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Show Faith Through Actions, Not Just Wordss

Posted by Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on June 2, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

by Jack Nicklaus II, Don Yaeger, from Best Seat in the House

 

 

But your core, who you truly are, is defined by what happens when nobody is watching.

“Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” It’s reported that Saint Francis of Assisi said those words when asked by others how a person should express his faith. And while most who know me wouldn’t expect me to pull out a supposedly eight-hundred-year-old quote from a Catholic friar, when I heard the words, I thought immediately of Dad.

 

 

He is the living example of those words.

 

 

Clearly my father always had faith in himself, but the faith he would tell you was more important to his success was his faith in God. It wasn’t a discussion he had with reporters; it has always been his — and our family’s — take on faith to keep this portion of our lives rather private. Within our house, believing in our Creator was a central part of our life and success, and I’m sure no one who has spent time with Dad would question his faith. The lesson that both my parents taught us as their children mirrors exactly the way I’ve shared the discussion regarding faith with my children.

 

 

As I was writing this, the importance of faith and how it was taught led to a great discussion with both of my parents.

 

 

“Believing in Christ was just a way of life,” Mom said.

 

 

Then Dad summed it up. “I thought it was important to teach you about God the same way I taught you golf,” he said rather matter-of-factly. “Go through and make sure you understand the importance and the fundamentals, then let each of you come to decisions based on what you saw, not what you might think was being forced. If the decision becomes truly yours, the impact will be far greater. My father and mother taught faith to me, basically, the same way.”

 

 

Mom and Dad passed that faith on to us, one of the greatest gifts they ever gave us. And as a Christ-follower today, I know the way Mom and Dad set the example worked for me.

 

 

As often as she could, Mom made sure she and the five kids attended our Methodist church and Sunday school and learned about God and Jesus. She said she made it a point for us to sit in the front row so none of us would be tempted to nod off or misbehave.

 

 

We didn’t attend church every Sunday because as a family we traveled to Dad’s golf tournaments many weekends. Dad got to go to church far less frequently than we did. He worked on Sunday. (At least he hoped every week to be working on Sunday!) But Dad made the point that a church attendance roster was no way to define our relationship with God. Of the five children I probably traveled more with Dad than the others. I first caddied for Dad when I was fourteen years old and was on his golf bag many weekends as a teenager and beyond, missing many Sundays at home.

 

 

PGA Tour players compete in twenty to thirty tournaments annually — Dad played in 586 PGA Tour events during his forty-three-year career. He traveled nationally and internationally, making pew appearances nearly impossible.

 

 

On the tour, several players have, for many years, made it a point to gather for a group Bible study on Sunday mornings.

 

 

Dad didn’t attend those gatherings, choosing to make his private time of worship his own. He read and prayed. But he did it alone.

 

 

Dad thought of the golf course as his place to witness. When he was out there, the crowds were watching. In his mind it wouldn’t have mattered what he did on Sunday mornings if on Sunday afternoons he cursed and acted in ways that would have dishonored his Lord. Similarly, it wouldn’t matter how many times you pointed toward Heaven after a great putt if you disrespected your wife and family through your actions or words. Many people can put on a good show in public. But your core, who you truly are, is defined by what happens when nobody is watching.

 

 

I have tried to instill my parents’ commitment to faith in my kids through many of the same ways. I believed the way they watched a Christian life lived would help set an example, and I am proud of the direction each of them has chosen.

 

 

One of the most important teachings in the Bible is the admonition that each of us must love our neighbor. I know there’s a chapter ahead in this book on my parents’ work for charitable organizations, but as I think about how my father and mother lived their faith, I think about many of the little ways they showed love to neighbors.

 

 

Dad would often encourage us, as children, to find little ways to help people. The greatest lesson in what he was teaching, though, was the importance of showing empathy for others, of not being judgmental of circumstances we might not understand.

