You Ought To Say, “If the Lord wills…”.

May 1, 2011

To say that our schedule has been altered since this past Wed. would be a bit of an understatement. We are among the thousands w/o electrical power since Wed. AM. We are thankful to have been spared personally from injury as well as property damage. The area of Hanceville and Cullman Alabama looks like a war zone. In Cullman, entire blocks in the downtown area were destroyed and in some cases leveled. You’ve heard of the hundreds of fatalities in AL & our border states.

This morning in a short while we are to have worship services where I preach here in Hanceville. We are fortunate and blessed to be able to do so.

This event has put me in mind of James 4. I frequently use the expression, “the Lord willing,” or something similar, but these events have reinforced and deepened the impression of that text:

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (vv. 13-16).

Thanks for following our blog. We hope to be back on schedule soon.

My friend Ferrell Jenkins is currently directing a tour in Israel. See his Travel Blog–you can click on our blog roll to your right on this page.

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