The Tennessee North Rural Planning Organization (RPO) meets on Thursday the 13th of December to prioritize TDOT funded road projects in the RPOs seven county region. Union County does not have any TDOT projects under construction, although the SR-33 project from the Knox County Line to South of SR-144 was recently moved to the Construction Phase.
We have been studying God’s Covenant with mankind, in particular the “Terms and Conditions.” In the previous two editions of this subject we first examined the “Verbal Agreement” between God and man. Next, we examined the “Terms and Conditions” of the “Written Agreement”. This written agreement is commonly known as the “Ten Commandments.” Nearly every Christian is familiar with the Ten Commandments; however, most don’t know or have conveniently forgotten that there are “Terms and Conditions” attached to God’s Law. In other words, there are rewards for keeping God’s Law and penalties for breaking God’s Law. Last time we closed by asking the following question:
SO HOW DOES ALL OF THIS RELATE TO JESUS?
Well, the short answer to how God’s Law or “Ten Commandments” and all the stories and fine print surrounding God’s Law relates to Jesus is summed up very neatly by Paul in Galatians.
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Of course, anyone who has taken the time to read any of my studies probably realizes they are not about the short answer!
In my opinion, short answers without understanding is the source of all our problems today. It is no wonder that our society is in such a mess. To paraphrase the Old Testament Prophet, Isaiah, short answers give us “eyes that see not” and “ears that hear not.” Most of us realize we are living in a fast-food world, in which we seek instant gratification, not just for food but for everything. The problem with fast-food is it usually has low nutritional value. The problem with instant gratification is people usually don’t appreciate something which is given to them, if they don’t fully comprehend the price that was paid.
That is why I go into so much depth with these Bible studies. I want to know more about my Jesus in this life. The Lord has prepared a table before us in the presence of our enemy, through His living Word. The Bible was written over a period of some 1500 to nearly 2,000 years, by over 40 writers. The Bible covers all of His story of God’s dealings with mankind, from before creation until a few decades after Jesus’ appearance and resurrection. Some things in the Bible are hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). If God took all that time to create this Earth for our understanding, do you not suppose He wants us to take a little time to enjoy the meal?
Considering the multi-course meal that God has set before us, let’s once again go back into the Old Testament and see how the Law and the Prophets lead us to Christ. In 2 Chronicles we find a very important instance of God’s chosen people, Israel, once again agreeing to enter into God’s Covenant. As a matter of fact, this agreement is highlighted by a very famous verse, we often hear quoted today.
2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek
my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
sin, and will heal their land.
Well, in context Solomon has just completed and dedicated his temple unto God even though
God never asked Solomon nor his father David to build Him a temple. God actually told David
through Nathan the Prophet not to build Him a temple.
1 Chronicles 17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me
an house to dwell in: 17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from [one] tabernacle [to another].
17:6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the
judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an
house of cedars?
1 Chronicles 17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, [even] from following the sheep, that thou
shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou
hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name
like the name of the great men that [are] in the earth. 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my
people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no
more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
Now make sure you read this next part!
1 Chronicles 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges [to be] over my people Israel.
Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore, I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.
Furthermore....”the LORD will build thee an house. I GUESS David heard but he did not completely understand what God was telling him? Keep reading!
1 Chronicles 17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go [to
be] with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will
establish his kingdom.
Obviously, David heard what he wanted to hear, filled in the gaps with David's own desires and decided it was his son Solomon. David must have been ordering a Big Mac and did not hear the next part?
1 Chronicles 17:12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. Who will establish his throne forever? (Note: King James English spells it for ever, we spell it forever, same meaning.)
What man has a throne which can last forever?
MAKE SURE YOU CATCH THIS NEXT PART!!!
1Chronicles 17:13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy
away from him, as I took [it] from [him] that was before thee:
Did you catch what God told David about his seed (descendant)? God will be his father and he shall be God's son? I wonder who that could be????
1Chronicles 17:14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his
throne shall be established for evermore.
There is that word for ever and for emphasis this sentence basically says it twice, by using another form of forever; EVERMORE.
Now, Solomon also misunderstands what God is saying, just as David did not fully comprehend. Using a New Testament phrase; I guess they saw “through a glass darkly.” You can find the evidence that Solomon thought he was this promised “Son” just like his father David did by reading 2 Chronicles 6 in which Solomon says as much.
