Devotional for Thursday August 16th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”


Our Bible verse for today: “But the Lord replied to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things …” Luke 10:41 (Amplified Bible)


Our thought for today: “Pay attention to the things that matter.”


The other day a friend and I were having a conversation about why people aren’t as responsive to important things as we think they should be. The actual topic we were discussing in this case was my new book “Getting Along without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict”. The book was the product of a team effort. Although I wrote it, others helped with editing, cover design, publishing, and promotion. All of us involved in bringing the book to print believe strongly in the book. Sexual ethics present a difficult issue for Christians of our day and we believe the book conveys an important message in a helpful and easy-to-read format.


So we’ve all been a little surprised by the initial slow sales. It’s not that the book isn’t selling, it is, but we’re surprised by the large number of Christians who have seen the various promotions for it but who haven’t purchased a copy. Because sexual ethics is such an important cultural issue for Christians today, and since this book provides average Christians with accurate Biblical information on the issue, as well as good answers to difficult questions and a clear path forward for engaging the culture, you would think there would have been a better response.


However my friend made an important and helpful observation that I believe to be very accurate (and which Jesus addressed in Luke 10:41). She said, “Jim, people are just completely wrapped up in their own lives. Everyone is just so busy and so distracted that we miss a lot of things that ought to be important to us.”


I think she’s right. Because we’re so busy and so distracted we miss things we would otherwise pay attention to. That being the case, for those who are tasked by God to communicate Biblical truth on important issues, we have to keep at it and try extra hard. People can be reached but it takes extra effort to get their attention.


Yesterday I noted that in the Old Testament God continued to send prophets to speak messages the people of ancient Israel needed to hear. He kept communicating the message to them in hopes that they would hear it. While I don’t consider myself to be a prophet in that sense, I do have a message that is important and which I’m convinced the people of our day need to hear as well. And I am trying to communicate that message to people who are very busy and often distracted with the cares of life. So I continue to promote the book in every way I can.


If you don’t have your copy yet I encourage you to get yours today. You can order one online at Remember, all profits from the sales of the book are being donated to the Oak Hill Baptist Church missions and humanitarian relief projects. You can also help to promote it by sharing this message with those in your email address book or by reposting it on your Facebook page.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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