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The 10 minutes before and after services

Recently members of a church moved to another city due to job transfer. They visited two congregations near their new home. Both congregations came highly recommended. They arrived early, stayed late and made themselves available. Yet, despite their eagerness, no one from congregation No. 1 greeted them or expressed any interest. They contacted the preacher during the week and shared their concern. The preacher apologized. The next month they visited congregation No. 2. During the first two visits, dozens of people greeted them, two Bible classes invited them out to eat, four families had them into their homes and they received numerous invitations to become part of the congregation.

Guess which church this couple decided to attend? The friendliness of congregation No. 2 made a deep impression. The 10 minutes before and after each service are significant times for our guests. Friendliness must be constantly practiced. Extend your hand. Put on a smile. Be friendly.

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34,35 (NLT)

~ From “Glad Tidings of Good Things,” Jacksonville church of Christ

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