Now, Solomon was sincere in his heart, he offered sacrifice, and he prayed that God would chose to inhabit this temple that Solomon, a son of David, built in the city of God (Jerusalem). Just like David, his heart was in the right place, he really wanted to be God’s man. The problem is no man is worthy to satisfy God’s terms. John the Apostle explains it very well in Revelation 5:4 when he says, “I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look theron.” However, in order to prove that no man was worthy to satisfy God’s Covenant conditions, the LORD chose to allow the “Ark of the Covenant” to be temporarily placed in this temple made by man’s hands. But only IF Solomon and all of Israel would agree to God’s Covenant including all the Terms and Conditions. Solomon is just one example of every man thinking he can satisfy God’s conditions. Because we have freewill God will let everyone of us try on our own to satisfy His conditions. Solomon just like his father David got the fast-food version of what God was saying, and to prove that what God says is always true, God allowed Solomon and all Israel to try again to satisfy God’s sense of righteousness.
We spoke earlier about “seeing through a glass darkly”, before we stop for the moment lets, look at a little light shed upon this subject by some of the New Testament writers.
45Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 46Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. 47But Solomon built him an house. 48Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? 50Hath not my hand made all these things? 51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
We will continue next week while we take some time to digest what we have pointed out so far. We are going to look more closely at the often quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14 in terms of God’s Covenant and how all of mankind failing God’s Covenant leads us to Jesus.
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What a wonderful time of the year! Celebrating Christmas and the New Year with family and friends, good food, memories of Christmas’ past and creating new memories. The New Year is a time for making resolutions and planning for changes we would like to experience in our lives in the coming year. With only four weeks remaining in 2018, we are running out of opportunities to take advantage of tax planning.
Most of us probably do not even recognize the name of Arthur Ernest Morgan; yet for those of us living in the the rural communities of the Tennessee Valley, Morgan should be remembered every time we switch on our lights or plug in our computers. Arthur Morgan was the first Director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, but he was much more than just a political appointee or bureaucratic figurehead. Morgan, a civil engineer, was an expert in water flow and water control. He was a hands on director who busied himself with the most intimate parts of the TVA: the inner workings of the dams and the communities they served. As an engineer, he designed the dams, made the earth move, mined the rock, and poured the concrete. As a visionary, he designed communities with energy efficient housing and environmental consideration. As an educator, Morgan saw the need to teach the people to use better farming practices and to train people to use electricity to make their daily chores easier.
Almost everyone recognizes the late Thomas Kinkade (1958 - 2012) as the "Painter of Light". His paintings feature glowing highlights in pastel colors of gardens, streams, stone cottages, light houses, and mainstreets most likely inspired by his hometown of Placerville, CA. It is said that 1 of every 20 Americans own a copy of one of his beautiful light filled paintings. Kinkade protected the phrase "Painter of Light" through Trademark. Though the phrase was originally used to describe English painter J. M. W. Turner (1775 - 1851), a child prodigy described as an artistic genius.
My aunt, Bonnie Heiskell Peters, is the family genealogist. In fact, she has published three books celebrating the history and people of Union County, Tennessee. When I first became interested in exploring family history, she warned me that misspellings could be roadblocks to research.
Here’s one story:
Timmy throws his legs over the back of the couch as he gazes at the Christmas tree upside down. Sigh. He just isn’t into Christmas this year.
It all started a couple of weeks ago during lunch at school. All of his friends talked about not believing in Santa Claus anymore. That was for little kids. Timmy agreed with them. Third graders were too big for silly stuff like that.
It seems the greatest and happiest moments of our lives are tinged with a bit of sadness at the realization that they can’t last forever.
Every year on Christmas Eve, all of my sister Anna Mae’s family would gather at her house to eat, but mainly to exchange gifts. Mother and I were always invited, and Anna Mae always gave me most enjoyable gifts. I remember so many of them.
One was a candle lamp with a hurricane globe. I still have that lamp, though I broke the hurricane globe long ago and had to find a slightly differently shaped globe for replacement. Anna Mae also once gave me a wind-up carousel with many mirrors to reflect light. I still have it on a library shelf, though one of the three horses has broken off and been lost.
“There he is Momma!” My hearted pounded. Could it be? I pressed my nose against the back car window and pointed toward the night sky. “I see Rudolph’s red blinking nose!”
My mother gazed out of her side window. “Sorry honey. That’s a blinking light from an airplane.”
“You sure momma?”
