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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States


We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

 Do I Ever Try To Outfox God?

David Jostenski

 This story percolates to the surface because of my endeavors to outfox Buddy, our puppy.  I use a variety of tricks while trying to collar him downstairs when he is being naughty, coaxing him to eat his dog-food when he'd rather scavenge outside, and getting him to stop barking when he hears a doorbell on TV.   Sometimes we can't get him to come downstairs and, most times, we can't get him to come upstairs.  His crate is upstairs; so going up is not that appealing to him. 

   Coaxing Buddy to drop a sock, glove, hat, or shoe that he has picked up with lightning speed used to be a trial.  Now I just say "drop it" in a very stern voice and, fortunately, he obeys that command.  It's a contest of will and wit  to be one-step ahead of a puppy.

   Getting back to the title "Do I Ever Try To Outfox God"?  Just typing that title makes me laugh:0  It's very silly but I believe I do try to outfox God.  I used to substitute the word "concern" for worry, because I know that worrying is a sin. I have a difficult time asking for help also.  I cloak  it in the thought that I don't want to bother anybody.  In reality, it is due to the sin of pride. Did that escape God's attention?  I don't think so.  Our LORD doesn't take any time-off.

  A few years ago I created the phrase "spiritual loophole".  My definition of it is finding a way to excuse ungodly behavior.  It is quite human to have a ready excuse for questionable behaviors and words.  But don't we really know, deep-down, that we have crossed the line?  

  Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts".  Enough said!