Sunday, June 19, 2011
AVOID ROTTEN APPLES
We recently made a day trip to the mountains. We live in upstate South Carolina. When we visit the mountains we ride up to Chimney Rock, Hendersonville or Asheville, North Carolina. There are lots of things to see. You can make a trip up to the rock and see for miles. You can shop in the shops to find all sorts of trinkets showing pictures of Chimney Rock. You can buy Mountain Honey. It is delicious. You can buy jars of molasses. You can also buy fresh apples. We bought a bag of apples. I smelled the fresh aroma of apples. They smelled great.We got home and put the bag in the kitchen. The next morning the kitchen smelled like fresh apples. I had to have one. I peeled it and it was just right. It was delicious. The next morning the kitchen didn't smell so great. There was a faint sour smell. I checked the bag. I could smell a bad apple. I started taking them out of the bag one at a time. I found a rotten apple. The ones near it were spoiled. I threw about 5 of them in the trash.
You know about one rotten apple spoiling the whole barrel. That holds true for our Spiritual life. Is there a rotten apple in your life? Is there a rotten apple in your Church? Is there someone always complaining about the songs the Choir sings? Is someone always making remarks about others in your Church? Maybe they sing off key. Maybe they don't dress the way you dress. Is there someone who constantly has unkind remarks about the Sunday School Teacher? What about the Pastor's Sermon? Is he keeping the congregation past 12 o'clock? Is it very difficult to have a wonderful Sunday in God's house because of a rotten apple? Make sure that rotten apple is not you.
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