Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Not Going to Church

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There are many so-called church affiliated groups in the news whose main function and focus seems to be telling other people why they believe God finds them unacceptable and unworthy of love – the second message being that if they would just get with the program they too could be a squeaky clean near perfect Christian complete with church certified seal of approval.  God would then find them acceptable.  Worship this way, align your political views that way, either do or don’t do this or that and you too will be given the golden ticket to heaven.  The truth is, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Then, there’s Set Apart Church.  The name says it all.  Here the invitation comes with no strings.  You don’t have to change a thing to show up.  Come in your pajamas, your shorts, your favorite t-shirt.  It won’t matter.  Come ready to hear exactly what Jesus said about God’s love for His children with no political slant, no judgment, and no request for money.  Just come.  Here you’ll find a welcome invitation from your Heavenly Father.  You’ll learn through a series of online sermons and devotions exactly how He feels about you.  The answer may surprise you.  If you just need someone to pray for you, you will find a place for that as well.  All of it in church online.

At Set Apart Church it’s God meeting you wherever you are.  It’s a church without walls where the door is always open.  There you’ll find a passion for Christ that comes from true relationship with Him and a deep desire to share the forgiveness of God, His love and His heart for you.  Whatever your reason for not going to church, here is the answer.  What do you have to lose?  You never know what you might gain.

 

 

Photo courtesy freedigitalimages.net  “Old English Church on a Sunny Day – Stuart Miles

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Contentment.  That was my pastor’s sermon today.  He spoke about contentment and learning to be happy with “enough.”  That really spoke to me today.  I’m so full of striving.  I strive to be so much better at just about everything I do.  While it’s so good to continue working toward a goal and learning, is it possible to continue learning without striving?  I’ve always heard that to strive to do more and be more is a good thing.  I’m not so sure sometimes.  I get so busy pushing myself harder and harder that I forget to stop and be in the moment I’ve been given.  I hold myself up to some standard that is only reflective of my own expectations ( many of which cannot be met ).

This painting is titled “Collage.”  It is an assemblage of previous paint palettes,  a great shade of green and some cool acrylic medium.  It has great symbolism for me today.  It reminds me that God can take the bits of my life, good and bad, and work them into His perfect plan.  He can use it all and make it into something good.  Where I fall short, when I really mess up, and when I’m completely at my best – He takes all of that and is able to turn it into something worthwhile somehow.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28 What an amazing God.  How cool is that? Just goes to show…He truly IS “enough.”
God’s blessings!