Thursday, October 9, 2014

Abraham and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day



Apologies to - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- 
But did you hear about Abraham’s day?
Abraham was over 100 years according to the book of Genesis when he and Sarah had a son named Isaac. His wife and his greatest desire of their hearts was to have a child. Mrs. Abraham laughed when it was divinely prophesied that she could conceive at such an old age. Despite all of Abraham and Sarah’s great accomplishments and adventures in life having a child was there life. Abraham was a religious man and lived a life of faith that pleased his God.

But one day Abraham received a soul crushing request from his God.
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Abraham did not fully understand it seems.
In obedience Abraham took his cherished only son from Sarah and went up the mountain.

If Abraham did not understand what did the boy think?
Genesis 22 records this exchange “As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Was Abraham lying? After all he was just a man.

Abraham seemed to be destroying the life dream of himself and his wife Sarah.
Earlier in Scripture it reads “his faith was translated into righteousness.”
Was Abraham righteous or alarmingly foolish?

In this faith or covenant with his God Scripture says in Genisis 22 “He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Abraham remembered that God had remembered Abraham and Sarah.
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Abraham trusted God through faith and knew his God.

Some people who argue and howl against the New Birth because they call the death of Abraham’s covenant partner’s son “divine child abuse”. God the creator of Heaven and Earth is and was in covenant with Abraham. Abraham was saved by the covenant.

The terrible, horrible, no good very bad day showed victory for you if you are a child of the covenant and a true son of Abraham.

Give your heart, your Issac to the great covenant God of Abraham.

Yes we know this was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ on the cross.

1 Peter 2:24
“24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.””

Now that was the greatest day.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Receiving Grace in The Grove - Help me get my book distributed please



RECEIVING GRACE IN THE GROVE is about calling out to The Lord in prayer - and being heard!   The good news is He hears our prayers. Psalm 18:6

The situation > 
BROKE, JOB LOST, returning to COLLEGE with a BABY on the way.
The Lord providentially sent people in Kay and Fletcher's life to help them and baby Graham.  Miss Armelia came and showed grace in loving others when they never knew how much they needed it.

Fletcher who was voted least likely to preach the gospel or write a book by his friends and teachers was given this story.
Please contact him for book sales, book signings and to speak at your church, Sunday School class or organization

Contact 
Fletcher Law
1195 Cumberland Valley Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 561 2609

FletcherLawandGrace@gmail.com
Website   -  ReceivingGraceInTheGrove.com 
Facebook - Receiving Grace In The Grove 
  • ISBN-10: 1462729215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462729210


Here is the book's page and some reviews on Amazon-

Dear Reader and Friends,
Please keep me in prayer - (If You know me pray to calm me down.  In real life I have to keep having reminding myself I am not covering kick-offs in the Sugar Bowl in the next 30 minutes.)  
-Pray Christ will be glorified as the story is about what He did for me and my family when we cried out to Him.
-Pray for opportunities to get a publisher, market this book,distribution, for booksellers, and book signings.
-Pray for places to speak or have a book signing.
-Pray that my family will be safe in travel and provided for
in this "Kick-off".

Lift Jesus Up!

Fletcher Law


(Below is information from the hard back book jacket you might enjoy reading.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Fletcher Law, DMin lives in his hometown of
Gainesville, Georgia. He earned a doctor of ministry
degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity
Schoo, a Master of Divinity from Emory's Candler School of Theology, a Master of Education from The University of North Georgia and his B.S. from the University of Mississippi. Fletcher is a minister who has worked as a
pastor, preacher, evangelist, school teacher, chaplain,
and football coach. Currently he teaches Social Studies and coaches the football team for Wilbanks Middle School in Demorest,GA.  Fletcher is the pastor for Good News at Noon a homeless shelter and community ministry in Gainesville,GA. He and his wife Kay have one son, Graham. This is his first book.

