It is happening more and more these days…Sunday evening church service becoming obsolete. I can’t figure it out, but for some reason people have become lacking in their faithfulness to Sunday evening services across America. So much so, that some churches have decided to just keep their doors closed in the evening.
You can blame it on Walt Disney, or ESPN. Or you can blame it on taking too
long of a Sunday afternoon nap, no matter the reason; it is leading me to
wonder if what I read recently could be true…
“Sunday morning sofas,” the author
observed, “are filled with people…who think they can exist without church. They
believe in God, but spending a few hours in a pew doesn’t fit their lifestyle.
Mobility, convenience and privacy are their gods. Consequently, they sacrifice
enduring friendships and Christ-centered companionship.”
Wow. When I read that statement this week, I thought, that is indeed what
the Apostle Paul referred to in the book of Hebrews.. He not only told us to
worship together, but Paul also suggested that one of the purposes of worship
is to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
These are the kind of friendships that have made the difference in my life.
The Bible says, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every
supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its
work.” (Ephesians 4:16)
Hal Donaldson, editor of
Pentecostal Evangel, connects that verse and going to church so well…
“Interdependence, not independence, is a key
strength and fulfillment. We can no more disconnect ourselves from other
members and remain healthy than we can disconnect the ligaments from the bones
to try to live without veins and arteries.”
So, I have to ask a question …Are you a Christian with all of your ligaments
and veins intact? Or have you disconnected and cut off a vital body part? The
church needs you! All of you …so be faithful to the body of Christ!
"REDEEMED ... " ~ 2
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