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More Important Than Chickens And Cars

By Don Loftis | 02.13.13

Herbert Hoover’s motto during his successful 1928 presidential campaign was, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”  Recently, Jerry Davidson has coined a new dream in his mission work in Guyana.  He desires, “The Lord’s church in every village and a Bible in every hut.”

Paul wrote the church in Rome, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  It is great to preach that message to an audience, but is even greater for them to be able to read and study the text themselves.  That is why we translate the Scriptures into native languages and distribute tens of thousands of Bibles.

As people obey the gospel and are added by Christ to His church, it is imperative that there be a local church for them to experience.  They need a place to worship God and to receive spiritual instruction.  Having left their sinful past, they need a place of fellowship and belonging in their new journey. Paul’s missionary efforts make clear the role of local churches in cities like Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, and Rome.

About a year after Hoover was elected president, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began.  His campaign for economic prosperity proved to be a national failure.  Quite to the contrary, in the past year Davidson reports 82 precious souls baptized into Christ in the villages of Guyana.  We rejoice at the inspired truth of Paul to the church in Corinth, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.”


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