Posts Tagged ‘church’

Where 2 or 3 are Gathered

February 2, 2016

“I also tell you this–if two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask for, my Father in heaven will do it for you.  For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I will be right there among them.”  Matt. 18:19-20

These are the words of Jesus Himself, so we can believe them because He said them, or we can disbelieve Him.  There’s power in numbers here.  For one thing, when more than one agree in prayer, you can believe the petition isn’t silly, it isn’t overly selfish, and it isn’t something that goes against the teachings of Jesus.  A group checks its members.  But beyond that, He says something just astounding.  When we gather because we are His, He is there.  What would our prayers sound like if we remembered He is there?  What a reason to continue in fellowship with other believers!   What a reason not to say to ourselves “Oh I’ll just pray on my own and maybe watch church on television.”

Church and Excuses 2

February 20, 2010

When asking someone to come to church with you, don’t be surprised to hear the number one excuse.  “I don’t go to church because its too full of hypocrites”.  Well, imagine that!  A hypocrite is one who upholds standards of behavior or ideals that are too high to be reached, and they often fail to live up to the standards they profess.  Consider the alternative.  I could lower my standards until I’m sure I will never have a problem living up to them.  Then instead of being a hypocrite, I will be accused of all sorts of names given to lazy, underachieving people.  Its a no-win situation.    A better answer to this excuse is:  “How can someone claim to love God whom they can’t see, if they can’t stand his followers whom they do see.”  I’m actually paraphrasing the first letter of the apostle John.

Does Church Make a Person Better?

August 16, 2008

I think there are a lot of people going to church to try to make themselves feel better.  Some will be self-righteous to feel better.  Some will be super-legalistic, sure they are ok if they keep a million little rules.  The ones who really know their Lord, who have been touched by Him, who talk to him daily, listen to Him and let Him love them, will in turn love others.  They won’t be perfect, but they will be different and you will see it in the good and loving way they live their lives.  They may or may not be in church, but they will have had a life changing experience with their Lord.

Having a church home

February 28, 2008

I think the ninth most important thing in life is to have a church home.  The people in one’s church are extended family.  We take care of each other, and the things that go on in and because of churches, (which get absolutely no publicity outside the church), are the things that help people and communities survive.  However a lot of people will never know the help, encouragement and inspiration they could receive in a church.  They say “you will never catch me in a church, thats guaranteed!”

Here are the two main reasons I’ve heard why people don’t go to church.

 

  1. The people in church are all hypocrites.

 

What is the definition of a hypocrite?  A hypocrite is someone who doesn’t live up to the standards he professes.  If that’s true, then there are hypocrites outside the church as well as inside.  Many people in the professions have a standard of excellence they can’t always attain.  They wouldn’t think of themselves as hypocrites for holding high standards, nor, would most of the world think so either.  That derogatory application of the term only seems to apply to people in church.  Would you want your doctor to lower his standards so as to avoid being called a hypocrite?  Would you want your lawyer, pharmacist, teachers, or any other professional to lower their standards because they can’t always keep them?  Nonsense!  But most folks jump all over church people for holding out high standards, when they can’t perfectly keep them.  What is the alternative?  You see the alternative all the time.  A lot of people set their own standards, and make sure they only set standards they can always meet.  Such a person might say, “I’m a good person.  I’ve never murdered anyone.  I don’t abuse children or animals.  I help people when I feel the urge to do so.”  Of course, there are many other moral standards such a person could have, but they don’t.  They could also do a quite a bit more good if they didn’t mind being put out or making some sacrifices, but they don’t feel that’s necessary either.  Of course, such a person couldn’t be accused of hypocrisy because they don’t violate their rather simple standards, but then their reach doesn’t extend very far either.

  

  1. The preachers are all in it for the money, they disagree with one another, and the people in church are more troubled than the people outside the church.

 I decided it was foolish to go to the doctor anymore.  Most doctors are in it for the money, they disagree with one another, and the people in the doctor’s waiting room are sicker than the people out in the street.

Most people who complain about the people in church consider themselves to be better than “those church people”.  My prayer is that no one should refuse heaven because they can’t stand the people inside.

  Nonni