Saturday, January 5, 2008

Commercial Break

My dear husband had a short lived blog life which I think was due to such a heavy schedule and some criticism. With a little nudging, he is back into the blog world. Feel free to visit him at
I just typed the title for this post, and now my brain is whirling. We all need breaks but what about commercials? Combining these two words is nearly an oxymoron! There is, however, an importance in commercial breaks. This year, our congregation is striving for growth. We need to take a break, engage in commerce (witnessing) to yield or make a profit (winning a soul). Maybe typing that title was a nudge from God telling me to take a commercial break.


  1. Hi Jana, I have to disagree with this one.

    "Commercial" means we are selling something. Do we sell faith or God to non-Christians? I don't think so. I think we try to give it others, as God gave it to us.

    "Break" means a stoppage in the normal course of action. Aren't we normally trying to live so that others will come to Jesus? If we aren't, shouldn't we be?

    Sorry, but this is a misleading post. A "commercial break" is an invitation to get a snack and go to the bathroom. No spiritual lesson here. You are trying too hard.

  2. Jana I like your analogy for winning souls. I am looking forward to 2008!

  3. Helen - I do believe that we should always live our life in a manner that would attract people to the God they see in us but allow me in my folly to use the word "commercial" somewhat loosely. In reality, churches are businesses and have their CEO's. They must be organized, abide by the law, and should be incorporated. Commercial doesn't necessarily mean to sell. I can give away a free pen or calendar from my church and it has the potential of commercial value. We don't sell God or faith but we do try and intice people to our local place of congregation. Tony Stewart would be disappointed to know that you chose to get a snack and go to the restroom rather than allow him to convince you to share a sandwich at Subway or buy your home repair needs at Home Depot. People in business do not take their commercials lightly. They are valuable. Yes, Helen, our lives should always display God and His love, but sometimes we need to go beyond just the day to day norm and make a deliberate attempt to draw people to Him. I defend my post.

  4. Debbie - thanks for your comment. I believe this is going to be an exciting year.

  5. Jana, great post and great analogy. BTW good to see Brian back posting.

  6. Prov. 23:23 says, Buy the truth and sell it not... So I think your analogy is good. I too am looking forward to a great year.

  7. Mark - thanks for your comment. I, too, am glad Brian is back to blogging. Even if it is something short, it causes thought. He really got hammered by some people and I think he lost heart. The fact remains, Brian says what he thinks and doesn't hide behind anyone's back.

    Ronda - How can I buy the truth if it is not for sell? LOL j/k Thanks for dropping by and commenting.