attending worship services

Are you missing Sunday?

The other day my daughter asked me and my wife, “What day is it?” When we replied, “Tuesday”, she said, “I’ve been missing Sunday.”

What about you?

Do you long for worship?

Do you enjoy coming to encourage your brothers and sisters when we gather?

Does the church cross your mind before Saturday night?

Do you ever miss Sunday, or does Sunday mostly miss you? EA

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted…

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, the attendance numbers for Sunday evening worship services would be higher.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, whether their child is a toddler or a teenager, Christian parents would look at Bible classes the way they look at math, science and social studies.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, the church wouldn’t have to beg for volunteers.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, our neighbors would hear more invitations to come learn about Jesus.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, the average yearly contribution wouldn’t be less than half the percentage that Abraham gave.

I’m not saying that half-hearted is a good thing, I’m saying that half-hearted may be too much credit for the majority of Christians. You can accuse me of judging hearts if you like – I’m just looking at what’s coming out of all the treasuries. EA

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

An Open Letter to my Erring brothers and sisters in Christ

“I just don’t have the time.” “I will one of these days.” “I’m not quite feeling up to getting out.” “I’m always working.”

These sentiments, and others similar to them, are the responses that get expressed to me time and time again when I tell an erring brother or sister in Christ that I’ve been missing them at worship services. And while I don’t question the sincerity of the absentee’s answers, I do question the consistency, or the lack thereof, of absences from other areas of life.

For example, when I tell people that I have been missing them I’m telling them because I see them:

  • at the grocery store
  • at the bank
  • at the hospital
  • at gas stations
  • at restaurants
  • at their job
  • at the funeral home
  • at local sporting/community events

For some reason worship can’t fit into their schedule, but these can?

Now some of you may say those are necessities – a person can’t stop doing those! And to that I would say don’t confuse what’s being doing with what needs to be done.

Oh erring one, remember your father; come back to where you need to be (Luke 15:18-24). EA

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)