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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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Three to Thrive

July 30th, 2013

-bulletin note from Sunday, July 28, 2013

“It takes three to thrive.” The long time pastor of one of America’s great churches of the last century, Dr. Lee Roberson made that statement often. Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee was the church he pastored for about half a century. It was, at one time, the largest church in Tennessee, with over 57,000 members. Pastor Roberson’s little phrase, “Three to thrive!” was his way of reminding people of the importance of being faithfully committed to being there Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening for all the services each week. He knew from the Scriptures and from long years of experience and observation, that the most sound, fruitful, and happy Christians were those who were found there in the church for every service of the week, year in and year out.
One of our young couples was talking with me last week. They were relating how that they’d had a rough week and were really tired on the previous Sunday. They missed the morning services, but intended to make it to Sunday evening. A much needed afternoon nap went “overtime,” and they missed the p.m. service too. That Wednesday after the service they related what happened Sunday, and said how they could sense the difference, when missing church. They said how they looked forward to getting “back on track” being there Wednesday evening.
At first we can miss church here and there and we can notice it. But as we let slip, we can easily get out of the habit. We miss some midweek services, then quit them. From there, Sunday evening services become a take it or leave it proposition, till we aren’t bothering with that anymore. The 10 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Study hour is the last to be dropped from our week till we are then down to being in God’s house but one hour of the 168 hours God gives us every week. We are then not thriving anymore, just more or less surviving.
Our new Christians, excited to grow in the Lord, when they first attend Wednesday evening services sometimes wonder why they don’t see as many of the brethren there then as they saw Sunday morning. About 300 people are there at 11 a.m. Sunday, but only about half those are there on Sunday evening and Wednesday. As Pastor, what do think I should tell them when they ask me where you are? Let’s all get back to Hebrews 10:25 and “Three to thrive!”

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