April 9, 2007

Still don't get it?

Man; time sure does go by quick. I just realized it's been several weeks since we talked. Sorry, but now were into a new season, spring, the time of year that things that have been dormant,usually start to grow, that is if you take care of them, with water and love.

Wow; there sure was a lot of people who went to church on Easter, which is a good thing. The only part that hurts a Pastor's heart is this fact, a lot of those people still don't get it.

I use to think that it was humorous that on Easter and during Christmas attendance in church's increased for the day, then I noticed that during a crisis like "911" attendance at services was on the rise. The bad part is that after the dust settles its business as usual. (No disrespect intended)

But guess what? I found out through the Bible (we're talked about that book before; but in case your new here it's the "Basic Instructions, Before, Leaving, Earth") that this is nothing new. (Man I learn something ever time I open that book)

Watch this: During certain times back in those days, people from all over would travel to the Temple to pay respects and to worship. To me, that would mean that attendance was up. John 12:12 (NLT) "The next day (we're talking about at the beginning of the Passover celebration) the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors, took palm branches and went down the road to meet Him." See these people come into town to do their yearly Temple worship. (So this is nothing new.)

But this is what I want you to catch today; in Luke 24:11-12 (NLT) "But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn't believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look in. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty lined wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened."

To me this is like people who run to a service during a special festive time, they run to, peek in, and go back home wondering what happened.

Like Peter in this scripture, we check out the facts but still walk away puzzled. It's only when we encounter Jesus personally that we will start to understand the facts of our future.

God does not want you to be puzzled, He loves you and He wants to reveal Himself to you, but just like a personal relationship here on earth, it takes time and effort to cultivate. Are you willing to give God some more of your time? If you are a once or twice a year attender, try something different, go back again and you may get a clearer picture of God's love. Believe me when I tell you, He wants you to get it.

In His service
Jim "DoughBoy" Brady

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