Charles Whisnat February 12, 2010




                                    GROW BY LEARNING
To Bloggers Everywhere




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Thursday, January 24, 2008    28
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Monday, February 11, 2008      54
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Thursday, February 1...
Sunday, March 02, 2008       83
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    Monday, March 03, 2008       85
    JOHN NEWTON   ...
Thursday, March 20, 2008    115
Friday, March 21, 2008      115
Saturday, March 22, 2008    117
Sunday, March 23, 2008    ...
Monday, April 07, 2008      143
    Tuesday, April 08, 2008     144
    Thursday, April 10, 2008    146
    Friday, April ...
Thursday, January 03, 2008

SHOULDA, COULDA, OR WOULDA
Either your past is serving as a springboard to a better tomorrow, ...
doctrine or dogma; unorthodox. Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines.

     A movement where any concession to orthodox...
my baptism, which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of
      the church; and which I have solemnl...
would keep most Dr.'s away. We seek wisdom for living life by seeking to know God's
     blueprint for living. Dr. Phil mi...
you can do it)

*If a businessman phones you at 10:30 AM on Wednesday morning and says, "Pastor, I
hope I didn't get you o...
Thanks to all of you for your prayers and concern for Lenora and Bob and the whole
     family during this time.-
     La ...
Saturday, January 12, 2008
THE PROCESS OF LOSING A LOVED ONE
^
Lenora Faye Temple of McDermott, Ohio, went to be with the ...
they accomplished a beautiful and wonderful atmosphere for the family. They really have
     the ability to make the famil...
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:06AM (-06:00)


Sunday, January 13, 2008
This poem is dedicated to Lenora Temple. The ...
and was able to visit with her grandmother. Becky lives in Hutchenson Kansas and has to
     travel to Kansas City to fly ...
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant, proof read by Charity Whisnant Jan 14, 2008

^


Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:04AM (...
before the foundation of the world and that is to praise and glorify and honor His Son.

     Now I know that Bob is a fun...
Son, "I want to show My love to You: I want to give you a redeemed humanity." Why? "I
want to give you beings who forever ...
ever believe. Though, in fact, He committed none of them. He died in our place.
     - This question is: why did He have t...
reunion. People always ask me, "Well, will she be waiting for us?" Well, she’s in a world
with no time. If you don’t have ...
your Bible, and you earnestly seeking truth, the Holy Spirit just might give it to you. - We
     don't need to shy away f...
Monday, January 21, 2008
                                               THIS IS CHARITY'S MOTHERLENORA
                   ...
Monday, January 21, 2008
                                                     ERIC, BECKY, CHARITY, CHARLES,
             ...
and were primarily addressed to particular circles of readers and adapted to particular
circumstances, yet, as they presen...
• Paul told the Ephesian believers: "[You] were dead in trespasses and sins: wherein
          in time past ye walked acco...
Thursday, January 24, 2008
                                    HERE IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR A GREAT TIME
                  ...
Thursday, January 24, 2008
     REFINEDRefined - showing a high degree of refinement and the
     assurance that comes fro...
from the curse of the fall to total inability
to the redemption at the cross
to the adoption of underserving sinners.
^
fr...
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:40PM (-06:00)



     Sunday, January 27, 2008
                                       ...
Woods has won the last four PGA Tour events he's entered dating back to last season,
when he completed the year by capturi...
kingdom ruleth over all."
         • Romans 8:28 "And we know that all works together for good to them that love God,
    ...
to high light a text. Its not sinful to put notes
in your bible, its better than a flower to
press.
Of course if you have ...
outworking of His eternal plan. God not merely created the world, but His eternal power
     sustains it and continues its...
has nothing to do with their suffering. All the suffering has some significance with God!
God ordains every disappointment...
Also my sister Ellen has been working on my new website. She loves me. Think of that.

     A Few Quotes:

     "What a ma...
• The next best idea is to view posts by subjects. Blogger has provided the means
    whereby you can do that. I started l...
later.
     E MAILS
         • I have discovered that I can automatically have each post I write e mailed to an
          ...
I typically lead our men through a study with a focus on our leadership but also with
     the idea that the study itself ...
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:49PM (-06:00)


