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Faith

Our faith is not defined by what we do in church on Sunday, it is defined by what we do Monday through Saturday.  It is easy to focus on our faith in God, when we are amongst like minded people in church on Sunday.  Our faith is strengthened by the fellowship with other believers, and by exercising our ability to express our faith through different types of worship.  Worship is what we do when we express our love for God, whether it be through singing, prayer or listening to someone teach the word of God. 

Once upon a time it was understood that if you build the building (church) and create the programs they (people) will come.  Our culture has radically changed and going to church is not something that a majority of people do any more.  There are too many other distractions that are competing for our attention.  It is almost as if church and religion are no longer relevant, in the 21st century.  Maybe people are tired of religion, and do not believe that going to church makes any difference. Could it be that the church (believers in Christ) have been sending the wrong message for way too long.  

As believers in Christ, we need to exercise our faith in tangible ways, no matter where we are.  I had a youth at church tell me something several years ago, with regards to their activity on Facebook.  They told me that their Facebook page, was who they were away from church.  When they told me that, I questioned whether or not what they were learning at church, was making a real difference in their life.  Who we are IN church should be who we are out in the world.  If we say that Jesus is LORD of our lives, then perhaps we should act like how Jesus would want us to act.  How will the message of Grace get delivered to the folks who are all around us, if we act like the rest of the world?

People need to know and understand that God loves them no matter what they have done, or how bad they think that they are.  People do not need for us to beat them up with the word of God.  People need to know that God is not a spiteful God, that is looking to get them.

Through the ages, God has pursued us in order to have a relationship with us.  God has provided forgiveness of sin through His Grace, and His Son who died on the cross, for our sins. Only Christ can provide for that forgiveness.  Our jobs is to take the good news of the Gospel of Christ to our friends, neighbors and co workers. People need to see the love of God in our lives.  People need to see us living out our faith in tangible ways.  As Charles Swindoll quotes in his book on compassion, people do not care how much we know until they know how much we care.

I want to be a messenger of Grace.  I want people to hear the good news.  What can we do dear reader, to be better messengers of that Grace?

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