Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Being There

Buried within all of my Grandfather's prayers, I found this brief teaching:

Dear Abby gave reasons who people go to church. Some go to pray, some go to pray that they might meet someone. Other reasons were: habit, training, fear of punishment from THE LORD if they don't, to be seen, to see who else is there, to show off a new outfit, to get spiritual inspiration, to socialize.

From the above reasons we all could select at least several of them. But the important part is we are going to church. By so doing, maybe some spiritual growth will rub off. Remember JESUS' disciples had to work long and hard to sell Christianity. Our task today is much easier.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) explains why we need to go to church: "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Simply being around GOD's people, HIS truth and HIS principles on a regular basis will not leave us unchanged. Remember that saying, "Half of life is just showing up?" It's that way in our spiritual life, too.

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