     Monday, February 04, 2008
     SUPER BOWL PARTY

     ^

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  1. 1. Charles Whisnat February 12, 2010 GROW BY LEARNING
  2. 2. To Bloggers Everywhere 1
  3. 3. 2
  4. 4. Contents Thursday, January 03, 2008 9 Friday, January 04, 2008 9 Saturday, January 05, 2008 10 Sunday, January 06, 2008 11 Tuesday, January 08, 2008 12 Thursday, January 10, 2008 13 Friday, January 11, 2008 14 Saturday, January 12, 2008 15 Sunday, January 13, 2008 17 Tuesday, January 15, 2008 17 Wednesday, January 16, 2008 19 Thursday, January 17, 2008 19 Saturday, January 19, 2008 21 Sunday, January 20, 2008 23 Sunday, January 20, 2008 24 Sunday, January 20, 2008 24 Sunday, January 20, 2008 24 Monday, January 21, 2008 25 Monday, January 21, 2008 25 Monday, January 21, 2008 26 Monday, January 21, 2008 26 Tuesday, January 22, 2008 27 Tuesday, January 22, 2008 27 Wednesday, January 23, 2008 28 3
  5. 5. Thursday, January 24, 2008 28 Thursday, January 24, 2008 29 Friday, January 25, 2008 30 Saturday, January 26, 2008 30 Saturday, January 26, 2008 31 Saturday, January 26, 2008 31 Sunday, January 27, 2008 32 Monday, January 28, 2008 33 Monday, January 28, 2008 34 Tuesday, January 29, 2008 35 Wednesday, January 30, 2008 35 Thursday, January 31, 2008 37 Thursday, January 31, 2008 37 Friday, February 01, 2008 38 Sunday, February 03, 2008 40 Sunday, February 03, 2008 41 Monday, February 04, 2008 42 Monday, February 04, 2008 42 Monday, February 04, 2008 42 Tuesday, February 05, 2008 43 Thursday, February 07, 2008 45 Thursday, February 07, 2008 46 Saturday, February 09, 2008 49 Saturday, February 09, 2008 51 Sunday, February 10, 2008 51 Sunday, February 10, 2008 52 4
  6. 6. Monday, February 11, 2008 54 Tuesday, February 12, 2008 55 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 57 Thursday, February 14, 2008 58 Friday, February 15, 2008 60 JOHN NEWTON AMAZING GRACE 61 Sunday, February 17, 2008 63 Monday, February 18, 2008 64 Monday, February 18, 2008 66 Monday, February 18, 2008 67 Tuesday, February 19, 2008 68 Wednesday, February 20, 2008 69 Thursday, February 21, 2008 70 Thursday, February 21, 2008 71 Thursday, February 21, 2008 71 Thursday, February 21, 2008 72 Friday, February 22, 2008 73 Saturday, February 23, 2008 74 Monday, February 25, 2008 74 Monday, February 25, 2008 75 Monday, February 25, 2008 76 Tuesday, February 26, 2008 77 Wednesday, February 27, 2008 78 Thursday, February 28, 2008 80 Friday, February 29, 2008 81 Saturday, March 01, 2008 83 5
  7. 7. Sunday, March 02, 2008 83 Monday, March 03, 2008 84 Monday, March 03, 2008 85 JOHN NEWTON 87 Wednesday, March 05, 2008 87 Wednesday, March 05, 2008 88 Thursday, March 06, 2008 89 Friday, March 07, 2008 91 Saturday, March 08, 2008 93 Sunday, March 09, 2008 94 Monday, March 10, 2008 97 Tuesday, March 11, 2008 98 Tuesday, March 11, 2008 99 Thursday, March 13, 2008 102 Thursday, March 13, 2008 102 Friday, March 14, 2008 104 Saturday, March 15, 2008 104 Saturday, March 15, 2008 106 Sunday, March 16, 2008 107 Sunday, March 16, 2008 108 Monday, March 17, 2008 109 ROANOKE BAPTIST TEMPLE 110 Tuesday, March 18, 2008 111 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 112 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 114 Thursday, March 20, 2008 114 6
  8. 8. Thursday, March 20, 2008 115 Friday, March 21, 2008 115 Saturday, March 22, 2008 117 Sunday, March 23, 2008 118 Sunday, March 23, 2008 119 Sunday, March 23, 2008 119 Monday, March 24, 2008 119 Tuesday, March 25, 2008 122 Tuesday, March 25, 2008 124 Wednesday, March 26, 2008 125 Thursday, March 27, 2008 127 Thursday, March 27, 2008 128 Friday, March 28, 2008 129 Saturday, March 29, 2008 130 Saturday, March 29, 2008 131 Sunday, March 30, 2008 132 Monday, March 31, 2008 133 Monday, March 31, 2008 133 Tuesday, April 01, 2008 134 Wednesday, April 02, 2008 136 Thursday, April 03, 2008 137 Friday, April 04, 2008 138 Saturday, April 05, 2008 140 Sunday, April 06, 2008 140 Monday, April 07, 2008 141 Monday, April 07, 2008 141 7
  9. 9. Monday, April 07, 2008 143 Tuesday, April 08, 2008 144 Thursday, April 10, 2008 146 Friday, April 11, 2008 147 Monday, April 14, 2008 148 Tuesday, April 15, 2008 148 Tuesday, April 15, 2008 149 Friday, April 18, 2008 150 Saturday, April 19, 2008 152 Sunday, April 20, 2008 152 Monday, April 21, 2008 153 Tuesday, April 22, 2008 155 Tuesday, April 22, 2008 156 Wednesday, April 23, 2008 157 Thursday, April 24, 2008 157 Thursday, April 24, 2008 159 Friday, April 25, 2008 159 Friday, April 25, 2008 161 Saturday, April 26, 2008 162 Sunday, April 27, 2008 164 Monday, April 28, 2008 165 Monday, April 28, 2008 167 Tuesday, April 29, 2008 167 Wednesday, April 30, 2008 169 Wednesday, April 30, 2008 170 8
  10. 10. Thursday, January 03, 2008 SHOULDA, COULDA, OR WOULDA Either your past is serving as a springboard to a better tomorrow, or it is the proverbial albatross keeping you from moving forward today." Les Parrott III, The year before our eyesJ.C. Philpot*As your days—so shall your strength be." Deuteronomy 33:25* The year before our eyes may hold in its bosom,events which may deeply concern and affect us.We do not know what is to come. What personal trials, what family trials, what providential trials may await us—we do not know. Every year hitherto has brought its trials in its train; and how can we expect the coming year to be exempt? - Sickness may attack our bodies, death enter our families, difficulties beset our circumstances, trials and temptations exercise our minds, snares entangle our feet, and many dark and gloomy clouds, make our path one of heaviness and sorrow. If, indeed, we are His, whatever our trials may be—His grace will be sufficient for us. - He who has delivered—can and will deliver.And He who has brought us thus far on the road, who has so borne with our crooked manners in the wilderness and never yet forsaken us—though we have so often forsaken Him—will still lead us along; will still guide and guard us, and be our God, our Father and our Friend—not only to the end of the next year, if spared to see it, but the end of our life. - Blessed with His presence—we need fear no evil; favored with His smile—we need dread no foe; upheld by His power—we need shrink from no trial; strengthened by His grace—we need panic at no suffering. - Knowing what we are and have been when left to ourselves—the slips that we have made, the snares that we have been entangled in, the shame and sorrow that we have procured to ourselves—well may we dread to go forth in the coming year alone. -Well may we say, "If Your Presence does not go with us—do not send us up from here!" Exodus 33:15 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:53AM (-06:00) Friday, January 04, 2008 DEFINITIONS OF INTERESTED*1. A Christian is one who has saving faith in the biblical Lord Jesus Christ. True saving faith has hallmarks set forth in Scripture.-2. A true Christian church is a fellowship of individual believers who have saving faith in the biblical Lord Jesus Christ. A true Christian church has certain hallmarks set forth in Scripture.-3. By Scripture, I mean the accepted canon of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, not including the Apocrypha, nor any other writings purported by others to be Scripture.* HETERODOX • Heterodoxy includes "any opinions or doctrines at variance with an official or orthodox position".[1] As an adjective, heterodox is used to describe a subject as "characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards" (status quo). The noun heterodoxy is synonymous with unorthodoxy, while the adjective heterodox is synonymous with dissident. • The term heterodox is occasionally used by some Christians to refer to themselves when they are in disagreement with orthodox understandings, but voice this disagreement while still maintaining the overall value of the tradition. The heterodox Christian therefore remains in the tradition and attempts to stimulate constructive dialog around issues with which they disagree. • Contrary to or differing from some acknowledged standard, especially in church 9
  11. 11. doctrine or dogma; unorthodox. Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines. A movement where any concession to orthodoxy is surprising relief to our ears. • That statement ought to be framed in neon lights. It is precisely what we need to watch in ourselves as we encounter the theology and yes, dialogue, of this movement. • Think dialectic process and you'll see what I mean. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Then we begin all over again. "dialogue with some of the more thoughtful old-line fundamentalists would probably be a thousand times more fruitful for mainstream evangelicals than playing footsie with postmodern fads." A new year where we focus on the race before us, not yestersday victory or loses. charles 3 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:18PM (-06:00) Saturday, January 05, 2008 MAKING 2008 A BETTER YEAR FOR CHRIST As we mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Edwards, let's consider a few of the resolutions that guided Edward's ministry: Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God's help, I do humbly intreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ's sake. 1. Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God's glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration. 2. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. 3. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever. 4. Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can. 5. Resolved, Never to do any thing, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life. 6. Resolved, To be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality. 7. Resolved, To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking. 8. Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise Him for, or to think any way the more meanly of Him. 9. Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same. 10. Resolved, To strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher excercise of grace, than I was the week before. 11. Resolved, To ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. 10 12. Resolved, Frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at
  12. 12. my baptism, which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-3. 13. Resolved, Never hence-forward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God's. 14. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. 15. Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be. 16. Resolved, After afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them. Jonathan Edwards was a serious man. He took his faith serious. He wanted Christ to govern his life and ministry. As a young man of 19 he was serious about personal spiritual growth, and physical temperance and matters of atttiude, and happiness of heaven. He set down a addressed ways he would live his life. Edwards was America's greatest theologians and a most devout pastor. Your theology will lead you to your behaviour. http://www.apuritansmind.com/ChristianWalk/ResolutionsOfJonathanEdwards.htm 4 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:49AM (-06:00) Sunday, January 06, 2008 WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE WISE? What does it take to be wise? Watching Dr. Phil, reading Brittney Spears mother's book on parenting, or looking into the yellowbook.com, or is there another way? In a television commercial for online yellow pages, actor David Carradine plays a guru to a young seeker. (Sorry a side note: Kung Fu 1972, or Kill Bill 2004) When the student asks, "How do I find enlightenment?" the master says, "Yellowbook.com .. . Everyone is searching for something . . . After all, it is a material world, and with yellowbook.com, you just type in what and where." The ad is insightful. Wisdom does involve the practical use of knowledge to get what we are looking for. The commercial is also right in suggesting that wisdom is more accessible than many of us might have thought. - The culture will always be looking for material wisdom to gain more money. Fox News has a network on how to gain knowledge of how to make more money. The world wants knowledge of how to gain the upper hand on Wall Street. - The Christians should seek knowlege on the Christian life, how to become like Christ. Proverbs.com is a good place to start. When I was pastor of First Baptist Church in Altoona Kansas, Proverbs was the book I loved to teach the most. I have three three-ring binders of notes from that study. A lot of the material came from my friend Bill Rinehart who I had known from Wooster, Ohio. He had done a complete study of Proverbs and had a great set of notes. - Early in my childhood, mom and dad would read daily with Don and me from the book of Proverbs. We had a dose of Proverbs for years as a youth. There is no better book that you could buy that would do what the book of Proverbs would do. - Proverbs has thirty one chapters, reading a chapter a day 11
