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What’s real and what’s not


Do you remember when you first discovered that something you perceived to be real was only a facade. It may have been a structure, or possibly even a person. I remember two little boys planting popsicle sticks because Captain Kangaroo, who was a very popular and seemingly knowledgeable host of a children’s show said that you could grow your own popsicles. They watered them every day for about a week. I guess someone finally told them it wasn’t true. Sad to say they lost faith in him and quit watching his show. And I remember when as a child I first noticed that the posse from two or three different westerns chased those outlaws past the same large rock in the same gorge in three different states. It really took a lot away from the movies for me. Then when I found out those towns they were supposed to be in were mostly made up of maybe one full structure and the rest was only a facade I spent more time examining the set than I did watching the movie.

Have you ever thought how our lives are like that sometimes. Sometimes things go wrong and we don’t want people to know, we worry about what they may think about us. Then we throw on that facade and act like everything is just wonderful or at least good. We become actors over night. The problem with this is some people know us too well to be fooled. Acting requires an audience and once they discover we aren’t authentic, the audience is gone. We may keep acting but they walked out a long time ago and all too often we don’t realize it.

Life is full of all kinds of problems and rough spots, and they don’t discriminate, they fall to each of us. We don’t have to share the nature of our personal problems with anyone unless we choose to. And it doesn’t mean we’re faithless if we struggle with some of the things life hands us. Life is like a garden, you sow and you reap. Sometimes bad seed falls in one of the rows and something you didn’t plant grows. It is hard to get rid of wind-borne seed, you can’t pretend it isn’t there because it’s going to grow.

It is so good to know that we can always be authentic with God. We have to be because there’s no fooling him. And when we share our feelings and concerns with him, we really aren’t telling him anything he doesn’t already know. We’ll never hear; “you’ve got to be kidding from Him,” when you’re pouring out your heart.

First Baptist Church has a loaded September schedule. Our Tuesday morning Women’s Bible study resumes on the 4th, all ladies are welcome. Our Senior’s Young at Heart Group goes to lunch at Cracker Barrell on the 7th. On Sunday, the 9th we will host a Bluegrass Gospel Concert by “Blue Creek” at 6 p.m. The concert is free but a love offering will be taken. On Sunday evening at 6:30, the 16th, Christian comedian, Bob Smiley will be here, you really don’t want to miss this. Tickets are $10.00 each, Sept. 23-27 we will hold our FBC iFamily Life Conference. The focus will be on families, strengthening and building them up in the Lord, from the oldest to the youngest, from couples to singles, and/or single again.

Visit our website for more information on our scheduled events and special activities. Our sanctuary is no facade and we know our Lord meets with us there. We hope you will accept our invitation to any and all of these September events. We look forward to meeting you. Have a great week and give God the glory!

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