Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

Conversations with people responding to sermons so often provide memorable words. I have heard preachers say that they do not even absorb the comments of the people in their local congregations because they discount what is said as polite compliments for the preacher. It is obvious they do not preach at Richmond!

Now, that is not a criticism. I appreciate the input I get from sermons. I know it comes from the heart. I appreciate the corrective words and the challenging words I often hear. And, certainly, I am grateful for the inspiring and encouraging words.

Since Rebecca and I will be gone this weekend and I am not preaching, I have no theme or subject that is occupying my mind to put to writing in this place. Therefore, I wanted to share some of the words I heard after the presentation yesterday “Take God with You” on vacation.

“Some of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had were the times I assembled with the church in the place where I was on vacation!” Meeting and learning about our brethren in other places is a very positive reason for assembling for worship while on vacation.

“Packing our Bibles and study materials for a trip is actually on our packing list. Therefore, we could just sit there and enjoy the lesson with our feet fully extended with no fear of having our toes stepped on!”

“Those were some enlightening words. I will have to think more about that.” I took that to mean that this person was going to be more thoughtful about worshipping and studying while on vacation next time. I want to recall the words of the Psalmist here to illustrate the proper attitude that should consume every Christian whether at home or on vacation, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘ Let us go into the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1)