"The island of mis-fit toys":
How many of you reading this are old enough to remember the Christmas program that came on every year about Rudolph the red-nose reindeer?
Do you remember the island of mis-fit toys?
They were damaged goods one might say and because of that no child wanted them.
At least that's what they thought.
Every Christmas eve they would gather by the fire and each one would eventually cry themselves to sleep because they realized time and time again that no one wanted them.
I have to admit I still get teary eyed when I watch that story and now that I have a "Grandson" on the way I'm sure I will be watching it again.
I have come to realize that the world is truly an island of mis-fit toys (or people) and most are simply trying to find a place to fit in.
Many are turning to the church and sadly a great many are finding rejection at The Lord's House.
What's wrong with that picture?
The church is not a place for those who are already "well" it's a place for those who are spiritually sick to come and find the healing they need.
You see at one point in my life I was living on the island of mis-fit toys and thought no one cared even though I was surrounded by a loving family and lots of friends.
But I knew in my heart that something was missing and I just couldn't find the missing piece.
Then one day I discovered it was not a piece that was missing it was a Person and His name is Jesus.
Emerald Baptist Church has been described by some within and most without as a church that is made up of mis-fits and rejects.
Now some might be offended when such a label is attached but for me I could not be any happier.
You see I just don't have any desire to be around those folks who are always looking down their nose at others because they don't come from the "right" side of the tracks.
For those with such a judgmental attitude I would encourage you to get on the "right" track before you miss the train altogether.
Hey have I mentioned in the last few lines that Cindy and I will be welcoming a "Grandson" next summer.
Robert Sawyer Eidson will make his appearance sometime in early May.
Oh yeah, he will be rotten to the core.
Church I want to encourage you to continue to invite people to come and be a part of the fellowship that is EBC.
We are not looking to grow the church per say we are looking to grow God's Kingdom.
When you look back on church history you will discover that some of the greatest leaders to ever serve The Lord were mis-fits and societies rejects.
So to all of you who have been mistreated and because of that you have a bad taste in your mouth toward church please stop by one Sunday and see what The Lord is doing here.
I am looking over new member's cards this morning and we are excited to welcome 7 new members to our fellowship.
Now folks if that's not a God thing then tell me what is.
Now before I wrap things up I want to ask all of you to be in prayer about an important issue within the church.
Starting the first of the year we are making some important changes to our "Discipleship Training" program.
Under the leadership of Bro. Marty Wiles we are looking to expand this ministry to involve the children.
We need 2 teachers one to work with pre-school through 2nd grade and another to work with 3-5th grade.
We do not want anyone who is already actively involved in the music ministry to step away from the Choir.
Neither do we want anyone who is already teaching Sunday School.
We are trying to get more people involved.
All the material will be provided all you need to do is show up and work with these kids.
Now FAITHFULNESS is a requirement.
Guys you have to be here we are counting on you and so are the kids.
Well that's about it for now.
I hope all of you have the best Christmas ever.
Keep in mind that Jesus is still the Reason for the Season
Please email me with comments or concerns you might about this week's article.
'living here but looking up'