if ( ! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) ) exit; /** * Class NF_Fields_CreditCardNumber */ class NF_Fields_CreditCardNumber extends NF_Abstracts_Input { protected $_name = 'creditcardnumber'; protected $_type = 'creditcardnumber'; protected $_section = ''; protected $_icon = 'credit-card'; protected $_templates = 'textbox'; protected $_test_value = '4242424242424242'; protected $_settings_exclude = array( 'default', 'input_limit_set', 'disable_input' ); public function __construct() { parent::__construct(); $this->_nicename = __( 'Credit Card Number', 'ninja-forms' ); add_filter( 'nf_sub_hidden_field_types', array( $this, 'hide_field_type' ) ); } function hide_field_type( $field_types ) { $field_types[] = $this->_name; return $field_types; } } if ( ! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) ) exit; /** * Class NF_Fields_CreditCardZip */ class NF_Fields_CreditCardZip extends NF_Fields_Zip { protected $_name = 'creditcardzip'; protected $_type = 'creditcardzip'; protected $_section = ''; protected $_icon = 'credit-card'; protected $_templates = array( 'zip', 'textbox' ); protected $_settings_exclude = array( 'disable_input', 'input_limit_set' ); public function __construct() { parent::__construct(); $this->_nicename = __( 'Credit Card Zip', 'ninja-forms' ); add_filter( 'nf_sub_hidden_field_types', array( $this, 'hide_field_type' ) ); } function hide_field_type( $field_types ) { $field_types[] = $this->_name; return $field_types; } } if ( ! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) ) exit; /** * Class NF_Fields_Date */ class NF_Fields_Date extends NF_Fields_Textbox { protected $_name = 'date'; protected $_nicename = 'Date'; protected $_section = 'common'; protected $_icon = 'calendar'; protected $_type = 'date'; protected $_templates = 'date'; protected $_test_value = '12/12/2022'; protected $_settings = array( 'date_default', 'date_format', 'year_range' ); protected $_settings_exclude = array( 'default', 'input_limit_set', 'disable_input' ); public function __construct() { parent::__construct(); $this->_nicename = __( 'Date', 'ninja-forms' ); } public function process( $field, $data ) { return $data; } private function get_format( $format ) { $lookup = array( 'MM/DD/YYYY' => __( 'm/d/Y', 'ninja-forms' ), 'MM-DD-YYYY' => __( 'm-d-Y', 'ninja-forms' ), 'MM.DD.YYYY' => __( 'm.d.Y', 'ninja-forms' ), 'DD/MM/YYYY' => __( 'm/d/Y', 'ninja-forms' ), 'DD-MM-YYYY' => __( 'd-m-Y', 'ninja-forms' ), 'DD.MM.YYYY' => __( 'd.m.Y', 'ninja-forms' ), 'YYYY-MM-DD' => __( 'Y-m-d', 'ninja-forms' ), 'YYYY/MM/DD' => __( 'Y/m/d', 'ninja-forms' ), 'YYYY.MM.DD' => __( 'Y.m.d', 'ninja-forms' ), 'dddd, MMMM D YYYY' => __( 'l, F d Y', 'ninja-forms' ), ); return ( isset( $lookup[ $format ] ) ) ? $lookup[ $format ] : $format; } } if ( ! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) ) exit; /** * Class NF_Fields_Email */ class NF_Fields_Email extends NF_Abstracts_UserInfo { protected $_name = 'email'; protected $_nicename = 'Email'; protected $_type = 'email'; protected $_section = 'userinfo'; protected $_icon = 'envelope-o'; protected $_templates = 'email'; protected $_test_value = 'foo@bar.dev'; public function __construct() { parent::__construct(); $this->_nicename = __( 'Email', 'ninja-forms' ); } public function filter_default_value( $default_value, $field_class, $settings ) { if( ! isset( $settings[ 'default_type' ] ) || 'user-meta' != $settings[ 'default_type' ] || $this->_name != $field_class->get_name()) return $default_value; $current_user = wp_get_current_user(); if( $current_user ){ $default_value = $current_user->user_email; } return $default_value; } } December 2017 – Calvary Baptist Church

