IT WAS QUITE SIMPLE

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Psalm 37:7


The message of the Gospel must be communicated to a World that does not know Jesus as their Savior! That always sounds reasonable to a Congregation intent on presenting Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit of God to minister to the needs of mankind. How to achieve this became the next question.

Joe Bailey took “the bull by the horns” when he wrote his book The Gospel Blimp. He showed how people react when “the good idea” became a major problem in the neighborhood as “gospel tracts” floated from the blimp. However, I see a problem of another kind in the application of big business tactics to reach people with the gospel.

Numbers have been a consistent problem since World War II. Bigness and speed had developed. They became able to launch an oil tanker in less than seven days. Airplanes were developed with lightning assemblage; even houses began to be built in large developments. We had become a people of high speed. The availability of cars meant that we could go farther to buy things, and to travel. Churches were no longer community centered. Then came computers and cell phones… the list is endless. High tech is now the name of the game! All of it leads to heart attacks.

Some of these things are better, while some are worse. We can communicate directly with Washington while half of our neighbors are unknown. On his first visit to New York, my father said: “These people go, go, go, but they are a half day behind time.”

Recently I heard that the life span was receding and that it had dropped into the low 70’s. Accurate or not, we need to slow down, enjoy, and appreciate life. Psalm 37 is a choice morsel on this subject… “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way.” (v7) You do not have to be the same as another. Rest in the Lord!

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