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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 19, 2012 - Why I Need the Church

By T. Ray Rachels

I needed an outdoor faucet and went to a huge home and supplies store to buy one. As I paid the cashier, she made a point that I needed a receipt for the $2.98 water faucet.

Leaving, I passed this prominently placed sign by the door:

“For your information, please. You may be asked to show your sales receipt. We want to verify that you are not being overcharged. Thank you.”

That’s a nice way the store has of saying they expect you to pay for what you take out, and they also may check your bags to be sure. Businesses do things like that.

When I go to church, there are always spiritual things I put into my life’s basket. I carry them away, receipted by the Holy Spirit. From time to time I may be asked to show what I’ve taken out.

I was in a powerful, personally enriching church service not long ago and while there, an overwhelming sense of “I really need the church” gripped me.

Here are a few reasons why.

1. It keeps my life in perspective and helps give answers to the question, “Who am I?”

2. It lets me say “yes” to God in the middle of a “no” world.

3. I draw strength and encouragement from the atmosphere of worship, Word and Presence.

4. I need to send a clear and positive message to all the negative messages that try to invade my space every day.

5. I need to show my family what is of greatest value to me.

6. I need to say to my friends and neighbors that I am a person under authority.

7. I need to put myself in an intentional place where I can know God, and learn more about His ways and His will for me.

8. I need to hear again … and again … the stories of God’s love for me from a person I love and respect.

9. I need to believe in Someone bigger than myself, lest I become my own god.

10. I need to give something of myself away, my time and money, to a cause that matters.

11. I need to add to the whole of my life, not subtract from it.

12. I need somewhere to express a seriousness about my life. In the midst of TV sitcoms, comedic routines and sarcastic twists, I need the awareness of an otherworldly, eternal dimension.

13. I need to say to God that I will affirm what He affirms, and will yield to what He says is important.

14. I need to be as disciplined in my spiritual life on behalf of God and His interests as I am about my secular job and its interests.

15. I need to remember that it’s a good place to prepare for life after death.

There is a place where these things happen, where struggling pilgrims like you and I go for a breath of God’s fresh air: His House, the place of worship, church!

Have you been there lately?

“Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24,25, The Message).

— T. Ray Rachels served as superintendent of the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God for more than 22 years.

 

 

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