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2/10/2018 12:11:00 AM
What Pickle Juice Can't Cure

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

Even though I have lived a healthy life, I have experienced types of sickness. Some sickness has been brought on by bad decisions on my part, while other sicknesses have been contacted through viruses and other germs floating around in the air.

However, sick is sick, no matter how you get it! I know what it feels like to have food poisoning, and remember well the time and feeling of eating food that was not properly prepared to be eaten by a human! Because of that experience, I am especially careful in food preparation and when I eat in a restaurant I always look for the health department rating certificate.

Most of us want to stay away from the things that can make us sick, because nobody wants to be sick. When you get sick, you are looking for a cure to make yourself feel better, and the sooner the better!

Jackie D.

When I was just a child, a group of my friends went trout fishing in the mountains. We had set up a camp, and were going to spend a few days fishing and enjoying the outdoors. I was so excited to be with my friends, fishing for trout, and camping out under the stars.

With all of that being said, you would think that this event would be filled with great memories of being young and carefree, all covered with the innocence of being a child. Everything was innocent about the camping trip until we arrived and began to go to the creek to fish.

One of my friends told the rest of us that he had a surprise for us, and that no fishing trip could be complete without it…Beechnut Chewing Tobacco. I explained to him that I had never chewed tobacco and was afraid that it would make me sick. He explained to me if I covered the tobacco with bubble gum I would be fine. I believed him. I was wrong. In a matter of minutes, I experienced a sickness that could be considered, “Out of Body!” All I know is that I had never felt that sick before, and didn’t know if I would ever feel well again.

As I left my fishing pole at the creek and stumbled back to the campsite, I was looking for a cure! My first thought was to call out for my mother, but you can’t do that surrounded by a group of your peers. Even if I could have reached her, and confessed my sin, she would probably have told me that I deserved what I was feeling.

In the midst of my, “Self-induced sickness unto death,” I had a brilliant idea. I decided open a jar of pickles that was in our supplies. After a few sips of pickle juice, I felt better. I had found the cure!!! That was probably the sickest I had ever been in my life, until now.

Last week I contracted the flu, which has kept me in the bed for over a week. I still have no power, and when I start to feel better and begin to move, my strength leaves me like the good sense left me when I thought I could mix bubble gum and tobacco and not get sick.

What can be learned from being sick? First, nobody likes to be sick. Second, we all want a cure when we have a sickness. As a Christian, our strength is always in Christ. When we are well or sick, we must learn to trust in Him of all of our needs.

Psalm 59:16-17 says, “But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my defense, my God mercy.” We should never forget that our strength and defense is found in our relationship to Jesus!

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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