  13. 13. would keep most Dr.'s away. We seek wisdom for living life by seeking to know God's blueprint for living. Dr. Phil might have some good advice for the secular world, and he does have a desire to help others. But Dr. Phil is not the first resource that we should turn to for handing life's situtation. Notice that those on the program already have the prob;ems. Britney Spears' mother who wrote a book on parenting could have used Proverbs. com. as the main source of instruction for mom's and dad's. But she was too much into making her child desire to have money and a life style like the culture. - We will look into this book of Proverbs this year and see the wisdom that is taught. Stay tuned. - Charles E. Whisnant 5 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:01PM (-06:00) Tuesday, January 08, 2008 WHAT PASTORS NEED TO REMEMBER ^Well, I am not a pastor these days, but still have the pastor's heart. Ray Pritchard sermon had some good comments on things pastors need to remember from Christianity Today. I will also next time, list some things pastors need to remember when you pastor your first church. "NO ONE TOLD ME THIS" ^ Ecclesiastes 7:19-22: "Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city. There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you--or you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others." Seminary is wonderful but you can't learn everything there. The year I graduated from seminary, Christianity Today published a humorous column called "Things They Didn't Tell You at Your Seminary Graduation." It was subtitled "Some aphorisms for the brand- new pastor." I cut it out and saved it, and after all these years, I still have my copy, faded and worn, because the wisdom it contains seems timeless to me. Here are a few bits of advice from the column (with a few of my personal comments): *If you don't know what you're doing, do it neatly. (Not one of my strong points) *If you can't tell a joke, don't. (A really wise piece of advice) *When you visit the hospital, don't sit on the bed or discuss your operation. *Leave your German shepherd at home when you go to the Sunday School picnic. *Take your German shepherd when you go to the local ministerial association.*Always remember to take the offering before the sermon. *Don't be late for wedding or funerals. (They didn't mention this in seminary) *Fifty-one Sundays of the year, preach so that the youngest child in your congregation can understand you. The fifty-second Sunday, preach so that the Ph.D, the Th.D, the 12 Ed.D, and the M.D. are bewildered, awestruck, or filled with wonderment. (Good advice if
  14. 14. you can do it) *If a businessman phones you at 10:30 AM on Wednesday morning and says, "Pastor, I hope I didn't get you out of bed," don't become paranoid. Just answer, "No, you didn't. But come on over anyway after you're dressed and my wife will fix some breakfast for you." (I never used this line, but I wish I had.) *When people comment on your sermon as they're going out the church door, don't take them very seriously. (Very true)*There are limits to participation in community life. You don't need to prove yourself by taking part in the annual rodeo. *Love the teenagers in your congregation and they'll love you. The same is true of young adults, middle-age adults, and elderly adults. *Most old people will love you even when you goof. Maybe more then. (Amen) *Never surprise the chairman of your board. (Double amen) *Remember that being a pastor is like being the lead dog in a team of Alaskan huskies. You're the only one who has a view and can see the horizon. So tell them what's like Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:59AM (-06:00) Thursday, January 10, 2008 CHARITY'S MOTHER LENORA TEMPLE PASSED AWAY Charity's mother Lenora passed away January 09, 2008 Wednesday Evening around 7 p.m. She is with the Lord today, and our hearts are sad, and we hurt for the loss. She was surrounded with her family, her husband, Bob, her children Charity, Debbie and Rob and his wife Ileana. Also Kindra Tumbleson and Lenora's friend Lorene Waters. A special thanks to Jackie White who was the special nurse and friend in Lenora's last hours. Special thanks for Pastor Paul Gibson coming to pray with the family. The funeral will be Saturday at Victory Baptist Church. Lenora was 76 and her birthday was Jan 4.- We had a wonderful Christmas family gathering, all the children, grandchildren were in and we had a wonderful time together. Charity, Debbie and Rob her children; Eric and Leslie, Becky, Chad (Heather) and Kyle Whisnant, and Randy Blevins, and Robbie (Amber) Temple. All the special gifts the kids and grandkids gave Lenora were special to her. She would have a smile on her face.- Lenora was at home this whole last month, she was not on any pain medicine until the last hours of her life. Charity and Debbie and Rob were with their dad and Lenora all day Wednesday. Lenora actually walked with the help of Bob and Rob to the couch on Tuesday. The doctors had given her a month to live, and she passed away in that month time, but she was at home with her husband of fifty-five years.- In this experiences we saw how God's grace gives strength and grace in the time of death. We saw Lenora dying before our eyes, daily she was slowly dying, but during this whole time, she was really at peace. She never complained, even though she must have been in pain with her back. She would want Bob to get her out of bed and into the Living Room couch and she would lay there to visit wiith family and friends.- Charity and Debbie and Rob would make sure Bob and Lenora had something good to eat each evening. The kids (the old kids I might add) have taken good care of their mother in a special way since April.- 13
  15. 15. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and concern for Lenora and Bob and the whole family during this time.- La yaCharles and Charity Whisnant- Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:32AM (-06:00) Friday, January 11, 2008 THE FOUR-EPIC BIOGRAPHY-A FOUR-DIMENSIONAL STORY OF THE BELIEVER WHAT I BELIEVE LENORA TEMPLE (CHARITY'S MOTHER) KNOWS KNOW IN HEAVEN TODAY. ^ PART ONE In the case of every believer, there is a four-epic biography, a four-dimensional story, to be told about everyone who belongs in the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul identifies those four great epics in II Thessalonians, chapter 2. Let me read what he says, • “We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord.” Now, he’s writing to a church, a congregation-we don’t know how large that congregation was- but it was perhaps a hundred, perhaps a little more than that. He’s writing to a group of people and he basically describes their biography and it’s the same. He says, • “Brethren beloved, God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now I know Lenora Temple was a minister's wife. Her husband Bob Temple, Sr. is a Fundamental KJV Baptist, pastor, preacher, minister, and Bible teacher, now for over forty plus years, and her son in law (that's me) is a minister. Today Lenora knows what her husband preached is true. And she will know that her son in law's doctrine of election is true too. So often Lenora would hear Bob and I speak about the wonderful work of God in creation, and in the wonderful gift of His Son Jesus Christ. That before the foundation of the world, God had a plan, 2 Timothy 1:9 "before time began." when there were no angels and there were no humans, God the Father determined to give a love gift. Part two later. Viewing of Lenora will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth, Ohio 1310 Third Street. Thanks for all the e mails. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:52AM (-06:00) 14
  16. 16. Saturday, January 12, 2008 THE PROCESS OF LOSING A LOVED ONE ^ Lenora Faye Temple of McDermott, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2008 at home. She was born in New Boston, Ohio, on January 4, 1932, a daughter of the late Frank and Leatha Hale Lemaster. Lenora was married to Robert (Bob) Temple on July 2, 1952 at North Moreland Church in Portsmouth Ohio by Minister Alonzo Ferguson She was a charter member of Victory Baptist Church in West Portsmouth, Ohio. In 1968, she and her husband Bob opened La Pizzeria in West Portsmouth (later, the name was changed to Lenora’s Mex-Itali Restaurant.) She was a member of the Southern Ohio Restaurant Association and Ohio State Restaurant Association. Then in 1997, she started Union Mills Confectionery in West Portsmouth. In 2002, they sold the restaurant and retired. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Robert E. Temple, Sr. of McDermott, OH; daughter, Charity Mucha Whisnant and her husband Charles of Portsmouth; daughter, Debra Temple Blevins of McDermott, OH; and a son, Robert (Rob) E. Temple, Jr. and his wife Ileana, of Lucasville, OH; and her sister, Nelle Sonner and her husband Charles, of Chockawinity, NC; eight grandchildren, Eric Whisnant and his wife, Leslie, of Lexington, KY; Becki Whisnant Robertson of Hutchinson, KS; Randy Blevins of Pickerington, OH; Chad Whisnant of Lexington, KY; Robert (Robby) E. Temple III of McDermott, OH; Kyle Whisnant of Lexington, KY; and Graciela and Carlos Gamboa of Costa Rica; sister-in- law, Pauline Lemaster of Chillicothe, OH; and Brother-in-law, Willard McFarland of Portsmouth, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Gladys Rosella; her first husband, Lloyd Mucha; sister, Betty Gullett and her husband, George, Brother R. T. Lemaster; and sister Mae McFarland. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday January 12, 2008, at Victory Baptist Church in West Portsmouth, OH, with Pastor Paul Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Scioto Burial Park at McDermott, OH. Friends may call at the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth, OH, o n Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and at the church from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour. Condolences may be sent to http://www.rogerwdavisfuneralhome.com/ ^ Last night the family had another time to remember Lenora Temple (Charity's mother). Tradition has a time for friends and family to gather together to have a time of remembering the loss of one we love, and paying respect to the spouse and family of the one who has died. How often we see folks we haven't seen in years, and we have to catch up with ten or twenty years of news. And often we do not recognize who our friends of twenty years are. Do we change or what? We had a chance last night to visit with old friends and new friends as well. We looked at the flowers and quilts that friends sent to express their love for Lenora and Bob. Of course, I am looking at this from my perspective, which is what we all do. We were able to take pictures which is good, Heather is so good at taking pictures, she has this ability to take pictures while you are not even aware of her doing it. I wish I had the ability to put these picture's on this blog, but I am needing an upgrade to accomplish this feat. I would like to thank Mrs. Davis and Scott and the staff at Roger W. Davis Funeral Home, 15
