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Miss Mae's Peach Cobbler

Friday, January 4, 2019

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“What are we here for, to have a good time with Christians or to save sinners?” – Molla Moe

Two disclaimers…

I am a Baptist, which means I have a genetic predisposition to pot-luck suppers. And my bachelor’s degree is in Community Recreation, so I have formal training in planning and supervising “fun” activities.

But there is something far more important than my denominational affiliation or my college degree. Simply put, I have been commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” Matthew 28:19

Isn’t it ironic that the Great Commission doesn’t reference casseroles and crock pots? Instead, it uses action words such as “go”, “make”, “baptize”, and “teach”.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some good wholesome church fellowship, especially if it involves Miss Mae’s homemade meatloaf or peach cobbler…yum! Or Miss Sue’s banana pudding that is to-die-for (trust me on that one!) But as we discussed at our men’s breakfast this week, the function of the church – and the job description for believers – is to make disciples and evangelize the lost.

If that involves hosting a church dinner before breaking into prayer or Bible study groups…great! If it involves hosting that same meal and inviting unsaved guests to hear the Good News…even better!

The bottom line is that enjoying ourselves and having fun are fine, but that should not be our primary motivation in life. On the contrary, we should be about our Father’s business (see Luke 2:49).

Ask yourself the following question…

What do I spend more money on: my hobbies, my vacations, eating out and going to the movies OR my church and missions? In other words, if your annual Disney pass costs more than your tithe, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities.

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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