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Too much of our writing, preaching and visiting is directed to the weak and unfaithful. We want to reverse the order in this article. This article is not addressed to you who have to be begged, petted and pampered before you will attend the services of the church or be involved in the ministry, and are still absent as much as you are present: This isn't for those .who grumble the most while doing the least. If you are in that category you can stop reading now, for this is not written for you.

This is written to the faithful. Our vocabulary is not large enough to tell you wonderful people how much you are appreciated. It does not matter how many meetings the elders call in a week, you will be present. Neither the weather nor company of any kind is able to keep you from your responsibilities.

Whatever attractions or distractions the world may offer, you will not forsake -the Lord. You make whatever sacrifices are necessary. You have no more time than the unfaithful members do, yet somehow you manage to find time to serve our Master with the finest and best of your time and talents. Whatever good programs are put before the church, no one wonders what your response will be. You always support fully every program submitted b y the elders. You will accept an assignment and when you do it, it is a foregone conclusion that you will successfully complete it.

You don't flirt with sin and see how worldly you can become without completely apostatizing.   You are appreciated even more because you demand no special attention or recognition for your service, and you do not consider regular and faithful attendance of each class and warship period as a grievous burden or a great feat of valor.  You are a good example to the youngest member and an inspiration to all. You make the work of the Elders, preachers, deacons and Bible class teachers much easier and lighter. Thank you for being what the Bible describes as a simple New Testament Christian!

 For His Cause,
Tim Woodward