  17. 17. they accomplished a beautiful and wonderful atmosphere for the family. They really have the ability to make the family feel good and comfortable. They did wonderful in preparing Lenora for viewing. They did a nice project with the picture video of Lenora's life. They accomplished a task that sometimes goes unnoticed, but they do it so well. Thanks Roger W. Davis Staff. And this was only yesterday. They have a big task today. Following the visitation time, the family went back to the house, and Mex-i-Itali via Tim and SherriWheeler supplied us with all the food for the evening meal. We are so grateful for Tim and Sherri. They bought the restaurant from Bob and Lenora five years ago, and have really kept the tradition going - good food and a good place to work. And they still support missions. They are both Christians and have a love for the Lord, their church, and our family. The family gathered with Bob at the home, and had a good time of eating, and talking about the life of Lenora. Of course as a son-in-law, I could say a few things, but that would not count. Lenora now knows, I hope, that I am a sinner saved by God's grace alone, and I love her beautiful daughter and grandkids. { Oh, I need to get back to the original purpose of this post. Well later.} Bob told a story on Lenore, that I would like to repeat, but at this time I don't remember it. He said that now that she is in Heaven, she wouldn't get mad if he told it. I might get the other family members to write some stories about Lenora and put them on this blog later. I also want to thank Arlington Baptist College and the Mission for sending out e-mail about Lenora. Charity and I were pleasantly surpised to receive a number of e mails from lost (time) friends. Barbara Wimm, Bonnie Winters, Barbara Wilkins, Larry Wilson, Gene and Jeanie Hutton, and Kent Bird, old friends from Seminary days. Boy, they were the days. Uh guys! You are now on my mailing list..... It's also nice to receive condolence from former young people from our past church ministry (Connersville Ind.) And from friends in our church in Altoona. Friends while Charity I and were in Lexington Ky. And from family who were not able to come. And family who are able to come. Boy this has been nice to hear from all these wonderful friends and we hope to keep up via e mail, at least. Thank you all who have written, and updated us on what you are doing. It's great, thanks, again. Charity and I are deeply touched and blessed at this time to have your prayers. Part two THE FOUR-EPIC BIOGRAPHY-A FOUR-DIMENSIONAL STORY OF THE BELIEVER WHAT I BELIEVE LENORA TEMPLE (CHARITY'S MOTHER) KNOWS KNOW IN HEAVEN TODAY. I will work on after the services this afternoon. The service for Lenora Temple will be today at Victory Baptist Church, in West Portsmouth, Ohio, Pastor Paul Gibson will have the service. And I will address more following the service later this afternoon. Charles/Charity Whisnant 16
  18. 18. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:06AM (-06:00) Sunday, January 13, 2008 This poem is dedicated to Lenora Temple. The best Grandma a Grandchild could be blessed with. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank You By: Chad Whisnant I want to take this time to say thank you. If you see tears they are not sad ones but happy thoughts of you. Thank you for loving us as only a Grandma can. Thank you for Christmas and Birthday cards each year from Grandpa and Gram. You and Grandpa gave me my first job. Now look at me all grown up and I have a great job. Thank You for all the endless meals at Lenoras' Mex-Itali. You even named a meal for each of us like Chili Chad and Becky's Basgetti. I know now that you are in a Beautiful Place. Even more beautiful now that it has your face. Most of all I thank you for having the lady who became my Mother Charity Faye. Thank you for showing us the meaning of Faith each and every day. Once again I say thank you for all you and Grandpa have done. Thank you from ALL who love you, and Me your Grandson. In Loving Memory of Lenora Faye Temple Chad Whisnant General Manager Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown Lexington, KY Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:18PM (-06:00) Tuesday, January 15, 2008 The Character of a Family^ Our daughter Becky visited with Lenora on Christmas, she spend several days with us 17
  19. 19. and was able to visit with her grandmother. Becky lives in Hutchenson Kansas and has to travel to Kansas City to fly out, then come to Columbus then to Portsmouth. Becky wanted to come back for the funeral, but her mother and I felt it was best for us, with the weather and time schedule and the pressure of getting her back to the airport, etc. that she would just remember the good time she had with Lenora at Christmas. The imortant thing I believe is she was able to visit with Lenora when she was alive. - If I had the ability to sum up the experience of losing a loved one who has died, and the reaction of the family in the process, and how the extended family and community reacted would be a wonder - The Senior Member of this family is Bob Temple, Sr. He is the root and the rock of the Temple clan. When I started Seminary in 1966 Bob had just finished Seminary in 1966. Then in 1969 I married his daughter Charity. So for 38 years I have been in the family. - From our perspective of living life, it is to be lived as a believer in Jesus Christ, and as much as Christ would live. This is called being a Christian. One who lives, breaths, acts, and obeys the Lord Jesus Christ. The focus that we want others to see in us, is a love for the Lord in all we do. We are not all about going to Sunday School and Worship Services on Sunday, Sunday Night and Wednesday Nights. To us its about 24/7 full time Christ- like living. - It’s always been about "growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ." It’s always been "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." For Bob it’s been about family, and it’s been about ministry of preaching, and it’s been about shepherding those whom the Lord has given him. For Bob he would take the family to Philippians 4, and he would have Charity to read verses four to 8. • Rejoice in the Lord always;, and again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing (don’t worry about anything) but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things." In the KJV version always for over forty years. If I am correct, Lenora was at the side of Bob for fifty-five years. Charity and I were in ministry away from Portsmouth for over thirty years. In the thirty-five years they had Mex- Itali and the years they were at Victory Baptist, Portsmouth Baptist, they both were side by side. I have not seen or heard anything about them that would suggest that they have wavered from their love for Christ, family and ministry. So how are they going to respond in a death of a loved one? Just like they have lived in the past fifty-five years. To the glory of the Lord. You are going to react today in the manner that you have become over the time of your life. The Temple clan, the Lemaster clan, the Sonner clan, the Mucha clan, the Whisnant clan, the Gullette clan, seems to be a strong lineage. And they were together when Lenora passed away last week. 18
  20. 20. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant, proof read by Charity Whisnant Jan 14, 2008 ^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:04AM (-06:00) Wednesday, January 16, 2008 GO REST HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN^The family arrived at Victory Baptist Church, West Portsmouth, Ohio, for the memorial service for Lenora Temple, Charity's mother, Debbie's and Rob's mom. By the time we arrived, the church was just about full of people. The viewing was for an hour before the service, and many were coming and leaving, because the church was full. By 2 p.m. chairs were being set up for the people to sit.-The tone was set for the entire service with the whole congregation singing together "What A Day That Will Be."Then the reading of Lenora'a family and life. Tim and Jenny Palla sang "It Is Well With My Soul.". They sung two songs. Then Loretta Benner played "When They Ring Those Golden Bells For You And Me." Bob said he was about to get up and lead singing. Pastor Paul Gibson spoke and I am trying to get his outline, because the Lord used him to minister to us, the family and those who were present.-Following the service, as you know folks come by the body and give their last respect. Well this time, one young lady could not resist to hug Bob who was sitting on the front seat, right of Lenora. And following that hug, the whole crowd of people followed suit and came and hugged Bob, Randy, Debbie, Rob, Ily, Charity and myself. (I had two substitutes Eric and Chad). This took some time, since there were some four hundred people in the church. Many folks left, but many came by and hugged Bob, etc.-Then we left the church and went to the Scioto Burial Park. High on the Mountain. Paul Gibson again was very good in his message to us. Lenora's body was laid to rest.-Victory Baptist Church people provided food for the family, and friends, and we are deeply grateful for all the work the members put forth.]-Finally we all came out to the Temple's home, and had a time of fellowship and eating. And Bob was able to tell a few stories that he had kept until Lenora had passed away. "The Driving Down the Golf Cart Path." I might see if I can get this written down. • All the family of Nelle, Lenora's sister, and husband Chuck, their two married children, David and Debbie (Benner) with Jessica and Melanie, and Brenda and her husband Terry Euton, and Nicholas and Nikki, and Ashley) Goodness what a nice family. • Of course our family (Charity's family). Debbie and her son Randy. Rob and his wife Ileana, and son Robby. -&Special thanks again to the Lillian Davis, Scott Davis, T.J. Adkins, Gary Meade, Steve Sowkulech who were so helpful to the family at the Memorial Service.-Charles E. Whisnant, and Charity F. Whisnant- Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:18AM (-06:00) Thursday, January 17, 2008 A LESSON I WOU LD USE AT THE HOME GOING OF A BELIEVER ^ In the case of every believer, there is a four-chronology biography-there is a four- magnitude story to be told about everyone who belongs in the kingdom of God.part one b^Lenora Temple^ ^ A portrait of the redeemed saints in glory doing what God designed for them to do from 19
