By Donald Cline
So, I’m out walking the dogs after church tonight. And, as I always do, I was just talking with God, thanking him for another opportunity to be in His house, for the good people who chose to come out, for our workers, for His precious Word. In general just praising Him for being such a great God!
Then I just stopped talking and listened. If we’ll do that, we’ll be amazed at what He says. He got me thinking about church attendance. While I’ve learned to be so grateful for all who choose to show up for each and every service they are able to, God impressed upon me these thoughts:
Suppose you decided going to work was an option. One day you wake up, don’t feel like going to work for no good reason and just take the day off. Don’t call anyone. No text message. No email. No Facebook/Instagram/Tweet/LinkedIn. Nothing. You figure work is an option anyway. No big deal.
How long do you think you’ll be taking home a paycheck from that job?
Clearly, I’m being a bit facetious. But am I? Yes, to feed our families, pay the bills, keep a roof over our head, we need a job. Not showing up is not an option. No work, no paycheck. They just don’t make park benches as comfortable as they used to be.
So, why is attending church services seen as an option to so many? And I’m talking to church members. Those blood-bought born again, redeemed, made righteous by the blood of the Lamb Christians who have chosen to be associated with a good church. Olde Tyme or any other church.
So many people will use any excuse to not attend. A third cousin’s baby has their first birthday on a Sunday morning and “gotta be there!” Canada is playing for the Gold Medal at 4:AM. Must be patriotic! Missing the game isn’t an option. Church is. Got a hang nail. No problem. After all, church is optional.
Word of the Day
Much of what I see as being purported as “faith” today is nothing more than superstition. In our human minds we have conjured up the idea that “faith” is some sort of magic wand that we use to get “our needs” met. That “faith” is our way of getting heaven to bow to us as lords and forget that we are the servant. That “faith” is some mystical “pie-in-the-sky” idea that we just talk about simply because we are “Christians” and are “supposed” to have. That “faith” is our way of “getting ahead” in life. That “faith” applies only to our becoming “comfortable” financially in life. That “faith” protects us for “being victims” in life and will not allow us to go through life’s painful experiences.
All of the above is nothing more than superstition and have no resemblance to the Bible’s description of “faith”. “Faith” has no part in any of the above. “Faith” only applies in our obedient response to the Words of the Living God.
Need some encouragement? “Just a little farther now. Stay at it. Don’t give up. We are almost there”
Originally posted on Serve Him in the Waiting:
Is life nothing more than toil? Do you find yourself feeling like you are barely hanging on to your semblance of competency, sanity, order, peace, hope?
Do you long for rest? For a day without struggling?
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who realize how small, frail, and weak they are, and that they need someone bigger, smarter, wiser, and stronger to turn to, and those who resist admitting this, even to themselves.
Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog:
…Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(2 Thessalonians 2:6-10)
Evil thrives on lies. The fall of man came about by the acceptance of a lie. Satan himself is the father of lies. Lying and evil are indivisible.
We are currently living in a time of the mass acceptance of evil. Daily the case is being successfully made for things such as homosexual marriage, abortion, pedophilia, the justification of Islamic terror. People are unwittingly being conditioned to accept the previously unacceptable through the various forms of mass media.