- Good morning and evening worship.
- We had 44-45 people for AM worship. I hope this is not going to be the norm untile Easter. We are still missing 15 or so people each week. It may be sickness, vacations, or good old fashioned cutting service.
- I started a new series called It’s time to . . . and the title of the message was Develop a New Attitude toward Giving. The Scripture was 1 Chronicles 29:8-18. There were three principles that needed to be understood to develop a new attitude toward giving; joyful giving, everything is God’s, and God tests the hearts.
- It was very quiet in the sanctuary during this sermon. Why is so hard to give to God’s work and back to Him what is already His? I believe that this is the closet in our hearts that needs to be cleansed by the Holy Spirit. We are fine following other Christian disciplines except when it is time to give. We don’t like it. We don’t enjoy it. We think we can’t afford it. Yet, we cannot afford not to give.
- In our PM service we had a great discussion about this article. Questions to ponder were what should we pass down to our children? A building or faith? What is more important to God? People or a church building? What is the church? A building or those who have surrendered to Christ? Are churches supposed to be monuments or lives that are sold out to Christ? Does it matter who builds the church? Should the church be built by humans or God? And, do those who build the church run it?
- One of the points in our discussion was whether or not God wants His churches to flee urbanization or stay and minister to the community. I wrote about the modern day Rapture of the Church a while back. It was about churches who flee their responsibility to the people.
- If you attend church, you should know that I believe that we will give an account for what we did not do for the Lord. In other words, if we do not minister to the “least of these,” this will be a problem. Jesus said, “Depart from Me, for I never knew you” to those who do not do this.