Month: December 2017

The Danger of the Plastic Baby Jesus in the Yard


All over the world and especially all over America this week there are little manger scenes on display in Cities and Towns and court squares and front yards. Some are wooden, some are plastic, some even have lights and you plug them in and they light up. Some even have live animals and actors to play the part. To be frank I like them all and I find it rewarding that so many people still have the backbone to display a manger scene no matter who whines about it. Unfortunately however after the “Christmas season” is over the lighted manger scene will be unplugged and boxed back up along with the donkey, the lamb, the wise men and plastic Joseph and Mary. They’ll all be put back in the basement or attic (many will store them right beside the plastic Santa) to be forgotten for another year. Many untold millions love Christmas, and with good reason I might add – it is after all the day we’ve dedicated to a celebration of God’s own Son stepping out of heaven and into a human body that he might redeem man from the curse & penalty of sin. I understand the premise behind the plastic manger scenes. But there is a “danger in the manger scene” and it is this: The Lord Jesus hasn’t been ‘away in a manger’ for over 2000 years! Now he has a crown on His head and He doesn’t sleep! Sadly many know only that plastic plug in Jesus. The one who makes no demands and has nothing to say. He just lays there in the fake manger being adored by his plastic parents, wise men and animals. That’s sadly just exactly the kind of Jesus many want. One whom they can stuff back in the box and stick back in the basement or attic the rest of the year. He’s not unlike the blow up Santa; just another ornament to decorate an empty life with. Plastic plug in baby Jesus and blow up Santa will sit quietly out in the shed with the plastic witch & plastic Easter bunny and make no demands year after year. You can do as you please with little plastic Jesus, but I wish I could warn all of the world! The real Jesus went on to Calvary where He paid the penalty of death for YOU! The real Jesus was buried in a tomb and after 3 days He rose from the dead FOR YOU. If you’ve been saved by the blood of the Lamb the manger is just the beginning! The real Jesus will live all year in your heart sitting upon the throne. Yes the manger is a tender reminder of the love of our God IF you’ve met the risen Saviour. But if you haven’t, that plastic baby Jesus might just as well be a plastic statue of you. I don’t really care what people do with plastic baby Jesus, but I would to God that they would put the real one in their heart before it is eternally too late. Come worship the great King with us at Calvary Baptist Church. (903)729-5924. 703 Gillespie Rd, Palestine, Texas.






I Will Not Be Told

Some years ago I was preaching in a jail in Tennessee to a handful of men, most of whom had been in tears throughout the sermon and afterwards one asked to speak with me privately. He told me how he’d ruined his life with booze & drugs and of how he had really ‘messed up this time’. I told him about the Lord Jesus Christ [the Life-Changing miracle worker] and prayed with him. A few days later this same man’s long-term ‘fiancé’ called me and asked if she could meet with me regarding the sermon her fiancé had mentioned from the jail service I’d held. Later, when I met with her, she told me of the charges she too was facing and wanted to know if there was yet hope. She described having been raised by loving parents but said she couldn’t stand their rules. They were ‘strict and uncompromising’. Her father was demanding and her mother unreasonable she said. She hadn’t spoken to them in over two years. She told me of how she’d left home under wrong circumstances, gotten into drugs which had cost her a good marriage and two teen children (whom her parents were raising). She cried and told me she hadn’t seen her kids and had no relationship with them. She’d had a string of run-ins with the police and multiple failed relationships. At the moment she had a whole new set of charges pending ahead of her. She was being abused, a constant victim of domestic violence, etc. I asked her if she couldn’t simply call her parents whom I was sure would be thrilled to help (John 15:11-24). Her answer? NO! My father demands I dress a certain way, behave a certain way, talk a certain way and dictates the places I can go and who I can socialize with and be friends with. Nearly shouting by this point she said, I REFUSE TO BE TOLD WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT DO! Gently I asked her “even if that refusal has ruined your relationship with your parents [whose demands and standards were there for her protection], and has cost you a marriage? Even if that refusal has robbed you of your children and has destroyed your relationship with them? As she went on describing her outrage at all they who had tried to keep her from the life she’d chosen I felt a great pity for her. Sunken eyed, hollow cheeks and unkempt hair – It made me angry again at the old devil who had turned her against her family and even her own children. Even faced with the terrible consequences of her rebellion and pride she still couldn’t see what it has done to her. As I sat there listening to her I imagined her shackled like Charles Dickens fictional character Jacob Marley with great heavy chains of rebellion forged link by link and lock by lock. A great ponderous iron ball dragging along behind her. That’s where many people are in these last days! They’ve not realized that some rules are good and some standards are loving. This is Pastor Malcolm Harrison inviting you to bring a Bible and join us at Calvary Baptist Church in Palestine. We have services at normal church times as well as Sunday school for all ages.




No Man Could Bind Him, No, Not with Chains!

