East Central Men's District Rally

Sandersville Christian ChurchTwenty spiritually fed men gathered Saturday, September 29th at Sandersville Christian Church.

The Rally opened with a musical prelude played by Judy Waller of Sandersville, who played for all our musical needs.  John Anderson, President of the Georgia Region Men's Commission then opened with prayer.  John then gave an explanation of the Georgia Men's Commission, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Layman of the Year Award with the introduction of two past winners - Bill Fowler of Central Christian and Ray Doster of Sandersville.

A discussion was held regarding the Men's works fund and the projects it can be used to support.  The spring retreat at Christmount, set for April 4-6, 2008 was announced and the Rev. David Grandgeorge of Guyton Christian Church, who will be one of the program leaders was introduced.

Archie Jenkins, from Guyton Christian Church, who is the newest member of the General Conference of Disciple Men Executive Committee, gave a discussion on Sessions 2008 to be held from July 17th through the 20th in Oklahoma City.  Archie also discussed the "Pancake Fund."

The Men joined in song with "I Will Enter His Gates", "Rise up, O Men of God" and "Here I am Lord."  Len Horst, who performed a Christian Country Ballad and "Amazing Grace", provided the special music.

Milton SummerallMilton Summerall delivered the word from 1 Kings 18:20-24.  His sermon title was "Who really has the power?"  This is the story of Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal.  Elijah wishes to meet with King Ahab in order to challenge the prophets of Baal to a contest as to whose God has the power.  Elijah also chastises the people of Israel because of their lack of faith.  As you recall in  verse 21, the Israelites did not answer Elijah's questions, which brought us to the point of today's world.

We are, on every front, assaulted to be more accepting of other religions and beliefs, many times to the detriment of our being able to worship the one, true and living God as we should.  We give in to peer pressure or to the thought that we must always be "politically correct."  We dare not say or do anything in a religious manner that will offend another person or their belief.  Well, it's way past time that we started to stand up for our belief.  We do in fact serve one, true and living God, as we should begin to let our actions reflect our belief.

Milton told the story of the Marine guard at Guantanamo Bay who was accused of desecrating a Moslem holy book by taking it away from a prisoner who would not do as he was told.  The guard supposedly threw the book on the ground.  The media immediately picked up on the story and it made many headlines including many news stations on television.  There was even talk of bringing this guard up on charges.  Understand this Milton said: "I do not care if he threw that persons "holy book" on the ground.  When the world begins to respect the Holy Bible as it should be, then I will have more concern for other beliefs and books."

It is time we as Christians begin taking a stand for Jesus and let the world know how we feel, Milton continued.  I believe there is some scripture that goes (Paraphrasing), "He who denies me before others, the same will I deny before the Father who is in Heaven."  That should say enough right there Milton said.  We must once again begin to bring "Family values" into our lifestyle; instead of the permissiveness that is so rampant in our society today, particularly amongst the young generation.  If we as Christians don't teach our children, others will.  Do we really want that to be the case.  How do we know what they will teach?

The men collected an offering for the Men's Work Fund of $143.00.  A friendship circle was formed and John Anderson led the men in prayer.  The men then had a wonderful lunch of ham and chicken and other great food provided by Sandersville Christian Church.

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