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the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one
place.” Acts 2:1 (KJV)
commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack reported
that the rescue efforts were hampered by a "Rivalry between New York's
police and fire departments." Their report said, "This rivalry has been
acknowledged by every witness we have asked about it."
not competition is what was needed on that gloomy day. We can never accomplish
extraordinary things until we set aside our own ambitions and throw all
our efforts into the common good, instead of putting energy into unhealthy
We are always
at our best when we work together. Before the great day of Pentecost could
occur, the people had to be in one place, in one accord.
In his book New
Life For Your Church,
Doyle Young tells a story of the founding of the Anti-peg Baptist Church.
In the late l800s there were just two deacons in a small Baptist church
in Mayfield County, Kentucky. One Sunday, one of the deacons put up a small
wooden peg in the back wall so the minister could hang up his hat. When
the other deacon discovered the peg, he was outraged that he had not been
consulted. Before long, the church took sides and eventually split. To
this day, the story goes, you can find in Mayfield County, Kentucky, the
Anti-peg Baptist Church. (p. 63)
When I was pastoring
in New Mexico I told this story in a sermon and commented how silly it
was that a church would split over something as inconsequential as a peg
on the wall or the color of the carpet or what side of the auditorium the
piano was on. After the message someone told me that our church had in
fact split a few years after the pastor moved the piano to the other side
of the stage. “Well, I just moved it a couple months ago and no one said
a thing,” I said. “That’s because you moved it back to the right side,”
was their answer.
We can do good
things on our own, but can only do great things when we work together.
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