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Old Dogs, New Tricks

Over the years, I’ve noticed the people who are most likely to bring others with them to church are the ones who are newest to our worship and fellowship. Oftentimes, their excitement is contagious. For those of us who’ve been around for a while, however, keeping it fresh can be a little harder. It seems like we’ve “been there, done that” many times before.

When I was a kid, we had a minister who would always shout and pound the pulpit about 2 minutes before the end of his sermon. You could set your clock by it. Once he started shouting, I knew it was about time to leave – and so did everyone else. The women would start picking up their purses and putting on their coats and everyone would sit up straight for the benediction.

So, for those of us who are new and growing quickly in faith and spiritual maturity – keep it up! You bring new life and energy to us all. And for those of us who may have been around for a while – try finding new avenues of learning or service. It will make all the difference, not only for you, but also for God’s kingdom.