Lord, who can teach You?
Can any being on earth?
Can any instruct?
Do You hunt advice?
From whom would You seek counsel?
Which soul could lead God?
So, people just don’t go to church anymore. I’m not talking about those who just go at Christmas and Easter. I mean those who never attend services at all anymore, if they ever did.
This is for those who count themselves as Christians; who study the bible and pray each day; who may watch some pastor on Sunday TV worship shows. Many are sincere and loving people who consider themselves good, faithful believers, however they don’t set foot in any kind of a public worship service.
This is for those who even once attended a church but left because they didn’t get along in a “corporate” worship environment. So they do their worshiping from their homes, or in some other way rather than with fellow saints.
My dear friends, if you are reading the bible correctly, you can’t ignore the examples of worship from the early church, which are commands of God, to meet together as a group of fellow believers.
You can’t dismiss singing not only to praise God but to lift each other up in spirit. You can’t turn a blind eye to giving of your monies for the work of the church, nor hearing a proper sermon. And you certainly can’t snub the Lord’s Holy Communion. By definition, breaking the bread is a shared activity among Christians as set forth by Christ Himself.
Therefore, the true and sincere follower of God through Christ Jesus needs to have a fellowship with like-minded believers on Sunday, which is the Lord’s Day. My friends, this is not to be taken lightly. It is a command of the Lord to worship Him on the first day of the week, and to do so in concert with other members of the church.
So then, if you truly wish to practice your faith in an acceptable manner before the Lord, you need to find a church group to worship with. It doesn’t have to be in a church building, although it has facilities which make worship easier.
No, you can meet in a recreation center, or a park, or even in an open pasture or field if you wish! Buildings are only brick and mortar; people are “the church.”
Okay, maybe you have had a bad experience with others in a “church setting.” It happens, as sad as that may be. Maybe you had a disagreement with one or more of the members. Perhaps you are angry or uncomfortable with the thought of returning to that church group…or ANY church gathering for that matter.
Congratulations, you have made Satan a very happy individual!
He doesn’t want you in worship services anyway. He wants you to believe you can sit at home and fulfill the Lord’s wishes for glorifying the One who gave you life. And what about the Savior, who gave His life so you could experience heaven? Don’t even begin to believe that He is happy when you disregard His Father’s commands for formal worship!
Therefore, it is your responsibility to seek out a church group of bible believers with whom you can get along, and praise the Lord together. Find a church like mine, where the members actually care about one another, and pray for each other.
Find a church like mine where they know your name, and handshakes and even hugs are for everyone. This comes not only from a polite greeting, although that is certainly a part of it. But the main feeling is born out of genuine Christian brotherly love for all people who come to worship God with them.
Will there be some differences between people? Maybe. Might there even be a disagreement over something? Perhaps.
But such things give you an opportunity to take the person aside and talk things out, as God would have you do. This is one way a person grows in Christ and matures in faith. To storm out with hurt feelings and cut ties to going back to that or any church is not the proper Christian response nor attitude!
My friends in the faith, this is not easy for me to write today. It is meant to be a mild scolding to those who are staying away from church fellowship and worship services. But it is necessary sometimes to stand up and say things like this for the sake of people’s souls, and for Christ, the Savior of souls!
Please take these words to heart and do not make excuses for staying away from public worship with fellow saints. According to one survey, fewer than 4 out of 10 people born between 1946 and 1996 go to church weekly. This is just not right in the sight of God…
So please take this post in the way it was intended; to stir people out of their homes or other activities and back into church services. These words are offered in love for your consideration, please take them to heart!
MY EARTHLY DAD
With these three words,
“Dear Heavenly Father,”
I begin my every prayer,
But the man I see
While on bended knee
Is always my earthly dad.
He is the image
Of the Father divine
Reflecting the nature of God,
For his love and care
And the faith he shared
Pointed me to my Father above.
My hero is the quiet type,
No marching bands, no media hype,
But through my eyes, it’s plain to see,
A hero, God has sent to me.
With gentle strength and quiet pride,
All self-concern is set aside,
To reach out to his fellow man,
And be there with a helping hand.
Heroes are a rarity,
A blessing to humanity.
With all they give and all they do,
I’ll bet the thing you never knew,
My hero has always been you.
Praising God – The First Thing!
Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? Have you ever been in a situation that you feel all alone? Or have you encountered a difficult situation in your life and you don’t know what to do, like losing your job or suffering the loss of someone very close to your heart? Consider the good times such as when you receive a raise from your boss or earn high marks at school? What do you usually do during these moments? Praising God makes every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and eminently worthwhile.
Webster defines the word praise as to say good things about and it is synonymous to words such as admire, commend, extol, honor, and worship. A definition of Christian praise is the joyful thanking and adoring of God, the celebration of His goodness and grace.1 This simply implies that the act of praising is rightfully due to God alone.
Praising God – Why?
Why is praising God important? The reasons are countless. First, God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise:
- “For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods” (Psalm 96:4).
- “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:3).
- “I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies” (2 Samuel 22:4).
- “You are worthy, our LORD and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11).
Second, praising God is useful and favorable for us. By praising God, we are reminded of the greatness of God! His power and presence in our lives is reinforced in our understanding. “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant” (Psalm 135:3).
Third, praise discharges strength in faith, which causes God to move on our behalf. “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2). Praising God also transforms the spiritual environment that we have. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 clearly illustrates the alteration that happened when the Levites gave praise and thanks to the Lord and the temple was filled with a cloud signifying the glory of God. “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.”
Fourth, God inhabits the atmosphere of praise. Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel” (KJV). If we want to see a clear manifestation of God’s blessings and grace, all we need to do is to praise Him with all our heart, our mind, and our soul…
(Read more at: http://www.allaboutgod.com/praising-god.htm)