Special Guest on the Jerry Springer Show

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Aging can be detrimental to your health… especially to the health of one’s mind.

I try… I really do. I just can’t seem to bring myself to find the fascination in much of what’s popular today. As lunch begins, we’ll all gather in the breakroom to consume our daily bread… and endure another episode of Jerry Springer. Plead as I might, no other channel is allowed to preempt my co-worker’s mealtime viewing.

“He’s your son!” “No he’s not!” [expletives deleted for entry at my g-rated site] As fist fights and vulgar accusations ensue, Jerry heroically intervenes with the promise of a DNA test to determine who’s who in this zoo. [sheesh!]

It all leaves one wondering, “Where are you Little Joe?” and “Can’t I go back to Mayberry?”

In reality, Springer’s attention grabbing bit isn’t original at all. Had the prophet Hosea known the popularity of stench like this, he could have turned a fast profit by simply televising his own life. Can’t you just see it…

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JS: Mr. Hosea, is it true that you’re married to a, well, less than faithful spouse?

Hosea: Yeah… she’s a real ho’

Gomer: Yo mama is!!! I’ll be slapped you upside that prophesying head o’ yours…

JS: Mrs. Gomer, how is it that you find yourself cheating so badly on your husband?

Gomer: Oh Jerry, there must be fifty ways to leave your lover! …you just slip out the back Jack… make a new plan…

Obadiah (in audience): You are one hoochie mama!

JS: Don’t you think your actions have had a negative impact on your children?

Gomer: Negative? Negative? You know what that silly soothsaying husband of mine named our kids?

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Okay, now that I’ve gotten myself excommunicated and DE-synagogue’d…

I’m pretty confident my Pastor would prefer I not mention his name here (I may no longer be allowed to mention his name at all), but as he leads us through a study of the Minor Prophets, one can’t help but see the similarities between the human race back then and now. That’s a good thing when it comes to understanding the texts of Scripture. That’s a bad thing when we understand that God’s attitude toward our sinfulness is no different today than it was for Israel during Hosea’s day.

Why was Hosea commanded to marry a prostitute? It was to demonstrate Israel’s playing the harlot in their marriage to their Heavenly Husband, Almighty God.

The sobering part of this story is that the New Testament writers’ applied these texts to the beneficiaries of the New Covenant era. Peter and Paul (not Mary) did so.

We love to lean heavily on the fact that our God is a merciful God. We’re probably much too often guilty of presuming upon His grace. The Bible declares again and again “His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136

Do you think that in our taking for granted this fact, we’re capable of overlooking Scripture’s undeniable message that God’s mercy is conditional? Israel had come to such a state of idolatry and disobedience that God would demonstrate His rejection of them through the names of Hosea’s children…

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JS: Would everyone welcome to the stage the children of Hosea and Gomer… Sowing and ScatteringNo Mercy, and Not My People!

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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13 Responses to Special Guest on the Jerry Springer Show

  1. Jeff says:

    That one had me giggling!

    • mtsweat says:

      Man do I appreciate your giggling here Jeff! I really worried whether I had gone overboard with what may have been considered offensive. Our Pastor has encouraged us to read the Bible with a little imagination, try to get into the text personally… boy did I ever. Thanks good friend, you are a great encourager. Blessings.

  2. granbee says:

    We must truly submit to God in obedience and utter dependence before we can fully experience His Mercy and His Grace.

    • mtsweat says:

      Very well said granbee! Our Pastor uses the anology of a river of mercy flowing available to all who will dive in… but outside of the river is a dangerous place to play. God bless, good friend.

  3. sisterdot56 says:

    HI ALL IS MORNDAY ,,,WE THANK YOU FATHER FOR A NEW DAY……
    Psalm 27 (NKJV)

    27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    Whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the strength of my life;
    Of whom shall I be afraid?
    2 When the wicked came against me
    To eat up my flesh,
    My enemies and foes,
    They stumbled and fell.
    3 Though an army may encamp against me,
    My heart shall not fear;
    Though war may rise against me,
    In this I will be confident.

    4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
    That will I seek:
    That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    All the days of my life,
    To behold the beauty of the Lord,
    And to inquire in His temple.
    5 For in the time of trouble
    He shall hide me in His pavilion;
    In the secret place of His tabernacle
    He shall hide me;
    He shall set me high upon a rock.

    6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
    Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
    I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

    7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
    Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
    8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
    My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
    9 Do not hide Your face from me;
    Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
    You have been my help;
    Do not leave me nor forsake me,
    O God of my salvation.
    10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
    Then the Lord will take care of me.

    11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
    And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
    12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
    For false witnesses have risen against me,
    And such as breathe out violence.
    13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
    That I would see the goodness of the Lord
    In the land of the living.

    14 Wait on the Lord;
    Be of good courage,
    And He shall strengthen your heart;
    Wait, I say, on the Lord
    …….

  4. robind333 says:

    I also nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…

    http://mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks very much, you are a very gracious person. We will travel over and take a look! Blessings in the name of Jesus, good friend.

  5. robind333 says:

    I believe part of the problem is people believe after they’re saved they can’t be kicked out of God’s Kingdom. But, God’s Word tells us once we’re saved we become a new man. We take for granted his mercy and graciousness.

    Enjoyed your post. Many, many blessings to you..Robin

  6. God’s mercy is everlasting – at the moment.
    but
    If one does not YIELD to the LOVE of God
    and be CHANGED by the GRACE of God
    there will be NO WAY to ESCAPE the WRATH of God.

    We are one day closer to the end of the day of grace.

    • mtsweat says:

      Well said, Angela… well said! His mercy is not a good luck charm to fend off His wrath while we go about our personal agendas. As I stated once before, it is much more like a river. In the river = mercy, outside of the waters…

      God bless, good friend.

  7. Wayne Augden says:

    Great post. Very timely and so true.

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