A Saturday Business Meeting

First order of business…

Yay! Congratulations to me! This is my 201st post! Yes, that means that my last one was the big 200, but, I chose not to have a party, or anything.

Funny thing is that there are a lot of folks (bloggers, to be precise), who post something every stinking day. I don’t know how they do it. Well, yes I do…and here are some of the ways…

  • They don’t do anything else.
  • They lie and hire a ghost writer…which is even more amazing, because that means they actually have money to hire a ghost writer.
  • They never sleep. They are superhuman examples of 19th century-like Spurgeon wannabe’s who will die from exhaustion by the time they’re 50.
  • They have marriage problems. The only companionship they receive is from comments that readers leave.
  • They actually think people read every post. Not me – I read the statistics – every day – every hour…

Second order of business…

Go to church tomorrow (Sunday)!

January 2011 was a little snowy.

Yes, I said it. Go where there is a community of Jesus-following believers who study God’s Word and enjoy some real, honest, down-to-earth fellowship.

There are many of you out there (you know who you are) who think church is a thing of the past, or worse, not necessary. Oh, how wrong you are! Not only is it something needed today, but it is something loved by Jesus and commanded by Scripture.

Bass Boat Baptist? Give me a break! Some of you may think that you can worship by yourself, at home, at the lake, in the garage, hung over under a table after a party the night before, etc. Well, with exception of the “under the table” part, maybe; however, there is a big difference between “personal devotions” and corporate worship. Believe it or not, you need more than yourself and a fishing pole to “have church.”

Don’t believe in “organized religion?” Why? Is it because of some bad examples you have witnessed? I hope so, because surely you’re not using Jesus as an excuse, are you? It was Jesus, remember, who came “not to destroy the law, but to fulfill the law.” Jesus wasn’t some unwashed, long-haired, holy man who wandered the streets talking nonsense. Jesus was called “Rabbi.”  He preached in the synagogues and the temple, too; not just house fellowships, or in one-on-one conversations.

Don’t need a preacher? It’s hard to argue there’s no need for a  pastor/teacher when the Holy Spirit thinks he’s needed  (Ephesians 4:11). Are you a loner? A Christian mercenary? Not biblical. Consider the following words from the Apostle Paul to the “pastors” from Ephesus…

(17)And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. (28) “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” – Acts 20:17, 28-29

It’s about others, too. Find a place where God’s word is faithfully taught, without apology, and learn from those whom God has gifted for this holy purpose (1 Timothy 5:12-12; Hebrews 13:17). Then, consider this: by going, you just may encourage someone else in the process.

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 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. – Hbr 10:24-25

P.S. Here’s a couple of links you should check out…

http://israelikhinmwin.wordpress.com/

http://therelentlesspursuit.me/2012/01/14/jesus-did-not-hate-religion-nor-should-we/

6 Comments

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6 responses to “A Saturday Business Meeting

  1. Congratulations on 200 (and 1)! I am about 80 behind you! I also cannot fathom writing a post (or several posts) everyday. I do not have time between school, work, and ministry (all of which I know you fully understand)!

    As I said over at The Relentless Pursuit, my very first post (“I Love/Hate Religion”) shows I completely agree. I have been reading posts all over (Catholic, Presbyterian, non-Denom, various other Protestant, even atheist) about this video, and I think he sums it up rather well. It is a great video, but we must also be prepared to explain it. My wife and I will be doing exactly that in the coming weeks with our youth and young adults.

    I also liked Israel’s blog, and agree with your post today! My dad was raisd Catholic and left the Church (after I was baptized but before my brother was born, long story). He was one of those people who came to hate organized relgion and believed he was having church everytime he was standing by his fire (burning garbage and/or yard waste) drinking a beer. He was the toughest to convince to come to church, but he, too, was convinced. He has become a true spiritual leader in the home!

    God is good!

  2. theWomanAtTheWell

    You forgot an important reason why someone might have the time to post all the time..They may be ill and unable to leave their home, which in turn creates a problem for the second part of your post..just saying.

    • OK! That’s a foul! You can’t get serious and make the host look bad! NOT FAIR!

      I stand by my previous words. They were written in generous over-generalities to generate a generic response. Of course, I know there are people with legitimate reasons for writing every day. I also understand that some never attend church because they are home bound by illness, or such. The people to which I referred to (in the first part), however, are writers that just irritate me because I’m not as proficient. I only spoke of them (generically) in derogatory terms to make me feel better about my lack of writing prowess. And anyway, they’re probably all heathen and would never go to church for the right reasons 😉

      Seriously, thanks for the comment. I do understand.

  3. Out of Eden Ministries

    Stop that. Just stop it. I stayed home from church the past two weeks…because I’m irritated with my church at the moment. So then I come here, and all I could say was, “well, crap”. (I don’t like saying “crap”, but it’s better than certain alternatives.) Anyway. Try not to do that to me again, k?

    Oh, and congrats on the 201st post, even the ones that make people say “crap”. 😉

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