- What is the most effective way for me to reach people?
- How can I get the church motivated to get outside the walls of their local buildings in the name of Christ?
- What does God want me to do in order to accomplish these things?
- I am a singer-songwriter. I have a somewhat flourishing business in the non-Christian market, where I “sneak” in songs about faith and God. Should I give that up?
- I have Christian songs that I write. Should I do that instead?
- I see the body of Christ fumbling and bumbling in their methods to get people to attend regularly, but church attendance has been declining for decades. Should I do music to get THEIR attention?
- Am I that effective of a person at all? I mean, I mess up… A LOT.
- Because I mess up a lot, and admit it, does that mean that I am relatable or just ridiculous?
- The church seems to ignore me a lot. Is this because I speak truth and I should keep going doing what is difficult? Or…
- Should I just leave them to whatever messes they are up to until they listen to someone, and “preach” where I’m wanted?
Yep. I’ve got lots of questions.
This is on my heart. There is someone out there who has been taking verbal abuse from a loved one. You feel that somehow you deserve their words. You feel that you can change it, if only you keep trying and keep praying. You hope that God can change the situation.
He can, but there is a stipulation. That person has to WANT to change. Their remorse has to go deeper than just being caught. Repentance can’t be shallow, or it is just a band-aid on a festering wound.
If this touches anyone today, please read this next paragraph carefully:
You have value. You are beautiful. You are worth good things. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of healthy relationships. You are enough- RIGHT NOW. You are enough- JUST AS YOU ARE. You are loved.
I HIGHLY DISLIKE THIS MEME AND THIS ATTITUDE!!!!!! 😡
Being someone who didn’t go to church for 8 years, I have to whole-heartedly disagree.
In the 8 years I didn’t attend, I still believed in God. I still prayed every day. I still kept my morals. I still taught my children godly ways.
In the 8 years I was away, God used that time to deconstruct all of the lies that were spoken over me by terrible church leadership. In that time, I asked God questions, and He revealed Himself to me in a different way than I saw Him previously.
I strongly dislike this meme. Why? Because it shows a lack of grace. It doesn’t exhibit compassion and love. It is judgmental. It doesn’t search out Truth. This meme is a good example of why wounded people don’t want to come back. Who wants to put themselves out there to trust, only to be wounded again? The attitude of this meme isn’t very promising.
Remember the ONE that Jesus left the 99 to find? That is compassion. He is gentle and loving. He is kind and understanding. He is tenacious in coming after us to hold us and heal us.
That is what God was to me in those years. He had me away from church, because He knew that if I were hurt again at the wrong time, (after being hurt several times,) that I might never fulfill the calling on my life.
Stop being judgmental and LOVE. ❤️