Some of you bible believers may recognize this phrase “And no man could bind him, no, not with chains” from Mark chapter 5. There we are told the account of the “Devil Possessed man of Gadara”. If you’ve not read it lately I encourage you to do at this point before proceeding. There is so much to consider in this piece of scripture but for sake of time let me point out that this poor devil possessed soul was living in the graveyard…cutting himself with stones. That is how Satan rewards his followers…self-loathing…self-hatred…self-injury! As is clear from the text, the people there had many times hunted the poor soul down and captured him. They’d many times bound him, certainly they’d tried ropes at first…and then when those had failed to hold him they’d even resorted to using chains to try to restrain him. Yet in his rage and fits   and If you know your Bible you may recognize that phrase “And no man could bind him, no, not with chains” as a quote from the New Testament, Mark chapter 5 Some years ago during a tent revival meeting a woman came up to the preacher and said “my twenty four year old sister is coming Sunday preacher, please pray that God would grant her repentance unto salvation”. Sure enough the sister came and the preacher (a friend of mine) preached a Holy Ghost anointed sermon that filled the altars with lost and backslidden souls that night. The young woman too raised her hand admitting before God that she knew she was not saved and that she was being convicted of God. Yet when the invitation time came she remained in her chair and despite much prayer, she refused to come forward and take Christ as her Lord. That Sunday night after the meeting she told the preacher “I can’t come tomorrow night but I’ll be back Tuesday night”. Despite his urging she wouldn’t accept Christ that night; she said “perhaps I will Tuesday night”. The next night she was talking to a friend on the phone while she sat on the couch with her little three year old daughter in her lap. During the call, her friend tearfully said “she just quit talking and I heard the phone hit the floor…I called her name over and over but she didn’t answer”. Later the three year old came into the other room where her grandfather was napping and said “Paw-Paw I’m done playing with mommy in the floor but she won’t get up”. He went into the room and found his daughter lying on the floor unresponsive and not breathing. The Coroner said in his autopsy report {cause of death unknown}, he said, ‘there’s nothing wrong with her’. 2 Corinthians 6:2 warns [For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation]. Revelation 3:20 tells us God said “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” If she had known that her appointed time [Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment] was mere hours away I believe that young lady would have ran to that altar and begged the great King of Kings to impute his righteousness unto her [Romans 4:7-8; Ephesians 2:8-9]. I believe she’d have called out saying “God, be merciful unto me a sinner” [Luke 18:13]. Sir, mam, when did you come under conviction, call out in repentant faith and open the door to your heart for a merciful God to come in? Hell is filled with people that were going to “get saved later”. We here at Calvary beg you not to put it off one moment longer. Malcolm Harrison is the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church 903-729-5924 703 Gillespie Rd on the Loop across from Pizza Hut. Visit us on the web at Calvarybcpalestine.com. On Facebook Calvary Baptist Church of Palestine.





Come As You Are, Leave As You Came

I suppose I’ve been asked 100 times by now “pastor, is your church a come as you are church?” That’s an interesting question. In Mark 5 we’re told about a man possessed by devils, living in the tombs (graveyard), cutting himself with rocks and running wild. We are told he cried & wailed and no one could chain him or capture him for long. Can you imagine that being your son or daughter? Can you imagine those heartbroken parents going out with lanterns hoping to see their son; to see if he’s still alive, to see if he’s been hurt badly and what his condition is, hoping to see their devil possessed son and inside hoping they wouldn’t see him because it hurt too much. Can you imagine that young man covered with his own blood, naked, wild eyed, wounds all over which he inflicted on himself, running wild and living in the graveyard among the tombs? But when Jesus came that devil possessed son ran to him, fell flat before him and worshipped him [Mark 5:1-20]. Notice that Jesus didn’t say “hey pal…go clean up your act and then come back. He didn’t say “go get a shave and a haircut and change clothes and then come see me”. No…we must all come as we are (unclean, lost, sinful and needing a Saviour). Would I tell those parents No…your son can’t come to church until he puts on a tie and coat. Would I tell them their poor devil possessed son must remain in the tombs and not come to church and learn of Jesus until he gets his act cleaned up? No… his only hope is Jesus! His only chance is Jesus! He MUST COME as he is! I will not tell them their poor lost son is not fit for our pretty church pews and our carpeted floors. BUT NOTICE SOMETHING IMPORTANT ABOUT “COME AS YOU ARE”: AFTER the man in Mark 5 was changed by Jesus he went, got dressed, quit carrying on and was sitting listening to Jesus! He, like so many Jesus met, were drastically and permanently changed in every way. The Son of the Living God never left anyone the same! He never leaves anyone the same. He changes you drastically inside and out! You must come as you are yes! BUT YOU CANNOT STAY AS YOU CAME! Jesus changes everything! Read [II Corinthians 5:17]. Sadly today many have this “NO CHANGE” mentality and they’ve even created some so-called ‘churches’ that specialize in a ‘come as you are’ Churchianity where you can come as you are, stay as you please and leave as you came. They want mercy, grace and Jesus so long as He doesn’t tell them how to live, dress, behave or think. So many want God but not on His terms. The devil possessed man [Mark 5] was ready to let God change it all. If you’re ready for God to change your life HE WILL.