  21. 21. before the foundation of the world and that is to praise and glorify and honor His Son. Now I know that Bob is a fundamentalist, Baptist preacher but he also is one who loves the Word of God --.and one who loves the King James Bible. This might be a little strange to Lenora if she were her alive today, but since she is in Heaven she is having a good time with those who have gone before. I am sure over the years Lenora has heard what I am about to say, Bob and I have from time to time at the dinner table discussed the topic I am about to enter into. There are four great stages in the believer’s life. - 11 Thessalonians 2 vs.11-12 "But we are bound to give thanks, always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN you to SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION of the Spirit and belief in the truth." Whereunto he called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the GLORY of our Lord Jesus Christ." The apostle Paul identifies those four great epics in II Thessalonians, chapter 2. Let me read what he says, "We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord." Now, he’s writing to a church, a congregation-we don’t know how large that congregation was but it was perhaps a hundred, perhaps a little more than that. He’s writing to a group of people and he basically describes their biography and it’s the same. He says, "Brethren beloved, God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." - Now, there were diverse people in that church with all kinds of different human biographies: each of them would have been different and lived a different life in different circumstances. But, when it came to their spiritual biography, it was identical and so he could speak to them collectively and say, "You’ve all come through the same histories," and here they are: election, justification, sanctification, and glorification. And, in the case of Lenora Temple, in the case of anybody else who belongs to God, glorification is the culmination of God’s redemptive epics. This is not a sad ending; this is the reason why it all began in the first place. - The Thessalonian believers had some concerns: they were worried about what happened to Christians who died. That’s sort of the issue lying behind the letter. And Paul, writing to them, gives a description of the biography of a believer that ultimately answers that question. He says that you don’t have to worry, there is a process going on here. - It begins with election. "God from the beginning chose you." When was the beginning? If you go to Titus, chapter 1, it tells us there that God made this plan "before time began." It says the same thing in II Timothy, chapter 1, verse 9, "…before time began." In the book of Revelation it says the names of believers were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from before "the foundation of the world." - This would be a meager attempt to explain……summing up all of Scripture, let me make an attempt at it. When no creation existed, when there were no angels and there were no humans, and there was no universe as we know it and there was no earth as we live on it-when there was only God, Trinitarian God, God the Father determined to give a love gift to the Son. Perfect love results in generosity and perfect giving; the love of the Father sought to be expressed to the Son in a gift. - What would that gift be? By God’s design, He determined before the foundations of the world, before time began, to give to the Son a redeemed humanity. That’s why, in John 6, Jesus said, "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me." That’s why, in the same chapter, He said, "No one comes to the Father, but by Me, and no one comes to Me except the Father draws him." The Father, in an expression of perfect love, said to the 20
  22. 22. Son, "I want to show My love to You: I want to give you a redeemed humanity." Why? "I want to give you beings who forever and ever and ever will praise and glorify Your name." The purpose of our birth in the first place, is so God could redeem us, so that we could bring Him praise and glorify His name for ever. - And, by the way, if you ever happen to read the book of Revelation, note chapter four and you get to see to heaven and when you get up there, you meet saints…and what are they saying? "Worthy is the Lamb to receive glory and honor and power" and all the rest. And that’s a portrait of the redeemed saints in glory doing what God designed for them to do from before the foundation of the world. That is to praise and glorify and honor His Son. - There’s another component. It says in I John 3:2 that when we see Him, we shall be like Him." In Romans 8:29, it says that we were chosen, we were elected, we were predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. That is what the verse says, even in the KJV - You can sum up the doctrine of election in a very simple way: God, before the foundation of the world, determined to give a redeemed humanity to His Son, to reflect His glory and to praise Him forever and ever and ever. God had a plan for our birth, and life, in time and in eternity. - What happens in our lives on earth is, in the big picture, slightly incidental. The goal that God had from before the foundation of the world for Lenora, has now entered into its fulfillment. All the rest was really prologue. But, it all started with election. It’s an incredible reality, you know! God not only knew, God chose. - Then there was justification. Once born into the world, the believer must hear the message of salvation, and God’s Spirit then prompts the heart and salvation occurs. Lenora was justified: she was declared righteous. Some of us might think she was declared righteous because she earned it-not true. By the deeds of the law, no flesh is justified. She, like all the rest of us, was a sinner and in need of grace. - Will continue next : Charles E. Whisnant - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:20PM (-06:00) Saturday, January 19, 2008 A LESSON I WOU LD USE AT THE HOME GOING OF A BELIEVER ^ A portrait of the redeemed saints in glory doing what God designed for them to do from before the foundation of the world and that is to praise and glorify and honor His Son.Part Two^Footnote: Thanks for all the e mails, flowers, cards, thanks, visits, phone calls.- Charles & Charity WhisnantP. O. Box 270Lucasville, Ohio 45648^ELECTION TOJUSTIFICATION-11 Thessalonians 2vs.11-12 • "But we are bound to give thanks, always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN you to SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION of the Spirit and belief in the truth." Whereunto he called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the GLORY of our Lord Jesus Christ." - Do you understand how justification works? Do you understand what that word means? It is a declared acceptable to God." Obviously, humanly speaking, none of us is qualified. So, at some point, in order that God’s plan founded in election can come to glorification, God has to get down to dealing with the issue of sin. - How does He do it? Well, sin has to be punished and this is the great miracle of the Christian faith: he punished Jesus in our place. Jesus died on the cross, follow this thought, executed by God, as if He had committed every sin ever committed by every person who would ever believe, though, in fact, He committed none of them. If you understand that, you understand the core of the Christian gospel. God treated Jesus on the cross as if He had committed every sin ever committed by every person, who would 21
  23. 23. ever believe. Though, in fact, He committed none of them. He died in our place. - This question is: why did He have to come and live for thirty-three years? And we don’t even know anything about those thirty-three years. What was Jesus like as a little boy? Have you ever wondered about that? Did His father work real hard in the carpenter’s shop to make a table and He came in and said, "Table!" What was He like, God in human flesh? It doesn’t tell us. All we have is one small. tiny glimpse at the age of twelve when he was asking questions in Jerusalem of those religious authorities. Why thirty-three years? Why thirty years of absolute anonymity? Nobody really understood who He was. He didn’t make any great divine display, if you will, in the city of Nazareth or the village of Nazareth. Why all those years? Why seventy-six for Lenora? - Well, I think it’s really summed up when He was baptized and John the Baptist said, "Well, why do you want to be baptized?" And He said, "In order that I might fulfill all righteousness." This is a great truth and it must be understood. Jesus needed to live a perfect life, a full and perfect life, so that it could be imputed to us. Let me sum it up this way. On the cross Jesus was without sin. He was spotless, He was sinless, harmless, holy, undefiled, separate from sin…Hebrews says. On the cross He was sinless; God treated Him as if He was a sinner. Let me tell you something. You’re not righteous and I’m not either but God treats us as if we were. He executed Jesus as if He lived your life so He could treat you as if you lived His. That’s the doctrine of substitution. That’s what justification does. There was a day in the life of Lenora when God, in His marvelous grace, moved that elective purpose one step further into justification. She heard the gospel, she believed the gospel, and God imputed the righteousness of Christ to her and her sin to the Savior who died on the cross, and she was saved. - JUSTIFICATION TO SANCTIFICATION-That wasn’t the end, because there’s a next step in the unfolding of this. Election: He "chose you for salvation," that’s justification, "through sanctification by the Spirit." The third great journal in the life of a believer is sanctification. What is that? It’s tied into belief, it’s tied into obedience……it’s just that progressive unfolding of a believer’s life lived in obedience to God." - Bob, Rob, Debbie, Charity lived with Lenora through that great journal. How old was she when she was saved, be it seven or twenty one. Well, we saw the growth of her sanctification! And, for thirty-eight years, I was there with Charity, often at a distance, and nevertheless she was growing in the Image of Christ, and in those last months of her life we all saw that image of Christ take form. - Her biography’s no different than any of yours if you know Christ. You’re living through this time of gradually being evermore separated from sin. - FROM ELECTION TO JUSTIFICATION TO SANCTIFICATION- That’s not the end. He says, in verse 14, "……to which He called you." He called you to this justification. He called you to this sanctification. He called you to "the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." That is incredible. That’s glorification, from election to justification through sanctification to glorification that is simply a statement that says that a believer in the end obtains, that is, participates in, the very glory of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. - FROM ELECTION TO JUSTIFICATION TO SANCTIFICTION TO GLORIFICATION- She entered into that glory last Wednesday. Now he has no more sin; she is sinless. She reflects the glory of Christ. She was predestined to be conformed to the image of God’s Son: she is now bearing that image. She is not God, she is not deity, but she is as holy as God. Isn’t that an amazing thought-because it’s an absolute holiness. For this she was born. For this she was saved. For this she lived. And, this is her shining moment. - & AND FOR ALL OF US WHO BELONG TO GOD, THE BIOGRAPHY IS THE SAME.- Now, I don’t want to minimize her uniqueness, but I do need to say that from God’s standpoint, she is one of the chosen to belong to the heavenly hallelujah chorus who forever will reflect the glory of Christ and worship and praise His name. - We do not fear as those who have no hope. We, who love Christ, are just waiting for the 22