Praise for Receiving Grace in the Grove
“Fletcher’s story is filled with recognition that God will provide for and sustain each of us.
This is a story of two dedicated young people with a dream. With God’s guidance a book
was born.”
—Coach Billy “Dog” Brewer, former Ole Miss head football coach and
Team of the Century member

“This book is about family, football and faith, and a lot more. Fletcher Law lets us walk with him through some pivotal moments in his life to see how God has been present in
events both big and little.”
—Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

“This book will show you how God can use obstacles to demonstrate his power and grace. Fletcher Law’s journey will tremendously enrich your life.”
—Shannen Fields, actress and speaker, starred in the movie “Facing The Giants” and wife of Jimmy Fields, Ole Miss Letterman and High School Football Coach

“Receiving Grace at the Grove is an inspirational and compelling story about faith, family,football, and friends, and how God intertwined them into his omnipotent plan for
Fletcher Law and his family.”
—Doug Dixon, CAA, high school athletic director and head football coach

Self-published with Crossbooks a division of LIFEWAY.

Cover Graphics/Art Credit
HAL DELONG

Book Flap Book Information-
Receiving Grace In The Grove shares the true story
of Fletcher Law, who left Ole Miss a fraternity boy
without a degree who then went to work for his family’s
car dealership. His future was secure. He worked for
his father’s Lincoln-Mercury dealership, got married,
and expected prosperity and certainty in his future.
After Fletcher had spent just a few years of working
in the family business, however, his father sold the
dealership. Fletcher’s security was gone.
He and his wife decided to move back to Oxford,
Mississippi, so that he could finish his degree at the
University of Mississippi. The plan was that he would
get his degree and then pursue his dream of being a
head high school football coach. What’s more, the
couple now had a baby on the way. With great anxiety,
they pressed on through great obstacles concerning
family, finances, and faith—and the Lord provided
people and help when they called on Him.
Receiving Grace in the Grove tells the story of how
Fletcher, through his journey, learned to trust in the
Lord and His providential grace. That trust guided
him and his family to stay together, grow and trust in
the Lord and not their own plans. Soli Deo Gloria!


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Fletcher and Dr. Mike,  Miss Armelia and Graham, Kayand family at The King's (Elvis Pressley's) birth home, Graham and Miss Armelia rocking, The family minus Miss Armeia, Graham's first birthday in The Grove.

Is this Archie's last photo in game gear? This was taken at the 1989 Red-Blue spring game.  They had an alumni game that year which Archie played in.  I had to convince Archie to take the picture.  The closer was I asked him if he knew Dr. John Lee Taylor.  Dr. Taylor was the pastor of First Baptist of Gainesville,GA. John Lee baptized Archie in Drew, MS when Archie a young boy.  Only then did Archie let me have the picture.














Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

                              



                                  The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton
                                       By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

Coach Jim Lofton has built a well-known reputation for his football coaching and Christian character.
What is less known about him by those who did not know him in his coaching career is perhaps his equal devotion to teaching.  This was never in doubt working for him.  This is another lesson young coaches can learn from him.  As a young assistant he made a lasting impression on how a coach has a calling to teach your academic area, your sport and character by example.

A vivid memory of mine was once walking out of the North Hall field house through the washroom.
Future Clemson Tiger and NFL lineman Corey Hulsey, all 6’4 and 330 plus pounds of him and fully dressed out in pads, was sitting on the washer with his helmet by his side.  Coach Lofton was standing by him with an open book.  It was not a playbook on how to block 14 Blast.  Coach had in his hand an English Literature book helping Corey with Shakespeare.  Many people would not know that Coach had a master’s degree in English from Emory University.  I was surprised to learn that Corey was not even in Coach Lofton’s class.  Coach was delaying getting on the field for Lit for a student who also was a football player.  

As a new coach I was warned by defensive coordinator David Stephens about Coach Lofton’s intensity on the sideline on a Friday night.  Another paradox about Coach Lofton was our practices were teaching sessions.  Game days were different.  The coin had been flipped and the kick-off team I headed up was huddling up ready to start the game.  Coach Lofton grabbed my shoulder and hollered “I can’t believe that!”  “What?” was my shocked and puzzled response.  Coach said “There’s (name deleted to protect the guilty) in the stands.  I taught him freshman Health and he played here four years.  And now he is up there smoking a cigarette.”  In shock and disappointment he added “After all I taught him.”  Teaching freshman Health class was as important as Literature or running the 14 Blast or 20 trap properly.

