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Schedule Of Services:

Sunday Morning:
Bible Study   9:00
Worship      10:00

Sunday Evening:
Worship       5:00

Wednesday Evening:
Bible Study   7:00

 

 

Jackson Drive's Address:

1110 Jackson Drive Athens, Alabama 35611

 

Preacher:

Scott Richardson

 

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Owen Griggs

Tim Hamilton

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Admonisher

                                                                                                        February 21, 2016



Wrong Place, Wrong Time


The phrase, “wrong place, wrong time,” is so familiar, it could be said to a part of our cultural consciousness. There are poems, songs, and various writings all based on this theme. It is even in the dictionary. The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs defines it as, “in the location where something bad is to happen exactly when it happens.” There are some situations and places that are clearly wrong anytime and will most certainly lead to unwanted consequences for the servant of God.


Abraham In Egypt


God called Abraham to the land of promise. In the land of promise he could be followed by the smoke that arose from his sacrifices (Genesis 12:6-9), but when he went down into Egypt, apparently without the instruction of God, there is no record that he built altars and offered sacrifices to God at all, even though remarks are made that he done so continually “at home” (Genesis 12:10-20).


When the Lord's servant fails to assemble with fellow saints, or when he is in a place where he cannot or will not assemble, he is in the wrong place. Christ has promised to be where even two or three are gathered together in his name (Matthew 18:20). True disciples would not think of being somewhere else when Christ has promised to be with His children as they gather. Not only would they not forsake the assembly, they would be looking forward to it, and would be exhorting one another as they saw the day and time approaching (Hebrews 10:25).


Lot In Sodom

 
When Lot was given the opportunity to choose where he would take his family, he chose the well-watered valley of the Jordan, and in doing so he pitched his tent toward the city of Sodom which is later seen to be found so wicked that God chose to destroy it by brimstone and fire rained down from heaven (Genesis 13:19).


When anyone pitches his tent toward sin, he is going in the wrong direction and likely will find himself, as time goes by, right in the middle of sin. Warnings are given in the Bible not to see how close one can come to sin without being stained. “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil” (1Thessalonians 5:21-22). “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). When one detests something, he will not be fondly embracing it.


David On The Housetop


In the evening while David walked on the roof of the king's house, he watched a beautiful woman bathing. The exposure of herself, and his watching, led to grievous sins (2Samuel 11–12). It is amazing how sin can multiply to numerous sins and how that then leads to numerous griefs.

 
When one puts himself in a position which allows lust to take hold, he is in the wrong place. Improper touching can lead to lustful desires, sin, and then grief. For instance, dancing has nothing to contribute to one's spiritual well-being. In all circumstances, men and women have the responsibility of controlling passions and also the responsibility of modest dress and chaste behavior.


Jonah On The Way To Tarshish

 
When Jonah was told to go to Nineveh and preach God’s message in the wicked city, he tried to flee responsibility by going in an opposite direction to Tarshish, but he could not escape the presence of God. “But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD” (Jonah 1:3). Jonah had a hard lesson to learn about turning from God-given responsibilities.


When anyone turns away from God-given responsibility, he is in the wrong place and is going in the wrong direction. When parents fail to meet their responsibility in bringing up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they are in the devil's domain—not God’s—by their negligence serving him rather than God. When Christians fail to meet their responsibility in taking the gospel to a world lost in sin, they are in the wrong place. Instead of being out striving to teach and carry out the great commission (Mark 16:15), they are somewhere else. When they fail to meet their responsibility for standing for truth, and close their eyes to erroneous practices, they are in the wrong place.


Peter At The Fire


When Peter was with the enemies of Christ, he denied the Lord three times. Of course, being amongst the enemies really began when he only followed Jesus from a distance after the arrest in the garden. “Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance” (Luke 22:54).


When one follows Jesus only at a distance and associates with enemies of truth instead of faithful Christians, no doubt he and those with whom he associates will be in a situation where they should not be, and doing what they should not be doing. If Peter had been with faithful disciples of Christ, there would have been no temptation to take the easiest way out by denying the Lord. If one is in any place where he is afraid to confess and acknowledge Christ, you may be sure that he is in the wrong place.


Demas In Thessalonica


Paul said that Demas had forsaken him: “for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” (2Timothy 4:10).


When anyone forsakes the Lord's service for the world, he truly is in the wrong place. The Christian lives in the world, and is surrounded by the attractions of the world, but he is told that it is not to be the object of his affections. “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1John 2:15). “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).


Be in the Right Place at the Right Time


It is always right to follow God and be on His side. If we resolve in our hearts to follow Christ, we may be sure that he will never lead us into any wrong place, but only and always into the place where we can be of the greatest service both to God and man, and along the way that leads to the heavenly home. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).


—S. Scott Richardson Sr.


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