Heritage Baptist Church

Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc.  www.mmiga.org


I enjoy reading funny quotes, so keep them coming. I received a picture of a movie MINION, standing in a state of confusion, with these words, "It's going to be one of those days: the voices in my head are arguing, my imaginary friend is running with scissors, and one of my personalities wandered off." We all have experienced one of those type days. My wife likes to quote Scarlett O'Hara from the movie GONE WITH THE WIND, "I can't think about it now, I'll worry about it tomorrow, for tomorrow is another day." Matthew 6:34, Jesus said, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it own."  AMEN


Frank Sinatra is a singing legend. During his career, he recorded gold records, and appeared in movies and TV shows. He often performed in Las Vegas as a member of the "Rat Pack"  (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop). One of Sinatra's songs, I DID IT MY WAY, was later recorded by Elvis Presley. Here are the lyrics: "And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain. I'll say it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain, I've lived a life that's full, I've traveled each and every highway; and more than this, I did it my way . . ." John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way . . ." Proverbs 16:18, Pride goes before destruction.


The word MORE is defined as an additional amount; an amount greater than expected. Motor-vehicle commercials often use the word to describe their inventory; you may hear such language as MORE options; MORE color choices, MORE resale value.

The following is a reprint of an online devotion by Turning Point Ministry: Jesus came to give us life MORE abundantly. Our faith is MORE precious than gold (1 Peter 1:7). His word is MORE to be desired than gold (Psalm 40:5), so we should praise Him MORE and MORE (Psalm 71:14). We are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). He gives MORE grace (James 4:6), so we should bear MORE fruit (John 15).


Brothers David & Jason Benham are successful real estate agents. HGTV decided to air their reality show. The brothers were not prepared for the media's wrath when they voiced their bibical conviction on homosexuality. Their show was cancelled and they were treated as bigots. Later the brothers were invited to speak at the Family Research Council. David warned listeners of growing moral decay; and anyone upholding godliness would become prey. In recent years we have witnessed attacks on wedding vendors, sports commentators, and government officials. In 2016, the Atlanta Police Chief was fired for handing out gospel books. The U. S. Supreme Court is forcing Christians to participate in evil. Isaiah 59:14-15, Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen, and equity cannot enter; he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.


Roadway safety guardrails protect drivers from hazards, such as a steep mountain edge. I've seen severely damaged guardrails and wondered if the driver fell asleep at the wheel, was forced off the road, or lost control on a rain slick surface. Guardrails remind me of the safety of our Savior. As we travel life's highway, spiritual guardrails (God's Word) serve to keep us safe. You may recall I wrote in a prior Weekly Word: Sin will keep you from the Bible; the Bible will keep you from sin. 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith . . ." Psalm 119:11, "Your Word I will place in my heart, so that I will not sin against You."