Something to Boast About November 29

In an article put out this past year by Conscious Rethink entitled, How to Deal with Bragging Friends/Relatives, it is noted that it becomes unhealthy when we use our accomplishments to elevate at the expense of other people or their fortune. Did you know the Bible gives direction on bragging? In the book of Jeremiah there is clear direction on what is beneficial for a person to actually boast about. This direction comes ultimately from God Himself in which 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.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Ancient Relics November 26

Last month a pair of carved stone statues used as garden ornaments for years in a home in Eastern England sold for over $265,000 at an auction after it was revealed that they were in fact ancient Egyptian relics dating back thousands of years. Imagine the excitement of the homeowners when realizing that something that was accessible to them was of such value. The fact is for those who have not entered into a personal relationship with God through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, this same experience can be realized. Something that is of unimaginable worth is accessible. In the book of Ephesians it reads, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Use Your Wipers November 24

We have entered into the season when you do not know just what you will encounter when you are driving. It could be snow or it could be rain but fortunately vehicles are equipped with windshield wipers that allow a person to be able to see the road with greater clarity regardless of whatever you have to face. Do you know there is a means in which a person who has a relationship with God, made possible through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, can see the goodness of God with greater clarity? Something that is accessible, that can act like a windshield wiper and clear away that which is blurring one’s vision of God. It is thankfulness. Being thankful to God. In first Thessalonians 5:18 it reads, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Don’t get Scammed November 22

A present phone scam involves a caller claiming to come from the fraud department informing you that there are suspicious charges on your credit card. You are then told to immediately call the number on the back of your credit card. The caller then hangs up but the scammer stays on the phone and when the caller picks up again the scammer plays a recording of a dial done, then answers the call after you dial and even pretends to transfer you to someone else. At that point the caller is asked to verify their credit card by providing the necessary information. Without even knowing it the caller has been scammed and it can be very costly. Did you know in the book of Philippians the Bible identifies a way we can be scammed out of experiencing joy and it is accomplished in a very shrewd way. It is through the means of complaining and you did not even know it happened.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Captain Kirk Goes to Space November 19

90 year old William Shatner, famously known as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, became the oldest person to go into space last month. He went on the invitation of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and one of the richest men in the world. The 90 year old tweeted, “It’s never too late to experience new things.” In the Bible, Jesus speaks of an experience that is made available that is of infinite worth but he limits this experience not to the rich and famous but the poor. Those who are poor in Spirit. Jesus says in Matthew 5:3 blessed are the poor in spirt, for there is the kingdom of heaven. Poor in Spirit are those who recognize their destitute, spiritual condition. It speaks of someone who recognizes their need of salvation made possible through Jesus Christ and they trust in Him to satisfy that need.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Finding a Diamond the Size of a Jellybean November 17

Last month Noreen Wredberg was not expecting to find anything at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State park but she did. A yellow diamond weighing 4.38 carats. The diamond is about the size of a jellybean and according to the park rules she is allowed to keep it. She found a real treasure that is worth a lot of money. In the Bible, Jesus shares about a treasure that is found that is of great worth. He tells of a man who found a treasure in a field and then went and sold all that he had to buy the field so he could have the treasure. The treasure represents the kingdom of heaven that is of infinite worth beyond what we can fully comprehend but we can possess it. The way to receive it is through Jesus! He said in John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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A Lot for Nothing November 15

Last month an exhibition about the future of labor opened at a Danish art museum. There was one exhibit that gained a lot of attention and it was not for the beauty of the art but rather the absence of it. The artist decided, to the dismay of the exhibition, to take a payment of $84000 US dollars in order to hang two empty frames and call them conceptual pieces. It ended up being a lot for nothing. Did you know some people view salvation as pictured in the bible as a lot for nothing? Experiencing a more abundant life now and the assurance of heaven in the future all at no cost. The reality is this could not be further from the truth. Salvation is a gift but it came at a great cost to the given. 2 Corinthians 5:21 reads, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Whom Do You Identify With November 12

I grew up on Prince Edward Island but had moved away for a number of years. When we returned to the Island my son, who was in jr. high at the time, started at his new school. One of the teachers at the school he was attending had been a classmate of mine a number of years ago. When this particular teacher saw my son she knew we must of returned back to PEI. What made her aware that this student was my son was the way he walked which was the way she remembered I walked. There are certain things we do that identify us with others. Jesus identifies a particular quality of someone whom we do not want to be identified with. On one particular day he is rebuking the religious leaders and references a particular individual, the devil, and goes on to say, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Rescued Miners November 10

It was thrilling to hear of the 39 miners rescued just over a month ago from Totten Mine near Sudbury. The miners were stuck for two days due to an elevator being damaged and not being able to carry the miners out. The miners had to climb a series of ladders, some as far down as 1200 meters with the aid of rescue mine workers. Some miners not able to complete the climb had to be hoisted out with ropes. Can you imagine the joy of being rescued from being as deep as 1200 meters below the surface? Did you know there is a rescue shared about in the Bible that is absolutely amazing and is available to all? John 3:16 reads, “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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The Two Michael’s Return November 8

It was a time of celebration all throughout Canada as the infamous “two Michaels” returned home after spending more than a thousand days imprisoned in China. So much time of anticipating finally coming to an end. What an amazing reunion it would have been for them to be reunited with their families. I trust since being home after just over a month they still cannot believe it! 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…” I trust after being in the presence of Jesus a person will spend eternity trying to grasp the reality of what has actually taken place.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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