Nancy’s dad refinished the antique kitchen cabinet before we married. The neighbors across the street from their home had owned it for many years and painted it periodically. Paint stripper was used in large quantities before arriving at the original oak cabinet and metal flower sifter. He did a phenomenal job, and we treasured his gift.

For years I kept my stereo behind the bottom door of the cabinet and ran the speaker wires through the back to various places in our homes. The house where we have currently lived for 19 years is the eighth place we have lived during our marriage. The cabinet has accompanied us every step of the way. At times it held all our board games. For a few years in Holdenville we used it as a pantry in the kitchen. It always reminded us of Nancy’s dad and was quite the conversation piece.

The cabinet has been in the garage since we moved to Weatherford. We turned it into a tool chest of sorts. It was easy to step into the garage and dig under the hammer and pliers to find the screwdriver in the top drawer. We also kept small cans of paint and a few brushes in the upper part of the cabinet. I reinstalled my stereo and placed the speakers on top of the cabinet. When I fried quail in the garage, I always cranked up the volume on a few vintage cassettes and travelled back in time.

Nancy made the call. She arranged to sell the cabinet and create more space in our garage. We found a place for all the tools and paint. I gave my stereo away. We hauled the cabinet to a local person who gave us a fair price and plans to turn a profit on it. The downsizing of garage items allows for easier entrance and exit with our bicycles. We have not regretted selling the cabinet. It served a variety of wonderful purposes through the decades but became unnecessary.

The same thing happens with programs in ministry. Some programs that serve long and well become unnecessary. The message of the gospel never changes for any church. The programs and methods used to deliver that gospel must adapt to remain effective. God is currently downsizing the inventory of our programs. We won’t miss the programs as long as we get to make disciples.

I love you, Earl

FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “Rescued by God” Acts 12:1-17
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • GriefShare this Sunday, February 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • Observance of The Lord’s Supper – Sunday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Family Movie Night “Chronicles of Narnia” on Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
  • TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
  • The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: by noon on Thursday
  • Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.

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