We are coming up on our Independence Day holiday. Our nation has been rocked to her foundation by what appears to be foolish experiments with our financial bedrocks, mortgages, corporations, insurance, health care, manufacturing, shrinking of our dollar, Supreme Court, employment woes, massive federal debt ($145,000 for every American taxpayer), immigration woes, and next year a fresh round of raising taxes. As bleak as it seems surely to be, there is always hope. This nation was founded on the idea that people could come to this land and enjoy freedom of religion. However, America has drifted too far away from true religion. The erosion of our religious freedoms threatens our nation at its core. That same evil erodes our Constitution and with each chip of that grand old document the foundations of America can be heard to groan and her timbers shaken. Real hope lies in a return to the basic character planks and principles that caused this land to become a great land. A Soviet leader said one time that his nation would bury America without firing a shot. The spirit that ruled that ruthless leader is still alive and seducing our leaders today on both the left and the right. That spirit is not communism or socialism (though both are rooted in some of the mischief we see creeping upon us). That spirit is ungodliness. Each generation is more and more comfortable drifting further from God. If we are to embrace the concept of hope for a better day, I think it might involve the way we view something as basic as our local church. What does church mean to you? Last night this thought stirred me and I listed out some things I hope you won’t mind me sharing with you. I hope you will prayerfully consider declaring a new Independence Day in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our nation. One Nation Under God…
Seven Things to Take to Church With You
By the Editor
1. Your Bible–Always be armed with God’s written Word. “…be ready…” (I Pet. 3:15)
2. Prayerful attitude. House of prayer (Matt. 21:13) (Eph. 6:18) “Praying always…”
3. Receptive attitude. “Ears to hear” (Matt. 11:15) Have God’s Word in your heart. Listen carefully to the preacher. Listen to the Music & song.
4. Giving attitude. “Give…” (Luke 6:38)
5. Friendly attitude. Be friendly at church (Prov. 18:24) Shake hands and greet people warmly with a smile.
6. Attitude of Communion. Why are you in church? Meditate on what Jesus Christ did on the cross & His resurrection; How? Thoughtfully, prayerfully & privately. (Philippians 4:8) While you are seated in your church have your own private communion service in your heart. Prepare your heart for worship.
7. Your self. Make sure you show up! Not just in your body (that should be a given), but in your mind and your spirit. Be there… 100 percent (First Cor. 4:2).