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John the Baptist


Matt 11:11


New Year Resolutions for Pets

15. I will not eat other animals’ poop.
14. I will not lick my human’s face after eating animal poop.
13. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table.
12. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
11. I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.
10. Cats: Circulate a petition that sleeping become a juried competition in major animal shows.
9. Come to understand that cats are from Venus; dogs are from Mars.
8. Take time from busy schedule to stop and smell the behinds.
7. Hamster: Don’t let them figure out I’m just a rat on steroids, or they’ll flush me!
6. Get a bite in on that freak who gives me that shot every year.
5. Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is *too* much.
4. Cats: Use new living room sofa as scratching post.
3. January 1st: Kill the sock! Must kill the sock!

January 2nd – December 31: Re-live victory over the sock.
2. The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
AND the Number 1 New Year’s Resolutions Made by Pets…
1. I will NOT chase the stick until I see it LEAVE THE IDIOT’S HAND

John The Baptist

Taken from: Student’s Life Application Bible-NLT (Page 1015)

In almost any crowd, John the Baptist would be called unique. He wore odd clothes, ate strange food, and preached an unusual message. He would not have agreed with our habit of evaluating people by how they dress – or by how they act. He would have insisted that we listen to what he had to say.

John really wasn’t interested in being unique. What he wanted to do more than anything was to obey God. And he wasn’t afraid to ask others to do the same. John realized that he had a special role to play in the world. His job was to tell the world that the Savior was about to arrive. John was totally committed to his purpose.

This wild-looking man stood face to face with people and told them to repent. He told them the best way to get ready for the Savior was to be deeply sorry for their sins. Although John was preparing people to receive Jesus when he physically came to the world, John’s message still applies today when we realize that Jesus wants to come into our life, too. We can’t receive the Savior until we know we need him. We won’t know we need him until we realize we are sinners.

Today, we still need to hear john’s favorite word – repent! If you don’t know what it means, you may not have done it. Repenting means that you are not only deeply sorry for your sinfulness but are also serious in wanting God’s help to live his way. Until you have repented, you won’t experience God’s forgiveness or the strength he offers to live a life of obedience. Repentance may be the most important thing you think about today.

Facts

· The God-appointed messenger to announce the arrival of Jesus.

· A preacher whose theme was repentance

· A fearless confronter

· Known for his remarkable lifestyle

· Uncompromising

Stats

· Where: Judea

· Occupation: Prophet

· Relatives: Father: Zechariah. Mother: Elizabeth. Distant Cousin: Jesus

· Contemporaries: Herod, Herodias

Lessons

· God does not guarantee an easy or safe life to those who serve him

· Doing what God desires is the greatest possible life investment

· Standing for truth is more important than life itself

Key Verse

· “I assure you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the most insignificant person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!” (Matt 11:11)

John’s sotry is told in all four Gospels. His coming was predicted in Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 4:5-6; and he is mentioned in Acts 1:5, 22; 10:37; 11:16; 13:24-25; 18:25; 19:3-4.

Here’s a news story I clipped and pasted into this note. I think that it is maybe a modern example of the “So What?” part of this lesson for the week.

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AP WASHINGTON – Fox News analyst Brit Hume says he doesn’t regret urging Tiger Woods to become a Christian so the golfer can find forgiveness for marital infidelity.

Hume told CBN News that “Christianity is a religion for sinners — and I think that Tiger Woods has an opportunity here, and my prayer would be that he would take it.” Hume has been denounced for saying that he doesn’t think the famous golfer’s belief in Buddhism “offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.”


Brit Hume (news analyst)The longtime journalist said he wasn’t surprised that the remark aroused controversy. “If you’re trying to find the two most explosive words in the English language, those two words are ‘Jesus Christ,'” he stated.

He recognizes that openly expressing faith in Jesus Christ offends a lot of people. “People rage about this,” he said. “It’s very offensive to those who don’t share the faith, [and] it’s offensive to some people who claim they do share the faith. This is to be expected, and it has been happening to people who proclaim their faith in Christ for as long as anybody can remember — this is part of the deal.”


Hume described how he became a Christian. “Eleven years ago, my son committed suicide,” he shared. “And as you can imagine, it was absolutely devastating. And yet throughout that whole horrible time, I had this sense that God was there for me, that he would rescue me, that he would save me — and he did.”

The news analyst said he was deeply moved by the hundreds of letters of condolence he received after that tragedy. “I felt that I was seeing in them the face of God,” he recalled, “and I felt that it was time for me now to face up to the Christian faith which I purported to belong to, and try to face up to the implications of what I purported to believe — and I’ve been trying ever since.”

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I guess the take away here is that John lived a life of integrity, in spite of the opposition he faced. He spoke that forgiveness is the way to God and the way to Life. He pointed people to Jesus saying that Christ was the Lamb of God. He knew that sin kept us from God and that the only way to have God truly in our lives was to repent of sin…not a popular subject then nor now. Where are you on the ‘John the Baptist’ scale? Could you, like Brit Hume, publically say that Christ is the way to forgiveness and redemption? Could you publically ask someone to become a Christian? I want to have those kind of guts…and that kind of love.

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