Thank you for listening. Thank you for abiding me. And now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, I bid you goodbye and take my leave.~Frank Deford
We just left our church of fifteen years.
Fifteen years of teaching classes and preaching sermons. Fifteen years of collecting food, money, and other items for those in need. Fifteen years of serving meals to the sick, homeless, and each other.
Fifteen beautiful years.
Tears have flowed often for our friends left back in Greenville. They are family just as much as the family we have returned to.
Paul gives some final instructions to the church in Corinth:
Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love. Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. 1 Corinthians 16:13-16 NET
If you left your church, what would people remember you for?
Your hard work . . . or your complaints about a busy schedule?
Your generosity to the needy . . . or your annual new car?
Your Bible class lessons . . . or your excuses that you did your time when your kids were little?
May you join hands with your Christian family and encourage each other in the work.
19 The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Prisca greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. 20 All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 1 Corinthians 16:19-20 NET