Today’s Verse

I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 122:1

Wednesday, October 19

I love church… I cannot help it. I am an addict. Church is my life. The people, the music, the programs are as comfortable to me as my own living room. I feel “right at home” in God’s house with God’s people.

I love coming to church. I enjoy seeing each of you every Sunday morning. The handshakes and hugs encourage me. The music lifts my spirits. The prayers, testimonies, special music and Bible teaching educate and motivate me. However, none of these things are the real reason I come. 

Let us examine a passage that better explains why I come to church. Please take a few minutes to read Acts 4:23-31.

I come to church to meet God. I can cry out with David in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”

If I could not meet God in church, I would not attend. I can get handshakes and hugs in a civic club or on the golf course. I can find music in bars and nightclubs. If I want to know more, I can attend seminars, read books or even go back to school.

My purpose in attending church is much more than hugs, handshakes, music, or knowledge; I attend church because I need that special dynamic of encountering the living God in the midst of His people. How about you? Why do you come to church? Are you passionate about meeting God at your church?


Weekly Memory Verse

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:27

"Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success."
- Hudson Taylor

Pastor Armstrong

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