  24. 24. reunion. People always ask me, "Well, will she be waiting for us?" Well, she’s in a world with no time. If you don’t have time, you don’t have waiting. Besides, there’s plenty to keep her occupied without worrying about us. For the first time, she will be free from that. - And this benediction: verse 16, "May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work." I don’t know about you, but I’m greatly comforted in this truth. This is not an aberration. This isn’t something that went wrong. This is something that went perfectly right…perfectly right. - And this is very personal, this verse, "May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work." 1. Don’t shake. 2. Don’t be afraid. 3. Don’t waver. 4. Stand fast, 5. hang on to the truth, the traditions you were taught -- hold onto everything she ever taught. - It would be a great tragedy and I say this to the family in particular, it would be a great tragedy were we not to stand fast in the truth that she lived for. I mean that would be the ultimate tragedy, were we not to be faithful "in every good word and work." It would almost seem as if all that she did would be wasted. - Stand fast, hold the traditions you were taught, receive the personal comfort of Christ and God Himself, and be established "in every good word and work." This is our biography. And we’ll all be there……we’ll all be there if we know Him. - This could be said of Bob Temple, Sr. who for 55 years lived with Lenora a life that was lived in the manner of the Lord Jesus Christ. He as well as Lenora has lived a life as an example for their family. May we all live in the manner as they have. - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:37AM (-06:00) Sunday, January 20, 2008 We All Error In Bible Interpretation, But . . . Quoting William Plumer ^ "The knowledge of God possessed by angels and by the spirits of just men made perfect in heaven, is very different in degree from that possessed by even good and able men on earth. Here all men are liable to err, and all men do err.-No man on this earth is without some wrong view, or some ignorance, which mars his knowledge.-This is no reason for sloth or discouragement; but is a good reason why we should be humble and careful and teachable, and pray for divine light and guidance.-It is far different in heaven. There they do always hold the face of God. Matthew 18:10. They do not hope for anything, for they already possess all good. Romans 8:24. "Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12.-Knowledge without any mixture of error belongs only to the heavenly state. And yet a great part of the knowledge which the inhabitants of heaven have - concerns the very things which good men are learning in this world. Those above know perfectly what we know in parcels only. "^ There are those who would say: "This is the reason we must embrace mystery, and try not to be so arrogant as to think that any of us has the truth cornered." - William Plumer on the other hand, was a theologian who believed that the truth could be known and understood, and if you thoroughly studied 23
  25. 25. your Bible, and you earnestly seeking truth, the Holy Spirit just might give it to you. - We don't need to shy away from doctrine because we are slow of learning. There is no reason we should be slack in learning the Word. - Its not arrogants to say we are studying theology to know the knowledge of God.^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:45AM (-06:00) Sunday, January 20, 2008 This is my youngest son Kyle and his mother, my wife, Charity at the burial of Charity's mother Lenora Temple. ^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:44PM (-06:00) Sunday, January 20, 2008 Charles and Charity Whisnant at Charity mother's Funeral January 12th 2008 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:49PM (-06:00) Sunday, January 20, 2008 Charles E. Whisnant, and my son Chad ^ Robby Temple, 111, Eric C. Whisnant Bob Temple, Sr. ,Chad R. Whisnant, and Kyle E. Whisnant Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:06PM (-06:00) 24
  26. 26. Monday, January 21, 2008 THIS IS CHARITY'S MOTHERLENORA TEMPLETHIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ABOUT A YEAR AGO ON LENORA 75TH BIRTHDAY She will be missed, but not forgotten by family and friends, and even her son-in-law. 1. What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,[1] am not my own,[2] but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ,[3] who with His precious blood[4] has fully satisfied for all my sins,[5] and redeemed me from all the power of the devil;[6] and so preserves me[7] that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head;[8] indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation.[9] Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,[10] and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.[11] [1] Rom 14:7-9; [2] 1 Cor 6:19-20; [3] 1 Cor 3:23; Tit 2:14; [4] 1 Pt 1:18-19; [5] 1 Jn 1:7; 2:2; [6] Jn 8:34-36; Heb 2:14-15; 1 Jn 3:8; [7] Jn 6:39-40, 10:27-30; 2 Thes 3:3; 1 Pt 1:5; [8] Mt 10:29-31; Lk 21:16- ^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:18AM (-06:00) 25
  27. 27. Monday, January 21, 2008 ERIC, BECKY, CHARITY, CHARLES, CHADKYLELESLIE, BRITTNEY, HEATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE TEMPLE 2007 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:17PM (-06:00) Monday, January 21, 2008 THIS IS MY DAUGHTER BECKY Becky lives in Hutchinson Kansas Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:13PM (-06:00) Monday, January 21, 2008 HEREIN IS THE ANSWER TO KNOWING HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN^11 Thessalonians 2 vs.11-12 "But we are bound to give thanks, always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN you to SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION of the Spirit and belief in the truth." Whereunto he called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the GLORY of our Lord Jesus Christ."&Updated Tuesday&If you will scroll down a few posts and past the pictures you willsee the lesson on this verse about oursalvation. (There are two parts)- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -&While glancing through Philip Schaff's "History of the Christian Church, Volume 1," I came across the following wonderful quote. I share it with you for your enjoyment and pondering. May God grant His people a renewed love and reverence for His Word^ "In these inspired writings we have, not indeed an equivalent, but a reliable substitute for the personal presence and the oral instruction of Christ and His apostles. The written Word differs from the spoken only in form; the substance is the same, and has therefore the same authority and quickening power for us as it had for those who heard it first. 26 Although these books were called forth apparently by special and accidental occasions,
  28. 28. and were primarily addressed to particular circles of readers and adapted to particular circumstances, yet, as they present the eternal and unchangeable truth in living forms, they suit all circumstances and conditions. Tracts for the times, they are tracts for all times; intended for Jews and Greeks of the first century, they have the same interest for Englishmen and Americans of the nineteenth century [and of the 21st!]. They are to this day not only the sole reliable and pure fountain of primitive Christianity, but also the infallible rule of Christian faith and practice. From this fountain the church has drunk the water of life for more than fifty generations, and will drink it until the end of time. In this rule she has a perpetual corrective for all her faults, and a protective against all error. Theological systems come and go, and draw from that treasury their larger or smaller additions to the stock of our knowledge of the truth; but they can never equal that infallible Word of God, wich abideth forever."^FOOTNOTE Charity's father and mother, would daily set at the breakfast table and read the Bible. The Bible was as much a part of their lives as breathing.They tried to live the principles of the Bible.Often Bob would read through the Bible twice in one year.Bob at 75 years old, is as fresh in His spirit for Christ as he was when he was 33 years old, fresh out of Bible Baptist Seminaryand Lenora was by his side the whole timeIn business and in church.Last night Bob Temple, Sr. taught a Bible Lessonto the Senior Citizens^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:34PM (-06:00) Tuesday, January 22, 2008 October 2003 Richard Lemaster gave me his Gateway Computer with a printer and with 98 Windows and Corel Word Perfect and a printer. And went on AOL November 2003. Today January 2008, I still have this Gateway Computer, and six printers later and still with AOL Daily for the last four years sitting at my desk, with a cup of coffee, pen and paper and Corel WordPerfect , and a bible at hand, studying 1000's of articles, from Theology to Church Ministry from many websites. Downloading those articles and neatly placing in a three ring binder. ^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:38PM (-06:00) Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Scripture is very clear and consistent in its teaching that we were all born into a state of sinfulness, guilt, and spiritual death. When we truly comprehend our fallenness, we can immediately see that our own sin is a moral and spiritual dilemma from which we are utterly unable to loosen ourselves. 27
  29. 29. • Paul told the Ephesian believers: "[You] were dead in trespasses and sins: wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others" (Ephesians 2:1-3). • Look closely at what he says there: Every unregenerate person is spiritually dead, walking in accord with Satan, by nature a child of wrath. We are born into this world as thorough going sinners—not merely tainted a little bit by sin, but completely, hopelessly in bondage to it. Every aspect of our being—mind, emotions, desires, and even our physical constitution—is corrupted, controlled, and disfigured by sin and its effects. No one escapes from that verdict. We are totally depraved. What does this mean ? Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:40PM (-06:00) Wednesday, January 23, 2008 ROBERT TEMPLE, SR. ROBERT TEMPLE, III ANDROBERT TEMPLE 11 and his wife Ily (alvarado_ileana) CHARITY'S DAD, AND BROTHER ROB 11 ^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:35PM (-06:00) 28
  30. 30. Thursday, January 24, 2008 HERE IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR A GREAT TIME OF WHAT IS CALLED HUNTING AND FISHING AND JUST A GREAT TIME IN THE OUTDOORS. ^ KURT NUNNENKAMP He and MICHELE has been our friends since the 1980's when I was pastor/teacher at Altoona Kansas. Charity and I could not have two better friends.&-MIKE and Nancy Nunnenkamp, Kurt's brother has been a friend as long. The Nunnenkamp family, Allen and Cec their dad and mom has been a long time friends. Cec was the "world's best church secretary".You need to check out a great website...........&- http://www.kansasparadiseadventures.com/hunts_turkey.html-This learning how to upload pictures is sure wonderful. Be sure to take a view of Kurt's website. Enjoy. I am already home sick for the outdoors of Altoona, Kansas. What was I thinking when I left.- Charles^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:13AM (-06:00) 29
  31. 31. Thursday, January 24, 2008 REFINEDRefined - showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner was outstanding."-I am working on my Passioned, Personality Disorder. - I am working:To become free of impurities. To acquire polish or elegance. To use precise distinctions and subtlety in thought or speech.- This might take a while.cultivated, polished, polite, courteous, civilized, courtly, genteel, elegant Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:11PM (-06:00) Friday, January 25, 2008 TIGER WOODSEnough said.......^HERE WE GO AGAIN^Buick Invitationalafter two rounds67 and 65a four stroke lead2008^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:08PM (-06:00) Saturday, January 26, 2008 JESUS ON THE CROSS FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THOSE WHO HE DIED FOR. I was born and raised into a Baptist, Indpendent Baptist home. I was saved in a Baptist Church. My dad was a Baptist preacher. I went to a Baptist Seminary. I have pastor and worked and taught in Baptist Churches. (A little back ground) - Back in February 2004 I was asked by Frank Tallerico. pastor of Bigelow Church to teach the Discipleship Hour Adult class for a few weeks. My topic was: - "THE STUDY OF THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE" ^ And I plan to post some of that study - What was the reason Jesus died on the Cross?The Crucifixion of Christ and How was our salvation made possible? ^ 30
