When the Deacon Talked In Church

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We were not expecting anything unusual that day, but we got it just the same. It was a warm Sunday in June, and the annual foreign missionary sermon was to be preached and the collection taken. That didn’t excite us any, for we had slept, I may say, through both sermon and collection many a […]

When Deacon Talked-EWe were not expecting anything unusual that day, but we got it just the same. It was a warm Sunday in June, and the annual foreign missionary sermon was to be preached and the collection taken. That didn’t excite us any, for we had slept, I may say, through both sermon and collection many a time before. It wasn’t the sermon either, for that didn’t seem so different from usual, but somehow it just happened to come home to the deacon. So far as I remember, the preacher took for his text that verse about “Go ye into all the world, and preach the  gospel to every creature,” only he dwelt considerably upon the “Go ye.” He said it didn’t say anything about taking up a collection, but it did say to go, and the Lord would never be satisfied until we went.
Our collections, anyway, he told us, didn’t amount to much and always reminded him of the story he had heard of about a little boy. It seems the little fellow was saving some of the best meat on his plate for his dog. The mother noticed and told him to eat that himself, and after dinner he could take what was left on his plate and give it to the dog. So after dinner he picked up the bits of fat, bone, and gristle that were left and took them out to the dog, and someone heard him say sadly, “I meant to bring you an offering, Fido, but I’ve only got a collection.” . . . . . .

This is an excellent tract for churches to use when promoting the missionary faith promise during a mission conference.

 

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