Christianity is a power religion. Christ has the power to re-create men from the inside out, as every man who has ever met Him knows.
We forget that God sometimes has to say No. We pray to Him as our heavenly Father, and like wise human fathers, He often says, No, not from whim or caprice, but from wisdom and from love, and knowing what is best for us.
A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers . Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need.
Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it.
Forgive me if this is more rambling and not as structured as I would like it to be.
I grew up in a Christian home and church was a big part of my life even though I did not appreciate it at the time. As I’ve gotten older (ok. . . . downright old) I think about church a lot and I wish I could find a church like the one I grew up in but they apparently do not exist anymore as they all have a contemporary service style now.
I have been going lately to a Wesleyan church here in Waterford and although I like it I wonder if the “perfect” church is out there for me. The answer of course is that there is no perfect church there is only a perfect God. Over time I will adjust to the guitars and drums and the new modern music, I just wish they would throw in one of the old hymns once in a while like “In the Garden” or “The Old Rugged Cross”.
I have recently gone to a small group and the discussions were very interesting and I got to know some of the other church members better. It is nice to be able to discuss Christian ideals and principles with others and the sharing of ideas is helpful to me. The lessons were taken from a DVD by John Ortberg and he is good at presenting and stimulating discussions.
Yesterday I have a meeting with Pastor Paul and will be joining the Welcome / Greeting committee. That seems like an odd fit for someone like me who has trouble talking to people. Maybe that is what I need to motivate me into a more outgoing person; that would be good after all these years.
After watching my parents and their church activities over the years I have come to realize that you get out of church more if you serve or put more of “you’ into the church.
I will close this for now.
May God Bless You,
From the book “Laughing Down Lonely Canyons”
I’m Gonna Sit Here
I’m gonna sit here
Till passion returns
And tells me where to go.
I don’t care if it’s Heaven
or hell or home,
I don’t care if it’s work
or play or sex,
I don’t care if it’s rich
or poor or madness
I don’t even care
If it’s riding a white horse naked on a
Or lining up as we did as kids
For a pissing contest in the old
I’m not going anywhere
— even unto death —
Until I can go passionately.