  32. 32. from the curse of the fall to total inability to the redemption at the cross to the adoption of underserving sinners. ^ from the work of a Sovereign God in ELECTION to the work of Jesus on the cross in ATONEMENT to the work of the Holy Spirit in the REGENERATION ^ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:34AM (-06:00) Saturday, January 26, 2008 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:17PM (- 06:00) Saturday, January 26, 2008 POINT AND SHOOT BUICK INVITATION 2008 Tiger Woods has an eight-shot lead after shooting a 66 in Round 3. Stewart Cink (69) is his closest competitor . Woods was at 18-under 198, tying the 54- hole record at Torrey Pines set by Woody Blackburn in 1985. Woods also shattered tournament records for 54-hole lead (five shots), and appears well on his way to capturing the Buick Invitational for the fourth straight year, and sixth time in his career. Tiger is one short of 62 victories to tie Arnold Palmer. -PGAtour.com - 31
  33. 33. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:40PM (-06:00) Sunday, January 27, 2008 TIGER WOODS WINS BUICK INVITATIONAL BY 8 STROKES IN 2008 DEBUT Tiger Woods opened his season with a fourth straight win at the Buick Invitational, an eight-stroke victory that ties him with Arnold Palmer for fourth place in U.S. PGA Tour history with 62 golf tournament titles. Woods, the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, entered the final round with an eight-stroke advantage and shot a 1-under-par 71 today at windy Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, California. Woods has won the last four PGA Tour events he's entered dating back to last season, when he completed the year by capturing the first FedEx Cup title, and trails only Sam Snead (82), Jack Nicklaus (73) and Ben Hogan (64) in career victories. ARNOLD PALMER HAS ALWAYS BEING MY #ONE GOLFER. 1954 -1973 PGA 62 WINS AND TEN SENIOR TOUR PGA WINS. 734 events 62-38-27 TIGER WOODS 1991 -2008 11 Years 62 PGA wins. 20 other tour wins worldwide. Tiger Woods opened his season with a fourth straight win at the Buick Invitational, an eight-stroke victory that ties him with Arnold Palmer for fourth place in U.S. PGA Tour history with 62 golf tournament titles. Woods, the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, entered the final round with an eight-stroke advantage and shot a 1-under-par 71 today at windy Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, California. 18 under par. 67-65-66-71 269 32
  34. 34. Woods has won the last four PGA Tour events he's entered dating back to last season, when he completed the year by capturing the first FedEx Cup title, and trails only Sam Snead (82), Jack Nicklaus (73) and Ben Hogan (64) in career victories. - TigerWoodsofficial site had the banner at the top of this post. PGA tour had the 62 win poster. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:55PM (-06:00) Monday, January 28, 2008 THE PREEMINENCE OF GOD OVER HISTORY Jesus is not a "doll." Several years ago, a Christian company in Florida began marketing "Jesus the Doll," a doll the makers claim will "help children discover Jesus." For $29.95, the doll promises to "provide solace for the elderly and the infirm, for those in recovery programs, and those in emotional duress. The real Lord is just too ethereal, "it's hard to hug air" the company notes.- Maybe some people who are not Christians need to take "Effexor XR", but Christians do not, nor do they need a "Jesus the Doll." Christians do not need to rely on "venlafaxine hydrochloride" the extended release capsule. But a continued release of the Holy Spirit in our spirit. Christians need to understand the theology of God and His work and words. - Christians do not necessarily need drugs for strength, for encouragment, for solace, for recovery from hurt, disappointment, death, and daily living. They need to grasp the knowlege of who God, Jesus Christ is and what he is doing in the world today.- I am afraid that too many people in America have forgotten the sovereign power of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is abounding in love and mercy, but not in "hugs." He is too big to hug. And those in the Bible who saw God, men like Moses and Isaiah in Isaiah six, wanted to run from God. They didn't want to hug Him. They said, "Woe is me, I am ruined!" Even angels who minister before God's throne would not even dare to look God in the face, but cover their eyes and feet and cry out, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" Our God, our Lord Jesus Christ, is a consuming fire, not a rag doll. And God is sovereign and there is really no need to fear... HE IS IN CONTROL. The time-extended-release capsules we need is not found in hugging a doll but reading the verses in the BIBLE. The Spirit will release His strength in us hourly. • Psalms 103:19 "The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, and His 33
  35. 35. kingdom ruleth over all." • Romans 8:28 "And we know that all works together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called to His purpose." • Ephesians 1:11 "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things afer the counsel of His own will." I suggest that you spend $ for a Bible, like the John MacArthur, Jr, Study Bible (or Charity would get the Charles Stanley "Life Principles" Bible). Or get a hug from Charlie Bond or Ray McCoy. That is far better than hugging a doll. Get a call from Sharan McCoy, get an email from a friend, get a card from Allen and Toni Barnhart, including their children and grandkids. Or share a new blonde joke with Melody. If you need a spiritual therapist, Rick Warner has been a blessing to me. Of course I could continue to give illustration, but it would take pages. If you need strength, or you have emotional trouble, or you need a lift, you need the time- released power of Jesus Christ, via the Holy Spirit. And sometimes Christ will use us to encourage others. I think therefor I BLOG. - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:10AM (-06:00) Monday, January 28, 2008 SHOULD YOU MARK IN YOUR BIBLEandBLANK SHEETS IN YOUR BIBLE FOR NOTES Should you mark in your Bible? You are asking me? I have marked in my bible for fifty years. I was surprise to read over at Experiencing Reformation: "Building A Blank Bible" He is makeing a blank Bible for his dad. Goodness. Over at Thinkichristian.net "Writing In Your Bible." This idea of writing in your Bible, or having a Bible where there are blank pages. Also over ESV.org/blog had this project of the blank Bible. They are at least sixty years late. http://edwards.yale.edu/pdfs/gal.pdf has Jonathan Edwards sermon on "The Blank Bible". My dad had a loose leaf Bible, by Riverside Book & Bible House over fifty years ago, you could have a blank page or pages wherever you wanted. I had one myself with hundreds of extra pages with my sermon notes. I have a three ring Bible. You can put a complete sermon anytime in this Bible. Highlighting markers is a normal part of reading, underlining verses is normal. In some of my Bibles, there is not a page that has not been marked up with notes. 34 The Bible is God’s word and it is meant to be used, pencil, pen, markers, should be used
  36. 36. to high light a text. Its not sinful to put notes in your bible, its better than a flower to press. Of course if you have a MacArthur, Jr Study Bible, the notes of verses are already on the page. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:53PM (-06:00) Tuesday, January 29, 2008 PRAYING IS GENUINELY A VERY THOUGHTFUL RESPONSIBLITY Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:09PM (- 06:00) Wednesday, January 30, 2008 THE PREEMINENCE OF GOD OVER HISTORY GOD HAS ORDAINED EVERYTHING IN HISTORY ^ Ephesians 1:11 tells us this: "God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass." In Him we were predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. R.C. Sproul said this: • Were there one maverick molecule out there somewhere apart from the plan of God, we would have no reason to hope in God. That one maverick molecule could be the one detail that defeats God's eternal purpose. " This is hard to get a grasp of: God is all-powerful, and all of history is merely the 35
  37. 37. outworking of His eternal plan. God not merely created the world, but His eternal power sustains it and continues its existence by the sheer exertion of His will - were God to blink, all would come to an end. God is the First Cause that lies behind all secondary causes. Out of all the billions of ways that God could have planned history, this is the plan Goid chose. God's invisible hand is secretly at work controlling all things. 1. God controls all of nature: Psa 135:6-7, Mt 5:45 and 6:25-30 2. God controls angels and Satan: Psa. 103:20-21 and Job 1:12 3. God controls nations: Ps 47:7-8, Daniel 2:20-21 and 4:34-35 4. God controls human beings: I Sam 2:6-7 and Gal 1:15-16 5. God controls animals: Psa 104:21-30 6. God controls accidents: Proverbs 16:33 and Jonah 1:7 and Matthew 10:29 7. God controls free acts of men: Exodus 3:21, 12-25-36 8. God controls sinfuls acts of men and satan: Acts 2:23, 4:27-28 THIS IS A REALLY HARD TO GET A HANDLED ON: • The key biblical principle that gives an insight into God's sovereignty is called concurrence. People have plans, which may be good or may be evil, and people are really responsible for the plans they make. • God also has a plan, a plan which overruless all other plans. • God eternal purposeand humanity's purpose s concur - in other words they take place at the same time. • J.I Packer said this: "God's control is absolute in the sense that men do only that which He has ordained that they should do, yet they are truly free agents in the sense that their decisions are their own, and they are morally responsible for them" Some times it appears that our motives may be impure, even our attempts to thwart God's eternal plan is fact only serve to further it. God's purpose and men's action concer atthe same time. • In Acts 1:23 and 4:27-28: God plans the muirder of Jesus, the worst sin in history. God tells us that Christ's murderers were working out His eternal plan, then goes on to say that they will be judged for their actions. • In Genesis 45:5 and 50:20, God plans the attempted murder and enslavement of Joseph so that God could eventually rescue millions of people from famine. Joseph tells his brothers that their plan was meant for evil -- "You inteneded to harm me." But God's plan trumped their plan, Joseph explains "But God inteneded it for good to accompllish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. God allows even evil, and the suffering that follows from living in a sin-sickened world. I know this seems ironic, since God hates sin and forbids people from sinning. God hates death too - Jesus even wept at the sight of death. But God also ordains death - - it's His curse on all of us for the sins of our first parents (Genesis 3). God ordains sin and suffering, even though He despises them. Here in then is the mystery of concurrence. This does not make human beings simply "puppets" - - puppets do not have desires or wills, or do not make choces. People do made their choices. God is the invisible hand at work in, behind and through the plans of mice and men, always accomplishing His eternal and unchaning purpose. Okay if your mother or father, or child is suffering, are you yourself, don't tell me, that God 36
