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A New Purpose for Church

Don’t just attend church service this Sunday. EMBRACE a relationship with God.

 

Come EXPECTING a true and real touch from the Holy Spirit.

 

Come expecting the Lord to touch your soul as you WORSHIP Him.

 

Come ready to enter Into the fullness of His presence and Word as expressed in the Scriptures. Don’t just read through the Scriptures, take them into your being. SOAK them in.

 

Don’t go to church out of obligation or ritual, come to the house of the living God and be made NEW, be made REFRESHED, be made RESTORED.

 

God is REAL, so when you are truly in His presence, by FAITH, you have no choice but to be CHANGED.

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It’s Sunday

It’s Sunday. An icy one at that. No church today at Five Rivers due to dangerous road and parking lot conditions.

But that will not change the Sabbath. The Sabbath: “A day of rest.”  Oh how I am grateful for that! Can you imagine working each and every day without one day of rest?! Everyone likes that idea.

However the Sabbath is more than that. It is the day to love and honor God. One day out of our seven you are to give exclusively to God. If you don’t pray and worship God on the other six days of the week, you’d better do it at least this one day. God should get one day of your attention.

The Sabbath is not optional. Commandment five: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. God demands the Sabbath. However, He made it for your good to nurture your body, mind and spirit. Just like you demand your children to do certain things- not out of your own selfishness, but out of your love and care for them.

God deserves the Sabbath. He deserves some of you. He made you and everything around you. He has provided everything you need. From your great need of salvation to your simplest need for daily bread, and everything else in between: friends, beauty, love, children, companionship, nature, space, pets, water, laughter, comfort, provision, healing…

You need the Sabbath. Not only does your body need a day of rest, but your spirit needs God.  Every human being is made with a spiritual component. You cannot deny there is a spirit part of man.  It is this part that especially needs God, and without your relationship to God, the rest of your being- your physical, mental and emotional parts- will suffer. When you refocus spiritually- when you look to God, He reveals your spiritual condition.

Others need you to keep the Sabbath. When you refocus spiritually you see the needs around you, and not just your own. Society needs the Sabbath.

I will keep the Sabbath today even if I don’t go to church. I will pray and read God’s Word. When my clan wakes up we’ll read and pray as a family. We’ll sing an old hymn together (even to the sighs of my teenaged sons.) We’ll worship together. Then I’ll rest the remaining of the day as much as I am able.

Later on, of course, I’ll have to make dinner, do laundry and get ready for a new week, and my “resting” will have to come to an end. This evening, out of necessity, I will begin preparing for tomorrow- I will write some lesson plans and grade a few papers. I’ll check my sons’ school work and help them get ready for the week. At the end of the day, as I lay my head to rest I will thank God for this day and lay everything into His hands and sleep. Tomorrow morning, I will be off as a shot. So for today, I will rest as much as I am able.

Remember that God made the Sabbath for us, to help us. We are not made for the Sabbath. We are not a slave to it. The Sabbath was made so we can get some rest, recharge, and refocus. Do as much of this as you can.

So it’s Sunday. A day of rest. Thank God.

By the way, if you are working on Sunday, that’s ok. Just give yourself (and God) another day to be your Sabbath- pick a day, any day.

Ok, back to resting…before everyone else in my house wakes us 🙂

Jerks…they’re out there

There are jerks is this world. Surprise! No matter how good you are or how upstandingly you live your life, you will get jerked around one time or another. It is inevitable. It will definitely happen to you.

Stop believing that the group you’re in, whether Christian or non-Christian, is a happy, blessed sphere where the Lord makes peace to reign between brothers and sisters at all times. Stop thinking that if you always do what is right and fair others will follow suit. Unfortunately, it’s just not true. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.”

Some of you may be saying, “Duh… I know this.” But many of you are thinking that I am being cynical. I am not being cynical. In fact, I believe I am one of the most optimistic around. I am saying this because I forgot that I would receive trouble and when it happened to me, I was caught off guard. Don’t get caught off guard! There are jerks around, and some of them are professing Christians. Yes, those who can talk a great talk about how much they love the ministry or how much they love the Lord will jerk you around when they decide their own agenda is important and  it justifies their unChristian actions. If you are caught off guard when you are really given the shaft, your heart can be broken. This can in turn stop you from doing God’s work, and that is what I want to prevent.

Jesus’s real disciples understand the greatest commandments: Love the Lord God with all your heart…and love your neighbor as yourself. No matter the situation, circumstance, offense or need these two commandments must be paramount in the life of the follower of Christ. No other need is urgent enough to forsake what Jesus asked us to do here–love Him and love others. This is our number one priority and responsibility. An individual or group may think some noble (or at times ignoble) cause might be more important. Other causes may indeed be important, but if you disobey God or hurt another person, then the cause has lost its true worth.

Or an individual or group may want to hurt someone because they want to get revenge for a hurt they themselves received. This, too, is wrong, and if you act on it then you also become a jerk, not to mention a disobedient disciple.

So you will get jerked around…jerks are out there. Don’t get caught off guard. Continue to be faithful in your call to love the Lord with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” 1 Cor 1:7-9