The cutie little birds!!! : )
Oh, we had such a good church service this morning. My hope for all of you for the new year is that you would find a good, Bible-teaching church to go to every Sunday morning. To be in the company of fellow followers of Christ and hear the Word of the Lord spoken and sing worship songs together is one of the best things to look forward to all week. If we aren't looking forward to it, it means that there is something wrong with us, not God. We shouldn't wake up on Sunday morning feeling like we HAVE to go to church. It should be something we anticipate the moment Monday morning rolls around, and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday....................and Saturday night we should be feeling in our hearts that we CAN go to church (unless, of course, there are circumstances in which you just physically cannot go which, in case, God already knows).
Think of the past year for you, or your loved ones, or your friends. As I think back, I know of a lot of hurt, a lot of pain, a lot of distress, a lot of worry, a lot of fear. But I also look back and see some good times as well. There were still things to laugh about. There were still things to be happy about. There were still things to look forward to. There is still beauty - in the sunrise and sunset, the stars at night, the flowers (even though you might need to go to the flower shop during the winter!). God allows the pain and He allows the beauty. So what do we do with that? How do we respond to that? Do we just love God and give Him our time and attention when everything is going the way we want it to go? Or do we give up when things are tough?
It is my opinion that going to church every week strengthens us for the days to come. If we don't go to church on Sunday, it just feels like another day - and who needs that?! Don't we all need a day that is special and set apart? I know I do. I almost feel sad when worship service is over - it's like, can't we do a little more? : )
And how about the new year to come? My guess is that this world isn't going to automatically get better. The Bible forewarns us about the times we are living in. It goes so far as to say "the days are evil" - so, how do we begin a brand new year with that thought in mind? As I posted last week - we need to put God first. We need to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. We need to pray. But one thing I forgot to mention - we need to get to a Bible-teaching church. It's so sad to hear that church attendance is down everywhere. Do we find we need more sleep on Sunday mornings? Do we find we need more alone time on Sunday mornings? Is it because we don't feel like it's a big deal anymore? When is worshiping God - the God who gave us breath today - not a big deal?
If I sound passionate about this, I am. Let us, once again, look forward to worship on Sundays. Let us fill the seats, sing songs of praise, listen to the teaching from the Bible, pray together as a community, have fellowship, and grow in our faith. And watch God's blessings flow! : )