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How long will it be ere they believe me?
Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that He will withdraw His visible presence if we insult Him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we an never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance.
Once each quarter I teach a new members class for people interested in joining our church. It's become one of my favorite responsibilities as a pastor. I'm a believer in church membership, no question. But I'll be honest: every time I teach the class I cringe a bit along with my audience at some of the things we discuss.
A long time ago in a blogosphere far, far away, a fellow named Judson Heartsill offered the following toast at the Boar's Head Tavern. That post has been lost to the electronic aether, but I'm glad I archived it for safe keeping. I present to you "A Toast to the Low-Minded Christian":
For every good story in the Bible there's a bad children's song. This is the one I remember for the Good Samaritan:
The man who stopped to help, right when he saw the need; he was such a good, good neighbor, a good example for me.