Text(s): Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51-62
In the memories of the recent past the heart of Gilbert was agriculture. During the 1920s, the town of Gilbert was internationally recognized as the “Hay Capital of the World”; however, the agricultural presence diminished throughout the decades. As a country girl and a farmer’s daughter to whom Gilbert is home, I cherish those precious moments of admiring the fields and dairies while traveling Elliot Road; however those moments are gone with the wind.
Agriculture is “more than cows and plows”, a slogan of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. Agriculture has been transformed through out the eras with the development of progressive techniques and the invention of agricultural machinery. American agriculture in the 18th century survived by the calles upon the hands of the farmers and their horsepower, and the horsepower was four-legged not miles per hour. However, during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, American agriculture has been blessed with progressive machinery including the plow, the reaper (or harvester), and the gasoline tractor. The American farmer, in the year 1994, embraced satellite technology, which enabled the modern farmer to track and plan their farming practices. However, the challenges toiled and the products reaped have remained untouched by the hands of time.
Christian Discipleship, likewise, has been transformed throughout the eras with the establishment of the churches and the spiritual practices to deepen our faith. With the invention of the Printing Press in 1463, the human experience and the Christian Read the rest of this entry »