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It seems that when Dominick Santore found himself walking through one of those dark and lonely valleys, he decided to put his feelings into words. So, he asked for advice about where he could find a good church. I doubt Dominick Santore needs my advice about finding a good church. Nevertheless, others might find this thought helpful.
As the Bible tells the story of our redemption by Jesus, it is also tells stories about a great many imperfect people. It is often from the stories of those imperfect people we learn that we too need a Savior.
We need a Savior, not a church. We do not obtain salvation by going to church. We obtain salvation from Jesus. We go to church to help and encourage each other in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We go to church to worship Him with our brothers and sisters.
Ephesians 2:8-10 New American Standard Bible
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [a]this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Any church led by people who worship Jesus and strive to obey His Word has the makings of a good church. However, because we are imperfect, there is no perfect church. At best there is just a church where God will help us to perform the works He has prepared for us so that we might walk in them.
I’ve had a long week…
Work’s been pretty crazy lately. I sit in a tiny 5 x 5 cubicle to do my 20 x 20 work. I have several different unrelated duties, so I get pulled in a lot of directions. I have to work hard to keep all the threads neatly tied together. Because of the Coronavirus, there’s a lot of video conferencing now. Sitting in a 5×5 space, directly surrounded by people in other 5×5 spaces is not conducive for optimum concentration on a video conference, or while you try to input information. Maybe age is just catching up to me, and my focus is not what it used to be. I’ll never go full-on postal, but I had a busy and stressful day this week where I went postal “enough”, and my temper got the best of me with one of my co-workers. I really hate that…
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Good word, Tom. As it’s been said, we primarily go to church to celebrate our relationship with Jesus together, not to get one.