IS THE CHURCH COSTING TOO MUCH?
By: Greg Harper
Last Sunday another golfer sank the last putt on the 18th green and received a check for $50,000 for four rounds of golf, plus an automobile for himself and one for his wife. This week the papers reported that a certain popular singer will receive $100,000 per week for her current
signing engagement. Americans spend annually more on dog food than on church contributions. It is not unusual for the individual to pay more for his country club membership than he gives to the church. Is church costing too much?
Let me share an experience with you. On June 2,1940, a little girl was born to us. She cost us money from the moment she was born. As she grew from babyhood to girlhood, she cost us even more… her dresses and shoes were more expensive and we had to have the doctor through all those childhood diseases. She was even more expensive during her school and teen years. She needed long dresses to go to parties. When she went to college, we discovered, along with other parents, that all college expenses are not listed in the catalogue. Then after graduation she fell in love and
married. She was married in a church wedding and that, too, cost a lot of money.
Then, five months after her marriage she suddenly sickened and within a week she was dead. She has not cost us a penny since the day we walked away from her grave.
As long as the church is alive she will cost money, and the more alive a church is, the more money she will cost. Only a dead church, like a dead child, is no longer expensive!
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