She paused for a second. “Yes, I am.”
Anticonvulsant drugs are increasingly being used to treat low back pain, but a new study in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) finds they are ineffective and can have adverse effects.
Clinically, the prescription of anticonvulsants for back and neck pain, including radicular
pain in primary care, has increased by 535% in the last 10 years.
Goneau Gentry Heath was born August 20, 1921 and went to her heavenly home on December 13, 2018 at the age of 97. Goneau was a longtime member of North Knoxville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Cleve Gentry and her mother, Bonnie Stooksbury Gentry; Aunt who raised her, Cora Stooksbury; husband of 51 years, K.C. Heath; Brothers, Ray and Carson Gentry; Sister, Jessie Beeler; Granddaughter, Julie Hourigan; Son-in-law, James "Jim" Bean.
Wanda Faye Henry, age 81, of Corryton joined her husband in heaven on December 12, 2018 at Tennova Powell. Member of Clear Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband Harvey Henry; parents Luke and Elizabeth Everett; sisters Juanita Boling, Iola Chandler, Lelia Davis; and brother David Everett.
Rev. Gains Harrell Lewis, Sr.-age 86 of Maynardville went to his Heavenly Home Friday morning, December 14, 2018. Harrell, above everything else, loved the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour and preached and witnessed so others would do the same. He was saved and was a member of Hubbs Grove Baptist Church and attended Fellowship Christian Church. He had pastored Leatherwood Baptist Church and Head of Barren Baptist Church. He was proud to be a lifetime citizen of Maynardville, Tennessee and was well-known and had many friends and family.
Betty Sue Baumgardner – age 77 of Washburn, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville. Betty was a loving wife and enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
She is preceded in death by parents, Edgar and Dorothy Glover; sisters, Mary Ann Glover and Nell Harper. Betty is survived by loving husband of 60 years, Reverend Albert “Dick” Baumgardner; sister, Jenntte; brother, Edward Glover; and several nieces and nephews.
Nicole “Nicky” Tyson, age 42, passed away on December 11, 2018. She was an outgoing woman who never met a stranger. She was the happiest when surrounded by family, friends, and her fur babies, whom she was very passionate about. Nicky could light up any room she walked in and will be missed by many. She is survived by fiancé Kenny Thomas, daughter April Tyson (Boo), sons Nicholas Gene Beaver and Hunter Dylan Leon Foster, parents Janice and Jim Shipley, granddaughter Payton McKenzie Abshire, close cousin/sister Kelly Williams, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Campbell, Charles "Charlie" Winton, age 68 of Corryton, adored daddy and the most treasured grandpa, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on, Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Awaiting this great reunion day was Charlie's sweetheart and the love of his life, Glenda Kay Campbell, his beloved wife. Also preceding his death are; parents Henderson & Ruth Campbell and sister Katherine Ann Campbell.
Sonja Denise Brown-age 53 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Mynatt Road Baptist Church in Halls. Preceded in death by father, Leonard Allen Ridenour.
Survivors: husband, David Lee Brown; mother, Reba Evelyn Ridenour; brother, Ronnie Lynn Ridenour and wife, Donna; sister, Donna Michelle Gordon and husband, Gerald. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Graveside service and interment 12 Noon Saturday, December 15, 2018, Dyer Cemetery, Powder Springs. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Tommy Ray Bray, age 59, passed away on December 11, 2018. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 160, and was an avid fisherman.
Preceded in death by mother AnnaLou Bray, father John Bray, sisters; Kathy West and Robin Burress, brothers; Harold Bray, Larry Bray, and Randall Bray.
Survived by loving wife of 35 years Pamela Bray, brothers; Danny (Judy) Bray of Briceville, Patrick Bray of Rocky Top, Kirk (Tina) Bray of Rocky Top, Clifford (Marika) Bray of Briceville, and special brother-in-law Jerry and Dennis Parton and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Regena Kaye Keller – age 65 of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. She was a member of River of Hope Church.
She is preceded in death by father, Richard Lee Miller; sister, Beverly Faye Murphy; and brother-in-law, Charles E. Keller. Regena is survived by her husband of 33 years, Larry “Joe” Keller; mother, Barbara Jean Pellegrino; sister, Sharon Hess; sister-in-law, Renee´ (Chris) Branum; nieces, Kristina Hess, Kirsten Keller Pruitt and Zoe Branum; nephews, Nate and Christian Branum.