Archive for January, 2013

OC Gregory laughing as always

OC Gregory went home to be with the Lord last night at around 10:50PM. I know it was already heaven, but I imagine that someone was cheered up when OC walked in.

Over the last few years I’ve been to see OC in the hospital quite a few times in fact it seems like I met OC in the hospital. The thing that was always interesting me to was how I would go to the hospital to pray for and offer encouragement to OC, but I always left in a better mood than when I went in because he was so happy, jovial, and full of life. So looking back on it, I shouldn’t have gone to the hospital to cheer him up and pray for him, but rather to be encouraged because he was a great encouragement.

OC I’m still looking forward to our steak dinner together, now don’t wait on me but when you find out that I’m coming your way get us a table set I like mine medium rare and I’m always hungry. I look forward to hearing all the jokes you’ve been telling to those who went before us – I miss you but I can’t help but smile every time I think of you.

Here’s a great pic set of OC from not too long ago put together by his grandson – Deano Ramsey.

Pray for OC Greggory.

OC Gregory is in CCU at Frye Hospital today. He is basically in a fight for his life right now. Please pray for God’s will to be done. No one wants him to suffer, but we would also love to have more time with this happy, humorous, giving man. When we packaged 100,000 meals for Haiti in the Wal-Mart parking lot I slept in OC’s motor home every night. OC was happy to give up his bed (really his home) to help the children of Haiti.

Please pray for his health and his healing.

On Sunday we will be discussing rights – human rights, American rights, and specifically Christian rights.

I really don’t want to say much more, except to say that we will be discussing the rights of people.

Please share any questions you may want to ask in relation to this topic.

At 9am, I (Josh) will basically interview Raborn and Steve and try to find out what they are thinking about this subject. During this hour, I’ll ask you to ask only clarifying questions if you have to ask questions. Then we’ll have breakfast together at 10:15. After breakfast will return at 10:45 to have a more open discussion time to discuss the whole “rights” thing.

  • What is the difference between human rights, American rights, and Christian rights?
  • Should we as Christians stand up for the rights of others?
  • What should we do when religion begins to limit the rights of the people?
  • What should we do if and when government begins to limit the rights of the people?
  • Should Christians participate in the political system to ensure the rights of people?
  • Did Jesus fight for or defend any of His rights?

We really don’t want this conversation to bog down about gun rights, instead let’s think bigger than this.

  • Should we have rights as Americans, as Christians, as humans?
  • Should we have the right to personal property?
  • Should Christians defend their right to life?
  • Should Christians defend the right to the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

One passage we will look at on Sunday will be Philippians 2:1-18. Try to read and think on these words for a few moments before our Sunday morning chat if you get the chance.

Philippians 2:1-18 
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 
4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 
7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 
8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 
9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 
15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 
16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 
17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 
18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

Beyond the Box is the podcast of Raborn Johnson and Steve Sensenig and both of these guys will be with us this Sunday! I can’t wait to hang out with these great guys. I sure hope you can be a part of our chat.

We will have a talk at 9am and again after breakfast at 10:45am. As usual when we have special guests, we will not try to repeat the conversation in the second hour. Instead of repeating our chat, we will continue or have a second chat about a different topic.

We haven’t totally nailed down our topic for Sunday yet, but we will let you know as soon as we decide.