There is a sign in my dentist’s office that I appreciate and try to remember. It reads, “Which teeth do I need to floss? Only the ones you want to keep”. Of course the message is simple, if you want to maintain healthy teeth, and gums, you need to floss every day. That sign teaches us what is a universal truth in every area of life, if you want something to last you need to maintain it. When you neglect your teeth you pay the price later on in life.

If you want your car to last, you do routine maintenance. If you want your lawn mower to last you keep the blades sharp and keep it clean. If you want your home to last you do regular maintenance, you repair things that break before they cause bigger issues. The same truth holds for our health – take care of your body, eat right, exercise and your body will last longer. Even in relationships, if you take time each day to appreciate each other, if you forgive, when you are kind and compassionate, the relationship will last.

The ultimate application of this simple truth is in our spiritual life, if you want to be blessed, if you want to please the Father, if you want to know His power and strength stay close to Him each day. That means you read His Word on a regular basis, you spend time praying, you take time to serve others, you make worship a priority. Just like your teeth, your car or your other relationships, when you neglect your walk with the Father you will pay the price. While there are multiple Scripture passages that speak of this simple truth I keep going back to Paul’s word, “You reap what you sow”, Galatians 6:7-10.

Let me challenge you to remember, unlike teeth, cars, lawn mowers and even human relationships, you only have one soul and you need to take care of it because in one condition or the other it will last forever.

Please remember Becky Rivers in prayer as she faces surgery Friday at UVA for cervical cancer. There are many unknowns but join me in lifting Becky, her husband Steve, and the Armes family in prayer for the surgery to go perfectly and for all the tests to come back negative. I know Becky and Steve appreciate your prayer support.

Hey men – we are recruiting for fall softball. If you are interested in playing please contact Jared Vallorani at They need 12 men to make a team. It’s a way to get to know other men in the church and get some exercise.

Tonight I’ll be sharing about the importance of obedience from the life of Abraham so join us in Room 102, which if off of Entrance 3, at 6:30 p.m.. By the way, keep praying for children’s camp that God will touch and transform lives this week at Camp Oak Hill. Pray that they are not getting the rain that we are.


Pastor Carl

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