The View From Here

Idle Worshippers

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The author of Proverbs hits us with this broadside: “As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed.” (26:14) The last thing any of us want to be accused of is being lazy. That may be why we’ve invented so many different words to describe that feeling—words like tired, fatigued, weary, exhausted, debilitated, overworked, strained, faint, spent, pooped, bushed or beat. Makes you tired to read the list.

But laziness or idleness is a deadly disease to an otherwise healthy church. It is great to enjoy the good things of a congregation; worship services, the singing, the message, clean nurseries, hot coffee, waxed floors and fresh bulletins handed out in the morning. But none of these things happen without a little help from our friends. Idle worshippers wait for others to do the things that need done.

They remind me of the lazy farmer sitting on his porch when a stranger asked, “How’s things?” “Tolerable,” was his reply and he continued, “Two weeks ago a cyclone came along and knocked down all the trees I had to chop down for the winter’s firewood. Then last week lightning struck the brush I had to burn to clear the field’s for planting.” The stranger responded, “That’s remarkable! What are you doing now?” The farmer answered, “Waiting for an earthquake to come along and shake the taters out of the ground.”

Lazy people wait for others to get the job done. So don’t be an idle worshipper. Jump in and do your share. If you don’t know what you can do, call any deacon or deaconess and I’m sure you’ll be surprised by all the areas of service available. (And P.S. Best wishes for a sound night’s sleep.)

Pastor Bill

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

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The church is one body--Christ's body. When one part suffers, the whole suffers. The best, most effective work we can do is pray (1 Cor. 12:26). It can be hard to remember to pray everyday for persecuted believers, so far away, but.. THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT!  You can download a "prayer calendar" for your phone or tablet.  You will receive urgent prayer requests, in real time, and you can see how many people have prayed along with you.  Learn more by visiting persecution.com

Above all, please take time today to pray for your persecuted family members.  Today is the International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.  Take advantage of the comfort and freedom you have here in the U.S. and use your time in the most powerful way--pray!  Our God is the Creator of heaven and earth.  The one who can raise the dead also opens prison doors. 

One last thought: it is tempting to simply ask God to free our brothers and sisters in Christ, but according to the testimonies I have heard, and that you can hear for yourself by simply watching and listening to them online, we ought to pray that they stand firm, that the hearts of persecutors break, and that both would find comfort in Jesus, who suffered for all of us.

My prayer for you, as you read this, is what I pray for myself as I write: that our hearts would become all-the-more tender for Jesus and for those broken people around us who need Him so much. 

To God alone, be the glory!

 

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