As I was shopping in one of our variety stores this week, I ran into someone I haven't seen in church for quite some time.
As we made eye contact, I noticed that he seemed uncomfortable and he began to make all kinds of excuses for why he hasn't been in church, such as "I started a new job, I've been spending more time with my family, working long hours, picked up a new hobby, been too tired to go to church after work and so on."
Later on in the day, as I pondered upon my experience with him, it dawned on me that many people in our society today have come to the conclusion that going to church is not needed in order to live a healthy Christian life.
I know for myself it has helped make me a better person and has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful people in the world.
It's been some time ago that someone sent me this email and I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it with you and would you know it, in the subject line it read, "Why Go To Church?" A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
"I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the Letters to the Editor column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this ... they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
How true that is. In today's society, we have become so busy that when it comes to lightening up the load, one of the first things we give up is our commitment to our spiritual nourishment, which is going to church on a regular basses. At the conclusion of the email that I had received it read, when you are DOWN to nothing ... God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
I would like extend an invitation to you and your family to come and visit with us at Praise Fellowship International Church. We are located at 615 E St. Los Banos and services are on Sunday 10 a.m. and Wednesday 7 p.m.