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November 9


Thomas Kelly, 1769–1854
In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:11, 12)
God’s people have always been and will always be a “praising people.” God created and chose us in order that we “might be for the praise of His glory,” the sum of all that God is and does. The song of praise began at creation when “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). It was furthered during the Old Testament period by the Israelites, who were widely known for their “singing faith.” The song of praise was echoed by the angelic chorus announcing Christ’s birth. It has been proclaimed and published by pastors, hymn writers, and singers throughout the centuries. And it is rehearsed each week by worshiping believers everywhere as th…

Today, we call the young Sunday School children “learners,” the middle group “discoverers” and the older children “searchers.” The Church I grew up in called the young children “beginners,” the middle group “primaries,” and the older children “juniors.”

Change comes hard for me. Sometimes I still slip and call the searchers the “junior boys and girls,” or call Discipleship Training, Training Union.

Well that’s progress I guess. But tell me this, why can Churches get rid of the beginners, but not the “aginners?” You know, the people that are always against everything.

I’ve seen “aginners” shoot down good ideas by using “the seven last words of the church,” we’ve never done it that way before. I’ve also heard the “aginners” put down a program by saying we’ve tried that already.

Now tell me this, if you can’t do everything you’ve already tried and everything that you’ve never tried, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

What’s the solution? How about getting the “aginners” to become beginners? Since…