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Darlene Sorensen and Norma Stillings sang a special song, “The Old Time Religion,” to complement Pastor Bob Sorensen’s sermon of that same title.

In Jeremiah 6:16 the Lord said, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Now we ask, “Where’s the old time preaching, praying, and priorities that were once quite common in all the churches?”

Where’s the old time preaching? The apostle Paul told Timothy to preach the word, reprove, rebuke, with all longsuffering and doctrine. Almost all preachers preached the word of God. They kept back nothing and preached with no lack of conviction. They preached Hell hot and Heaven real. They preached against sin. Now you are likely to hear a watered down humanistic, “I’m okay, you’re okay,” devotional message instead of a, “Get right with God,” sermon.

Where’s the old time praying? People once wept at the altar for lost family members or for their own sins instead of trying to justify those sins. We are a sinful people and we need to confess our sins. We need to pray as families together or individuals apart. If we prayed more for our pastors and deacons, for our president and the nation, we would see a change for the better. We need more prayer rooms instead of places for social gatherings.

Where’s the old time priorities. James said, “Be ye doers and not hearers only.” When have we made serving God the priority for our lives? Do we fail to serve God because it takes time away from time we want to spend for ourselves? Some of us had grandparents and fathers who prayed at the start of the day. We had fathers who worked hard many long hours then went home and spent the evening with his family. We had fathers and mothers who took their children to church, read the Bible, and led the children in prayer at night. We had fathers who set the example, their word was as good as their bond.

Today we have fathers and mothers who do not want to make the commitment to each other or their families to spend the time fulfilling their God given responsibilities.

We have preachers who do not spend time praying and studying to prepare their messages. They may get them from the internet instead of spending time in Bible study. They may not dedicate their time to serving God, to pay the price that is necessary to find and to show their congregations the good old paths of: “The Old Time Religion.”

There was a Fifth Sunday Evening Fellowship dinner at 5:00 p.m. with lots of good food followed by a service of special music and testimonies at 6:00. Special songs were presented by the Stillings Family Trio, The Jubilee Singers, Liz Barstow at the piano, the Whosoever Will Group, the Youth choir, and a duet by Darlene and Sally Sorensen.

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