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July 20, 2015, 2:32 PM

Two Things


 

Two Things

 

      The Christian churches downtown Ardmore that I know about would agree on at least two things: first, we have the same Lord (I’m pretty sure); and second, just about every day of the week when the church office is open, someone comes through our doors looking for some kind of assistance. Recently, Larry (I’ll call him) came into our office and “needed” to speak to me (not with me) and wanted the door to my office closed. Long story short, it didn’t go well and we had to dial 911. The quick responding Ardmore police department arrived in a matter of minutes. We were going to purchase a bus ticket for Larry to move on, but something happened and Larry needed to spend a few nights at our local county hotel. After a few days, we were invited to purchase a bus ticket and now Larry is on his way to Iowa, I think!

   In a couple of days, Lonnie came in and said to the same secretary, “I need help. I need gas for my car and I need prayer because I just got out of a mental facility because I tried to kill myself.” “Dr. Baggett, can you come out here for a minute?” Lonnie and I got in my office and had a chat. He had a cross on a rope necklace and we talked about what that cross meant for his life and the life of his loved ones. We held hands and prayed that God would comfort him and bring into his life the resources he desperately needed the most.

   Two things! We have the same Lord and we are here, among other things, to help those who need help, as often as we can!

   But, what do you think is the task of the church and its people. These two things are important … but the task of the church and its people is to tell the Good News of Christ and His coming. But “evangelism” is more than telling the Good News: it is acting upon that Good News.  I believe we are operating today within the context of a great desire. Some people, in dealing with the stresses, strains and challenges of contemporary life, have found a vast emptiness inside. Some folks may have all the things money can buy, but none of those things are of real value.

   At the other end of the spectrum are those who are trapped in cycles of deprivation, cycles that perpetuate themselves.  They are experiencing increasing alienation and anger.

   If we give people hope who had no hope, then you change everything that follows! The Bible says that “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose … For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28, 37-39)

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore, (the church with the bells) and can be reached at: rbgoodnews@yahoo.com


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