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8A STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE I DEVOTIONAL I March 28, 2012 RadioShack Visit Us For All Your Electronic Needs/ 206 N. TV Converter Boxes Outd,r Antennas CBs Pastor Steve Ellison Home Telephones Wireless Accessories & More Did Paul compromise his convictions by having Wiggins Sound Center 601.928.3441 Timothy circmncised? This is a difficult question to 530B Central Ave, W. t Wiggins, MS 39577 answer. I am not sure that I have been able to uncover all the possible ramifications of this. Many could be lead Alexanderl into bondage from following Paul's example here, but I am not sure that affects this question. It seems that Paul was following the principle that he laid out in x HrdWa-re & SU]DpIy [ Corinthians9:2owherehedeclaredthathewouldbeasa ,Jew under the Law in order that he might win some of them to Christ. He went on in that same passage to say that he would be as one without the Law to others so that Magnolia Dr. I 601-928-4682 [ J he might win some of them to Christ. He did point out We Buy Gold[ 601-928-8373 530 W. Central Ave Wiggins, Miss 39577 Follow us on Facebook: Lanesiewelr Y This Space Available Call 601-928-4802 for more information This Space Available Call 601-928.4802 for more information Prizes and Lots of Fun Community Center I[Jl www.westsidecommunityctr, org 1601-723-0233 II II IIIIIHI II Ill I II I I WARREN MARTIN, DVM 601-528-9993 625 Fairgrounds Rd. Wiggins, Miss. I This Space Available Call 601-928-4802 for more information Animal Care Clinic YOUR ifL THEIR HEALTH, OUR PASSION. [KENNEDY ll00l GIASS&Ag00,O wn 601-528 9680 Hwy 49S, Wiggins Christian Owned and that he did not mean under the ceremonial law because he would instead always be subject to the governance of God. Further, Acts 21 records a similar circumstance where Paul does basically the same thing. In Acts 21, Paul encourages and enables others to keep the ceremonial Law and even does so himself. However, Paul did at the Council of Jerusalem; argue against requiring circumci- sion for admission into the Christian faith. Also in Galatians a, it seems that Paul refuses to bow to this same sort of pressure. Some Jews were demanding that Paul have Titus circumcised. Paul reflsed and had some harsh words of condemnation for those who sought Titus' circumcision. I cannot judge the heart of one who belongs to Christ. That is not permissible for me and if it were permissible for me, I am not capable. I cannot tell if Paul compro- mised his convictions in having Timothy circumcised or not. I will say this much. It seems to me that Paul is willing to do whatever is necessary to in some sense keep the peace. More impoltantly, his main concern is the spread of the gospel. He will be all things to all people if it furthers the spread of the kingdom of God. We would do well to remember that Paul also went so far as to tell God that he was willing to be sent to hell if it would save his countrymen. How can one such as that be accused of "compromising his convictions"? I do not believe that Paul was compromising his convictions by having Timothy circumcised. However, the Bible is full of posi- tive examples of behavior as well as negative examples. Just because Paul did it and it is recorded in Scripture does not mean it is right. We ought to consider Paul's immediate concern. Paul and Timothy were actually delivering the news of the decisions reached at the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 and directing the recipients to obey those decrees, one of which was a command not to require circumcision for new believers. Circumcising Timothy seems a stroke of brilliance in terms of leadership from Paul. First, he was able to persuade