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A legacy worth leaving

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I am a little late on this month’s blog but like my father used to say; “better late than never”.  My father was the king of one liners and funny little sayings.  He could always sing a song or a “little ditty” about something someone said.  There were times when it was funny and other times when it was frustrating but be assured he even had quips for when he frustrated me or made me mad.   “Son” he would say “dogs get mad, humans get angry. Are you a dog?”  Thanks dad that always helped.  I have fond memories of my father.  If he was still on this earth he would be 96 on the 15th of this month. However because of the trust my father had in Christ he is ageless today. I am sure still bringing smiles to those he is meeting anew even today. 

Hayne Edward Sandifer, aka Doc, loved God and loved people.  I continue to meet people who recognize my last name and ask if I am kin to him.  I proudly announce I am his son.  Almost every person I meet tells me stories I have never heard before about how my father showed unconditional love to them like  how he loved and encouraged a young woman who was pregnant as a teen.  A friend of mine shared with me that every time he saw my father, dad would ask him how he is doing and never made him feel judged about not being in church.  However dad never left him without showing him in some way he loved and cared for him.  I could go on and on about my father but hopefully you see the picture. 

My father continued to teach the word of God to old and young alike until about two months before he went home to be with our heavenly Father.  His legacy was that he loved people and always pointed them to Calvary.  By some chance if you do not know what direction Calvary is there is a little cross on the wall at Centreville Baptist church that reminds people every week about Calvary.  As far as I know Brother Sandifer (my dad) never missed an opportunity to show a loving Jesus to people he met.  He studied the life of Christ, lived Christlike, and revealed Christ life to others. 

The legacy my father left is one that continues today through the lives of his children and those he loved along the way.  Some received his love, some rejected his love, and some even took advantage of his love… but he never quit loving.  When you are a disciple of Christ your legacy will outlive your earthy life.  My father was not perfect (so I have been told) but he was a perfect father to me.  Twenty-three years after his earthly death I still hear people talk about his love for God and love for people.

So the question is: What will our legacy be?  Will our children and grandchildren hear stories of our faithfulness to God and our love for others from strangers?  Will anyone other than our immediate family even remember us 20 years after we are gone?

The only legacy worth leaving is one that impacts the world for Christ long after we are gone. 

Live a legacy worth leaving!!

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The Value of Praying Together

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This new year is going to be one for the record books. I know this because I see the direction our church is headed. We, as the staff of Mt. Pleasant, have been discussing the importance of genuine discipleship and genuine prayer. As a result of these discussions we have decided to place special emphasis on the prayer meeting that takes place each Wednesday night. 

Many may think that prayer meeting is boring and uneventful, but those who attend each week would tell you otherwise. In his book The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson talks about "long and boring prayers," and says that many miracles are the result of these types of prayers. He also says that many of us are not willing to love others in this manner, and we are not willing to go to this extent of spending many hours in boring prayer to see someone else delivered from their personal battles and difficulties in life. I share this because I believe that Wednesday night prayer meeting is accomplishing this very thing. Those who attend these prayer meetings understand that sometimes the only thing that can help someone else is long and boring prayer. No, it doesn't sound entertaining or fun, but it is exactly what we have been called to do. Mt. Pleasant is seeking to be a change-agent in the midst of a community that needs Jesus. We believe this change happens through one person at a time. We believe this change happens through one prayer at a time. 

Susan is a member of Mt. Pleasant and explained why prayer meeting is so important to her. She said, 

I attend prayer meeting because I believe prayer is a privilege that each child of God should practice. I also believe prayer is a responsibility that we should take seriously. But the main reason I pray and attend prayer meeting is because HE IS FAITHFUL! It is not our words or the one praying, it is Who we pray to. 

Our individual prayers are important and often times they are some of the deepest needs and desires of our hearts. We should always have those personal times of prayer where we allow Him to speak to us and meet us in our needs. I also believe He desires His people to come together and pray cooperatively. This is the time we lift our brothers and sisters up in prayer and this prayer is powerful. We can pray on our own for our brothers and sisters, but there is just something about praying together. We have a time that we hear the specific prayer request then we lift them to our Heavenly Father, praying believing and praying His Will be done on earth as in heaven. 

For me, prayer meeting is a vital part of my walk with the Lord! I receive encouragement and strength each week. 

Maybe for you, prayer meeting is what has been missing in your walk with the Lord. Maybe you have been desiring to grow deeper in your prayer life, but you haven't known where to start. Look no further! Prayer meeting is where you should start. It is time to stop overlooking this vital ministry of our church and start diving in to what it really means to pray for and to be prayed for. It is time to start seeing the miracles that God is simply waiting to perform in your life. 

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