Friday, April 22, 2011

If The Altar Could Talk, What Would it Say
Old Primitive Church in Folkston, GA
 
The tales this old church must have, so
many come together for services, and
to worship the lord, it is sad it has closed
its doors and is all but falling down.
















The old pump outside, where they got their
water from. What do you think happened
here to this old church, why is it no longer
holding services, and filled with people.
I see this email today, and I am thinking
this could be the reason so many churches
fold up, and are never heard of again, read
it carefully, take it to heart, and remember
there is always another place to park, another
place to sit, another place to really please
God. Hope you enjoy this little email, and
do have a blessed weekend, Sunday is
Resurrection Day, may we all be thankful
for what Christ did that day on the cross,
lest we never foreget. Praise His name.

YOU TOOK MY PARKING SPACE AT CHURCH


This should wake us up, change our ways, and touch our heart

One day, a man went to visit a church, He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and said, " I always park there! You took my place!"

The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, " That's where I always sit! You took my place!" The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still he said nothing.

Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to you?" The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, "I took your place."

20 comments:

Barbara said...

Hi, We were out at the river baptizing some last Sunday, we came across this old church, it is so lovely, it touched my heart, in so many ways, it even had an old run down falling apart out house, the out house had several holes, lol I cannot imagine going to the bathroom in groups, lol but none the less the toilets were all lined up in rows, this is a cool place and I would love to go back, we seen another old sister church to this one, I will put those photos up at a later time. Enjoy your stay here, and hope you like the old pictures as much as we did taking them. Be blessed, Be a blessing. You are loved ♥

Valerie's Photography said...

I photographed a wedding a few years back in a church that looks identical to this one in Brantley Co. It was a beautiful wedding and the pictures were the best I've ever taken. They distributed fans to all the attendees because there was no electricity or A/C : )

Grammy Blick said...

I had the privilege of visiting Cyprus on a business trip years ago, consulting with a company there. A very kind employee drove me around the coast one Sunday and we visited a church that was built in the first century, while Barnabas was preaching there. Oh, what the stones that made up that floor have heard through the centuries! "And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." [Luke 19:40 KJV]

May we continue to spread His word, praising Him forever and ever.

Barbara said...

You Valerie it could be the very same one, but I am sure this one is in Charlton Co, I know there is another one that is in Brantley Co too, off 259, most of them were sister churches, when one closed they all closed, but the one in Brantley Co does do some special things at times, so it probably was that one you photographed. Thanks for sharing with me, and hope you come back to our blog often,.

Barbara said...

Oh Amen sister, yes love that verse, use it very much indeed.

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Barbara, I loved this post! The pics of this church..are awesome! for I was raised in a primitive Babtist church..windows open, wooden benches, w/homemade cushions, and dinner on the ground! What a sweet memory! Thanks for sharing! Happy:) easter to you and your family!

Theresa said...

What a neat find! Isn't it something how we can get about "someone being in our seat"? Great reminder today.

Anita said...

Love these pictures, Barbara, and the story was so moving. Thanks for sharing and reminding us who took our place.

Donnie said...

That was so poignant Barbara. Maybe they built a new sanctuary someplace else like so many churches are doing these days. It make sme sad to think of all the other alternatives. Havea blessed Easter.

Rocky Mountain Homemaker said...

Blessed Easter to you, Barbara. I loved the photos!

Mary said...

Would love to sit on one of the pews and just be quiet and listen. The memories those walls must hold.
And please Lord, let me never forget...You took my place at Calvary.

Barbara said...

Oh such wonderful comments ladies, it blesses my heart, sad to say, no they did not build a church some where, there are 3 sister churches that all have closed their door. I praise God he has provided himself a lamb, for my sin and my atonement of sin, thank you lord for Calvary indeed, and remember He is alive, he is alive, death could not hold him. He is alive, he is alive the stone was rolled away, Satan though he won the battle when Jesus died on that tree, but Jesus came back from the grave, to win the victory, oh he is alive...

Sharon said...

What a beautiful post and I really did enjoy seeing pics of that old church.
Yes, I must remember that HE did take my place and will always praise my Lord.
Happy Easter to you.

Theresa said...

Sweet post dear Barbara! He took our place and I am forever grateful! Our Alter at our Church gets a good work-out:)

Have a blessed Easter my friend! HUGS!

Samantha said...

Awesome photos and post Barbara !
Thanks for sharing and have a truly blessed Easter weekend.

Kateri said...

Loved the photos of the old church. A simple, but beautiful building. Too bad it is falling to pieces.

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I know you said you honeymooned in the Irish Hills Area. I'd love to hear what your favorite places were. A lot of the buisnesses are no longer functioning, but it is a really pretty place to drive through still, and the history of the place facinates me.

Have a very blessed Easter.

Rita said...

The e-mail should make us all stop and think. We are so blessed that He took our place and gave us life! Happy Easte!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I loved seeing this old church, even though long empty. If those walls could talk...

Well, actually they still are talking, reminding me today of the sacred witness of God's Word and the value of our meeting together. Thank you for sharing. Blessed Resurrection walk to you.

peace~elaine

Deborah said...

Love the story Barbara!

Miss Linda said...

Oh, I do love old buildings and houses like this. I love to imagine the people who entered that building, what they prayed about, what their lives are like. I wonder if the children and grandchildren of the people who built that house of worship are now worshipping elsewhere? God knows, I'm sure.

I love the little story you shared. I have seen that before, and sometimes when I hear complaints about the parking at our church I think of that story. I'm thankful we have such a robust attendance that we have parking problems, and I'm thankful that we live in a country where, at least for the time being, we can assemble without fear of persecution .