Posts Tagged ‘church’

time for godYou would think that someone who takes the time to get up on a Sunday morning and go to church, would want to be there wouldn’t you?

Well, I recently heard of someone who did exactly that, but then 45 minutes into the service started making comments to their neighbour that it was “going to be a long meeting” all because the meeting had been going for 45 minutes and the leader hadn’t started the sermon yet. They finished by adding that “this was ridiculous”!

Personally I find it ridiculous that someone who had obviously gone to church of their own accord not only thought those things, but that they actually shared their thoughts with their neighbour! The meeting in question was apparently one in which everyone there (or almost everyone!) felt God’s presence right from the start of the service, and that the comments from this individual were an unwanted interruption to their neighbour’s spiritual experience with God that day.

Maybe this individual had gone to church that morning out of habit or duty, which isn’t in itself wrong – I myself admit that I’ve attended meetings (Salvation Army services) sometimes just because I felt I should, rather than because I’ve wanted to be there. However on many of these occasions I have been glad I made the effort to go as God has drawn very close to me during these times.

I just don’t understand why someone who obviously didn’t want to be at a service felt it acceptable to disrupt other people’s experience of God? Were they so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice their neighbour felt God’s presence very close to them, or did they simply not care what their neighbour was experiencing?

So please, if you take the time to go to church, even if you don’t necessarily want to be there, be sensitive to those around you, God may be speaking directly to them, and passing comment about how long the service is  or even about what is being preached really is not helpful.

DebtSadly we live in an age where debt and need seem to be prevalent, and if anything the situation seems to be getting worse as more and more people in our communities are struggling to stay on top of their money problem.

So financially many in our communities are struggling, but what about their spiritual well-being?

Sadly I personally think that is just as bad a situation as their finances, as so many churches are finding fewer and fewer people attending, resulting in many churches being forced to either amalgamate with other churches, or close completely.

I don’t have any magic solutions on how to help those struggling financially, however as far as the spiritual well-being of those around us we can all do something to help them…

Tell them about God, and how He loves them and can help them in every situation life throws their way.

So go on, help this world in debt by telling those around you about God, because He will make a huge difference in everyone’s life.

I’ve heard is said many times that” We must look after our young people because they are the future of our (Salvation) Army (church)”.

Personally I have a little bit of an issue with that statement, as I consider them to be the present and the future of our church!

Just because they are young, and very early in their Christian journey, doesn’t mean they don’t have deep personal experience of God in their lives already. Plus, whatever we  do or say to these youngsters just now in their formative years, will shape their Christian development and help mould them into the adults they will become.

So for me, the young folk in our church are a huge part of our present, because without them, our church has no future.

mission-and-vision

Person holding planet earthRemember that God is in all things from Creation to Christ to Church to The Final Coming of Jesus! Therefore He wants you to be part of His story by being part of history.

He doesn’t stop there wither, because not only is He inviting you to be part of His story, He wants you to bring along other too, the more the better!

Take this opportunity to be a history maker, and be part of God’s story today and every day. Be blessed in all you do, and do so in His Name.

Go on make history today!

History Maker by Delirious:

Let your church help!

The James 5:13-15 (Good News Translation) we are offered the following advice when we are hurting:

Are any among you in trouble? They should pray. Are any among you happy? They should sing praises.  Are any among you sick? They should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub olive oil on them in the name of the Lord. This prayer made in faith will heal the sick; the Lord will restore them to health, and the sins they have committed will be forgiven.

counsellingThe above verses reminds us that there will be times when trying to cope by ourselves will get us nowhere. Therefore we must reach out to our church community as they can offer you spiritual support as well as practical support during these difficult days.

Be in the presence of other as they worship and sing praise to God, ask them to pray with you and for you. The above passage from James can be adapted to read as follows:

Is any one of you grieving? He or she should call the elders of the church to pray …

In conclusion, don’t try to get through these days on your own, turn to your church community for support, I’m sure you’ll find them supportive.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I can think of one or two and I’m sure there are plenty of others, however there is one particular moment which I find still haunts me to this moment.

Of all the daft things I’ve done in my time, I’m not sure why this particular moment sticks out in my memory more than any other.

So first let me build you a picture of the time and situation…I was probably about 19 or 20, so it was a few years ago! It was a Sunday morning and as usual my dad gave me a lift to our Sunday morning meeting…at this time my mum had stopped attending the salvation army for a short time, my dad never attended but still willingly gave me a lift to the hall.

