A Christian Will Treat Others Better………”Love Your neighbor as yourselves”

This holiday season will provide many opportunities to touch lives and share your faith! Please, do the OPPOSITE of the story below!

A $10 bill is a joyful sight for a server. But when one waiter went to retrieve such a note out from under a diner’s plate recently, he reportedly noticed something curious. The tip it provided wasn’t monetary, but took the form of advice. “SOME THINGS ARE BETTER THAN MONEY,” it said on the back, “like your eternal salvation, that was brought and paid for by Jesus going to the cross.”
The waiter, who makes $2.65 base pay an hour, didn’t take well to getting so self-righteously stiffed. He posted photographs of the scene to the social newspaper Reddit, and wrote: “P.S. I have never been more atheist.” “That’s not very christian like behavior…” wrote one commentator.
But while that behavior certainly isn’t the rule among Christians, it also isn’t necessarily an exception. One waiter complained about the proffering of fake scripture-laden bills as tips on the “Friendly Atheist” blog in January 2009.
These phony bills appeared at least as far back as the summer of 2006, at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Greensboro, N.C. One blogger tells of going to a restaurant then and speaking to a waitress who was on the verge of tears. The convention attendees had been atrocious with their tipping, she said, but very generous with Bible verses and phony money.
“She asked us if we knew what it felt like to pick up what you thought was a great tip, only to find out that it was not real, and that the patron had actually been a cheapskate, after she served them well?” Study: Christians More Likely to Stiff Their Server The idea that Christians are poor tippers apparently has been whispered in service circles for a long time. Many waiters try not work Sunday brunch, so as to avoid notoriously stingy churchgoers, claims Justin Wise, the director of a Lutheran ministry in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Christians don’t tip very well,” he wrote for The Lutheranmagazine in January 2009. “As a matter of fact, we’re pretty cheap. What makes this worse is that we paint ‘cheap’ with a religious-sounding veneer and call it ‘being a good steward.’ Nothing like hiding behind the Bible to camouflage your stinginess.”

One woman wrote back: “It was almost 100 percent true that the worst tips were on a check with a Bible verse or fish symbol.”
This is a particularly uncomfortable phenomenon to face for a community that values generosity, justice and service. “By leaving tracts and not tips, that person is saying to their waiter or waitress, ‘You are not a person, but rather just a notch on my belt of evangelistic pride,’ ” explains Daniel Readle, a pastor at a Baptist church in Cleveland, on his blog “Christ and Culture.”

An empirical study on this topic was conducted recently by Michael Lynn of Cornell University. He found that Christians are not in fact bad tippers; they gave an average of 17.3% for good service, well inside the 15% to 20% norm.
Only 13% of Christians left less than 15% for good service. That’s a small minority of Christians, but still almost double the percentage of unaffiliated diners who left that amount, and more than six times the percentage of Jewish diners who under-tipped.
So while it is statistically false to say that Christians are bad tippers, it is true that Christians are more likely to stiff their servers than people of other religious (or non-religious) bents.
Because of these penny-pinchers, waiters are more likely to give bad service to anyone who appears outwardly Christian, Lynn suggests, or to call in sick for the Sunday shift.
Some things may be better than money, like trust, fairness, and tolerance. But a decent tip to your server can go a long way toward those goals.

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Bowling Alone: Preparing for the Holidays!

ROMANS 14:5-10 “One man considers one day more sacred than another, another considers each day alike…..He who considers one day special does so to the Lord….whyy do you look down on your brother……”

The HOLIDAYS! A time of celebrating, family, feasting and friendships. The happiest time of the year, right?

Unfortunately not! It is a time of excess in both alcohol and drug abuse. A time of depression. A time of exclusiveness. A time of neglect. A time of much selfishness. And, a time to argue…….

