I Don’t Need That Kind of Help

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

As a coach, what if I approached a player and asked him to serve as team captain and got a response like:

  • “I’ll do it until you can find someone else.”
  • “I’m not a leader – I’m just the facilitator.”
  • “let me pray (think) about it.”
  • “I’m not qualified.”

 

Matthew 8:21-22 (ESV)

21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Mark 2:14 (NIV)

14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

 

James 3:1 (NIV)

 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Exodus 3

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

Exodus 4

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”


Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Boot Up

Those fancy shoes y’all wear in New York city ain’t suitable for anything more rugged than the sidewalk

Ever had a computer that won’t boot? That makes it pretty much worthless doesn’t it?

Not really.

Chances are the data is still there. You just can’t use it.

At the beginning of a hard drive is a special reserved section called the “boot sector”. When you power up, the boot sector contains the instructions to the computer to load up the operating system.

Therefore, the “boot sector” is the foundation upon which everything else is built. If the “boot sector” is bad, the fact that the rest of the hard drive is good is of no consequence – it cannot be used.

The term “boot up” stems from the notion of “pulling yourself up by your boot straps”. That notion symbolizes the importance of a foundation of good footing.

Speaking of boots, did you ever watch that show “What Not To Wear”? I wish they would have had me on that show. If they think their gonna teach me a few things about what to wear, I have a few things they need to know about what men should wear.

Clinton Kelly? What kind of name is that? A first name that could also be a last name and a last name that could also be a first name. We’re off to a bad start. OK Clinton Kelly, let this southern gentlemen tell you a few things they don’t tell you in New York City.

  • The vast amount of this country is not like New York city – good thing

  • I would not take fashion advice from someone who looks like you. I don’t want to look like that.

  • Outside of the streets, sidewalks, and carpeted offices of New York city is the United States of America. A vast expanse of forests and waterways. We call it “God’s Country”.

  • To navigate and conquer this wild land, men wear boots – because they’re rugged and protect our feet.

Nice shoes you’re wearing there in New York city. Problem is, if you encounter broken glass, fire, briars, or other rugged conditions, you’re gonna be worthless. You are not prepared to be a Knight in Shining Armor to save the day.


This is a Wolverine boot

  • Thick rugged leather

  • 6 inches of ankle support

  • LEATHER laces

  • Tongue SEWED to the upper

  • laces that distribute the stress over the entire upper portion

  • STITCHED to the sole

This is NOT a Wolverine boot

  • Thin (or even fake) leather

  • less ankle support

  • FABRIC laces

  • tongue not sewn to upper

  • laces only pull the end of the upper

  • GLUED to the sole


Ephesians 6:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.


Christians, we are at war and this ain’t New York city. Spiritually speaking, we need to “boot up” and I don’t mean with “glue shoes”

The Incredible Edible Egg

We all began life as a single celled egg.

What’s in your breakfast?

  • Coffee?

  • Cereal?

  • With a banana?

  • Instant Oatmeal?

  • EGGS

The egg is a picture of life

  • We all began life as a single celled egg

  • Bone cells

  • Skin cells

  • Blood cells

  • Brain cells

  • BILLIONS of cells

All cells have in common:

  • Nucleus

  • Cytoplasm

  • Cell Membrane

  • Cell wall (optional)

Luke 11:12 uses an egg to symbolize life

 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

Luke 11:12 (NKJV)

All kinds of eggs:

  • Fried

  • Poached

  • Boiled

  • Scrambled