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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Church of God Grill

How many good things is your church doing? It really doesn't matter if you
have only one program or fifty programs being carried on by your church
family. What matters is that you do them well and stay in focus on your
purpose. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16, "In the same way, let your light
shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father
in heaven." (NIV)

A story was told about a church in Atlanta, Georgia. A man noticed in the
Yellow Pages, in the listing of restaurants, an entry for a place called
Church of God Grill. The peculiar name aroused his curiosity and he dialed
the number. A man answered with a cheery, "Hello! Church of God Grill!" He
asked how the restaurant had been given such an unusual name, and the man at
the other end said: "Well, we had a little mission down here feeding the
needy. Later we started selling chicken dinners after church on Sunday to
help pay the bills. Well, people liked the chicken, and we did such a good
business, that eventually we cut back on the church service. After a while
we just closed down the church altogether and kept on serving the chicken
dinners. We kept the name we started with, and that's Church of God grill."

I believe that it is just as easy for us to forget that the number one
business of the church is sharing the good news of God with a world who does
not know him. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 3:10-11, "His (God's) intent was
that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made
known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his
eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." (NIV)

Today our world is filled with so much negative news, fear, hatred, and evil
in general. Our primary reason for being; is to bring light into the world
today, that's who we are and what we should be!

How are you doing, are you fulfilling your purpose? Remember what Jesus
said: "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see
your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

Russ Lawson

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