CHURCHES ARE NOT JUST BUILDINGS
CHURCHES 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 has meaning.
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 behavior.
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 today!
May you have many joyous ‘days of rest’ rejoicing with Our Lord Jesus at church!