One practice I was concerned about telling Coach that I had to leave early on the next day’s practice because the school I taught at was having a PTA meeting.  He told me sternly that it concerned him  greatly to see coaches not take teaching seriously.  He told me once at practice he was concerned about having a soft drink add on the scoreboard.  Coach was concerned about what even his students drank and ate for snacks.  He believed in his system he had formulated by being a student.  He was always improving himself and refining his system to see why he included certain stretches and exercises and play calls.  He had a system and he was always refining it. He taught his assistant coaches his system.  We all knew what all eleven were to do on every play.  He and we knew what all eleven were to do on defense.

One of his assistants told me a clinic story.  Coach Lofton was listening to Bill Yeoman the inventor of the Houston veer offense speak.  Coach asked the big time college coach what the backside tackle was to do on the outside veer.  The “expert” coach told Coach Lofton he did not know.  This was astounding for Coach.  This is perhaps why were to be taught the idea of the “big picture”.

Coach Lofton taught and led his assistant coaches in a clear direction.  We followed him. The players were to follow us.  There was no paradox in this.  Where could he have learned how to lead, coach and teach by character in all things?  The Apostle Paul wrote- 

1 Corinthians 11:1  (NIV) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”


Friday, June 13, 2014

Fathers Day - Celebrate Champion Fathers


G.H. "Dick" Law, George Law, J.B. Johnson -Champions provide for their families



Father Fletcher Law, son Graham Law, Grandfather George Law got to celebrate a state championship together

We are approaching Father’s Day.
Mother’s Day is almost a sacred day in the church calendar.  People wax poetic for Mother’s Day.
People are quick to point out the sorry Fathers on Father’s Day.

This blog is about GOOD FATHERS.
George Law my champion
Other blogs will talk about the dreadful state of father’s.  I am sympathetic to that.  Today only about 30% of school kid’s live with both parents.  Many we find are by necessity raised by grandparents and great-grandparents.  These kids might not have the best best family but they many times do not even have a good model family with a father in the neighborhood.

Once at a conference with a friend the speaker said “There is no such thing as a ‘Leave It To Beaver’ family-never was.”
My friend from childhood, church, school and high school football team said “We did”.  And my friend was right.

We had great families and it was not by accident, luck, societal standing or ethnic group.
We had “Champions”.
What is a champion is this a sports metaphor? No it’s biblical.
champions have a heart to compete
And as I said when I preached my Father’s funeral my family had one.
What is a champion in biblical talk?
A champion represents, protects, provides and leads a people and a way they should go.  Yes there are good and bad champions.  
My son’s favorite bed-time story was David and Goliath.
Goliath the giant Philistine was the champion for evil.
David the very young man (probably in his early teens)
was the champion for God’s people of Israel.
Worlds collided.  You know the story.
The giant Goliath was slain by a slingshot and beheaded by the small youth who had no chance.
No, the youth David was not helped by The Almighty because of the misguided notion that “God helps those who help themselves”.
The greater champion was David’s champion.
The champion David was a man “a man after the Lord’s own heart.”
This boy man David was a champion because of he knew to serve the God of Israel.  Was David flawed? Sure he was.  But as the old Methodist evangelist Sam P. Jones said “David was a great sinner, but he was a first-class repenter.”
David knew there there was a God in Israel and trusted and followed Him.
If you will read Psalm 51 David knew he had a Redeemer-Savior.
David’s champion was the Lord and a trust in a coming Messiah.

At a Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s meeting I once heard Dave Van Halanger talk about his young son’s anxiety in hearing follow Jesus.  The boy asked his father with worried face and tears how could he follow a Jesus he could not see as he was taught in Sunday School.  Dave told him citing a verse from the New Testament “Son, you follow me, I’ll follow Jesus.”
You have a champion no matter your gender, race, income or status.
We all have a champion who defeated death, hell and the grave.
His Name is Jesus Christ.
Lord send a revival now we plead.

Lift Jesus Up!

Fletcher



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gainesville Times Article On The Good News at Noon Revival and Facility Expansion

Here is an article from The Times about our ministry expansion and our revival that was held in June.

