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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
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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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Take Off Your Shoes

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Acts 7:33Acts 7:33
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33 And the Lord said unto him, Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

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shoes2To put off the shoes or sandals, was an act of reverence. The ancients were not permitted to enter a temple or holy place with their shoes on.

Holy ground represents the sacredness of a place because of the presence of God. We should enter the sanctuary (the place set apart for divine worship), not only with reverence in our hearts but with a willingness to learn about Him and demonstrate our love and devotion to Him.

What are we doing when we enter God’s sanctuary? Are we incessantly chatting, eating, chomping gum, texting on our cell phone or disengaged in worship? Are we conscious of the fact we are on holy ground?

No matter the type of worship of our particular denomination, the most important thing is to WORSHIP! True worship is that which originates from deep down in the heart. Cast aside all those hindrances that keep you from glorifying the Savior.

It’s time to take off your shoes. You are standing on holy ground!

Please take the time to listen to a video of Sandi Patty singing, “Holy Ground”. Please follow the link below.

http://youtu.be/7yMNHd5BsZ0

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“Back Row” Christian

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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When you think of a “back row” Christian what comes to mind? A person who sits on the back row at church? Someone who does not hold any positions in the congregation? An individual who is not actively involved with any ministries of the church?

Although this phrase is commonly used for someone who sits on the back row at church, what comes to my mind is a person who is not totally committed to God. You can still do all the outward things at church that is expected of a member but still be a “back row” Christian.  A Christian’s first dedication should be to God.

Romans 12:1Romans 12:1
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service.

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NAS admonishes us: “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” A holy sacrifice is giving our all to God; living it on a day-to-day basis.

It really doesn’t matter where you sit, whether you have an important position or do what others expect you to do. The important thing is to present your body to God as a living and holy sacrifice. It is a challenge to live our lives as sacrifices to God. When we do, we are not the masters of our bodies and minds – God is. All that we do or think must conform to the God’s Word.

Are you a “back row” Christian or truly worshipping God with a holy sacrifice of worship?

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Mary or Martha?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

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According to two passages of scripture found in John 11:1-46John 11:1-46
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11 1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 And it was that Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 The sisters therefore sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When therefore he heard that he was sick, he abode at that time two days in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he saith to the disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8 The disciples say unto him, Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him. 11 These things spake he: and after this he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 The disciples therefore said unto him, Lord, if he is fallen asleep, he will recover. 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death: but they thought that he spake of taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus therefore said unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. 16 Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said unto his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. 17 So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off; 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother. 20 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary still sat in the house. 21 Martha therefore said unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 And even now I know that, whatsoever thou shalt ask of God, God will give thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; 26 and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I have believed that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, [even] he that cometh into the world. 28 And when she had said this, she went away, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Teacher is her, and calleth thee. 29 And she, when she heard it, arose quickly, and went unto him. 30  31 The Jews then who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going unto the tomb to weep there. 32 Mary therefore, when she came where Jesus was, and saw him, fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews [also] weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 and said, Where have ye laid him? They say unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 The Jews therefore said, Behold how he loved him! 37 But some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of him that was blind, have caused that this man also should not die? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus saith, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time the body decayeth; for he hath been [dead] four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou believedst, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou heardest me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the multitude that standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send me. 43 And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 45 Many therefore of the Jews, who came to Mary and beheld that which he did, believed on him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Jesus had done.

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and Luke 10:38-42Luke 10:38-42
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38 Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things: 42 but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

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, Jesus entered into the village of Bethany and was welcomed by Martha into the home she shared with her sister, Mary. Martha was going about doing the duties of a gracious hostess to meet her guest’s physical needs while Mary was anointing Jesus’ feet with precious ointment, wiping his feet with her hair and absorbing every word He was sharing as her act of worship.

The conflict arose when Martha became annoyed that her sister was not helping her with the duties required to prepare the meal and serve it. Jesus, however, lovingly rebuked Martha. Both ladies were doing important things but, at that particular time, the most important act was to worship Jesus.

Throughout the years as a pastor’s wife, I have been in many situations where I needed to be a gracious hostess as well as taking the time to be alone with God in prayer and Bible reading. Both are vital responsibilities in ministry.

As I recently re-read the story of these two great ladies, I realized that both types are important in the church and its ministry. We are commanded to serve others as well as mature in our own spiritual walk. The difficulty arises when we become so preoccupied with serving (Martha) that we forget to focus on worshipping (Mary). Both aspects of Christian service are important.

Each lady had great faith – both were cherished by Christ! However, a proper balance between the two is necessary.

Are you a Mary or Martha?

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