Thursday, December 24, 2015

Good News at Noon Christmas Eve 5:30 12/25/2015 The Christmas Story in One Syllable Words- Bob Russell preached by Pastor Fletcher Law

Good News at Noon Christmas Eve 5:30 12/25/2015
The Christmas Story in One Syllable Words- Bob Russell
preached by Pastor Fletcher Law
Good News at Noon homeless shelter and community ministry
Gifts - Good News at Noon, P.O. Box 1577 Gainesville,GA 30503

“God made man and loved him.  Man sinned and fell from God’s will.  God, in His great love, sent His Son to die for man’s sin and then raised Him from the dead.  Now if we yield our lives to Him, He will cleanse our sin and give us life for all time.  What great news!” Bob Russell

" Dios hizo al hombre y lo amaba. El hombre pecó y cayó de la voluntad de Dios . Dios, en su gran amor, envió a su Hijo a morir por el pecado del hombre y luego le levantó de los muertos. Ahora bien, si nos rendimos nuestras vidas a Él, Él limpiará nuestro pecado y darnos la vida para siempre. Qué gran noticia ! Bob Russell

#1 God made man and loved him.    ___    Dios hizo al hombre y lo amaba.
#2 Man sinned and fell from God’s will.   ____   El hombre pecó y cayó de la voluntad de Dios .
#3 God, in His great love, sent His Son to die for man’s sin and then raised Him from the dead.  ___
Dios, en su gran amor, envió a su Hijo a morir por el pecado del hombre y luego le levantó de los muertos.
#4Now if we yield our lives to Him, He will cleanse our sin and give us life for all time. ____
Ahora bien, si nos rendimos nuestras vidas a Él, Él limpiará nuestro pecado y darnos la vida para siempre.
#5 What great news   ____  Qué gran noticia
#6 Your response ---   tu respuesta
Repent of your sins and believe the gospel - Arrepiéntete de tus pecados y creer en el evangelio
Join God's family because of the blood of Jesus Christ  ___
Únete a la familia de Dios por la sangre de Jesucristo
MEMORY VERSE  ---- verso de memoria
John 1:14 John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

Juan 1:14 Juan 1:14 Y el Verbo se hizo carne y habitó entre nosotros ,

Saturday, December 12, 2015

On Earth as It Is In Heaven Is Not Happening –YET

On Earth as It Is In Heaven Is Not Happening –YET

Of all the things the disciples could have asked Jesus for – how to raise the dead, walk on water, give sight to the blind; we know the disciples asked the Master to teach them how to pray.
A striking almost incomprehensible part of the prayer to human ears is from Matthew 6:10.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

We cannot comprehend this as for a recorded 2,000 years and longer, earth as a whole has not been anything like heaven.
Today we have fear of terrorist blowing us up, mass shootings, politicians lying more, economic chaos and a government supported program selling baby parts from the womb, and a whole lot of poor people suffering.

Two thousand years ago we had religious zealots, civil violence, lying politicians, economic chaos, a government supported program to kill infant males two years old and younger, and a whole lot of poor people suffering.

Earth’s situation for the last 2,000 years is described in the previous two paragraphs. It ain’t nothing like what heaven is described as the last 2,000 years and really eternity past.
Yes souls have been saved.  But, the situation of the world really has not changed other than advances in technology.

What is the review of events in heaven the last 2,000 years and longer? Heaven is unshakable, Sovereign and has been ruled by a gracious and loving Lord according to Scripture.

Hebrews 12:25 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heaven has a steady rule steady reign by a Sovereign King fo r2,000 years plus. Heaven is unshakable and the glory of God transcends all. Here is the part Christians need to repent in sackcloth and ashes. We don’t act like where we are from. We must receive the rebuke of the world for motivation. We suffer from humanity’s ultimate put down. We forgot where we come from. Through the adoption of the Spirit –we come from heaven. We are not establishing the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21 (NLT) 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.

But Christ was incarnated into earth at His birth. Christ ascended. He left the Holy Spirit with us. Salvation came to us. The elect are not US, Russian or Syrian citizens anymore. We are citizens of heaven.
Here is a wild teaching of Scripture I find hard to receive and yet we should all receive.
Ephesians 2:5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Part of our adopted selves is already in heaven. Let’s live like it. Pray and evangelize. Lives depend on it. This is a shaken world and will have an even greater time of shaking. Christ did his work. Christians now have to do theirs. The only firm left will be the Kingdom of God Christians were told to establish.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Progressive Christianity – What is it?

