have recognized the importance of the right focus in your own life. Jesus shares in John 14:15, if you love me you will keep my commandments. A problem that some people have faced is they have not focused on the most important aspect of this verse, loving Jesus, they have focused on obedience. The problem is obedience is not to be the focus but love which will produce obedience. Jesus was asked one day, what is the greatest commandment given in the Law? He responded by saying, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Give Thanks October 11

In Canada Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. In the United States it is the fourth Thursday in November. Regardless of whether you live in Canada or in the US it is focused around food and being thankful. It is celebrated and enjoyed by many. Did you know that in the Bible, that for those who have trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, the season of Thanksgiving gets extended beyond October or November. In the book of Thessalonians it reads, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” That which an individual is to be thankful for is not necessarily what has happened because sometimes negative things happen such as a loss of a job, relationship breakup, or health decline. What an individual is to be thankful for is that God will carry them through what has happened.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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An Amazing Reunion October 8

This past summer a very unique reunion happened. Martin Adler, a 97 year old World War II vet from Florida flew to Italy to be reunited with three children he is attributed with saving in 1944 while the Nazis were retreating. Upon meeting the children, whom are now in their eighties, he brought them the same present he shared with them just after saving them many years ago. He handed them each a chocolate bar. Imagine the joy that would have been present with those children, now elderly adults, meeting the one who saved them. It is quite a thing to ponder but for those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation there is an amazing reunion that awaits. Jesus says in John 14:3, “And I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself…”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Bells and Whistles October 6

We are in the time of year that most of the new models of cars and trucks are now available to be purchased. With the 2022 models there will be all kinds of bells and whistles that will be available to the new owners. I wonder how many people will purchase certain perks and drive their cars or trucks and not even take advantage of what has been made available to them. Something else I would be interested to know has to do with a statement made by Jesus Christ in John 10:10 which reads: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” How many people have entered into a personal relationship with God through Christ and have not taken full advantage of all that Jesus has made available by properly investing into growing in that relationship?

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Murder Hornet October 4

It was on August 13th that the first live “murder hornet” of 2021 was spotted approximately one kilometer from the Canada-US border. These intimidating hornets are up to five centimeters long and have a sting similar to being plunged with a red hot thumb tack. It is a sting anyone would want to avoid. Did you know the Bible speaks of a sting that we can get impaled with? Thankfully it also tells us how we can avoid this sting. In 1 Corinthians it reads, “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The sting of death is separation from God, and His commandments reveal to us that we do not measure up, and that is greatly concerning, but thankfully through faith in Christ that sting can be avoided.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Good Communication – September 30

This past year, in an article entitled The Importance of Good Parent-Child Communication, it was noted how the communication process with your children is effective when you take it to three levels: listening; creating an environment of trust; spending more time with your child. The fact is good communication is key to any vital relationship. Did you know the Bible makes it clear that God invites his children to communicate with Him? In the book of Jeremiah 33:3 it reads, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” The way to enter into this relationship and become a child of God is through Jesus Christ. He says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through M
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Being Quiet – September 29

Do you ever want to get away from all of the distractions of our electronic age? If so you may want to go to Greenbank, West Virginia. It is known as the “the quietest town in America”. It is also home to the world’s largest steerable radio telescope. The telescope needs “quiet” to “listen” to naturally occurring radio waves. A 13,000 square-mile is established to prevent electronic interference to the telescope’s extreme sensitivity. The intentional quiet allows the scientists to hear the “music of the spheres.” Did you know that we are encouraged in the Bible to take time to limit the distractions in our own lives and listen? In the Bible in the book of Psalms it reads, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Are you taking time to be still and are you listening?

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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A Birth that Gets Your Attention – September 27

This past summer a baby girl born in Singapore went home for the first time after 13 months in the hospital. This baby was born in June of last year after the mom being pregnant for only 24 weeks. At birth the baby only weighed 7.5 ounces! That is the weight of a large apple or a grapefruit. Her birth and survival caught the attention of news outlets around the world being that this is likely the lightest baby to ever have survived a premature birth. Did you know in the Bible Jesus speaks of a birth that has caught the attention of people all around the world. He says this in relation to this birth, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This is a birth that is worth looking into!

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Donation of the Century – September 24

This past summer museum visitors were given the first look at some of the 23,000 art works donated to South Korea from the collection of Samsung’s late, Lee Kun-hee. The family announced the donation as it seeks to settle an inheritance tax bill of over 10.4 billion dollars. Many in the art world have labeled this as the donation of the century. Did you know in the Bible there is the donation, the gift of the eternity? A gift that is made available that is of such value that nothing else has ever or will ever compare with it. What is so unfathomable is that you can receive it. In the book of Ephesians it reads, 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

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