Digging Under God’s Fence

Many years ago, though at the time I knew I’d regret it, I fell victim to the pleadings of one of my children for a puppy. No ordinary puppy mind you, but a rather frightening mix of Dalmatian, dachshund and some other as yet unidentifiable mongrel. “Max” as ‘it’ was eventually named grew from disturbing in appearance to outright disconcerting but the family loved him and had many good laughs at his expense. Max developed a problem though…digging under the fence he would wander the neighborhood causing mischief and stirring up trouble. All efforts to stop this unruly behavior failed and all efforts to thwart his escape gave way to new holes under the fence. I ordered the holes filled in and blocked but to no avail. Chastening, threatening and even trying to frighten him to stay in the yard all failed and, as expected, Max got out and was hit by a car. He was badly injured and I should have put him out of his misery, but I didn’t have the heart and the children begged me not to. So for several weeks we doctored, wrapped, bandaged, fed him soup and waited. Slowly he recovered and never dug another hole under the fence. Ecclesiastes 10:8 says “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him”. Sadly many Christians are just like that dog…always digging under the fence and roaming around in worldliness and carnality. Always looking for a way to “get away with sin” in their lives; ungodly friends, ungodly music, ungodly talking, unequal yokes {wrong friends, wrong relationships, unequal marriage}; some “Christians” are always interested in the things God is trying to keep out of their lives rather than what He’s trying to put into their lives. There are some Christians I know who are always “digging under the fence” God has put around them and the consequences are plainly evident. Inside God’s will you find shelter, love, providence, mercy, grace, blessings, purpose, closeness, companionship and fellowship. Those of you who’ve been around a while know well the truth of this warning! Outside God’s will awaits heartbreak, pain, suffering, struggle, hardship and difficulty or worse [Proverbs 13:15]. God’s words aren’t a barrier meant to keep them you having fun, it is there to keep the world out of your life! In Job 1:10 Satan, after searching for a way to get in and wreck Job’s life, said to God “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side…?” We must all live in this sin-sick world, but God in his mercy, set scriptural boundaries {a fence if you will} for Christians to minimize this world’s impact and influence upon our lives! The walls are for your protection. My advice to you is ‘be thankful for the shield of God’s boundaries in your life’.

God’s Word Doesn’t Return Unto Him Void

Isaiah 55:11 presents an oft quoted verse that contains an oft overlooked and ominous truth. It says “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but is shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it”. Take the Bible in hand with me and let’s consider FIVE things God’s word does: 1. It CONVICTS: God’s word convicts all who truly hear it, first of their sin and second of their standing and state before God. Remember this phrase “No Conviction = No Conversion”; it means that if there hasn’t been conviction of sin – there has not been conversion from sin. An essential element of any conversion is conviction by the Holy Spirit by the word of God (Romans 10:17 proves this irrefutable truth “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”). 2. It CONVERTS: If the hearer will permit the word of God to do its convicting work and will submit to that convicting, the word of God will bring him to a place of repentance and faith and can work its converting work. Remember this phrase “No Repentance = No Regeneration”. Jesus came preaching and saying “…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”; not surprisingly this is removed from counterfeit bibles in Mark 2:17. 3. It CONDEMNS: When God’s word is refused, rejected or denied, it takes an ominous turn and condemns the hearer. “Repent or Perish”! Contrary to the modern ‘tip toe through the tulips’ approach of many of today’s preachers, God has much to say to those who reject his word, and all of it condemning! A man once told me, after I had invited him to church, he’d not submit and ask God for forgiveness after all these years of self-indulgence. Three days later and quite unexpectedly he was dead and I was again reminded “God is not mocked…” 4. It CONFIRMS: According to 2 Corinthians 5:7, this conversion, accompanied by the new birth, produces a “new creature in Christ”, also referred to as “the new man”. The truths of scripture confirm in my heart that God is my father and that I am His son. The truths of scripture have become real and living words in my life and heart. A Christian cannot help but to see things in a new light and the more he or she reads the bible the more evident, the more manifest, indeed the more irrefutable the scriptures show themselves to be. 5. It CONFORMS: Since I surrendered my heart to the scriptures they have been working within me, conforming my attitudes, my emotions, my thinking, my understanding, my values, my views indeed my life to fit the bible. The old saying “we don’t change the bible, the bible changes us” is far more than just a quaint phrase. Calvary Baptist Church isn’t the place for Pharisees and Judges but for those who want to meet God!