Once upon a time, there was a man who looked upon Christmas as a lot of humbug. He wasn’t a scrooge. He was a kind and decent person, generous to his family, upright in all his dealings with other men. But
Interesting during times of tragedy when people of all stripes tend to come together through prayer and offer prayers as a comfort to victims, families, and communities, that the godless among us consider heartfelt prayers either meaningless platitudes that should be done away with, outright offensive, or both.
According to the Bible, believers should go to church regularly so that they can:
- Hear God’s Word taught faithfully
- Pray together
- Be accountable to one another
- Encourage one another
One of my favorite Bible stories is that of Zachaeus from Luke 19:1-10. “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see… Read More ›
The local church is the center of the Christian’s worship. This is where our sacrifice for sin—our altar—is presented and understood (Hebrews 13:10; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:23). This is where our worship begins and flows out into the life. We damage the growth of Christian graces in the life if we neglect the assembling of the church (Ephesians 4:11–16; Hebrews 10:24–25).
I was from the streets, the product of a broken home, and I was tough loner who didn’t need anyone. Love died to me years before and was replaced with anger and a fight or flight reflex that never rested. You want a fight? Bring it on but keep your love to yourself, or else.
A while back I was speaking and asked for a show of hands, “How many of the wives have had too much affirmation over the past month?”
Laughter broke out across the room. No, haven’t had too much of that.
Although my parents called themselves Catholic, we rarely went to church. And when we did, even though I recall having an interest in the arts and crafts relating to Noah’s Ark, Johan, Daniel and the lion’s den…we made in Sunday School, I found the whole church experience painfully boring and tedious.