SERMON STARTER: “How Do We Rescue The Lost?”
Neal Pollard
Text: 2 Timothy 2:24-26

I. WITH FRIENDLINESS–“Not quarrelsome”
A. “Strive” (24) means to engage in heated dispute
1. How tragic to win the debate and lose the soul; approach is important

II. WITH FAIRNESS–“Kindness to everyone”
A. Treat every lost one with impartiality

A. We’ve got to be armed when we go on a search and rescue mission

IV. WITH FORTITUDE–“Patiently enduring evil”; “correcting his opponent”
A. We need courage in the face of how the lost one may respond and in approaching the lost one in the first place

V. WITH FORETHOUGHT–“With gentleness”; considering the future of the lost one
A. Why gently oppose them? Because they’re trapped by the devil and lost in sin – Foxlife – Out There – Zoo Gets New Kind of Animal

“Why are there people in there?” children could be heard asking their parents in front of a sign reading “Warning: Humans in their Natural Environment.”

Zoo spokeswoman Polly Wills had a ready answer.

“Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals … teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate,” she told the Associated Press.

“We’re not that special,” says one of the eight human idiots on display in the London zoo.

I think I must agree.

Philosphically, however, it’s another attempt to put man on the same plane as the animal.

Created in the image of God? Nah, just another evolutionary dead-end. Like the chimps or gorillas.

And extra attention — and income — for the zookeepers.

Arrived home Wednesday, about 12:30 p.m. A short nap, birthday supper of shepherd’s pie, sweet and sour carrots, and hummingbird cake.

Thursday, I rested (our family day).

Friday, I worked, or at least, tried to get started on putting the office in order, after the owner renovated my space. Unpacked some books.

Saturday, a muscle in my back locked up. I spent the day in bed.

Sunday, I missed church at SJC, made it to Taubaté and Guaratinguetá to teach. Back got better throughout the day. But Vicki still wouldn’t let me drive home.

Today, about the same as last night. But I drove to the office this morning, unpacked some more boxes, started on my to-do list.

So how did my back get bad? Anybody’s guess. The day after getting to the USA, I helped my dad move some construction material. My parents’ shower is out, requiring sitting and laying in a short tub. My MIL’s bed is bad, and I felt a slight pain two mornings after rising. A good bit of travel by car. Sleeping upright on an airplane, going; laying down (I got three seats empty!) on return. Emotional stress of getting son #2 in college. All of the above.

Kiss and Make Up Day, August 25.

I protest this one. We ought to “kiss and make up” *every day.*

I once wrote a piece on four words for every couple, to be said daily to spouses.

One word or phrase was “I forgive you.”

Every day is a day for reconciliation. “Today is the day of salvation.”

Not yearly, but daily, we should seek the Lord and be reconciled with our brother, neighbor, spouse, parents, children.

God of love and fellowship, we thank you for creating and showing us the way to reconciliation. We can “kiss and make up” because you returned us to yourself in Christ. Amen.

I wrote the following letter today to Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission:

Dear Chairman Martin:

I have just learned that Mrs. Peggy Nance has been hired by the FCC to advise Congress on broadcast decency standards. This is an encouraging move, and I pray she may have full authority to work toward restoring family-friendly programming.

Each time I return to the U.S., I am saddened by the general societal degeneration that worsens by the hour. It’s not the country I left 20 years ago; it is often an embarrassment to me as an expatriate.

So Mrs. Nance’s appointment provides a moment of encouragement, and I laud this move by the FCC.


J. Randal Matheny
Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil