Good afternoon all!
Yesterday was a bit schizophrenic, wasn’t it? It was snowing in the morning, and later in the afternoon it was actually on the warm side! Spring in Michigan, eh? Can’t wait to dig into the dirt!
Please let me share one of my deepest concerns for you all, and in fact, for the whole Christian church: Bible illiteracy. The ability to be literate in Scripture is absolutely ESSENTIAL. If anyone tries to tell you that it’s not is LYING. It becomes a doubtful claim that a Christian can be one without opening the Bible. Scripture tells us that our faith shows itself by the fruit it bears. One of those fruits is the activities of Bible study and prayer. Think about this statement: “I’m a Christian but…” For this discussion I want you to insert the words “I don’t read the Bible”. Try “I don’t pray regularly.” It’s pretty impossible to be an “I’m a Christian, but…” Christian.
There’s to be no “but’s” in our claims to be followers of Christ. (For those of you who are married, how do you think it would have worked out if at your wedding vows, you said “In the name of God, I, (groom/bride's name), take you, (groom/bride's name), to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow, but…”) Bet that would make the other spouse-to-be feel pretty confident as to the sincerity and longevity of that new life “together.”
I know, the popular thought is that “all I need is a relationship with God.” Yup, that’s true. How’s those other relationships where there’s no or minimal communication? Are they healthy? Are they vibrant? Are they even relationships at that point?
The takeaway from all of this? The One who loves you the most in all of the world and beyond wants a real relationship with you! Yes, He will always hear you when you call out His Name, but He absolutely wants to hear from you. Too busy? Sounds like you may have to cut back on Candy Crush and all of those other more important things? Too tired? Sounds like there’s too many other way-more-important activities going on. I had a boss once who said “Run ‘em out of excuses” when my suppliers would not be meeting their deadlines. Part of my job is to “run you out of excuses.
To that end, I’ve attached a simple sheet of various Scripture passages that you can download and snip the verse for the week and place it in some conspicuous place. Commuting? Tape it to your dash. Already at work? Thumbtack it to your cubicle wall. Phone in your hand constantly? Cut and paste a verse and make it your lock screen.
If you don’t currently read much of the Bible regularly, please try this exercise. It’s going to cover the rest of April and also May & June. Please give it an honorable effort! Please let me know how it’s going. Please let me know if there’s anything new in your faith walk at the end of June.
Praying for you all,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization