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Ever walked into a church you don’t usually attend, where you don’t know anyone?

How did the people there make you feel? Did they welcome you, or did they treat you as if you were an outsider?

Now think about your own church, and how those in your church, including you, treat those who come to your church for the first time. If a person walks into your church smartly dressed and well-presented are they treat the same as when a drunk or homeless person comes in?

Imagine being treated like this

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

I pray that I will never judge someone because of their outward looks, good or bad, but welcome every person into God’s house when they want to enter. We don’t know what others are going through, but God does. He brings people to His church when they are their lowest, in greatest need, so it’s our responsibility as Christians, to welcome them, just as Jesus would.

The song Somebody like me by The Martins, from which the above lyrics are an excerpt, is a great song, and a remind that someone like us needs to step up, and reach out to everyone who seeks shelter, or solace in God’s house.

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

Chorus

You’d think somebody would put their arm around him
You’d think somebody would hit a knee
Pull him in, say a prayer, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there
You’d think somebody would practice what they’re preaching
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Well he’s got problems nobody wants a part of
When he got up and slipped, nobody stood up
They don’t wanna make a scene, they let him walk out of there
Ooh, without a prayer

Chorus

You’d think somebody would do something different
You’d think somebody would go against the grain
Be the one to run him down
Bring him back and turn him around
You’d think somebody would want to make a difference
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Oh, can I get a witness (somebody, somebody), Ooh, Ooh

In your job, if someone fails to turn up for work one morning, I’m sure you try to contact them to make sure they haven’t encountered a problem on their journey to work, and just make sure they are ok.

What about in your church, when one of the people in your church, doesn’t attend one week, what do you d0? Nothing?

What if that person doesn’t turn up at church the following week either?

If we call ourselves Christians, we should be supporting and caring for those around us – and that includes our family, friends, work colleagues, fellow church members.

When someone is absent from church for even one week, isn’t that the time when they are most in need of their fellow Christian brothers and sisters reaching out to them to check how they are, and encourage them by telling them that they have been missed, otherwise they may think no-one has even noticed they were evening missing!

Healer of my heart, Lover of my soul
Maker of the stars, the earth, the sky,
Come and make me whole
Saviour of this world, my voice praises You alone
Healer of my heart, Lover of my Soul.
God made everything in this world, He made me and He made you. He didn’t make us and then abandon us, He made us and has continued to look after us each and every day. He is therefore the only one who can true heal us when we’re when we’re hurting.
Let God make you whole again today, by giving Him your all.

In Jesus Christ every one of God‘s promises is a “Yes” (2 Corinthians 1:19)

During life, there are many times when we questions God, and ask Him why He hasn’t done this or that, or why He hasn’t answered a specific prayer. It’s funny how we’re always quick to question God when we don’t get our own way isn’t it!

Surely we should be concentrating on what God has promised he will do for us.

As the above song The Promise by The Martins says, God always keeps His promises:

‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
My grace will be sufficient in your time of need
My love will be the anchor that you can hold on to
This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

Healer of My Heart by The Martins
 
God of Light, take away the dark of night
Fill me with Your pure delight, touch me with Your hand.
God of grace, flow into this lowly place,
Listen as Your children pray, take me as I am.
 
Chorus
Healer of my heart, Lover of my soul
Maker of the stars, the earth, the sky,
Come and make me whole
Savior of this world, my voice praises You alone
Healer of my heart, Lover of my Soul.
 
Emmanuel, lead me to deepest well
Where never-ending love prevails, drinking from Your cup
Prince of Peace, forever live inside of me,
Keeper of eternity, O Lord, revive me with Your touch
 
Chorus

 

January can be a difficult month for many, as following the highs of Christmas and New Year, the contrast of the following weeks in January when the dark cold mornings and nights when we’re going to and from work can pull us down. It can result in us falling into a darkness, a depression, which can be difficult to shake.

It’s times like these when we must hold onto our faith, and trust God to guide us through and remind us that we can rely on him for everything we need.

I pray that if you’re struggling to cope with life, you will stay faithful to God, and trust Him to help you through these difficult days.

Dreams

Posted: March 2, 2010 in life, religion
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On Saturday and Sunday I talked about dreaming and who/what we dream about while we are sleeping, but today I’d like to focus on our hopes and desires for the future…our dreams for the future.

When we’re young we are encouraged to think about our future and where we want to be in 5, 10 or 20 years times, and what we want to be doing. But do our hopes and dreams for the future mean anything? Well that depends, sometimes we can have very unrealistic dreams when we’re young because we don’t really understand life, while on other ocassions we hear of those who have know what they want to do from a very young age. I think a lot of it comes down to the individual, their surroundings and their support, but that doesn’t mean people who don’t have all these things never fullfill their dreams, as many of them do.

Then there’s those who have no idea what they want from their life, what they want to be or where they want to be. I’d heard of some who fall into this category who found their “dreams” being made up for them by parents/teachers who thought they knew that person well enough to determine their dreams for them…but that never works – they people often end up living a life they don’t want, doing a job they never wanted with no prospect of change.

So where am I going with all this? Well, I’ve mentioned many times before that God plans our life out for us before we’re even born, so isn’t the best way to discover your dreams to ask God?

That doesn’t mean you will never fullfill your dreams, because if you’ve been doing as God desires of you, you’ll find His dreams for you are them same as yours!

Let God take control of your dreams.

That was Dream Big performed by The Martins.