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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Is The Latch in Good Working Order?

September 3rd, 2013

-bulletin note from Sunday, September 1, 2013

We have latches on our doors and gates to keep them closed when we are not going in or out. We want what’s in to stay in and what’s out to stay out.  When the latch is not properly secured, we get uninvited guests inside, such as flies, dogs, or maybe stray kids!  But then sometimes an unsecure latch brings about a tragedy. When we lived in Oregon we rented a house from Mrs. Larsen. She had a couple of horses, which she loved dearly and rode regularly.  She owned an old 1955 Chevrolet 1 ton truck with side boards and a back gate, which she transported her horses in.  She had loaded her 2 horses in after a ride in the hills, and started down toward town.  Soon she was flagged over by a motorist who had pulled alongside her and was frantically waving. To her horror, one of the 2 gate doors of the truck had come open, and one horse was being dragged behind the truck by its halter rope.  The veterinarian tried to save the horse, but complications set in and it had to be put down.  Mrs. Larsen grieved that she had not more carefully checked the latch on the gate door of that old truck.

There are gates we have in our lives. There is the eye gate, the ear gate and the gate of the mind.  We must keep our gate latches in good working order!  What are some of the latches which keep tragic results from occurring?  There is the latch of faithful communication with our Lord.  Is your Bible reading a daily habit?  Do you talk to God in prayer regularly?  There’s the latch of faithfulness in your church attendance.  What about the latch of a right spirit?  That is, a spirit of submission to the Lord, of humility, and of trust, wholehearted trust in God.  Don’t let your eye, ear, and mind gates be unguarded and unlatched, letting in whatever the world offers up!  Let’s make sure the latches are in good working order, and that we desire God’s help to strengthen them.  Psalm 147:13 “For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.”

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