We are largely lazy people, if you really think about it. Our forefathers were so brilliant to work their tails off and find ways to make us sit around. We have washing machines that wash and dry our clothes (and pretend it is hard work to put the clothes in and take them out again). We have machines that wash and dry our dishes (same thing, poor us have to load and unload them). We have entertainment on a large box or portable device anywhere we are so poor us don’t have to be without entertainment for one minute. We have grocery stores that have led people to believe they actually get their food from them. Like that’s where it comes from. We have running water, air conditioning, electricity, all modern amenities and even buy all our clothes premade. We don’t even understand the workings of sheep sheering or picking cotton from its sharp pod in the field. We even have machines we sit in that take us from place to place on land or sea or air. No horses. No walking long distances. And all this is for our convenience and luxury. And miraculously, we still find plenty to complain about. Someone wants out stuff, storing all our stuff, paying for the stuff, those 3 dishes you had to hand wash, car broke down, whatever. We are spoiled brats. Lazy. Complascent. And this is no good. It has crept into the church and produced a lazy brat Complascent offshoot of the true Christian church. One where we are all for doing the right thing as long as we don’t have to do anything and God is declared our first priority as we plan every day without Him, and I am ashamed at the level of non-prayer and no fasting. Where is the fasting and prayer, praising God, serving Him and His people, caring for orphans and widows and those that cannot care for themselves? We need those people. We need true Christians to get off their fat dumb and happy behinds and wake up. God is trying to start a revival and y’all are not helping one inch. Go or get off the pot.❤
We Christians are the church. The church us people. Buildings keep you comfortable and cozy but church is us with God. Tithes should primarily be spent on doing God’s work and not fancy buildings or elaborate tithes. When that happens, people lose faith in giving and the work does not get done. When we started viewing church as a business, the church started suffering. We need to get back to God’s plan for the church in the Bible in Acts. Some small church groups are starting up and it is beautiful but we need more like this, change to grow the church and revive her, which is Christians. Revival is embraced when people are living the truth and are believe in God’s will and vision for His church (us) again. When God’s design for HIS church is followed, He draws people into faith, moves hearts, changes lives, transforms hope.
Practically, meetings of Christians can happen anywhere, homes, parks, any available and inexpensive building. Church is encouraging each other, problem solving, helping, serving, worshipping, teachinf, reading God’s Word, praying, fasting, giving- all together for unity and all together for God and furthering His work. That is it. No drama, no complications, no exorbitant building program, no political agenda, no push for power, no gossip or slander, etc. That is what church is supposed to look like and be. If we get back to that, God is very pleased and will bless us now and eternally. Obedience to God is the highest calling and a mandate for every Christian. We need revival. He is coming aoon and we need as many saved as possible. Now is the time to obey and get our hearts right and stay close to God. We will need Him even more from here to eternity.❤
So, I am sitting here in church and they are singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” like a dirge. First of all, when singing a Christmas song, it is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday. So it is happy. A happy occasion. A celebration. I don’t think the angels were reverent and morose. I believe they were partying. Hey, Jesus, you Messiah, came down to save you people! Woo hoo! Just sayin’. ❤
We chose 2 songs for our kids to sing a capella and with words memorized for church Christmas Eve morning. “Joseph”, “Mary” and “Baby (doll) Jesus” will be two of the oldest kids who will stand in the center and the kids will be on either side of them. The first song is “Happy Birthday, Jesus” and right into “Mary, Did You Know?”. These two are slowing songs but singing a capella can speed it up a bit and impress. And the kids are taking turns singing little solos in the first two stanzas of each verse. I am super excited arena so very proud of my kids! We practiced with live microphones yesterday and the kids did great. The key is instruction. And here is a big tip for anyone working with kids… they want to learn and respect intelligent information taught them. Never assume they just want to play or are dumb or won’t care. The opposite is true, I assure you. Case in point: one teacher talks babyish and uses little words and the kids act accordingly. I speak respectfully but use my normal, big word vocabulary and teach them new things and I have their undivided attention. You are welcome.😄❤
I love my church. However, I truly, from my heart, believe all churches are not right in the spiritual head though meaning so very well. There are many religious traditions and expectations that have no place in the Bible, where our example of how Jesus wants His church to be set up and carried out. I have no wish to offend and will not call out particular wrongs but rather wish to convey what God says to do (see Acts). 1. Those meeting together should meet in homes if possible. If they grow too much, then a larger place to gather must be found. However, monies collected are to help each other as there are needs and then in service to those outside the church to help them as they can. Nowhere in Scripture is a fancy church building supported. (They cost too much and the real work is not accomplished then.) 2. Believers read the Bible. 3. They sang and worshipped God together. 4. They prayed together and sometimes fasted. 5. They shared their faith with others around them. 6. There were elders and deacons and deaconesses serving in different roles of service to the church. That is it. No sermons even. Everything else is fluff, unnecessary, distracting, expensive, often with politics resembling the world more than the beautiful bride of Jesus Christ, His church. These are things to consider. This has been weighing on my mind for months and the closer I get to the Lord, the more it burns in my heart. I needed to voice it. And being written now, I would challenge a reformation and accompanying revival of the church to take place. Who is brave enough to go out in faith and get the church going as God designed? Change is difficult but always worth it, in my experience. I challenge every Christian. Who are we trying tog please? Us, the world, or God? Think on it and pray and see where God leads you. ❤
Tonight, my kids learned several big words, like “anunciation” and “diaphragm”. We found a role for Lucy to play because she hates singing (she will be Mary). We learned and sang the words to Mary, Did You Know?. It was beautiful. The kids that used to have one pitch are now all singing together and it makes my heart happy. 😄 ❤
Today, as the kids and I were getting in the car to go to church, our car battery was dead. By the time we scraped off the corrosion and recharged the battery, we would have been terribly late and maybe the car would have gotten us back home again and maybe not. So we had church at home. We spent time together, we watched a program enforcing lived out Christianity. We communed together and remembered what Jesus did for us and still does. We thought about things we could do around us. We sang together. Best church I’ve had in a while, truth be told. And I believe this was God’s idea. I believe He wants to grow us to greater compassion and need meeting in our area. I believe there are people around us who are forgotten and ignored, despite many many churches around us, and God made and loves each of them and wants them saved. We have so many churches around us. I wish we had more Christians. I decided we will start by obeying and being a help to those around us. Not with demands or expectations, just with love where they are because of Who made these beautiful but wounded (aren’t we all) people. And once we touch lives, I really hope there is a real Jesus church who welcomes people in and keep feeding their souls Jesus and not pharisee-like social or political bull. Who will join me in this compassion initiative? Show compassion to one person you see. See a person and their need and help. No motive but love. Join me.❤