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Church Absentee App

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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One of the most recent apps for a cell phone is one that a parent can download on their mobile device to track the school attendance of their college-age child. It alerts parents when a student skips class.

There are so many apps for the various brands of phones that it would be difficult to count them all. When I started doing research on the different ones available here are a few I came up with.

cell phone appsThe Sim Stapler allows us to satisfy the urge to press a stapler without wasting staples. This stapler simulation is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the urge to staple strikes, a solution is at hand.

Rotary Dialer enables you to experience the days when calling phone numbers included a clicking sound as well as a long wait for the numbers eight, nine and zeros.

Did you know there is also an app for blowing out the candles on your birthday cake? Using the speaker opening at the bottom of certain phones as a makeshift fan, it allows you the ability to have assistance in this important part of a birthday celebration.

The above mentioned applications are unique but it made me wonder what would happen if your clergy or designated church representative had a “Church Attendance App” to track your attendance at your designated place of worship. How well would you do?

In like manner, we know that God does not have such an app but he is mindful of our commitment in attending our house of worship. Attendance is important because we are able to worship with other believers and be taught the Word for our spiritual growth. Some will argue that church attendance is not a requirement. That is true but a true Christian should have a desire to worship with a body of believers.

I don’t want to be on God’s checklist of absentees. Do you?

Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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admonishes “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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May I Be Excused?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Since my husband is a pastor, we have heard various reasons throughout the years as to why people are not able to attend church on Sunday.  We try to accept their reason as stated and know that in the end God will be the judge of their sundry of excuses.  If their excuse is good enough for God, it is good enough for us! We have noticed that the longer a person misses the easier it becomes to find a reason to continue to skip Sunday services.

Some of the reasons given have been very humorous as you can very well guess. How do you alleviate this problem? Aside from actually going to a person’s home and dragging them to church, there is little a pastor can do. To make it possible for everyone to attend church, I found this humorous listing from an unknown source of the special things a church can make available to accommodate a parishioner:

  1. A cot will be placed in the sanctuary for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep.”
  2. Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV too late on Saturday night.
  3. We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I came to church.”
  4. Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot.
  5. Porta-potties will be placed at the end of each pew for those who say the bathrooms aren’t very accessible.
  6. We will have hearing aids for those who say the pastor speaks too softly and cotton for those who say he speaks too loudly.
  7. Score cards for listing hypocrites present.
  8. One hundred TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner also.
  9. A selection of trees and grass for those who like to see God in nature.
  10. A putting green near the altar for those who say “Sunday is my day for golf.”
  11. The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.

church2What does the Bible have to say in Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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? “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We are so privileged to have the freedom to join together with fellow Christians to worship and praise God. I love to be encouraged by others and feel their love.

Make a commitment this Sunday to attend the church of your choice.

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The Talking Church Pew

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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exhorts us: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If the pew at your church could talk, what would it say?

“Where have you been, I missed you?” 

“Wake up, this is no time to take a nap.” 

“Where is everybody else?”

“Is that all you are going to put in the offering? Really!!!!” 

“Do you know the presence of the Lord is here? Then, act like it!”

Even though we all know a pew cannot actually speak to us, these comments help us reflect on our actions and attitudes at church.

The above scripture in Hebrews admonishes us to be faithful in assembling together with people of like faith, and to encourage and support each other even more so as we see the day approaching.

Not only does your regular attendance at church lift you up spiritually but it is an encouragement to others as well.

What would your church pew say to you?

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