Our Growing World

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

SPROUSE-JIM-88Let me tell you a story about what life looked like in the US 100 years ago. The year is 1914. US population was around 99,000,000. Jonas Salk was born on October 28, and Babe Ruth signed with Boston for $3,500. The average monthly wage was $577 and the average house cost $6,100. The average life expectancy was 52 years; about 16% of Americans had a bathtub; 10% had a phone; there were only 10,000 cars in the US; maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph; Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California; a painter earned 50 cents/hour and a plumber 69 cents/hour for 44 hour work weeks; a dentist earned $2,500 per year, a veterinarian $1,500 and a mechanical engineer about $5,000; 90% of births took place at home; top five leading health causes of death: pneumonia, TB, diarrhea, heart disease, stroke; yet 50% of the worker deaths in the US were in only 2 industries: coal and railroads; heroin was made illegal without a prescription. How things have changed.


At the birth of Jesus of Nazareth the population of the world was 200 million. At the close of 2013 it is 7.04 billion. So, let me tell you a story about what life looks like in the rest of the world in this year. If we could shrink the Earth’s population to a village of exactly 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the world would look like this: 60 Asians, 11 Europeans, 15 Africans, and 14 from the Americas; 50 would be female and 50 male; 67 would be non-Christian and 33 Christian; 89 would be heterosexual and 11 homosexual; 6 people would possess 60% of all the earth’s wealth; 72 would live in substandard housing; 83 are able to read; 50 suffer from malnutrition; 1 is near death and 1 is near birth.


Now, let me tell you one more story. You, I and all who worship with God at Trinity Church are on a grand adventure together with Jesus Christ. Jesus knows how badly things in His world are out of balance. And He expects His church to address human needs and conditions on a global scale. Only God knows what wonderful challenges and adventures lay ahead for us in year 2014; what new faces will join our happy throng; what familiar faces will disappear from our earthly fellowship. We are all just passing through time. We, each of us, have only a limited time in which to address the world’s needs we have inherited from our previous generations. We can see the incredible changes that occurred in the US over the last 100 years. What if the entire world could experience such dramatic, life-altering change. With full confidence that God knows where our journeys meet, let’s embrace one another and the global community with an esprit de corps. and enthusiasm for ministry together with Christ that continues proclaiming the greatest story being told.


Ask Biscuit

by Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Hi, kids of Trinity!

Biscuit staff photo I hope your Christmas was wonderful. I got some special dog biscuits and a new toy, so I’m happy. (I know that’s not the real meaning of Christmas. It’s Jesus!)

I wanted to share one of the questions I’ve received. This one is from Zachary. He writes, “I’ve been hearing a lot about prayer at home and the importance of talking to God. When do you talk to God?” Thanks for asking, Zach!

Talking to God is important. That’s what prayer is – it’s just talking to God! God wants us to share our happiness, our fears and our needs. Even though God already knows what’s on our hearts, we should always go to God in prayer. The cool part is that God is always ready to listen and help us.

As for Zachary’s question about when I talk to God, I like to talk to God when I’m on long walks with my family. God made the earth and the sky, the trees and the birds. (I like chasing the squirrels God made, too.) Going for walks makes for good God-talking time.

If you have a question for me, just go to bit.ly/askbiscuit.

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Biscuit paws


Turkey and Thanks

Biscuit staff photoby Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Happy fall, kids of Trinity!

One of my favorite holidays is coming up. Do you know what it is? That’s right; it’s Thanksgiving. I’m a Labrador Retriever and if you know anything about Labs, you know we like to eat. So, it makes sense that I love Turkey Day.

I also like Thanksgiving because it reminds us to be thankful. I have a lot of reasons to be grateful. I have a family that loves me, lots of friends and a great job as Trinity’s mascot. I also know that I’m lucky to have a place to live, and I never have to worry about having enough food. A lot of kids and pets can’t say the same. We should say an extra prayer for them this holiday.

Grab your Bible and find Psalm 107, verse one. It’s a good one to memorize. This verse reminds us to always be thankful to God, and remember He will love us always and forever.

When you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to think about the blessings in your life. I count you and all my Trinity family as special blessings.

Until then, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!paws