“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” 2 Timothy 4:3

All you have to do is to change channels on the television or the radio and you will get different stories and mostly different opinions on any given subject. I won’t even get into the “news” aspect of that statement. Say, for instance, the weather; one forecaster will say to take your umbrella because we may get some rain. Another might warn us to take our umbrellas, boots, coats, etc. because it is going to flood. Which one do you prepare for? We can use a like example as we contemplate listening to God’s Word.

In our scripture today Paul commanded Timothy to “preach the word.” Paul stressed this because he knew that a time would come when sinful people would stop listening to the truth and listen only to what they wanted to hear. Paul referred to that as “having itching ears.”

Many people today only want to hear what “feels good” to them, not the truth of God’s Word. As we go through our lives how do our actions today “preach” the truth rather than political correctness? My daily prayer includes praying that I will be faithful to God regardless of what sinful people desire to hear. People may not believe what you say but they will believe what you do. What will you do this week to “preach” God’s Word by your actions? Do your ears itch? Think about it!

PRAYER TIME: Please pray for Ray Boleman, Patsy McGuire, Paul Moody, Louise Greene, Margaret and Rudy Hartley, Pat McNeill, Kathy Pennell, Eddie Bentley, Mikey Pitts, Lorene Eidson, Butch Pitts, Ann Greene, Matthew Ford, Christopher Teams and his grandmother, Blanche, Joe Greene, Mary Hicks, Mabel Church, Peter Floistad, Bob Miller, Rachel Moody, Teri Graham and her parents, Marshall and Doris Edwards, Marie Moody, Adam Lewis, Lisa Abernathy, Wendy Estes, Sharon Pitts, Marilyn Crisp, Reba Moretz, Maxine Sparks, Brian Helton, Anna Lee Lawrence, Jewel Moody, Jill Dixon, James Sigmon, Jim Greene, Recie Craig, Stanley Coffey and many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders, and a ray of hope for those in prison.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: My daughter-in-law Jessica Mains on July 11th, to my “brother from another mother,” Mel Graham on July 12th. Also, to Wayne Miller and Conley Lyons on July 12th, to Gary Sigmon on July 13th, to Larry Houk and William Greene on July 14th , to Breanna Meadows and Laura Cain on July 15th, to my niece, April Love, Sue Moore, Ben McKethan and Jeff Smith on July 16th, and to my mother-in-law, Anna Lee Lawrence, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 17th along with my niece Julie Harding, Gail Anderson and Charles Davant IV. May the good Lord bless you in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: Jack and Bette Len Mitchell on July 17th. Also a big Happy Anniversary to J.B. and myself! We will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary on July 17th! May God bless us all to have many more years together!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “It is never impossible to do God’s will. Because God never asks the impossible of us!”

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