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Pastor Duke on Political Correctness

Pastor Dukes post on Facebook today is excellent.   Please give it a good read.


Duke Hergatt

3 hrs · Halfmoon ·

Have you noticed political correctness is way more than a position. It is totalitarian. Any other views are silenced, shamed and attacked. It’s their way or the highway. Most college campuses are taking it to the next level, firing staff who don’t comply. At that point education has ceased and indoctrination has control…which IS THE POINT ! The media has surrendered journalism for opportunism. We are in the final days of our republic. Follow historic cycles and see where we are. As a Biblicist I have been expecting this all along. It’s scary as a citizen but it is exciting as a believer. Jesus predicted it and it’s His coming and not the elections that bring my hope.

Church Memories – February 27, 2016

Just a quick memory for now.  Back in the 60’s my dad and a group of men from his church (St John Presbyterian, Tampa FL) went to Montreat to hear Martin Luther King give a speech.  I have a video one of the men took but you only get to see Marin Luther for a couple of seconds – but still very historic and interesting.   That speech dad talked about how great is was for literally the rest of his life. 

Was Jesus A Great Man?

From the Naked Christian BLOG. . . . .  interesting but I have to think about this for a while. . .


7 Surprising Reasons Jesus Was Not A Great Man

February 23, 2016

by Philip McClelland

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Jesus was not a great man

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Jesus was not a great man. Read the Gospels, read what others wrote about Him. He did not want fanboys or screaming teenage girls chasing after him in a concert. If He walked the earth today I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have found Him on the cover of success magazines or celebrity rags showing off on the red carpet his latest $20,000 outfit.

When He lived with us, Jesus did not try to set himself apart from the rest of humanity and rise above the din of the masses. He didn’t focus on self-promotion, tweeting He was the great musician of all time or being successful in any generation’s definition of the term.

1. Jesus was not a great man; he was fully a man

Jesus was fully a man, and yet He was the best of us. He was fully a man, in everything that it truly meant and means to be human. Fully involved in the complexities of His world, the duties and responsibilities of being a man to  His Heavenly Father, his family, his friends, his disciples, his community, the government, his region—the world.

Weeping for the lost and the broken, crying out against injustice, speaking truth, loving and caring, doing something about the hurt in the world, even to the point of death, death upon a cross. None of this was below him or not worthy of His time and attention while He was busing trying to be successful and great. He was fully, without reservation, a man, unabashedly involved in everything that it means.

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2. Jesus was not a great man; he never sought greatness

Jesus was not a great man, so He calls us to walk away from greatness and walk in His footsteps instead. Because who doesn’t hear the siren call of success? The beckon of the crowds, the allure of the 3 seconds of fame, the desire to be recognized, honored, known. How many likes can we get, followers, tweets, or reblogs? Why do we take so many selfies?

Greatness calls all of us to set ourselves apart from the crowds, distinguish ourselves, set powerful goals that will lift us up from the humdrum of everyone else. To be anything, anything else than simply a man, a woman, a human with all of the duties and responsibilities to our Heavenly Father, family, friends, church, community, government, region—our world that entails.

3. Jesus was not a great man; he did mundane work

But in doing all that it requires to be great, are we not setting ourselves apart, trying to be something more? Who has time for the poor and the needy or with the tasks no one wants to do, like cleaning the toilets or sweeping the floors? I’m too busy trying to be important or noticed.

Who has time day in and day out to sit with the kids, take them to school, pick them up, have dinner with the family, help with homework, actually listen to your spouse, your friends, your family—I’m too busy for all of that.

Or I won’t be content with what I have or the paycheck I have; not that wanting to provide for our families well is a problem, but it becomes an obsession to be more, earn more, show what I can really do, more and more. Who has time to be kind, tender-hearted and understanding when I’m busy being important, if even in my own eyes.

In this pursuit of greatness, of I am better than, or I know better than, are we not making ourselves higher than others, trying to stand out and in doing that be great? Let us not fool ourselves, the allure of greatness is not only on celebrity magazines but in our little corner of the world, community, a circle of friends and even church.

4. Jesus was not a great man; he was a man of faith

We all want to set ourselves apart and be great even in our small ways.That is loftier than others. Which means greater than Jesus. greater than God.

But has not God taken what is great in this world and shown it to be foolishness?

Because what else does all greatness have in common? A pointless and fruitless end. What else is it? It is dust, that returns to earth where it came from and soon forgotten in a heartbeat or a blink of an eye. To be great does not take faith in God, but faith in ourselves. Confidence in ourselves is merely blowing in the wind.

But to live a life that is not great takes faith, not in ourselves, but in God. Faith that God takes the ordinary, mundane, duties and responsibilities of being a man or woman in this time and place done in His name and love and consecrate them. He makes them holy and precious in His sight, and they become part of what lasts forever.

