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Central Christian Church
9:00 - Worship
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First Christian Church

9:30 - Sunday School

10:30 - Coffee Fellowship

10:45 - Worship

6:00 pm New Evening Services
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Friday
Aug222014

Seeing Church Differently

“I’m tired of churches; they’re all the same.”  “I’m spiritual but I’m NOT religious.”  They’re all just a bunch of hypocrites, why I know someone who claims to be ‘christian’ and guess what they were doing?”, “I worship better (at home, on my back/front porch in nature, etc).”

            Heard any of these statements?  Probably.  Said any of these statements?  Maybe not.  I have a sinking feeling that the people who read this are usually involved in a religious community.  But just in case you’re truly looking for an interesting (or different) post, if you would, please consider the following.  I am going to try to convince and even persuade you to see “church” differently.

            I spent the majority of my life in a very fundamentalist church.  We had all the answers and I was very comfortable in that.  UNTIL life got in the way.  I could no longer have a black and white faith while living in a very grey world.  My pat answers did not stand the test of real life.  And as one man said to a Sunday School Class, “This is all well and good (what we were studying); but what good is it going to do for me on Thursday?”  Wow!  That day I turned into a practical theologian.

            Most of my life is “Thursday life”.  I want Sunday to make a difference the rest of the week.  And I am ecumenical in that Christianity offers many different ways to worship.  A lot depends on your family, your personal theology, location of the church, the pastor, friends, etc.  Different flavors, same meal.  Find one, ask questions, get to know the people, the leadership and the pastor.  After prayer, if it feels right, just do it!  Join!

            People talk about being spiritual as if it were the opposite of being religious.  I, too, consider myself spiritual, but I find my religion (beliefs concerning the nature and worship of God) enhances my spirituality.  They are pretty well integrated.  If your particular experience with religion doesn’t provide that, keep looking!

            Are there hypocrites in church?  ABSOLUTELY.  The person writing this is definitely one.  Am I proud of it?  No, I am not.  It’s just that I believe and even preach one thing, and then find myself doing something different!  I just hate that – but the bottom line is, we not only allow hypocrites to attend, we encourage them to join with the rest of us.  We’ll work together to become more like the one we attempt to follow, Jesus.

            I also worship and find God in many places: nature, my front porch, on a lake.  But I also find God in bars (yes, I said bars), prisons, the mall and many other places.  But I do NOT let that be a substitute for my Sunday worship.  What a privilege it is to be with others who are attempting to be happier, more loving, more accepting and encouraging.  As a friend of mine said, “I love going to church, it just makes my week better [Thursday]”.

            I don’t know who’s reading this, but know, I have prayed for you!  Regardless of who you are, what you believe, your faith or lack of faith, your political leanings, your race, your gender your sexual orientation, your status, your health, your age, your education – YOU HAVE BEEN PRAYED FOR!  My prayer for each of you is that you find the place that feeds you spiritually – and please don’t give up until you are successful.  Bring your questions, your doubts, your faith and instead of demanding answers join in the search for God’s truth for you.  God promises to meet you where you are.  God loves you. Period.

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