In Charles Schultz’s famous Peanuts comic strip the little dog Snoopy is
recalling the past. “I remember those summer evenings years ago at the
Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. We used to sit around and sing while someone strummed a

After a long sigh Snoopy sits up and says, “Actually, that’s not true. No
one knew how to play the banjo and we didn’t exactly sing. We just howled a

The cartoon brings to mind the old saying, “Things aren’t the way they
used to be — and they never were!” Too many churches are living in the
past; a past that memory has romanticized and that may never have been as great
as we remember it. In any case, the past must always be the foundation upon
which we build in the present for the sake of the future.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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