5. Jesus was not a great man; he was humble

From scheduling a meeting to cleaning a toilet, feeding the needy to having a position of responsibility, doing homework with the kids to teaching Sunday School, letting others take the lead to leading with humility, and all that comes around and in-between, that is part of not a great life but a human life, living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities is throwing ourselves completely into the arms of God. (Bonhoeffer)

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A life that takes seriously not what the greatness of the world takes seriously but what God does. A life that stops taking ourselves so seriously and finally actually takes God seriously.

6. Jesus was a Savior and not a great person

In doing this, we find ourselves at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, not a great man but fully a man being exactly what it means to be a human fully. In such a place, God becomes exactly who he is-God. We’ll take seriously the life, hurt and need of this world as we fully live within it and start doing something about it. Even to the point of death on a cross.

This is not greatness, but it is the very salvation of the world that will remain when all fame has turned to dust. That is faith and what it means to be a man, a woman; indeed to be Christian.

7. Jesus relinquished his greatness by becoming human

As we walk into our everyday lives to imitate Jesus Christ, not in His greatness because He was not, but in His humanity, because He was fully all of what that means.

To imitate those who have and continue in faith to imitate Christ in their everyday lives. To follow their example and learn from them as they learned from Jesus. In that struggle, not the futile struggle to be great but the real struggle to relinquish all of our greatness and in doing be like Jesus.  When asked what we want to do with our lives, what our goals are, how will we make our mark in this world? For us to learn to say, I am a man, a woman, a Christian.

There is nothing great about that but there is nothing worth more.

Pastor Duke, Feb 17 2016

In a series of Facebook posts Pastor Duke post “Ministry Memory” and they are worth reading a couple times.

Ministry memory. One summer night only weeks after we arrived in NY I was knocking doors in a mobile home park. I met a grease monkey sort of guy working on his car. He was a wise guy..my favorite kind. I boldly gave him the Gospel. He said “I ain’t ready for that but when I am you’ll see me again”. A year later he showed up in our bank hall and said he was ready. Soon he and his wife and mother in law all came to Christ and were baptized. He asked prayer for his boss who owned a garbage company. The garbage boss soon showed up and said “I came to find out what happened to Doug Miller. I want what he’s got”. The garbage mogul turned out to be Pastor Larry DiNovo our second church planter. JoEllen and I introduced Larry to Marianne,a girl from my home church in Ohio. Larry married her and today my only son is married to their daughter. Thank you Doug for sharing your faith. God is always up to something but most of the time we are not seeing it till a little later down the road. He is the I AM not the I was.

A Christmas Thought

Every year at this time as I kept hearing more stories of Christmas and the manger scene got kicked off of town and school properties that sentiment kept growing and going further and further and I would get all mad and grumpy.    How can this happen right here in our country?    Then one day I heard a talk by a Christian speaker and in that talk he mentioned that we kind of did this to our selves for instance while we are talking about and complaining about not having a manger scene on the towns property how many of us have a manger scene on our own property.   Well as I looked at our decorations I saw Frosty the snowman, Mickey and Minnie and Santa but there was no manger scene;  all of our decorations were pretty but there was “no” “Christ” in our Christmas decorations.   I have since corrected this and we now have Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus lit up in our front yard. 

There are two other homes on our street which have the manger scene on display.  As we Christians start finding their voice again in this country perhaps next year there will be more. 

From Pastor Duke Hergatt on Facebook

Love this message.  He has been running a series based on Ministry Memory and they are great.    Anyway:

Duke Hergatt

3 hrs · Waterford, NY ·

Ministry memory: one Saturday in fall of 73 I visited all my bus kids and no one showed up to visit the other route. I skipped lunch and went ahead and visited all those kids. At the last house the child’s mother was crying while on the phone. Her sister was suicidal on the other end. The mom begged me to go visit here NOW. it was getting late but of course I went. The young woman was hysterical with a loaded gun on the table. It was crazy. All I knew was to give my testimony and tell her there’s a whole new life in Christ. She got saved and sent the gun back to her sister. I had to preach that night at a campfire for our young peoples group at Jack and Marilyn Carr’s farm. I had no time to study or to eat. I remember eating six hot dogs before I preached “I have bread to eat that you know not of. “. That was my day.. I got a bite of that gospel bread that day and knew..this is my life. Chris Jackson got saved that night along with one more. I got one last bite of that Jesus bread and have been addicted ever since. What a wild journey it’s been.

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Duke Hergatt

Yesterday at 8:05am · Waterford, NY ·

Ministry memory: soon after I was saved I saw the set of encyclopedias sitting in my closet that I had stollen from the school one

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by one. I felt compelled to return them to the school in repentance. It went viral. The next month I felt compelled to visit my old principle and apologize for all the grief I had caused him in my BC days. As I began telling him my story he stopped me in my tracks. I thought he was throwing me out of his office. But he said “No.. I want the whole school to hear your story”. The next week I preached my first sermon to the Lucas public school 7th-12th grade faculty and all. The schools first drug dealer had become the first preacher. The fire God put in my heart all those years ago continues to burn hot. Many of those students through the years have come to Christ. What a great open door that was. Thank you Mr Wine..RIP.

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