A Minister’s Message: Don’t Flee From Church While on Holiday


By Dr. Kerry Knight, Min Kerry KnightEmerald Beach Church of Christ

“And they all forsook Him and fled.” (Mark 14:50)

We cringe when we remember how the disciples of Jesus left Him when he was arrested by the angry Jewish mob. What made matters worse was the reaction of His followers, as they seemingly ran for their lives. They would eventually return to His side after His resurrection, but it certainly put a black eye on their discipleship.

Those of us who live in Panama City and the Beaches are blessed with a huge influx of visitors this time of year. Our churches can even double their size. People from practically every state of the union come to enjoy our pristine beaches, restaurants and fun-filled amenities. However, when Sunday rolls around many visitors take a vacation from church.

Now I understand that this is a getaway, but could we not spare an hour of our trip worshiping God? Bring a pair of church clothes, and meet some new friends. Many of those who come here do visit their church, and some even find a new congregation that pleases them. I have always said, “A great place to meet your future husband or wife is at church.”

Young men and women, think about having fun in Florida and meeting some new friends. I am 74 years old now, but I came to Panama City when I was a teenager every summer. My wife and I spent our honeymoon here 54 years ago, and it will always be a special place for us.

Spending time worshiping God will enrich your life. Come visit us at the Emerald Beach Church of Christ on Alf Coleman Road by Shipwreck Island water park. Our Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. We’ll look forward to your visit.