Wednesday, December 14, 2011

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” ― G.K. Chesterton

we respond to the great future hope we have?  And that's the very thought that bridges him right in to verse 12.  We live here and now in the way that God would want us to live while we wait for the unfolding of our great future glory.
And so, this section will be instruction for life in the church, very practical, very basic, very straight forward, very direct.  And the church needs a good healthy dose of this kind of instruction, believe me.  If there's anything that grieves my heart across America, it is the fact that we have so many unhealthy churches, so many churches that do not know the power of God, the presence of God, the peace of God, the joy of God, that do not experience all of the blessings of God that He pours out to those who are walking according to His will and moving ahead toward being like Jesus Christ.  We have many many unhealthy churches.  It's a continual grief to me to talk to pastors who are so deeply burdened because they are in a church that demonstrates a lack of spiritual commitment.  It also is a grief to me to hear from people who are in churches where their leadership is not committed to spiritual growth and development.  This country is filled with busy churches and some big churches but many unhealthy churches.  One rather cynical writer looking at the church said that the church reminded him of Noah's ark.  Of what he said, "If it weren't for the storm outside, you couldn't stand the stench inside."  That's a cynical view of the church.  That's a jaded view of the church.
And it's far from the reality of what the church should be and what the true