Friday, February 05, 2016


WHAT HAPPENS IN -----

Sometimes you just need time off.  That was the point I was at but it is time to start my blog again.  You see, last Sunday ……

Last Sunday I delivered the message and as I walked down the aisle, there sat a man who is in water aerobics with me.  I looked at him and said, “Don’t worry.  What happens at the pool, stays at the pool.”  Then I smiled and continued on with the message.

But, that comment got me to thinking.  Thoughts bounced around in my head about how often we hear that comment.

Where do you see the slogan:  What Happens here, Stays here?

  • Vermont
  • Family Reunions
  • The Man Cave
  • The Garage
  • The Ranch
  • Camp Grandpa
And of course, the original slogan:  What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas

We hear this and grin.  But do we carry this too far?

Do we use that slogan in our Christian life?  Do we apply that slogan to our church?  What would happen IF we applied that slogan to our faith and our church? 

BUT -- What would happen if we turned that phrase around?

WHAT HAPPENS HERE, DOES NOT STAY HERE

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.  Acts 6:7

But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.  Acts 12:24

In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.  Acts 19:20

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

If what happens as we grow in faith and if what happens in our churches stays hidden, the Word of God will not spread and flourish and grow in power.  Priests will not become obedient to the faith.  No one will see the good deeds Christians do and the Father will not receive the Glory. 

If what happens as we grow in faith and if what happens in our churches stays hidden, many will not receive the daily blessings of comfort, strength, grace, mercy, hope, forgiveness, or the gift of eternal life.

So which slogan should we use?

  • What happens here, stays here
  • What happens here, does not stay here

2 comments:

Doris Stephenson said...

Years ago we attended a church where I really enjoyed the minister's sermons. However, there was something about that church with which I did not feel comfortable. Then it finally dawned on me that they only wanted to be church members on Sunday and only do things for the church itself. When they replaced the pastor, the new pastor was even more, "do things for me" kind of person at which time we knew it was time to change. I attended a Methodist church and was so grateful because the last thing that was said was "go out and do good the rest of the week". They probably worded it a little differently, but their attitude was so totally different from the other church we had attended. Yes, we need to care for those in our church family, but we need to care for all others as well. And we need to be Christians 7 days a week, not just on Sunday! Loved your message last week.

Mary said...

Thank you so much for the kind words. I did have fun last Sunday. So excited that the congregation "got it" and jumped right in.