You may or may not be aware that the church is a member of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce...but we are.
You may or may not be aware that on the first Friday of each month, the Chamber hosts a “First Friday Coffee” at an area business...but they do.
You may or may not be aware that Sarah Scroggins can move fairly quickly, even with a full cup of hot coffee in her hand...but she can.
You may or may not see how all three of these are connected...but they are!
The church is a member of the Chamber because it allows us to be listed on their website and lets folks visiting or moving to Siloam Springs know about us. There is a link on the Chamber’s website to our website so people investigating our city can get accurate information about our congregation.
I attend as many of the First Friday Coffees as I can to be visible in the community...plus they have some really cool door prizes!
This past Friday was hosted by Friendship Community Care...which is where Sarah works as a nurse, which is why she was standing at the table with the coffee and assorted pastries at the Chamber’s First Friday Coffee last Friday.
We spoke as I “doctored” my coffee a bit. You never know how strong the coffee is going to be at these things, so I put in two spoons of sugar and some creamer and went off to circulate.
Well, I took a sip of my coffee and nearly choked. I thought my taste buds were off, so I took another sip with the same result.
So I went back to Sarah and asked if she was sure that the stuff in the sugar bowl was sugar. She said, “Creamer?” I said, “No, salt.” She said, “NO WAY!” and, tasted some that had spilled onto the table.
That was when she took the bowl and my full cup of hot coffee and zoomed away. She returned with a fairly red face and a bowl of sugar. After making sure that she was sure that it was sugar, I fixed another cup of coffee and began hob-knobbing again.
I consider myself to be somewhat adept at drinking coffee and in the process of preparing coffee the way I like to drink it. But I still put salt in my coffee Friday morning because I thought it was sugar.
The truth is a lot like that. Someone tells us something and we just assume that it is the truth. Perhaps a preacher says something and we just give the benefit of the doubt...because a preacher told it to us.
In Acts 17:11 we are told that when Paul went to Berea, the Jews there were more “noble” than the Jews in Thessalonica. Why were they more noble? Because “...they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
Now, who was doing the teaching of the Bereans? Paul...the apostle Paul. And yet they still examined the Scriptures to make sure that what Paul...the apostle Paul said was the truth.
Please don’t ever just “take my word for it.” I would never purposefully mislead you, but I am human and can be wrong. No matter who it is or what their position is, when they tell you something...check it out with the Scriptures.
I know that some co-worker of Sarah’s (it was NOT Sarah’s fault...this time) did not intentionally put out salt instead of sugar...but I still found out the hard way that she did just that. So from now on, I’m going to check to make sure that the sugar is really sugar.
And from now on please make sure that the teaching you hear being taught as truth is really the truth.