This subject has been on my mind for years, but I didn't have the nerve to mention
it until the a pastor brought it up himself, although in a humorous way....
about the church service running later than twelve on a Sunday morning. And I approach my comment with love. Without Pastors,
Evangelists, and Missionaries, where would this world be!
The fact is...the human
body is accustomed to various duties at noon, seven days a week, including Sundays. Not only does the stomach have its
own clock, but the kidneys also have a timetable that doesn't adjust for Sunday. And of course there are circumstances,
like medicines that have a schedule, either for the person attending church, or for a person at home that is the church-goer's
And so you see, although God has no use for clocks, and time
is of no consequence to Him, I'm sure He understands our bodies getting "antsie" when we get them off their
Since Broadcasting has been my lifetime career, my brain
works in minutes and seconds. I've done so many commercials that I can count off a "30" or a "60"
in my mind, and usually won't be off more than a second. And that gets over into music, which is another of my loves.
I can voice a "middle C" and go to the piano and hit that note, and almost always will be right on. I've thought
many times that every minister should have a radio broadcasting for a time, to get in the habit of introducing, ministering,
and closing in a 30-minute period. It doesn't allow for getting off into other subjects. I've read that the more brief
the subject, the more difficult it is to get the point across. Airing a program requires sticking to the subject! And the
average mind's attention span is only about 30 minutes.
And so maybe you
can forgive me for being conscious of a clock striking in my mind at 12 noon. Of course, it's no sin for a service to
run over...the Apostle Paul preached a long sermon, and a boy named Eutychus went to sleep and fell "from the third loft"
to his death (Acts 20:5). Paul prayed and he came back to life, but still, persons...especially of age...may have nap time
come upon them unawares.
Mind you...we aren't talking about when the Holy
Spirit is moving. We would never cut Him off, nor would any Bible teaching pastor. If you weren't at the Bible Study when
that pastor made the humorous remark about Sundays at 12, he was not at all suggesting such a thing. He was, in his words,
"never trying to put God in a box of our time schedule, (because) God does not always fit!" And I totally agree
And I was teasing all ministers when I said, "Don't grumble
if our stomachs rumble at 12 noon!" www.billthorntonconquests.com October 2, 2011