Why do we go to church? I saw a post on Facebook about how people don’t need to go to church every Sunday to worship God as long as they believe in God, or something like that. The statement is partially true. It is not a sin to miss church, I don’t think, but if you are able, you should be there. You need the church body and the church body needs you. It is not a ticket to heaven, either. We are saved by grace through faith, not going to church. But, being part of a church is an act of worship and it brings you into a family that will encourage you, teach you, strengthen you, pray for you. These are things to look for when finding a home along with sound biblical teaching. Also, though, we should not go there expecting to be fed all the time. As we go, we need to look for ways that we can serve the church and do all those things for others. The church is not a place. It is a people. It is you and me. It is believers. It is the body of Christ. Continue reading “Why Go to Church?”
Pray without ceasing
Seek and you will find
knock and it will be open
consider the lilies of the field
Paul says pray without ceasing. No matter what the circumstance, good or bad, seek God…first. Praise Him. No matter what He will be with you. I think that is what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It doesn’t mean we can do everything, it means we can handle anything when we put the Lord first and we trust Him to take care of our needs. Jesus says do not worry because the Lord will provide. Continue reading “God Answers Prayers”
In the New Testament, there are many beautiful prayers that I try to pray for my family, friends and other believers, my brothers and sisters in Christ. This is one of my favorite. Paul prays to encourage the believers in Ephesus, to gain knowledge of the scriptures, to know of the hope they have in Jesus Christ and of His power. I try to personalize this to make it my own as I pray for others. So often our prayers are about “what can I get” or physical needs, which are fine, but we should go deeper. Prayer for those around us to be closer with God, to really know what the scriptures say that God’s words would help us grow spiritually and to always seek Him, knowing how powerful and awesome our God is, yet loves each one of us so much that Jesus came and took the sins of the world on His shoulders and died on the cross for you and me, paying the penalty of our sins so that we can be saved and spend eternity with Him. What a great and wonderful God we have that yearns for us to seek Him!
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
With the new president in place and all the protests and violence that occurred yesterday during the inauguration, I thought it was important that we all pray for our new president and all the leaders in this country. We need to pray that they will have wisdom and make decisions that are best for this country. Pray for safety, pray for salvation. Pray that they would have an open mind to listen to their advisors and to the people to strengthen our country. Pray for the people in this country that they would turn back to God and make the choices that glorify Him. Pray for the church of this country that we would show love to all, that we would share the truth in love without compromise. That we would live in a way that honors our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time