Progressive Christianity – What is it?

For church members in the pews Progressive Christianity is a new phrase.
This seems to be claimed by the wealthy downtown or yuppie style suburban church.
These church’s clergy and movement leaders are giving us "new" perspectives.

How this movement connects with historic Christian worship, biblical discipleship and evangelism has been weakly explained to the

Friday, April 3, 2015

What's good about GOOD FRIDAY?

What's good about GOOD FRIDAY? These graves with heads pointing west and feet pointing east will one day be resurrected because of Friday's crucifixion and Sunday's resurrection. These graves will one day emulate His glorious resurrection. Next - Death, a real threat of hell and the grave all destroyed as Christ resurrects all who believe.  He paid our sin debt and redeemed us from our great sin. NOW THAT WAS A GOOD FRIDAY!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Little Caesars Love Kitchen at Good News at Noon

 Good News at Noon-979 Davis Street--(send donations to PO Box 1577) Gainesville,GA 30503
We are a homeless and community ministry in Gainesville, GA located between the Melrose government housing and the chicken plants in chicken city! To serve contact pastor Fletcher Law
Little Caesars Love rolled into Good News on March 4th 2015 for lunch
Come work with our volunteers like this crazy ladies group called Monica's Mafia.
Little Caesars sent their kitchen and crew from the corporate office in from Detroit, MI! 
 We serve lunch & evening meals, provide a homeless shelter & distribute clothes,  work with youth for one reason.  What Is it? To show Jesus,  #LiftJesusUp!,  to this lost and hurting world.
 Here is our Pastor Dr. Fletcher Law with our founder and Bible Teacher Mr. Beckstein or "Mr. B."
He founded Good News at Noon over 25 years ago with his late wife Margie.
Come meet Thomas Ramirwz our homeless shelter director.

Come shake hands with Mr. B before lunch at our shelter.  He will bless you!

               Come here Frank Moore Jr. sing at lunch.  He is Mr. B's son.  See the resemblance.
 Come meet Hannah Parker our Director of Youth and Children.  She can put you to work.
Come meet our director of Operations and warehouse manager "Smiling Mike" Robinson.

These ladies are 2 of hundreds of church, business and family volunteers who help us serve over 55,000 meals a year.

The start of a great noon meal.  The dining hall will soon be full.

Matthew 9:37-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

                 Come to Good News at Noon and 
                                # Lift Jesus Up!
                 to a lost, hungry and hurting world.

Good News at Noon - 979 Davis Street - Donations PO Box 1577 - Gainesville,GA 30503
shelter phone Phone:(770) 503-1366
contact Pastor Fletcher Law 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fred Craddock, Candler School of Theology, Elvis and Graceland


As many who study preaching know, the renowned preacher and former Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Fred Craddock, has passed away. He modeled a new wave of narrative preaching that was accepted and copied by many.

While taking a graduate class at another seminary in a preaching class I did a project about him using video clips.  His sermons had Baptist, Church of God and Bible Church ministers responding possitivly and with explosive laughter.  They focused in while Fred Craddock on DVD told many of his memorable stories that wove Scripture into his experience.

Dr. Craddock’s passing had me recalling my days at Candler.  Why? I never got to take any of his classes as he retired from Emory right before I attended there.  Many of his students gleefully told me of the great times and memories they had as he impacted their preaching education.

I love preaching and preachers that have a passion that brings their gifts into service to present the gospel to the lost.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
“18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Unfortunately a few preachers flat out try to copy sermons, preaching styles, and stories as their own.  Nobodies unique gifts can be fully copied. I once heard in preacher of a prominent mega-church use Craddock’s  “once a church now BBQ  restaurant” illustration.  The preacher changed to his own personal story and experience.  Ouch.  Craddock published his stories.
It also reminded me when a heralded Candler professor shared with a class about a student of hers who told about a discussion of alcohol in the church she ministered. Our teacher relayed that her former student said to the congregation in a discussion after a sermon (supposedly) “Jesus drank wine.”  A little old church lady piped in “I would have thought a lot more of him if he didn’t.”  In class the professor had gotten misty eyed about this story's conclusion.  She thought it was tragic when in fact the story in its original was one of great humor.
I did not have the heart to tell my professor that it was amazing Jerry Clower, the famous Southern humorist, who told a similar story that was a punch line in his book
‘Life Everlaughter: The Heart and Humor of Jerry Clower’.
In my graduate preaching class, where as I student a presented the Craddock DVDs, my fellow students of preaching loved what we heard in Craddock's sermons. In class it was noted that his many imitators did not seem to really get it or that we all have a style of their own. Our class professor said some take it as far as having a “hermeneutic of suspicion” when approaching the Biblical text. Now a continual stream of sarcasm is in some preachers weekly message.  That means snarkiness, which is non-synonymous with the gospel.  Copying Craddock in all detail makes no more sense than preachers who used to wear Hawaiian shirts because Rick Warren used to.  Many Hawaiian shirt wearing preachers in rural North Georgia did not seem to grasp that they preached in a different environment than under evangelized southern California.  We have the same gospel to resent with the gifts of many different preachers.