At this particular time I was still attending Rutherglen salvation army however it was while our new hall was being built so we shared church halls with one of our local churches.

At this time I was had been a senior soldier in the salvation army for a year or two, and at that time we were wearing the older style uniform which meant that yes, I was one of those ones who wore the funny hat which we called a bonnet!

…and that’s where my embarrassment started!

Those bonnets had a couple of bows at the side which in order to keep them from getting squashed or flattened when stored, we used to keep rolled up tissue paper in them.

Have you guessed where I’m going with this yet?

Well this particular Sunday morning I remember I was running a little later so was rushing to get ready and get to the hall in time, so I forgot to take the white tissue paper out of the bows in my bonnet!!!

Well fortunately for me I didn’t get too far into the hall before someone told me what I’d done. That didn’t stop my embarrassment of course as I still felt everyone had seen me and everyone was laughing at me…

So there you go that’s my most embarrassing moment. I know it’s maybe no that bad but it was for me, and I still feel mortified by it! I guess that says more about me than about what happened. I’ve always felt as tho I’ve struggled to be accepted and doing stupid things such as this just highlighted that I was (and still am) a quiet n shy individual and gave more reason for others to ridicule me unnecessarily just because I was being me!

Maybe this story explains one of the reasons I was never a great fan of the bonnet, and am so happy we now only wear our bowlers when we’re outside or at funerals!

In a world that needs Christ, the world also needs love and laughter and it needs peace…

 

We can pray and hope for peace, but as far as taking Christ to the world, there is no reason why you and me can’t do that. As I said in Tuesday’s blog post Get Out There!, the people in our communities are unlikely to wander into our church as they see it as something they know little about and something they don;t want to be part of. However if we take your church outside our church buildings, the people in our communities will see us and hear our message.

Let’s spread some love and laughter in the world.

Let’s tell the world about Christ and spread some peace in our communities. 

A few weeks ago, while watching one of the episode of Reverse Missionaries which has been showing on BBC2, I was reminded that we’re never going to spread God‘s message of love and forgiveness to the whole world if we don’t actually get out there and tell them!

Let me put it this way, when the doors of your church are open, how many people who don’t regularly attend church, just wander in to find out what’s going on? I suspect there are very few. However look at an alternative, where we Christians get out of our seats in our church and actually take our church out to the people in our communities.

We can’t expect the community to come to us, but if we take the church to the community they’ll see what we’re all about. If we make our message interesting and relevant to them we can encourage them to get to know God, and maybe then they may want to come into our church.

Preaching at non-christians just doesn’t work, that’s exactly what will alienate them to God and to church. We must find common ground with them and use that as a way to gain their trust and gradually tell them about God. Then we can only pray that the seed we have planted in their life will grow and help them turn to God and to a church.

Go on, let’s get out there into our communities and tell them God’s message.

What do you think of when you hear the word “worship”?

Church, praise meeting, singing…?

How about prayer? Does that strike you as being an act of worship?

At first when I getting my thoughts together for this blog post, I had to say I didn’t really think prayer was a true act of worship. However we’re reminded in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

God wants us to pray, to rejoice in Him and thank Him for all He does for us. By praying to God we are showing Him just how much we love and adore Him.

God tells us to “pray without ceasing”, but He doesn’t mean we should pray continually all the time, as that would be unachievable. However He does expect us to pray daily and thus worship Him on a daily basis.

Worship God today, pray!

In a world full of hatred and despair, there is a great need…a great need for Jesus. That’s why although we may have different beliefs and serve God in different ways in different churches and organisations, we must work together as one global church to fight evil and lead others into a relationship with Christ.

I know in my places these days, these are a “Churches Together” group where different religions/organisations come together to share views and exchange ideas of how we can best use our resources in our community.

We shouldn’t be slagging off other religions or churches just because they are different from our own, we should be working with other churches, finding common ground and building on those common foundations so that we can spread God’s message to those who have never heard of God, or those who have turned away from Him.

Please don’t discriminate against other people just because they have different beliefs from your own which you may not agree with, cause ultimately we are all children of God and as such God expects us to love one another despite our differences.

The world needs God and God needs us to win other souls for His kingdom.

I think We Could Change The World by Matt Redman fits in perfectly with my thoughts today, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.