Gainesville Times article on Good News at Noon 

Revival and Facility Expansion 

 Good News Pastor Fletcher Law and Shelter Director Thomas Ramirez
                         
Add Here is our dining room that would be converted to a worship area.caption
 Local shelter kicks off revival with plans for expansion
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/100612/#.U5WUVZr18-s.facebook

Carly Sharec
csharec@gainesvilletimes.com
770-718-3432
June 9, 2014

The land beyond the Good News at Noon shelter is overgrown with rundown buildings, but Pastor Fletcher Law sees great potential.
“Hopefully, we’re going to get ... pretty much this whole block,” Law said, standing in a giant warehouse. He didn’t know the square footage, but it rests on 2.58 acres that now belong to the nonprofit.
“We’re hoping this will be a children’s ministry, a children’s gym,” he said about the building, located just down the road from Melrose Community apartments. “The children, they’re over here all the time. They’re over here late at night.”

This picture tells us why  and wherewe are in ministry

Good News at Noon spent around $250,000 to purchase the land and the building; they need to raise around $100,000 to settle that debt, and then just as much to complete the renovations, Law said.
Along with a children’s gym for the youth ministry, plans include a community garden and a fitness trail.
“We need everything, I think,” Law said. “We need to rebuild what we’ve got, too. It’s ancient. I bet that building might be 80 years old.”
Expansion plans have been in the works for some time, but Law hopes the shelter’s first-ever revival, taking place this week through Wednesday, will encourage community members to learn more about the shelter’s mission and the plans for the future.
“Obviously, it’s going to give us more space to work with our children,” said On-Site Director Thomas Ramirez. “(And) to work with our homeless in order to educate them so they can get a better quality of life.”
He’s watched some of the children grow up, and now sees them working in various jobs in the community.
“It makes me feel good,” he said. “This is fruit from Good News at Noon. The longer God allows me to live, I’m going to keep on doing the same thing.”
They don’t have specific fundraising efforts in place, but leaders are getting the word out through social media and other public avenues, including this week’s revival, which will feature “old-fashioned evangelist” Ray Lowe from Thomaston.
Meals will be served at 7 p.m. nightly, with music beginning at 7:30 and the service beginning around 8 p.m.
“It’s very exciting,” Lowe said. “We’re going to deal just with salvation. Of course, for a lot of people here, they’re not saved.”
Good News founder Gene Beckstein began feeding hungry people in 1987. The nonprofit has grown to provide free meals at lunch and dinner every day, as well as a men’s shelter and the youth ministry.
“We try to lift Jesus up in both word and deed,” Law said. “We share Jesus.”
Shelter Director Thomas Ramirez shows shelter plans.

Good News at Noon, 979 Davis Street, Gainesville,GA 30503
Mail to PO Box 1577

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/100612/

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Beware the "Super Christian" With No Home Church


QUESTION RECEIVED:
How do you justify denominations and a "home church"?
There is so much apostasy, and cultural paganism in the church?
Denominations are craziness!
Your response.

MY RESPONSE:
As a Christian, pastor,  Bible teacher and student I will answer this broad accusing statement. ( I narrowed down the rambling bitter question for some clarity)
Before reading my response please ask yourself  if you really want the answer or are you just spouting a unformed opinion?

First of all know Jesus Christ who was fully God and fully man died on the cross to pay for the sins of all who would turn (repent) of their sins and confess Him as Lord.  This gives all who believe pardon for sins, peace with God and eternal life with the Father in Heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9
New International Version (NIV)
“8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”


The world and times are diverse.  Form, culture and sociological customs vary from country to country and have changed over centuries.

What does matter is that in worship the Bible is preached, the Bible is prayed and  sung,  heard and seen in communion and baptism .

The purpose of the church is to worship, make disciples though missions and ministries, and evangelize the lost.

The church is and worship are of major importance  just as it was for Jesus and the Apostles.

Luke 4:16 New International Version (NIV)
“16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,”


Hebrews 10:25
New International Version (NIV)
“25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

You must ask yourself and the Lord “Am I saved?” 
If so, serve your King and Heavenly Father with you brother and sisters.  If you are a child of God you are not an orphan.
Griping never helped the cause of Christ to my knowledge.
Though many keep griping and frustrate and discourage themselves and others.

Know you are saved and serve.

Have liberty in who and how you serve

2 Corinthians 3:17  New International Version (NIV)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Do not curse yourself and be more religious than Jesus.

Christians are the family of God and not orphans.

