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I love our church website! Did you know that next to “word of mouth,” based on the feedback of our Connection Cards, that the church website is one of the most frequented ways guests have discovered our church? That fact in itself reminds us of the importance of having a first-class website, for many will make their assessments of our church based upon what they view online before they ever attend in person. Yes, first impressions are occurring often before we ever meet them.
The church website, however, is not just an informational tool for those searching for a church home. It’s also a convenient way for members of our church to interact with our ministry. Let me share several ways that you as a member of Laurel Baptist Church can get the most out of our church website.
From time to time on my blog I like to share some creative ideas from our staff that we use at our church that other ministries could do as well, most likely even better. Here’s one…
The last Sunday of October is always a big day for our church. We try to use it as a special incentive to reach our community and bring a lot of guests into the service. We have done the traditional “Harvest Festival” in the past, but recently we decided to put a special twist on it. This past Sunday we designated our special day as Tailgate Sunday.
The idea for Tailgate Sunday was birthed from a few guys talking about a special day where we could wear football jerseys instead of ties to church. I know, I know. Some of you just now labeled me as a liberal for “removing the ancient landmarks,” but who says you can’t have fun when you come to church? So, here’s what we did…
Whatever we treasure in life we usually go to great lengths to protect. Our most valuable possessions in life are secured through various forms of security. Here’s my point: if we treasure our marriages as we ought, we will protect our marriages at all costs. Remember, whatever we treasure in life we usually go to great lengths to protect.
In the seventh commandment God gives a stern, unapologetic command – with no exceptions – about our marriages. Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14). The Bible is very clear that there is no sin that hurts more spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally than the sin of adultery. Proverbs 6:32 says But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding (translation: makes a dumb decision) he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. The results adultery bring are not worth the reasons by which that decision is made. It’s simply not worth the destruction that this sin brings to your life.
Now, with that in mind I want to share seven practical steps that all marriages can take in order to protect us from violating God’s seventh commandment.