MORE “CHURCHY” STUFF

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The following paragraphs are from my essay “What Does Church Look Like.”

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CAN YOU IMAGINE?  Jesus had many followers but He kept his students to twelve?  He fed five thousand but didn’t claim to be their leader.  Give him 12 men, a mountainside, and a boat.  What power!  What humility!  What a teacher!  Creator of language using two syllable words!  Designer of the forests using seeds for an object lesson!  Watcher of the sparrow ordering the storm to be still!  Holder of the universe making room on his knee for a little child!

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A LOT OF SENIORS CAN TESTIFY to remembering when people who got saved also changed life styles.  Their language changed, they quit their vices, they attended church, and showed other visible evidences that they took on some of Jesus’ character.  Some even changed the way they dressed and wore their hair!  Those were people who counted the cost.  When they decided to follow Jesus, they believed they would have to change and they were willing to do so.  They were not playing games.  They were not “giving it a try.”  They were not going along for the ride. They heard sermons based on scriptures like Luke 14:26-28, “ If any man come to me and hate not…even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

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I’VE RECENTLY COME to the conclusion that I am mute in some churches.  My mouth moves but nothing comes out.  In fact, everybody behind me must also be mute! No sound except from the stage!  I get sidetracked with feeling movement in my throat and no sound coming out.  Novel

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I WENT TO A CHURCH ONE TIME that was out of this world wild.  Somewhat arrogantly I made critical mental notes  – and God humbled me by letting me know that He can be what He needs to be to any group of people and if I didn’t like it, I didn’t need to go there  – in other words, butt out!  Basically all I had left to say was Yes, Lord!  In past years it seemed to be easier to find variety in church styles. Today it does seem that there is a lot of carbon copying going on!  But I can’t buy it when someone tells me they don’t go to church because they can’t find one they like!  That person sure has a small degree of tolerance!  But if you find a gap unfilled, go for it and start a new one!  I challenge you to build one which fulfills the 12 purposes listed in this chapter!

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If you like the bait, go to What Does “Church” Look Like?

It is a static page – too long for a post.  Be prepared to be offended or entertained, and you might also learn a thing or two.  Definitely a look at the current church world from old granny eyes!  😀  The first part will be the same as I put on the post today.  Skip on down past all that serious stuff about a third of the way through.  You will see a paragraph that begins:  TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS WE MUST HAVE STRUCTURE.  Just while away a bit of time with me.  😀

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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6 Responses to MORE “CHURCHY” STUFF

  1. Faye says:

    Again thank you. Thought provoking. Keep challenging us!

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