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Jesus arrived at the gates of a certain city, and he sent his disciples forward to prepare supper while he himself walked through the streets into the marketplace. He saw, at the corner of the market, some people gathered together looking at some object, and he drew near to see what it might be.

   It was a dead dog with a halter round his neck, by which he appeared to have been dragged through the dirt, and a viler, more abject, more unclean thing never met the eyes of man.

   "Ugh!" said one, holding his nose, "It pollutes the air!"

   "How long," said another, "will this foul beast offend our sight?"

   "Look at his torn hide," said a third. "You couldn't even cut a shoe out of it."

   "And his ears," said a fourth, "all bedraggled and bleeding."

   Jesus looked down compassionately on the dead creature said, "Pearls are not equal to the whiteness of his teeth."

   The people turned to him with amazement and said among themselves, "Who is this? This must be Jesus of Nazareth, for only he could find something to pity and approve even in a dead dog." Ashamed, they bowed their heads and went each on his way.

 

   -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon --

  

Proverbs 25:11-15

    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold

    In settings of silver.

    [12] Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold

    Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

 

    [13] Like the cold of snow in time of harvest

    Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,

    For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

 

    [14] Whoever falsely boasts of giving

    Is like clouds and wind without rain.

 

    [15] By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,

    And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

 *Five Kinds of Words

1.     Appropriate words—words that come naturally, that run smoothly as if upon wheels, that are not forced, and that are without design to hurt are like apples of gold upon carvings of silver (Proverbs 25:11)

2.     Reproving words—words of a wise reprover to an obedient ear are like the most beautiful and cherished ornaments of fine gold to a refined and beautiful woman (Proverbs 25:12)

3.     Refreshing words—words of a faithful messenger are as refreshing and satisfying as a drink cooled by the snow in the heat of the harvest labor (Proverbs 25:13)

4.  Vain words—words of the boaster are as disappointing as clouds without rain (Proverbs 25:14)

  1. Kind words—by words of kindness, understanding, and longsuffering a judge is persuaded—as easily as a soft answer overcomes obstinacy in others (Proverbs 25:15)

 

Romans 14:17-19

    for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. [18] For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. [19] Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

*Any man who has righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit has three other great blessings:

1.   He is a servant of Christ.

2.  He is acceptable with God.

3.  He is approved by people.

In order to have the blessings of Romans 14:17-18 we must follow whatever brings them about.  All bickering over meats, drinks, sabbaths, and nonessential things must be stopped and that which edifies others must be taught.

Pastor Tom Nelson tbc4/16/2001tnelson1@se-tel.com

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May God Bless you and yours richly and pray for blessings for the Town Branch Church

 

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where

“Love Never Fails.”

 

Confession of faith: The Bible "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:11NIV)

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