The Sunday Message

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

This week Gallup polling reported about church attendance “edging down in recent years” and that:

Gallup’s latest yearly update from its daily tracking survey shows that in 2017, 38% of adults said they attended religious services weekly or almost every week. When Gallup began asking this question in 2008, that figure was 42%.

When they asked a similar question in the 1950s, around 49% said they attended church in the last week.

Maybe not attending church as often is why our country is so messed up in 2018 – by messed up I mean polarized. There’s a lot of hate in the country.

Gallup also said the declining attendance could also be because of who is leading the services (pastor or priest or rabbi).

The person who delivers the message on Sundays is very important. In my opinion, that is near the top. I also think the music and how I am treated by others in a church is near the top of reasons to attend.

You can find a church that fits your needs. All you need to do is look.

Have a great week!

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Published in: on September 9, 2018 at 2:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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The Sunday Message

Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NCV)

Do you attend church regularly? It may be good for your health according to a recent study.

USA Today reports that a study by Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce has found that people who attend religious services live longer and are less stressed.

The study also found that those middle-aged adults who go to church, synagogues, mosques or other houses of worship reduce their mortality risk by 55 percent.

Wow – 55%.

Read more about the study HERE.

I’ll see you in church!

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Published in: on June 4, 2017 at 2:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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The Sunday Message

Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NCV)

I happened to read an article that one of my friends on Facebook liked. It was titled “On Leaving Church.” It was written by Bill Muehlenberg and it got me to thinking about why I attend church. You can read the article HERE.

I personally believe that God places us in certain places – like in a church. I also believe that there are not too many reasons why a person or family should leave a church. Of course if you move to a different city that’s a good reason, but I don’t believe in going from one church to another because you’re mad or offended by someone in the church you’ve been attending for years.

There’s a good chance if you leave a church because you’re offended by someone or something, the same thing will happen at the “new” church when the newness wears off. People should always attempt to work out any offenses and try to make their relationship work. Attending church is a relationship – it’s give and take. It takes communication and love to make it work.

I have been attending the same church for about 20 years. Have I ever been tempted to leave for another church? Yes, many times. The fact is I have been tempted to just quit going to church altogether more than I have been tempted to change churches.

The article started with this paragraph:

There are many Christians who have stopped going to church. They have not given up on God, have not renounced their faith, have not denied Christ, and have not become pagans. They simply are no longer going to church. That this is happening is not a matter of doubt, but why this is happening is in fact a difficult question to answer.

One of the points made in the article was that people attending church just want to worship Jesus and encourage one another without all the worldly rigmarole.

Frankly, I like some of the worldly rigmarole. For example, I like it when technology is used in my church to better deliver the message. It has to work, though.

So are we heading for a time in our lives when we just sit at our computers on Sunday morning and watch a sermon and listen to some worship music?

Maybe for some, but I think God wants us out there fighting through the crowds at the front door on Sunday morning to get to our favorite seat (and then finding that someone is already in it). He wants us sitting there for an hour and a half to hear his word even if the sound is not too clear and the video announcements don’t work and even if the sermon notes are not loaded on the YouVersion Live Event page.

God may be using it to help build our patience, too.

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