 

 

You never know what other people are going through in their lives. Even a small interaction when passing someone on a sidewalk can entirely change a person’s day. Being respectful, appreciative, kind, caring, and listening to and learning from your friends, family, and strangers is very important. As big as our world is, it truly is small.

 

 

And in those moments, you may be opening a heart.

 

Excerpted with permission from Best Seat in the House by Jack Nicklaus II and Don Yaeger, copyright Jack Nicklaus II and Don Yaeger

No Room for Excuses

Posted by Diane Berry on July 27, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)
The Bible says in Luke 14:18, "And they all with consent began to make excuse." You can define an excuse as- "a plea offered for release from an obligation or a promise." Someone has said an excuse is- "the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie." The picture in Luke 14 is a great supper being prepared. In the account, certain ones were invited to come and partake. They began to make excuses such as- "I have bought a piece of ground..........I have bought five yoke of oxen.........and I have married a wife (v.18-20). People are still doing the same thing today in our present day. Many will do anything or say anything to be released from obligations or promises. There are some things there should be no legitimate excuse for in this life. I. No Excuse for Failing to Be Saved. See Romans 1:20. There is no excuse for anyone who has reach the age of accountability remaining lost�??even the heathen. If they will react as they should to the light God has given, God gives more light. We have a "whosoever" will Gospel to preach. Jesus tasted death for every man so that every man could have the opportunity to be saved (Heb.2:9). We are told in the Bible to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mk.16:15). To turn down God�??s offer for salvation is a spiritually fatal matter. II. No Excuse for Forgetting God. In Jer. 2:32 God says, "My people have forgotten me days without number." To "forget God" is to take no note of, to fail to think of, to disregard or fail to notice. Our lack of prayer, our lack of persistence, and our lack of power shows we have forgotten God. Our generation could be indicted for the crime. III. No Excuse for Fretting Over the Past. Micah 7:19 tells us our sins are cast into the depths of the sea. They are forgotten. It is never God who recalls things from the past in your mind that will hinder your spiritual progress in the present. You can rest assured that is the job of the devil and his demons. It is amazing to me that God forgets our repented of sins; however, many men and women will not forgive themselves. If God has forgiven you, then forgive yourself. IV. No Excuse for Fear About The Future. I may not know what tomorrow holds but I know Who holds my hand. See 2 Tim. 1:7.

Streams in the Desert

Posted by Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on May 8, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)
He worketh (Ps. 37:5). The translation that we find in Young of "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass," reads: "Roll upon Jehovah thy way; trust upon him: and he worketh." It calls our attention to the immediate action of God when we truly commit, or roll out of our hands into His, the burden of whatever kind it may be; a way of sorrow, of difficulty, of physical need, or of anxiety for the conversion of some dear one. "He worketh." When? Now. We are so in danger of postponing our expectation of His acceptance of the trust, and His undertaking to accomplish what we ask Him to do, instead of saying as we commit, "He worketh." "He worketh" even now; and praise Him that it is so. The very expectancy enables the Holy Spirit to do the very thing we have rolled upon Him. It is out of our reach. We are not trying to do it any more. "He worketh!" Let us take the comfort out of it and not put our hands on it again. Oh, what a relief it brings! He is really working on the difficulty. But someone may say, "I see no results." Never mind. "He worketh," if you have rolled it over and are looking to Jesus to do it. Faith may be tested, but "He worketh"; the Word is sure! --V. H. F. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me (Ps. 57:2) The beautiful old translation says, "He shall perform the cause which I have in hand." Does not that make it very real to us today? Just the very thing that "I have in hand"--my own particular bit of work today, this cause that I cannot manage, this thing that I undertook in miscalculation of my own powers--this is what I may ask Him to do "for me," and rest assured that He will perform it. "The wise and their works are in the hands of God." --Havergal The Lord will go through with His covenant engagements. Whatever He takes in hand He will accomplish; hence past mercies are guarantees for the future and admirable reasons for continuing to cry unto Him. --C. H. Spurgeon

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