Good Times

Yesterday (Sunday) was the annual the Rose Church Reunion and Old Settler’s picnic. I preached, played music with old and new friends, and enjoyed a lot of great country cooking; three of my favorite things. Thanks to everyone who helped with the day! You are a blessing.

In the years since I became a Christian, and as I view life from the perspective of the Bible, one of the things I have noticed is that there are very many people, who when thinking of having a party, immediately think of alcoholic beverages. That was a part of my life at one time, but the Lord changed my mind.

Contrary to all the advertising, it is quite possible to gather a group of people for an afternoon, or a weekend celebration, and have a thoroughly enjoyable experience without consuming alcohol. The Bible really does not condone drinking, as some are led to believe. The apostle Paul advised a young pastor named Timothy to drink a little diluted wine for his stomach ailment, but that is about all the evidence I see for any use of alcohol (1 Timothy 5:23).

Other verses speak very differently of the subject. Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”
Another passage reads: “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine…in the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper” (Proverbs 23:29-32).

Ephesians 5:18 gives this instruction: “Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, Instead be filled with the Spirit.”

Approximately 50 people gathered Sunday for an afternoon for a good time, not one drop of alcoholic drink was consumed, and we all woke up this morning feeling fine.

This is not a rant on the evils of drink, but something that I believe deserves some thought.

In His everlasting love,
Pastor Jerry

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