Lots of Questions – May 31

Some studies show 4-year-olds ask as many as 200-300 questions a day. A lot of parents would not argue with such a study. Questioning is part of our nature. Do you ever find yourself questioning God? Why would He allow this to happen or why did He not do that? The fact is if you believe there is a God you will question Him. A person can be in relationship with God, made possible by Jesus Christ, be what the Bible calls a child of God, and still question Him. We are given some insight from the book of Isaiah in chapter 55:8-9 regarding why we might find ourselves questioning God. It reads, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts your thoughts
Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Right Place at the Right Time – May 28

Last month, two boys on the shoreline of the South Saskatchewan River were fortunate a runner by the name of Brad Pilon was passing by when one of them slipped into the water. An eight-year-old boy had slipped into the river and was being swept away by the current. Mr. Pilon went into the water, to retrieve the child, and swam them both back to safety. He was later quoted as saying, it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. The Bible in 2 Corinthians 6:2 it reads, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Do you realize you are in the right place at the right time to get right with God, to receive the salvation God provides? Recognize your need, the need for your sins to be forgiven, trust in the payment Jesus made on the cross for your sins, seek God to enable you to see Him differently and sin differently and live a new life.
Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Cyber Security on the Rise – May 26

Unfortunately, with the pandemic, with so many people working from home, cyber crime is on the rise. David Shipley, of Beauceron Security has been quoted as saying, business has never been better for criminals. Something humanity has always been battling with, and this has never changed, has to do with sin. It is something everyone has been infected with. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The bible also tells us of the eventual effects of sin in Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death – meaning ultimately, eventually being separated from God. Thankfully the rest of that verse reads but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The means to have this security applied to our lives is to recognize our need for forgiveness and trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation resulting in Him working in our lives.
Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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A Man who was Mailed in a Crate – May 24

Last month a number of news agencies shared the story of Brian Robson who was mailed in a crate over 50 years ago. He desperately wanted to return home from Australia to Wales so he convinced two of his friends to put him in a crate with his suitcase, and mail him overseas. His trip in a crate, some time of which he was stored upside down, took five days, and when he finally got out, he was not in Wales but in the United States. It is interesting to consider how, in relation to heaven, so many people try to get there through different ways such as religion or good works but the Bible tells us there is only one way to get there. Jesus 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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Vastness of the universe – May 21

Did you know the furthest visible regions of the universe are estimated to be around 46 billion light years away. That is a diameter of 96 billion light years. This is really only a guess by experts because we do not know exactly just how big the universe really is. We do know that its vastness is beyond what our minds can comprehend. It can actually hurt our minds to try. Something we do know, from the Bible, is that like the universe the wisdom and knowledge of God is beyond what we can comprehend. It is unfathomable! Romans 11:33 reads Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out.
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Having a BBQ – May 19

We are entering the season when some people are having, and a lot of people are planning on having a BBQ. Barbequed steaks, hamburgers, chicken grilled with your favorite BBQ sauce. Having a BBQ is so enjoyable and then comes the best part, eating. The bible has some direction in relation to eating that is interesting to ponder. It reads in 1 Corinthians 10:31, Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. A question could be asked how do you do this? Well another passage sheds light on this, Acts 17:25 which reads, He gives to all life, breath, and all things. We can eat food to the glory of God by recognizing the very taste buds we have, that allow us to enjoy the food we eat, were designed by an awesome God. Something to ponder!
Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Painting of Great Worth – May 17

Do you ever wonder if you have something of value that has been made available to you but you have never recognized it? I came across a story recently of an elderly lady in France who had a painting hanging above the hotplate in her kitchen for many years that she decided to sell when she had to move. It turned out the painting was part of a collection that was thought to have been no longer in existence called, “Christ mocked”, it was part of a series from the 13th century. The painting ended up being sold for 26.3 million dollars. It is currently the most expensive piece of medieval painting ever sold. God has made something of infinite worth available to everyone of us that we need to recognize. John 3:16 reads, 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.
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Stop the Acceleration – May 14

At this present time, the car with the greatest acceleration speed in the world, is the Porsche 919 hybrid. It can go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 1.9 seconds given the right conditions. That is unbelievably fast! Have you ever noticed how an argument can accelerate under the right conditions? It can go from 0-100 very, very quickly. An argument is not something we typically want to see accelerate but we would rather it not take off at all. In the Bible, in the book of Proverbs there is some very practical wisdom that can be applied that can help you from keeping an argument form taking off. In Proverbs 15:1 it reads, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” The right response can stop an argument dead in its tracks.
Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Not Falling Short – May 12

We have a chicken coup in our back yard that I built inside an existing shed. In order to add airflow I cut an 8 foot length of pipe to fit from the coup to the back of the shed. To install the pipe properly it had to be on a downward slant to allow for any condensation to drain out of the shed and away from the chicken coup. I was in a rush so I just eyed up where I thought the hole in the shed should go for the pipe. After I put the pipe in place, it did not look right, so I went and found my level to make sure. The level revealed I had been too rushed. The hole I had cut was too high and had to be lowered. The Bible is to act like a level in a person’s life. A person may think they measure up to God’s standard but we all fall short. Romans 3:23 reads… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Thankfully Jesus provided a way this can be fixed.
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Hanging Out Laundry – May 10

Two young guys moved into an apartment they were renting while going to university. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, they saw their neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is dirty,” one said to the other. “Our neighbor does not even know how to wash clothes. They both laughed. Every time their neighbor would hang his wash to dry, these two guys would spend their time talking about him. A couple of weeks later, one of the guys was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to his roomate, “Look, our neighbor has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught him this?” The other roomate said, “When I got up this morning I spent some time cleaning our windows. I believe I found the problem with his laundry. And so it is with life. Often times, what we see in others, should be telling of what we need to address ourselves. Jesus said in Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
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