Summary: We need to be ready to follow the advice for which we have asked.

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Heeding Advice

November 25, 2012 Evening Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: We need to be ready to follow the advice for which we have asked.

Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 17:15-23

Supplemental Passage: But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NASB)

Introduction: Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Planning Commission)

In three years of meetings with residents, city staff and city council members, the Complete Streets Task Force (CSTF) identified sources of public funding for infrastructure projects as early as June 2009, again in April, July and August 2010 (see Minutes). The city never applied for these sources of public funding until now . The reason(s) the city never applied for these sources are because:

1. The funding recommendation from CSTF never reached Planning Commission staff;

2. The CSTF liaison(s) never passed the funding recommendation to PC staff;

3. City Council gave little regard for CSTF research so they did nothing with the funding recommendations;

4. The PC did nothing with the information passed to them.

Our city government would serve its residents better if process dysfunction like this ceased immediately and the value of contributions made by resident volunteers were taken seriously. Residents should note to vote carefully this election.

Les Miklosy , Laguna Beach

I. Hushai sent word to David that Ahithophel had counseled against David

a. Ahimaaz and Jonathan almost got caught telling David to change locations

b. Someone “covered” for them

II. David heeded Hushai’s counsel and changed locations

a. David and his entourage rose early and left for another location

b. David knew that Ahithophel was against him and Hushai was for him

III. Ahithophel realized his doom and committed suicide

a. He knew Absalom would fail

b. He knew he would be considered a traitor and killed by David

c. He took things into his own hands

Invitation: Advice to heed: resist the devil; flee immorality; don’t let the sun go down on your anger; be angry, but don’t sin; trust God; ask for wisdom; love one another; practice righteousness; be holy; forgive one another; pray without ceasing; don’t quench the Spirit; rejoice in all things; give thanks in all things; examine everything carefully; abstain from every form of evil; don’t repay evil for evil; turn the other cheek; don’t get drunk; consider your body to be a temple of the Holy Spirit; don’t be anxious about anything; seek God’s kingdom before anything else; don’t practice your righteousness just to be noticed by others; don’t do anything from a selfish standpoint; treat others as more important than yourself; treat others like you want to be treated; don’t continue to sin; practice what you preach (Rom 2), don’t be conformed to the world;

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