by Pastor Art Kohl
August 12, 2004
August 2004 Message of the Month

It is simple math with a far deeper meaning. Here’s what it means:

8760

The number of hours God has given us each year (365 days x 24 hours)

104

The number of hours spent in church each year, if you attend one hour per week (52). We also throw in an extra hour for travel time to and from church and a little time to talk to others while at church. This is if you have perfect attendance, of course.

8656

The number of hours left in your year that do not involve attending or traveling to church. WOW! That’s a lot of time!

Why then do some people feel that attending church is such a sacrifice? It’s only 1.2% of the year! Yet some say, “I haven’t got time to go to church” or “Sunday is my only day off.” The myth of the hectic life is disproved by math.

Isn’t the God who gives us all of our physical, material and spiritual blessings worthy of 1.2% of our time? What do you think? Maybe He is worth more than once a week?

Sixty percent of the children in our country twelve years old or younger have never been inside a church building.

On the other hand, some of the fault for lack of church attendance today lies with the churches. Some have departed from the faith and have not given out the Word of God. It is not considered relevant today.

We are not a perfect church, either, but we are trying to be a Bible believing, preaching, and practicing assembly of down-to-earth people and would love to have you give us a good try. Honor the Lord each Sunday by attending church. We can help you have a good relationship with the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land....” (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

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