  38. 38. has nothing to do with their suffering. All the suffering has some significance with God! God ordains every disappointment, suffering, lost and sorrow, just as surly as He ordains every joy and happiness. We want to believe that God is their with us every step of the way. Didn't Job say, "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away." What did Job then say, "May the name of the LORD be praised." God has a PURPOSE and while most of the time we have no clue, nor can't understand it. Our sufferings and disppointment, hurts, saddness, losses, and even our sins have significance greater than themselves. For most people this idea is hard to take, to believe. Our culture today wants to believe they have personal self determination. Their personal choice is viewed over God as the most important. Some pray that God's will be accomplished in their lives. Others believe they made their own choices, to which God is not involved. As a result of this personal self determination, and conclusion, its hard to teach the doctrine of predestination because at the heart of men is this rebellion. Ephesians 1:11 "In Him, (Christ) we were chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. -Who decides? God or man! Well both. But its God who overrules.Don't many of us, you who are believers, pray daily that God will direct our going and coming, our thoughts and behavior. I certainly do. I want God to just set in anytime He desires. (Notes from a lesson at First Baptist Church, Altoona, Kansas) - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:18PM (-06:00) Thursday, January 31, 2008 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:26PM (-06:00) Thursday, January 31, 2008 This is a first for me I usually never post a cat and a mouse. But what a day I have had. This picture came from an e mail from my friend Randy Webb. I hope its okay to post this picture. 37
  39. 39. Also my sister Ellen has been working on my new website. She loves me. Think of that. A Few Quotes: "What a man needs is a brother to draw close, minister to him, and help him mature. He needs somebody to demonstrate to him another way to live, modeling a godly marriage, biblical parenthood, and the love of Christ." Steve Sonderman,Effective Men's Ministry "We cannot control what others do, but we can be renewed each day in our confidence of God's faithful love and care for us and in his unfailing commitment to meet our needs according to his redemptive plan. " "You prepare a table (of provisions) before me in the presence of my enemies." - Psalm 23:5 Don Loy Whisnant- Well this is short tonight, but some good thoughts. A Cat and mouses! Who would have thought - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:32PM (-06:00) Friday, February 01, 2008 FINALLY NEW CHANGES ON THE BLOG ^ As you can see there are some new features on this blog today for the first time. We want to made this Blogger more resourceful for our guests and friends to view.- Since August 2006 we have posted 358 articles and posts. Who is going to view those one at a time? Of course if you want to know Charles/Charity's ministry you could get a good idea if you view the first fifty posts. -SUBJECT LABELS OF EACH POST 38
  40. 40. • The next best idea is to view posts by subjects. Blogger has provided the means whereby you can do that. I started labeling each post in 2007 andwill need to go back and work on the posts in 2006. There is a list of subject labels on the sidebar. You click on a subject of interest and you will be directed to all posts on that subject. How good is that? Blogger has done well with this. It's I who has taken this long to figure out how to get that list on the side bar. Never give up folks, you can learn at sixty if you never give up. You might be white haired before you can get it, but I like my white hair. You know Stephen is right! (Ellen's smart son ) ARCHIVES: • I hope I have made it easier to view the posts. I have on the side bar a list of the last month's articles. You can view and click on any article and Blogger will take you directly to the article. LINKS TO OTHER BLOOGERS AND WEBSITES • I am going to work on specific links (websites) that I like very much and will have those listed on the side bar as well soon. LIST OF BOOKS FOR RESOURCE MATERIAL • Also I have listed a series of books that I have read or am reading, and they will be listed at the end of each post. You will need to click on the time listed at the end of each posts, and you will be directed to that single blog. At the end of the page will be that list of books I read. COMMENTS • Comments on Blogger is a little hard, they require that you have a blog or fill out a form. To many that is a little too much for a comment. Thus, the comments I get are from e mail. I receive a number of e mails. I really like that method the best. My e mail can be found on my profile page. CWhisna@aol.com Blogger offers several more features that I have not used but in the future I hope to begin using them.-The idea of GROW BY LEARNING BLOG is to provide as much resource as possible for the guests and friends of ours. There are 1000's of people who have blogs, many are just wonderful websites. • One example of being helpful without knowing it at the time. Someone googled my name (that is really shocking) and found our BLOGGER and found the article about Charity's mother Lenora passing away. She didn't know that until she read our post. ADDITIONAL WEB SITE IN THE MAKING • My lovely sister Ellen Samples is learning this Blogger too. Her daughter April Williams has already just about mastered this .com business. Well, Ellen had the idea that a .com site would be good to have. So she found a website host, and decided to craft her brother a website. She did all the work putting together the art work and found the templates and Ellen designed the site. Then she turned the web over to me. Now how did she do this? That is the question? I will post the address 39
  41. 41. later. E MAILS • I have discovered that I can automatically have each post I write e mailed to an individual, how scary is that! What I generally do, is e mail a list of friends giving them a heads up what the post I have just written is about. Some like this better. I proved a direct link to our blogger, which makes it easier to click and read. Sometimes I write articles on the email that I have not yet or might not post on the Blogger. THERE YOU HAVE THE NEW UPDATES FOR 2008. WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE WE WILL BE LEARNING THIS YEAR. MAY YOU PRAY THOUGHTFULLY, MAY YOU THINK BIBLICALLY DAILY.-Please remember when reading any article or viewing any post, that you keep in mind, that I love the Lord, I love my wife, I love ministry, and I love my friends, and some of my detractors. I want to be helpful, and Christ-like in what I post.-Pray for Charity and me when you read these posts. Pray that the Lord will open the doors for ministry in a local church in 2008. Pray for Charity and me as we work in the workplace that we might be a light in a dark world, and that we can be an encouragement to those who need to be encouraged.-- Charles E. Whisnant, proof read by Charity finally Feb 2 - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:41AM (-06:00) Sunday, February 03, 2008 PASTORAL ELDERS AND CHURCH ELDERS: LEADERSHIP RETREATS^ This pictures of a cabin comes from ExpositoryThoughs. (I think its one on our camp grounds in Perrysville, Ohio, we had several retreats there.) I visit this this site weekly. Its design for pastors and preachers. I am going to address the question that Paul Lamey ask on expositoryThoughts... - "I’m getting out of town this afternoon (through Saturday) with my fellow elders for our annual leadership retreat. I would be interested to hear if some of you do similar things with your leadership and if so what do you do? For fun? For ministry? " – Paul Lamey-Question asked: • I’d love to hear of the agenda/schedule from your time together. Paul commented: • In a nutshell (in no particular order here) we discuss every ministry that our church is involved with in order to assess strengths/weaknesses/needs (women’’s ministry, children, missions, etc.). We spend a lot of time on how we are taking care of the congregation as shepherds (physical needs, spiritual needs). We discuss particular families and situations that need attention. We brain storm and think a lot about future plans and goals and what it will take to 40 accomplish such ideas.
  42. 42. I typically lead our men through a study with a focus on our leadership but also with the idea that the study itself further instructs the men ""how"" to study scripture. This year I will teach through Philemon. We will have two or three sessions on this. – Paul Lamey I asked Paul: "Pastoral Elders and Church elders, how do you view them in relationship to leadership? How often do you meet?" Charles, • The only distinction we make among our elders is between vocational/non- vocational or compensated/non-compensated (1 Tim. 5:17). While not all the elders are gifted in the same way or to the same degree we are all equal as leaders among the flock and equally qualified (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1ff). • We also have the responsibility to train-up other qualified men (2 Tim. 2:2) so that the church is always under the leadership of faithful men. • Our full elder session meets once a month for a time of instruction, prayer and to discuss congregational issues (both administrative and spiritual). We also meet informally in the intervening times for special meetings where we may need to counsel someone or address a particular issue that doesn’t require the full session. We meet once a year for our retreat and plan to take our wives every other year. • I hope this helps. Thanks for the questions. ----Paul Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:32AM (-06:00) Sunday, February 03, 2008 WOODS WINS DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC FOR FIFTH TOURNAMENT WIN IN A ROW ^ Woods wins Dubai Desert Classic for fifth tournament win in a row- This is the third time he has started a season with two straight victories, and it was another sign that the world's No. 1 player could be headed for a big year. Woods now has won his last four official tournaments, and six of his last seven dating to the Bridgestone Invitational in early August. - He also won his unofficial Target World Challenge by seven shots in December. - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - Different country, different tour. Same result.- Tiger Woods fired a seven-under 65 on Sunday to win the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic for the second time in three years, posting six birdies on the back nine to overcome a four-stroke deficit. - After rolling to an eight-shot victory at last week's Buick Invitational -- his 62nd on the PGA Tour -- Woods beat Germany's Martin Kaymer by just one stroke at 14-under 274. - 41
  43. 43. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:49PM (-06:00) Monday, February 04, 2008 SUPER BOWL PARTY ^ Charity thought having a party would be nice. Girls are like that. So after I went to church last night with Bob we came back to watch the second half of the game. Charity, Debbie, Kindra and Ily provided a good super bowl meal.-Giants 17, Patriots 14stunner Simply a Super stunner^ Giants derail Patriots' perfect season^Did the girls watch the game..... no they watch Dave Ramsey on Fox.- Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:18AM (- 06:00) Monday, February 04, 2008 -ELLEN SAMPLES IS A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN LADY AND MY SISTER ^ Ellen provided me with a website, she is my weblady. This has been a fun projected working on this new site, both of us now have a site. Both are up and running in its beginning stages. We both have a mission. ^ http://hstrial-cwhisnant2.homestead.com/ This is my new site GROW BY LEARNING ^ http://hstrial-esamples.homestead.com/ This is Ellen's. - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:03AM (-06:00) Monday, February 04, 2008 STEROIDS IN BASEBALL AND SPORTS STEROIDS IN BASEBALL AND SPORTSPart One ^ Anabolic steroids 2000-2008 was not the beginning of the use of anabolic steroids The first time anabolic performance enhancement had been 42 attempted. As far back as the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece, athletes

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