Do not be the obnoxious "Lone Ranger" thinking you are the only one that has it right.


Craziness would be to not serve your Savior and King with the spirit of thankfulness. 

Find a church - get to work.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Easter Pep Talk For Gospel PreachersThis Easter

The pulpit at Hodges Chapel of Beeson Divinity and the world's best D.Min program.  I am a grateful alumni.  


Preacher you have a mission to complete this Sunday.

This is Easter week.
This is what I as a preacher, and also a member of a congregation, suggest to help preachers to think about to get it going.

1.) Preachers Do Not Be Smirky Or Rude To People Who Need The Gospel.
You know the C&E people( Chrismas and Easter only)
Preacher do not say Merry Christmas and Happy Easter or refer in a snarky way to people who need to hear the gospel.
Many mothers, fathers and friends have prayed fervently that
they could get who they can in the family and in their friendships to hear the gospel.
Jesus told Peter to "feed my sheep."
If you feed the sheep they will return.
Peopel need the spiritual Word to eat.
Preach the gospel!

2.) Do Not Abandon Your Pulpit For Any Reason - PREACH THE GOSPEL!
Once on Easter I was not preaching or had a ministry position.
While  on the road I attended six church services including a main Easter morning service.
No Word or gospel message.
Music dominated.
I was driving from church to church that Holy Week and it was like the day of young Samuel.
1 Samuel 3:1 (NASB) "... And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent."
When I go to recitals, schools, businesses or art performances I have never had the event stopped and someone say "And now the gospel will be preached and the mystery of the atoning salvation of Jesus Christ will be delivered to convert your soul and change your eternal destiny."
This is our time and our mission.
This Sunday preach the gospel.

3.) God Had One Son And He Made Him A Preacher.
I heard R.C. Sproul say that once.
God places high value on the preached Word.
You should too.
In the gospels carpenter tools were long ago put away.
Jesus had a three year itinerant preaching ministry that changed the world.
I once started a lively discussion in seminary pointing out that Jesus was a preacher.
Gasps and disproving responses followed this perceived slight of our Lord by who? Prospective ministers.
This shows you what my seminary really thought of gospel preaching.
As a matter of fact Jesus was not only a gospel preacher He was a expository (basing the gospel message on the Scripture read) preacher.

Matthew 4:14-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
15 “THE LAND OF ZEBULUN AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI,
BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND THE JORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES—
16 “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT,
AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH,
UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

4.) Remember God Ordained And Established Preaching To Share The Gospel To Save This Lost World.

The LORD believes in the power of preaching - you do it.

1 Corinthians 1:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."

5.) Remember Saint Francis Was A Fireball Gospel Preacher.
Saint Francis never said the silly statement attributed to him.
"Preach the gospel always, when necessary use words."
People who say that hate or do not understand gospel preaching.
Lives depend on the preached Word.
Why would he not say such a stupid statement?
Francis believed Holy Scripture and PREACHED THE GOSPEL!
Check this link to Christianity Today's Mark Galli's article putting that lie to rest.
"Speak the Gospel, Use deeds when necessary."
Mark Galli | posted 5/21/2009
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/mayweb-only/120-42.0.html

Preacher, yes you can sing songs on Easter, art work can be displayed by the kiddies, and yes you can do a lot of special things this Sunday.
Do not forget to make the main thing the main thing.

6)Make the Gospel clear
Jesus through His perfect life, death, burial and resurrection will pardon sins, make peace with God and all who repent and confess Him as Lord will be saved and be welcomed into the kingdom.

Preacher, you cannot forget and not verbally explain humanity's sin, the need for a Savior, Jesus Christ and His perfect life lived, His sacrificial death as He took the wrath of God on the cross intended for sinners, He was the perfect sinless Lamb of God sacrificed for sinners like me, that we are commanded to repent and turn from our sins and to Christ for forgiveness of sins, peace with God, salvation for the unworthy like us, and eternal life and citizenship in Heaven for those who believe.

Preacher you can do it.
This Sunday smile, say hello to all, walk to the pulpit, turn your back on the fluff and many non-essentials and as Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said take your Biblical text and "make a beeline to the cross."

1 Corinthians 1:17 (NASB)
"17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void."