Letters to the editor — June 7
Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 7, 2018
I want to thank Dwight Sparks for an amazing run at The Clemmons Courier for 33 years. The Clemmons Courier has been the choice of nearly all law firms who run notices for estates and other legal matters which require publication in an area newspaper. Dwight’s great service, and that of his team, contribute mightily to the selection of the Courier. He is widely admired and liked. What a wonderful job he has done for the Clemmons community and the entire area.
We all wish Dwight and his family the best, and a wonderful and well-deserved retirement.
— Mike Wells
Wells Law Firm
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Saved by grace
A few weeks ago, someone made a remark about our church that was not very nice. For some reason, a “disagreement” had flared up between family members over going to church. The one who was objecting to the other attending church said, “I don’t know why you want to go to that rinky-dink little church that’s full of hypocrites and whores.” Well, needless to say that was painful. And, as is always the case, word began to spread about what was said. You can only imagine what people were now thinking and saying about the person who made the comment. As for me, I was more upset about the “rinky-dink” part than I was the other. How dare anyone refer to the body of Christ as rinky-dink.
Then the spirit began to speak. I started to hear what was being said by us Christians, the ones who are supposed to love our enemies. Then, I realized, as painful as it was, there was a little truth to what that person had said. For the next two weeks our message was on “A Church Full of Sinners.” We had to take a hard look with-in ourselves and realize that we needed help defeating the old nature that had reared its ugly head.
I sat down one Saturday morning and wrote this poem that God laid upon my heart. I remembered the words of our Savior, when He said He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Sometimes we forget what we still are, sinners saved by grace. It took being called a hypocrite and whore that made us remember that. To pick up my cross and follow Him daily, means that sometimes I have to come to some not so pleasant realities, and the biggest of those is, answering a question that Jesus asked in Luke 6:46, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” For most of us, that means loving even those who hate us, and remembering, we are only sinners saved by Gods grace.
On any given Sunday
With-in this rinky dink church’s doors
You will find hypocrite and whores
And sinners galore
Worshipping the Savior
Whom they now adore
Singing loudly the old hymns
And praising the God
Who sees their sins no more
So want you come join them
These hypocrites and whores
And sinners galore
Then one day we can praise Him
To His face for evermore
— Pastor Zachary King
Friendship Baptist Church, Yadkinville
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