Saturday, August 15, 2009

??? Why go to church ???

Why Go To Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and
complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be
spiritually dead today!" When you are DOWN to nothing..... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

I wish I could say that I wrote this, but alas I did not. A friend of mine forwarded this to me and it was powerful even in it's simplicity. For the last few years, I had struggled to find a church to call home and attended sporadically as I searched for churches to visit. I still was striving to live a christian life and believe I was still a christian, but I was not a Growing christian. I did not realize that I was stifling my walk with God. I was forsaking the fellowship of other believers (in a church fellowship). I have been faithfully attending a church now for about six months. I am finding that by my faithfulness to church, God is being faithful in his teaching and molding me into a stronger Christian (though I have so much more to learn).

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