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February 17, 2015, 9:00 AM

I love Jesus! Church...not so much.


 One of our all-time favorite songs is Jesus Loves Me This I Know. And man, do we know! We know by what He did for us, how he takes care of us and what scripture tells us; Jesus loves me this I know! There is never a doubt about that.

     I also know I love Jesus! I hope there is never a doubt about that too. A young member of our church family was quoted recently. “I really love God, I just don’t like church” I appreciate children so much, first of all they are honest, often much more than we adults are. Secondly they rarely varnish how they really feel. In this instance, boy I do understand. Allow me to also say I’m not too worried about my young friend; I’ve been there and done that. I also know the attention span is often exceeded for our young ones, and sadly our older ones. Sometimes we are BORING. I wonder if Jesus was the only 12 year old that ever lived who wanted more than anything to be in church.

     My guess is we rarely question God’s love for us, or our love for Him. But church, well that’s a different story! Sometimes it’s hard to “love church”.

     People like you and me, are the church. I have made mistakes, and you have made mistakes. This reality makes it possible for others (who will also make mistakes) to join us. As a minister, I have made mistakes in trying to be a leader in our congregation. Sometimes it’s hard to love church, but I know I am loved. Maybe we just don’t communicate enough how much we love each other. Maybe we need do just that more often.

      I pray our visitors feel welcome, but just as important I pray our members feel welcome. Maybe we should make more effort to welcome OUR FAMILY, and let them know how much we love them and are so thankful they are here with us! Make sure you let someone know, especially a member of our family they are loved, not only by Jesus but by you too!

Have a great week!

Philip

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