CHURCHES ARE NOT JUST BUILDINGS
ARE NOT JUST BUILDINGS
My little town of Emmett, Idaho, boasts about having “a
church on every block”! Well, even though it is not literally true, Emmett has
a lot of churches of many denominations and cultures.
There was a time I did not attend church. I was having a
stressful time and I sought out help. It took a while to build up my courage to
seek out that help. I had to humble myself.
When I finally did, most of the church doors were locked up. There was,
however, usually a phone contact listed on the building. I got up confidence
once again to call one number. I got the help I needed that day. But I still
felt very alone with my problems.
Years later, I went to church with my grandchildren and my
daughter…mainly to encourage the kids to go. I got saved that day! I went again
and again. I found out why the churches are all locked up when not open…our
church and another church in Emmett had almost been burnt down by looters. Both
have been built back up again and are thriving!
That lonely feeling, I had felt before…it is no more. I
realized I cannot live life on my own. I need God to help me. Humility is
necessary to live a full life. I have a church family who cares for me. We pray
for each other. We help one another. We have awesome pastors who preach
understandable and straight-forward sermons, using the Bible as their only
source of God’s Word.
Mainly, I have an understanding of a God who loves me
because He created me. His Son died for me on the cross…what more love can be
shown than that? It has built up an understanding within me that I wish to do
something for God to show Him my love for Him…hence, the appearance of this
blog. I want to share my learnings and my love for Jesus and all He stands for.
I wish to relate how the Holy Spirit has invaded my soul and helps me stay
Christlike with my thoughts and actions.
This Trinity of Holiness is my life’s aspiration now. The
mundane life goes on around me…that’s what we live with on earth. We have to
exist in that life to the best of our ability. But now I have a new life
waiting for me for eternity. My outlook on my mundane life has brightened as I
live the way Jesus wants us all to live. It is happier. It is more fulfilling. It
Church is not “a dreaded, have to go and get it over
with!” experience. I see church as a day to look forward to for fellowship,
encouragement, heavenly music, and a message to utilize in my life after
hearing it. Sunday School is thought-provoking. Christians care. It is
love…just as Jesus is love.
Colossians 1: NIV
“15 The Son is the
image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For in him all
things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been
created through him and for him.
17 He is before all
things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the
head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from
among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19 For God was
pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him
to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in
heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were
alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil
22 But now he has
reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in
his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
23 if you continue
in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in
the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to
every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”
What the Apostle Paul said 2,000 years ago is still true
May you have many joyous ‘days of rest’ rejoicing with Our
Lord Jesus at church!