Timothy to submit to that which was not required in order to advance the Kingdom of God. He taught a great lesson to Timothy that would serve Timothy and me well all the days of our ministries. Timothy and Paul would now be more likely to be accepted. I would like to note that circumcising Timothy after the decrees of the Council of Jerusalem had been handed down would also greatly increase the likelihood that these Jews would accept the decrees themselves. Acts 16:5 says that the churches were strengthened and evangelism was taking place, giving evidence/proof that Paul's plan was successful. ......... pastorsteve88oo@gmcfflom i  .... Poplarville Sales & Equipment Your Authorized Dealer For Kubota, Vermeer, Bushhog & Woods 1602 S. Main St., Poplarville !:t 866-795-4521 y Regent Properties Oua!itu_ Home Rentals Two bedroom through Four bedroom rentals. Our Homes are Custom Remodeled,with lots of featms and attention to detml. 6ox-9,8-8698 Perkinston Sand & Gravel Co., Inc. P.O. 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Saucier COTTON RIDGE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Albert C. Phillips 148 Pap Armstrong Rd Wiggins, Miss. EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor David E. Taylor Hwy 2orth 601-928-7134 EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Donald Sims 1015 Hwy 26 EMMANUEL FAITH TEMPLE Rev. Rob Harris Jr. P.O. Box 1057, Wiggins , FAITH HOPE & DELIVERANCE FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH 48 Shadeville Rd. 601-928-6095 Pastors: Eric & Eunice Rush FAITH TABERNACLE BAPTIST Pastor: Gerry L. James 1197 Rayborn Dr. 601-928-4631 FAITHVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Dan Bradley 23075 Church Ave., Saucier 228-832-3015 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WIGGINS Pastor: Dr. G. Wiley Abel 219 N. 2nd 601-928-5226 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BROOKLYN Pastor: James Taylor 601-928-7312 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CARNES Hwy 13, 441 Fairley Rd., Lumberton 601-528-9489 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SAUCIER Pastor: Randy Davidson 24253 Church Ave, Saucier 228-669-9096 GREATER TEXAS CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Calvin Ramsay Sr. 35 Mable Ramsay Rd., Lumberton 601-928-2297 HICKORY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Tommy Jones 39 Hickory Grove Rd. 601-928-5681 JANICE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Rev. Marc Williams 2035 Hwy 29. 601-928-2519 LANDMARK MEMORIAL MISSIONARY BAPTIST Pastor: Clayton' Bounds 523 Iowa Street 228-588-0602 LIBERTY HILL BAPTIST Pastor: Billy Pierce Ten Mile Church Road 601-528-9053 LITTLE CREEK BAPTIST Bro: Greg Wells Wire Road, Perkinston McHENRY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Wayne Flurry 1476 W. McHenry Rd., McHenry 601-928-4644 McHENRY LANDMARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST Pastor: Brant Long McHenry 601-928-6198 MARANATHA BAPTIST 1818 Old Hwy. 26 Pastor: Joseph Bell 601-928-5925 \\;NEW GREEN VALLEY BAPTIST Pastor: Jerry Herrien 635 Golden Street 601-928-9285 NEW HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Stephen Kelly Beaver Dam Road NEW MORNING STAR BAPTIST Pastor: Chadie Wash 21 Dawson Road 601-928-4884 NEW PROSPECT BAPTIST Pastor: Willie Lee Goins, Jr. 14 Bullis Avenue 601-928-4238 NEW WELCOME HILL BAPTIST Pastor: Timothy D. Monroe 709 E. Central Ave. 601-928-3079 NEW ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST Pastor: Larry V. Jenkins 103 Thelma Andrews Rd. 601-928-3032 NORTH HILLS BAPTIST Pastor: Kyle Jones 732 N. Vardaman St. Wiggins, Mississippi PARAMOUNT BAPTIST Pastor: Dennis Knight Paramount Church Rd. 601-928-7170 PERKINSTON BAPTIST Pastor: Dr. David Barker Church