"Sweet-Smelling Aroma"

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Southern BBQ! There's nothing like it. Nothing tastes like it. Nothing smells like it. I cook a lot of BBQ. Just last month I cooked a hundred pounds of meat for a group of Christians that gather for a re-union once a year up in North Carolina. Now folks in the Carolina's do their BBQ a little differently than we do in Georgia, but the folks going to that reunion aren't from the Carolina's so they won't know the difference. But it doesn't matter if your smoking it in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee or Texas - that smell is one that will get your mouth to watering. I remember cooking for about a hundred preachers one time. They were having a conference and were in one of their meetings while I was cooking a pig for them. Having been out around the fire tending the meat, I came into the back of the room where the preachers had gathered for their class. I carried with me the smell of the BBQ and the smoke. As the smell drifted from me up to the front of the room you could see the preachers one by one turning their heads to see what was that "sweet-smelling aroma."

How Did You Get Here From There?

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How did you get here from there? We’ve heard people say, "You can’t get there from here," and most of the time they are almost exactly right about that. But what about this question, "How did you get here from there?" Okay, I’m not talking about street directions here; this is a "have you traced your life’s steps lately to see how you got to where you are" question.

Where is Your Faith?

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He was a Russian man. I don’t remember his name. I tried, with my broken Russian, to carry on a conversation with him in his language. I told him that I am a preacher for the church of Christ. He asked me if my religion teaches that we must turn the other cheek when someone hits us. Hoping he was not about to put my faith to the test, I told him our Lord taught that among other things as a way of life and that and we follow His teachings. He then said he wanted nothing to do with my faith or church ... " don’t want to live like that."

Be the Light

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It’s not funny, but then again I suppose it is. I was trying to read the ingredient list of a cup of yogurt. That by itself is sad. It’s come to this, has it? Not only am I eating yogurt, I’m concerned about whether or not it has artificial sweeteners. I couldn’t read it well, even with my glasses. Who am I kidding? If it weren’t for my glasses I wouldn’t even know it was yogurt and not applesauce. Anyway, I had to take it to a place where there was brighter light. Ah, there it is … light. Light is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? It saves us from

Do You Really Want To Know The Truth, Or Are You Happy With Your Deception?

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It really is possible to justify any and every thing if you try hard enough. Of course, it may be justified only in your own mind, and for many that is sufficient. When it comes to how people live their lives, if it is something they want to do, then they will find a way to justify it, even if God has instructed otherwise. You see, their lives are not controlled by God’s will, but by their own. Solomon said, “The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful” (Proverbs12:5). One is motivated by a desire to please God and the other is motivated by a desire to fulfill lusts or fleshly desires. Unfortunately, even many good, religious, church-going people allow fleshly desires to dictate their faith or religious activity. Jesus spoke of such in Matthew 7:21-23. My heart has been broken more than once by loved ones and friends disregarding real truth for things they want. The following is a humorous example of someone justifying what he wants to do rather than submitting to what is right.

You Are What You Eat

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