” Put the CHRIST back in Christmas”, scream some! Others counter with “nobody knows it’s Jesus’ birthday.” Some are offended with the abbreviation of X-mas (putting the cross in Christmas). Others remind us that Augustine (who might not have been a “real” Christian….not my opinion) forced a pagan holiday on us. Jesus wasn’t born in December anyway……

Ok….for the fanatics who hate on Xmas or who shove it down the throats of others…..niether shows Chistian love and consideration. Be kind, understanding, joyful, helpful, supportive and loving of each other EVERY DAY! GOD niether commnded nor forbade celebration of Christmas. Be nice! I have heard sermons about why we don’t celebrate Christmas in buildings with decorations or when Elders are wearing REINDEER ties.  Celebrate it as you like. Just act like you know God, however you do it!

The holidays are a time of relationship! It should be a time when church buildings open their doors to the cold, the hungry and the homeless. Christmas plays and parties are cool but SERVICE is where the heart is!!!! Unfortunately, most church buildings are CLOSED for the holidays and staff gets so wrapped up doing Christmas that they forget to be Christ!

NOW, if you are single………..go to the parties and shows and find a place to serve. And if you are lonely and brokenhearted, find Christian family to spend time with. We always have room on our couch and will get up for church Christmas morning. I’m sure others will also offer their space and time. JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON….EVERY SEASON!

 

Reasons to PAINTBALL! Go with the group to St. Augustine, Savannah, LAUNCH

25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

Funny, you say! PAINTBALL isn’t assembling of Saints…..it’s a game! A redneck exercise in futility, running around in the woods shooting your friends with paint. THe assembly that Paul was ytalking about was the 10am and 6 pm service on Sunday and the Wed. night Bible study. That’s what Christianity is all about, isn’t it? Honestly, Bible Christians didn’t socialize. Right? What’s the church  coming to when Christians want to play together, eat together, hang out together…………….???????

Well, I have noticed in my study that Jesus ate many meals with disciples and sinners alike.

The believers met daily in the early chapters of Acts.

The first day of the week was a WORK DAY and the believers met after the workday (knocks out the 10 am service). Paul preached til midnight (knocks out our blueprint of the pm service).

Seems that the believers shared all time together.

So, here’s why you paintball!

  • Teamwork! You have to work together to capture the flag.
  • Exercise
  • New friends
  • Escape (from the routine and mundane
  • Fellowship during family time and Dinner in the Barn

Saturday will be a time when about 100 men, women and children will get together to paintball (all ages), have a hay ride and eat dinner. Church members from PC to Enterprise to AL will be there! You should too!

Why go to St. Augustine? Savannah? The annual LAUNCH Weekend? Bible Camp?  The same reasons (minus the paint)

UPCOMING EVENTS! Bowling alone, SKILLET comments and Thanksgiving……..

ALL DETAILS UNDER UPCOMING EVENTS

    NOV. 12, WE ARE ……..HAVING….PAINTBALL! Alot of fun in the woods of the panhandle. Dinner in the barn afterwards. $20 should cover everything. Bring your gear!

NOV.18-20- COOKOUT IN JAX ON FRIDAY NIGHT, ST. AUGUSTINE ALL DAY SAT. AND WORSHIP AT SAN JOSE SUNDAY AM.

Last week we talked about “Bowling alone”. People aren’t getting out and spending time with one another. A problem, not only for singles seeking a mate but for church fellowship and married couples. We have to get out of the house and do something!!!!

Speaking of “do something”, we took the kids to the SKILLET CONCERT last Friday at the fair. Sat a couple of hours staking out our seats (4th row) and watching people. SKILLET has a good message, summed up by the quote “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ…..” They are a headbanging, hard alternative rock Christian Band. No, they do not qualify for the “SINGOFF”……But, they are reaching the kids who have alot of need and angst that we don’t even see (unless you were one growing up….). And, it was important to my children that I would spend the time with them!

Are you Thankful? I am. GOD has provided too much in the way of FOOD (yep, still need to diet), shelter, etc. Tell me what you are thankful for!