St., Perkinston 601-928-7532 RED CREEK BAPTIST Pastor: Scotty Rayburn 630 Smithtown Rd. 601-928-9886 RED HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST Pastor Fred Smith Lumberton, MS 601-796-4570 SAUCIER LANDMARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST Pastor: Steve Smith Hwy.49 & 67 SAND HILL BAPTIST CHURCH 6 Seals Rd, Wiggins ST. PAUL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Enright Chandler, III 62 George Husband Road 601-528-5848 SUNFLOWER BAPTIST John Miller 1161 City Rd., Perk 601-441-7281 SUNLIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Robert Johnson 20 S. Washington, McHenry 601-528-5130 SWEET BEULAH BAPTIST Pastor L. C. Bender, Jr. 85 Sweet Beulah Rd. 601 @28-4681 TEN MILE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Stan Bennett Ten Mile Church Rd. 601-928-2230 TUXECHENA BAPTIST Pastor: Gene Daniels City Rd. & E. McHenry Rd. 601-928-4234 UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH 236 Hwy. 49, McHenry 601-528-5985 VARDAMAN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Eugene Anderson 334 S. Vardaman 601-928-3943 CATHOLIC ST. FRANCIS XAVIER 1200 Hwy 26 East 601-928-9756 CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST WIGGINS CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Pastor: James Chattman 628 Newton St. 601-928-7447 mSCOP/C.UJll'B:V MISSION OF'IHE ANI'I]ON Pastor: John David Simpson 1223 Wire Rd. W. Perkinston 601-716-6212 LUTHERAN ST. JOHN LUTHERAN 2001 Hardy Street Hattiesburg 601-538-4898 MESSIANIC Mishkan Raq Kol (Just A Voice Tabernacle) Rabbi: Jimmy Jenkins 104 N. Magnolia Ave. Wiggins, MS METHODIST BROOKLYN UNITED METHODIST Pastor: Chris Klingenfus Brooklyn, MS BOND UNITED METHODIST Pastor: Bob Lytle Hwy 49 North FIRST UNITED METHODIST Pastor: Larry G. White 520 East Pine Ave. 601-928-4880 H. A. BROWN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Pastor: Elijah Mitchell 200 N. Azalea Dr. 601-928-9606 NEW ZION UNITED METHODIST Pastor: Michael Morgan New Zion Road 601-928-5080 SAUCIER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor: Stacy Douglas 24135 Church Avenue Saucier, MS 39574 228-832-3737 MORMON CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS President: Andy Wood 722 Hall St., Wiggins 601-928-7402 PENTECOSTAL WORD ALIVE REVIVAL CENTER Pastor: Mike Dobbs Hwy 49 South 601-928-5100 pRESBYTERIAN CONFEDERATE PRESBYTERIAN Pastor: John Thomas Cripps 601-928- 9063 WIGGINS PRESBYTERIAN W.H. "Bill" Pettey, Pastor 331 East College Ave. 601-928-3904 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST JESUS FIRST ADVENTIST FELLOWSHIP 126 N Parker St 601-716-6244 CHURCH OF CHRIST MILL CREEK CHURCH OF CHRIST Pastor: Bobby Evans 1556 Project Road SAUCIER CHURCH OF CHRIST Pastor: Johnathan Fleming 23466 Hwy 49 Saucier, MS 228-832-1776 CHURCH OF GOD NEW LIFE CHURCH OF GOD Pastor: James Nicholson Magnolia Drive LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER Pastor: Donnie Havard 845 N. Magnolia Dr. 601-928-9797 NON-DENOMINATIONAL ANOINTED TOUCH MINISTRIES Pastor: Prophet Keith and Prophetess Shalon Davis 120 S. Second St. 228.206.0071 CHRIST THE VICTOR CHRISTIAN CENTER Pastor: Irvin Whittaker U 3294 Hwy 49 N 601-528-9532 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Pastor: Dr. W.L. Perry 1006 HWY 49 601-928-5047 DESTINY CHRISTIAN WORSHIP CENTER Pastor: Tyrone Lewis 713 W. Central Ave., Wiggins 769-717-9051 LIGHTHOUSE HOLINESS CHURCH Pastor: Shannon Wallace 8 Elijah Ln., Perkinston 601-528-9442 MEN OF GOD OUTREACH MINISTRIES Pastors: Michael & Theresa Robinson 621 First St., Wiggins 601-528-6455 NORTHWOOD CHURCH Pastors: Mike & Angela Minnis 315 Azalea Drive N (Hwy 49) 601-928-2900 NEW BEGINNING MINISTRIES HOUSE OF GOD Pastor: Pamela Fairley 311 E. Central Ave. Wiggins i