So, we had a beautiful experience yesterday, a truly great day. Here is why. Our nephew was ordained as a Jesuit priest and was giving his first mass. We are not Catholic it but we are all Christians, so we wanted to encourage him. We took a break from our service at our church and went to support him. Turns out just about everyone else in the family did the same thing. There were about 40 family members there to support him! And he did an amazing job, best mass I have ever been to. Being Father’s Day, he spoke on fathers and compared them to trees rooted in the Lord and branching out to protect and provide for their families. Beautiful. And afterward, we ate together. What a beautiful fellowship and so very sweet to be in church with family. It was truly special and I feel so blessed to have been a part of that. ❤
The greatest gift we can give our children is Jesus because He is the way to eternal life in heaven. Those who teach their children about Jesus or take them to Sunday School to learn will be rewarded now or later and those who do not will be held accountable. Please remember that in all love and gentleness. It is on you. Your kids can’t get there without you. It is important. ❤
So, I have a few, mostly female, 4th and 5th graders I teach Sunday School for. And we have this cheesy lesson plan that is as helpful as a box of rocks because they come in with a sister who is bipolar and tries to kill herself and another girl whose uncle is in jail for molesting a minor. And of course there is the girl scared of her dad and the family has a restraining order against them. And here I am, thinking that instead of a normal city crowd I accidentally stumbled on an inner city crime scene club. And I wonder where the kids I grew up with are. We’re we this oppressed and didn’t realize it? Or has evil upped it’s game? And why are the “good kids”, the kids that are “normal” not in Sunday School? None of my kids have their original parents together. None of my kids know days through school where someone wasn’t really hatefully mean to them. And here I am teaching them with a garbage lesson plan that is not relevant to their lives. So I put it down and we read about spiritual warfare from the Bible and talked about it in great depth. They need to know why. They need to get how it works and the great importance of God and the Bible and Sunday School and prayer. They need to see what deep unconditional love looks like. They need to be saved and empowered by Jesus. They need to know their Maker. Never follow a textbook or lesson plan when a kid really needs love. Follow love and the Holy Spirit will guide you and work out the details. Kids are valuable. Treat them well and teach them what they need for this world here. Be there for them and for heaven’s sake, take them to Sunday School. ❤
We all (Zach’s baseball team and family) got together for a pizza party and trophy handout and afterwards a kickball game. It was great fun! It has been raining nonstop for about a week, so it was a mud bog. A few minor injuries but lots of fun was had by all. I made vanilla cupcakes from scratch that they must have liked because there are only a couple left. And it was wonderful to get together and play without the pressure of a game (which they kept score of the kickball game anyway lol). And we all enjoyed it very much, having been together all season. Loved it. Baseball is underrated and fun with friends is too. Get together with someone, have them over, put the phones down and play, talk, whatever. It is invaluable experience. Makes all of life better. Church is the same thing for the same reasons but adds the dimension of spirit, so important. ❤
Churches suck lately. They are not supposed to suck. They are supposed to be vibrant, serving each other and the community, spreading the hope and love of Jesus, teaching the way/God’s way of love, reading God’s Word together, worshipping from the same heart together, etc. Now it is as full of dogma and traditions and time frames and unspoken perfection expectations and silence your kid and dumbed down messages to be so seeker sensitive you don’t actually say anything worth finding and full of cliques you feel cozy in because they are just like you, etc. And I am so super sick of that. I teach Sunday school out of the box and get weird looks. I do not care. I serve God and teach Him to my kids and I answer to Him. Raise your perfect eyebrows at me and I will still teach out the box. I will love those kids with Jesus’ love and not mold them into unrealistic expectations of dogma that does not matter eternally. Wake up, church! Stop sucking. Stop being wordly. Wake the freak up. Read the Bible unashamed, pray together and really pray, worship together, throw the clocks away, be God to the world. Revive, oh church! Get off your cozy, lazy behinds and be the church God designed with wondrous diversity and assorted gifts and talents shared in concert for God’s glory. Be who He designed you to be. Be beautiful and vivacious! Be God’s! ❤
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.❤