No More Excuses

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Philippians 1:1 (NLT) 

This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the elders and deacons.

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Here at New Life we talk a lot about church as family.  Recently I began to ponder the question, “If church is family, and we love God and each other, why wouldn’t we come to church on a regular basis?”  Now I realize that today “regular” has taken on a new meaning in church circles.  Years ago regular meant every Sunday morning, plus Sunday and Wednesday evenings.  However today it has become every third Sunday.  But again I ask the question why wouldn’t you want to be at church at the very least every Sunday morning?  As I was thinking about this I came across this humorous, and at the same time sad piece called, “No Excuse Sunday.” Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep in.” Murine will be available for those with tired eyes… from watching television too late on Saturday night. We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church.” Blankets will be provided for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who think the church is too hot. We will have hearing aids for those who say, “The pastor speaks too softly,” and cotton for those who say I preach too loudly. Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present. For those who wish to spend time with family on Sunday we assure you that your Father will be in attendance. There will be T.V. dinners for those who cannot go to church and cook dinner also. One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature. Finally, the sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.”  Perhaps it is time we reexamine our priorities.  The writer of Hebrews says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Heb. 10:25, NLT).  Church let’s stop making excuses and make our family time together the most important and exciting part of our week.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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