A Message for You — July 1, 2010

Church: safest place to be

by PASTOR DICK RILEY 
Rockford United Methodist Church

I read an article last month about the safest places for us humans to be, and it had some very interesting statistics in it. For example:

• Don’t ride in your car—they cause 20% of all fatal accidents!

• Don’t stay at home—17% of all accidents happen there!

• Don’t travel by air, rail or water—16% of all accidents result from these activities!

• Don’t even walk in the streets—15% of all accidents happen to pedestrians!

But did you know that only 0.001% of all accidents happen in church?

Please remember these facts as you make your summer plans. The safest place for you to be is—yes—in church! However, I must tell you that some strange things have happened to people while attending church. For example:

• Lives have been changed.

• Burdens have been lifted.

• Forgiveness has been given and received.

• Commitments have been made that have lasted a person’s whole life!

So, yes, there is some risk in coming to church—it could turn your life upside down. But I hope that you will visit the church of your choice this weekend, and all throughout the year, and be in that safest place—be in church!

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