Jude 1: 3 tells us “… that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”  

My regret is that I never had Fred Craddock as my preaching teacher.  At Candler I felt at times like I was at Graceland and told “Elvis has left the building” for good.  Instead at Candler the implied sentiment was “Craddock has left the building”  "He was great."  Like the old Jimmy Buffett live album title "You Should Have Been There."

I value great teachers.  We need to imitate one in preaching essence.  Our Savior put up the carpentry tools early.  He was the greatest preacher. 
In His first sermon in Mark 1:15  He said “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent message > Why Is He -Jesus Christ - Worthy of Worship By You?

Lent message 

Why Is He -Jesus Christ - Worthy of Worship By You?
The Holy God Hates sin and loves you the sinner.

The plan A from the Old Testament was God paying your debt with his greatest love -His son.
Isaiah 53:10 New International Version (NIV)
"10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes[a] his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

He took your punishment on the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
"21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
That is why you have the blessing of lent
when told from Mark 1:14-15
"Repent and believe the good news!”

Saturday, January 10, 2015

SEC power rating the last 8 years - and why recruiting is more important than coaching (and why some cheat)

Included is a list of NFL players from the SEC schools.
It also strongly compares to the ranking and success of these schools
football success considering the last 8 years.
Why is there such big coverage about recruiting each winter?
Talent wins games.   Sorry, million dollar coaches.
Saban and  Calipari are dominating with the talent rich Alabama football
and Kentucky basketball future pros.
Do you really think they would be where they financially if they
moved to Western Carolina or Missouri State?
This is why people cheat in football recruiting.
(No accusations-but it is the motivation for cheating when it happens.)
The list is from high to low listing schools with NFL player.
Listed also are some of the SEC school’s better known players.
These numbers are a strong and I think accurate correlation to the success of teams
 in the SEC the last 8 years considering their good and bad years,
 not just 2013 and 2014.
Tennessee seems high here but they weregood in the Fulmer days and these
older pros listed below played mostly then.
Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas A&M seem low but
this of course does take into account now  of future NFL players
 on their improved rosters now due to better recruiting.

Saturday Down South listed the number of NFL players from each SEC school and some of their players.

#1 Alabama       42             Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Dre Kirkpatrick, C.J. Mosley
#2 LSU              42             Odell Beckham Jr., D. Bowe, Jeremy Hill, Patrick Peterson
#3 Georgia        39            M. Stafford, Geno Atkins, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno
#4 Florida          36             Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Percy Harvey, M. Pouncey
#5 Tennesse      31           Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Jason Witten, Jerod Mayo
#6 Auburn         27           Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, Karlos Dansby, Ronnie Brown
#7 S, Carolina   28           Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, John Abraham, Melvin Ingram
#8 Texas A&M 25           Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans, Ryan Tannehill, Von Miller
#9 Missouri       22           Aldon Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Ziggy Hood, Blaine Gabbert
#10 Ole Miss    19           Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher
#11 Arkansas    15           Peyton Hillis, Darren McFadden, Jason Peters, Jarius Wright
#12 Miss State  15           Fletcher Cox, Johnthan Banks, Darius Slay, K.J. Wright
#13 Kentucky    14           Randall Cobb, Stevie Johnson, Tim Masthay, Jacob Tamme
#14 Vanderbilt  11           Jay Cutler, Jordan Matthews, Zac Stacy

Monday, January 5, 2015

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

      Written in June 2014 and re-posted after Coach Jim Lofton's funeral.

                                  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 ad 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.”