In the latter 1970s I served our Fellowship of CMI in various churches. I was an interim pastor at several churches around the state, from Angola to St. Paul in south central Indiana. I was usually called in to a church that had just been through a split or crisis and tried to bring stability.
One of those churches was in Garrett, Indiana. The church, which had an attendance of about 50 at the time, was located in an old building (a former lodge or grange building, I believe) on the south edge of Garrett. Our two children, Jenny and Nathan, were young at the time. This old building needed a lot of repair and updating, but it did serve the purpose. These were days of revival in northeast Indiana, and we saw many people come to Christ in those services.
This building had one restroom for both men and women, and the porcelain toilet had seen its better days. Below the water level it was stained badly. Our kids still refer to that church as “the church with the dirty potty”. They don’t remember much else about it, but that they do remember.
Sometimes its the little things that stick in our minds. Are there little things you could change that would make your light a little brighter?
Tags: little, stain
Back in the 1980s the church was located in a much smaller building on Washington Street. Robin Clifford was a senior in High School and was working as a part-time secretary at the church. We printed our weekly communicator on an old mimeograph machine.
On a certain Friday I was showing Robin how to refill the ink chamber of the machine with paste ink when an air bubble blasted a big glob of ink onto my brand new white shirt. I looked at the mess and shook my head. Robin got a great laugh out of that.
Today copiers make those messes a thing of the past. What messes have you made lately?
Tags: humor, mess, office, stain
After the flood at our house, I went to Home Depot to buy some bleach, since its the best way to kill mildew. Wouldn’t you know it, there wasn’t a bottle of bleach in the place; they were sold out! Everyone had the same idea.
While there I noticed the huge array of cleaning products on the shelves. There was a cleanser for everything. Some of the toughest stain problems have simple home solutions you don’t see advertised in the stores. For example, glycerin can remove ball point pen stains, boiling water removes berry stains, ordinary vinegar is great at removing crayon marks, and lemon juice works miracles on rust stains.
But the most serious of all stains can’t be removed by anything found around your house: its the stain of sin. Tears can’t erase it and zeal won’t take away the guilt. What can wash away my sin?
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Meditate on this today.
Tags: forgiveness, sin, stain