FROM THE PASTOR'S PORCH: Embrace being OLD FASHIONED!
Isn't it strange some of the things that make you realize that you are "old fashioned"?? Take paper towels for instance. I never realized until this morning how much I dislike them. I was in the church kitchen this morning and I was washing my hands. When I got through, I started looking for a towel to dry my hands on; a real cloth towel, but no, all I could find was a roll of paper towels on the dispenser right above the sink. I don't like paper towels,......... and I don't like disposable diapers either. Especially when people dispose of them on my own personal beach out at Lake Chickasha or they toss them out on the road side or in the parking lot. Come to think of it, I don't like most things that are disposable. I don't like NEW country music either. Sounds like old 80's rock with a fiddle and a steel in the band. It ain't New and it sure ain't COUNTRY!! None of these boys could hold down a job in Merle Haggard's band. And while I'm on a roll, how about automated customer service answering machings. Now I'm really mad. The only thing worse than automated customer service is gettin' hold of a real human but they can't speak English!! Ok, I'll shut up. I know...... I'm just "old fashioned" and I'm gonna have to embrace it. I'm thinking right now about an ice cold Virgina Dare Strawberry sodie pop in a real glass bottle!!
We all have to tolerate "new" ideas, systems, and ways of doin' some things. But we must always remember that "new" doesn't necessarily mean "better". I'm playin' a 44 year old acoustic guitar that I wouldn't trade for any brand new guitar of any brand. As a Pastor, I own and sometimes study out of some of the "new" translations of the Bible, but I wouldn't trade the whole stack of them for my trusty old 1611 King James!! I know what you're thinkin' now, "oh, now he's gonna say he likes that old time Religion". Well, I ain't gonna say that. I'm not much interested in old or new "Religion". Truth is much more important than old or new. What I'm interested in is a "True" Relationship with Jesus Christ; the kind that Peter talks about in Acts chapter 2. It's not new or old it just has always been and it will never change. God wants to have a Loving relationship with you and Jesus is the only way you're gonna have it. Verse 38 says, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That kind of simple, truthful preachin' got 3000 people saved that day.
My prayer for all of us today is that we have what the Bible says in verse 42; that we will continue stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine (teaching) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. If there ever was an "untoward generation"(verse 40), it is us. Embrace being a little "old fashioned" and "Save yourself" from it. ~Pastor Lynn