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I put my snow shoes in the give-away. I said, “I won’t wear these again. If it is that cold, I won’t be going to church. If I do, I will be lying prone as I’m carried in.”


Have you missed me? No? Well, I guess I’d better get to writing to remind you I am here. 😀

Yesterday was a family day at my house. More about that later, another blog. A good part of our conversation was “religious” in nature. We might have been over-compensating as a good reason to quit watching the OU/Texas game! Anyway the importance or un-importance of participating in a local church versus on-line worship was somewhat of a hot topic. You know my arguments, but as a back-up/follow-up I am again referring to my dozen reasons a local church is needed. And the church has to have active members in order to perform these tasks.

Here they are again.

TO SUMMARIZE THE PURPOSES for a local church body:

  1. A place to praise God (Acts 2:46-47, Heb. 2:12)
  2. A place to fellowship (Acts 2:46-47)
  3. A place to prophesy leading to Holy Spirit conviction to sinners (I Cor. 14:24,25)
  4. A place of prayer (Mat. 21:13)
  5. A place to nurture people for Christian ministries and Christian witnessing (Acts 1:8)
  6. A place to receive offerings for financing its enterprises. (I Cor. 16:1,2)
  7. A place to settle disputes among members. (I Cor. 6:4-6; Mat. 18:15-17)
  8. A place to preach the gospel leading to repentance & remission of sins (Mat 28:19,20)
  9. A place to edify oneself & each other by manifestation of spiritual gifts (I Cor 14:26)
  10. A place to instruct in holy living to prepare a universal glorious church (Eph. 5:25-27)
  11. A place to partake of the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:23-30)
  12. A place to facilitate baptism in water (time and place not specified in scripture)


In 2017, 38% of adults reported that they attended church activities weekly or around every week It was from the 1950s to the 1970s when the steepest decline in church attendance among US Catholics occurred US Church Attendance Statistics The US religious landscape continues to change at an accelerated pace. › church-attendance-statistics

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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  1. Salvageable says:

    A huge number of Americans claim church membership but are not counted by any congregation, since they have not attended in such a long time. The mission field is ripe, filled with people who say they are Christians but who have severed their relationship with the body of Christ. J.

  2. C.A. Post says:

    I have always viewed the community of the elect as valued for two reasons:
    1. Sometimes the Lord shows me stuff that others in the fellowship need to understand; to correct, to inform, to guide and encourage.
    2. Sometimes the Lord shows others stuff that I NEED to understand; be corrected, informed, guided and encouraged!
    And Oneta, we can never forget you, and yes, you were missed!!
    ❤️& 🙏, c.a.

  3. Oneta, after shutting its doors for too long, our church has resolved never again to make the Church (PEOPLE) inaccessible. They have streaming, but it’s limited to those who physically can’t get there for one reason or another. But laziness or apathy is not considered a valid excuse. You can’t hold hands to pray with someone online. You can’t hug a computer screen. You can’t get baptized via zoom! There’s just something about God’s people being together that can’t be replaced. Yes, technology sings its siren song, and there are mornings it’s appealing, but too many people drifted away during lockdowns and have yet to come back. 😦

    • oneta hayes says:

      The devil uses every tool he can to bait his traps. This is a big one. I’m glad there is a church who sets some limits and demands some accountability from its members. The NT churches sure had a lot of fellowshipping going on.

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