*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.
Pontiac House of Pizza – 10531 Two Notch Rd, Elgin, SC
It’s not everyday that we make it out of our windowless office to see the bright sunshine, but a few weeks ago on the most blessed of days, our job required us to go on a shopping trip. We had to buy furniture and décor to create a set for the new online Bible study, so we met Megan (our volunteer style coordinator and shopper) and her daughter Georgia in Sandhills. By the time we got to the first store, Megan had already picked out most of the set. (Praise!) After hitting up a couple of other stores to search for the remaining items, it was lunch time, and we were hungry.
As a small token of our appreciation, we took Megan and Georgia out to eat and let them pick the place. They went with an unexpected choice, Pontiac House of Pizza. Even though I had never been to Pontiac House of Pizza, I had a good idea of the food. Growing up just down the road from Northeast Columbia, my family would frequent Lugoff House of Pizza and Camden House of Pizza. There’s a House of Pizza in every small town and they are all Greek and family owned. You can expect pizza (obviously), pastas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and traditional Mediterranean foods. While it’s not fancy, you can also expect it to be good.
I ordered some pita bread and tzatziki sauce to start off because it’s one of my absolute favorites. Restaurants like Pontiac House of Pizza always make it better than your more corporate restaurants too. For my meal, I was in a hot sandwich mood, so I got the cheesesteak with mushrooms. Megan also ordered the cheesesteak with fries, while Georgia got a small cheese pizza.
Aaron went with the lunch lasagna special, which came with bread and a side salad. He seemed to thoroughly enjoy it, though with all of that food, he probably needed a nap after.
All in all, the food was solid, the service was prompt and friendly, and most importantly, I got to spend some time getting to know Megan and Georgia. In a church our size, it’s hard to get to know everyone, so I always love getting opportunities to new (to me) folks. There are a lot of cool, talented, and interesting people here at First Baptist, so I encourage you to venture off from your usual crew and get to know some more of them! And huge thanks to Megan for lending us her interior design talents and giving us a big chunk of her day.
Where is Your Trust?
How often do we sabotage ourselves because we place our trust in the wrong thing? This question can result in some deep reflection if we allow ourselves to go there. Hindsight is 20/20 and I can see many times when I allowed myself to sink into worry and despair over things that seem silly now. There have been times that I’ve failed to make the best decision, times when I took matters into my own hands because I didn’t think that God was listening, times when I sinned because I didn’t trust His character. That’s what sin is, isn’t it? At the heart of sin is the lack of trust that God will fulfill His promises to us. When we sin, we tell God, on some level, that we trust ourselves, our friends, our family, the government, the media, whatever it is, more than we trust Him because when we sin, we fail to do things God’s way.
In Psalm 20, King David and his people were facing the same dilemma that we face—trust God, or trust in something else. Though this is a Psalm of David, it seems that David took the prayers of the people and composed them into this song. This is a prayer for the king (David) by the people before David is about to go to battle. These are prayers of trust, prayers of faith. Before God does anything, they know that God will deliver the king because he is God’s anointed. Then in verses seven and eight, they state where their trust is and how it is different from the other nations.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” (Psalm 20:7-8)
We could rephrase this to fit our time and hit closer to home. “Some trust in guns, tanks, nuclear warfare, political parties, money, and status, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Is that true for us? When you hear the negative news about our country and our world, do you sink into despair, or do you trust in the Name of the Lord our God?
About Psalm 20:8, G. Campbell Morgan states in Searchlights From The Word, “This is the language of faith, not after the battle, but before it.” The Hebrew people declared victory in the name of God before the battle was even fought. May we live lives of faith and trust in the same way, declaring victory before the battle is fought, knowing that God’s will and promises will be fulfilled.
Have A Seat At Our Table
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Hi! I’m April. I work on staff here at FIRST designing a bunch of things for print and Web. I believe that world peace can be achieved over a pan of fresh baked biscuits and everyone coming to faith in Jesus. Ok, really it’s just Jesus, but the biscuits help.