Stop and humor me for just a moment. Please look at the sides and bottom of this page. Each Friday Your small town local Newspaper, with the support of several local Businesses provides our Community with this Devotional Page. Week in and week out the Sponsors of this page have their ad or logo quietly placed on this page. Each week those Sponsors are standing in support of our freedom and right to express thoughts about God – Father, Son and Spirit. The Sponsors generally do not know who the contributors will be nor do they review what doctrine or version of the Bible that will be used, but they offer the Pastors, Ministers and Church Leaders the opportunity to share. There may be different views and thoughts shared that we or the Sponsors do not always agree on – but we agree on the freedom and right to share.
In many areas of our society, Christianity is experiencing pressure to remain silent and tolerate unchristian ideals, behaviors and practices. Maybe we as a community should simply share a word of appreciation to the Sponsors of our Devotional Page. Maybe we should be a bit like the Apostle Paul, which often shared a word of “Thanks” to the brethren, such as he did in Philippians 1:3-6. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Paul understood the stress of being a Christian in a world filled with hate, rudeness and evil. Therefore when he saw an individual striving to be what God wanted them to be – he gave thanks. Someone wrote, “Our lives touch many others and the lives of many others touch us.”
In a small way the Sponsors of the Devotional Page in the News Democrat & Leader, are touching lives and being a witness. While some like to travel to other cities and countries to share the message of Christ, which is great, – there are some that simply and quietly share weekly with a small ad.
So maybe you could stop by, write a note or give them a call – simply to say “Thank You”
Gene Vincent is the pastor at Beechland Baptist Church, 351 Beechland Road in Lewisburg.