Why I go to church

This was originally posted by me in 1999 on my old homepage.

Why go to Church?

Let me confess something first. I’ve always thought that church was boring. I sat through countless chapel sessions in my 12 years at the Anglo-Chinese schools and by the time I was Secondary One, I was thoroughly sick and tired of someone preaching up there at the pulpit. The songs that we had to sing were all the same anyway, and when I was a non-Christian (or pseudo-Christian, perhaps), they didn’t really mean anything except for a chance to rebel and just mouth the words along. One common sight during my time, and maybe even now, is that of students taking chapel to be a good time to doze off and catch up on their dreams.

And when I was asked to go to a church on a few occasions when I was young, what worse thing could happen except to see that it was little, if not different from my dreary chapel sessions? More preaching – sheesh. And the fact that I would not be able to get up late on Sundays?!? What about my cartoons?

Church? No way jose

Well, since that time, I’ve become an "ardent fan" of going to church. Not that it’s anything hip to do or that I go there to look and act holy, but church has become much more than waking up early on Sunday mornings to say your prayers and confessions. Nothing short of physical exhaustion or disembodiement will stop me from going to Leng Kwang and there are good reasons why, something I hope non-church-going Christians and non-believers out there will stop and read about here.

A church is not a building

A church is a community of believers. A few Christians coming together to worship and serve him can be effectively termed a "church" already. When Christians first started out in the first century, they worshipped in small groups at secret locations, many fearing persecution from the Roman Emperor. How great it is that we have religious freedom in Singapore, where we can worship where and where we like!

No Christian is an island. I always hear excuses from my friends saying that its perfectly fine with them to stay at home to pray to God. For isn’t he/she the same Christian whether they go to church or not? God listens to them still right?

Well, of course God still listens to you, I guess. But what’s the point of doing it all alone? Does one grow up and mature better interacting with others or alone in the wild? Sociologists will readily tell you the former is the better deal. Christians will tell you it’s the same with worshipping Christ together with other believers.

When I’m with my church mates, I learn of their joys and their pain in their walk with God. I tell of my own thanksgiving and grievings. I learn again and again that I am not alone in this rocky road to Christlikeness, that our faith is real, that there are people who are willing to bank their entire lives for the faith alone. I want to be like them, and I learn from the mistakes that we all make. We are only humans, and we are weak. With Christ, in our weaknesses, we are strong, and I can see that in my church.

I see the work of God in our lives. I see miracles. Nothing like the parting of the Red Sea but things out of the ordinary, which is enough to prove God’s existence. To me, a simple conversion of a cynical friend is more than enough a miracle, for nothing can soften the hearts of men but God alone.

I learn the meaning of accountability. I have made my public confession of good faith in front of them, and in my confession, promised to keep true to the Lord, both to them, to myself and most importantly, to Him. I backslide easily, and there are always hands to reach out and grab when I feel myself falling from grace. Some hands are weak, some are strong, but they are there, always.

I think alot about theological issues. Sometimes, the mystery of God is too much to take and silly ideas come up to challenge my faith. Church is where I go to seek answers, from Christians who have asked the same questions before. There aren’t always answers, but there is the faith which they demonstrate in their life and words. The faith is so simple, yet so complex….And I realise there’s no need to be another smart aleck. For leaning upon your own understanding is a mistake we often make.

I’ve never been a good singer, and get tired of singing easily. But I never cease to be amazed by the songs which were penned by Christians, which often describe so accurately my own situations, my joy and my pain. Often, to tell the truth, the songs are just sung for the sake of singing, but there are times when they minister to my soul so strongly I weep.

Lastly, and most importantly, I go to church to worship my God. What’s the meaning of worship? My dictionary says: "To show love, admiration and respect to a God." Precisely. I can do it by myself, but isn’t better to feel the joy of others worshipping God alongside you? Isn’t it great to know that you’ll be seeing these people for eternity, as we take on new bodies and see God in all his glory?

So what’s stopping you from going to church?

(this post now appears in www.iantan.org)

13 Replies to “Why I go to church”

  1. Hi Ian
    Now this is the kind of post I could find interesting, and hopefully informative. It may be helpful if I could take this one step at a time. As you must realise nearly all the none religious including myself are desperately trying to find a reason to believe in a life after death scenario, so any evidence to back up an afterlife belief system would be warmly welcomed.
    You wrote-
    “I see the work of God in our lives. I see miracles. Nothing like the parting of the Red Sea but things out of the ordinary, which is enough to prove God’s existence? To me, a simple conversion of a cynical friend is more than enough a miracle, for nothing can soften the hearts of men but God alone.”
    Just a few simple lines above but dynamite if proven to be a true statement, it would be truly wonderful if you could share with us the details “prove God’s existence “by disclosing the miracles you have witnessed. I ask this because as you may be aware, one of the main planks of an argument against the existence of a God is the utter improbability angle and a total lack of any hard evidence.
    In order to avoid disappointment I hope the miracles you speak of are more than just the complexity of butterfly’s wings, …I think Darwin sorted that out.

    Regards
    Stephen (real name)

  2. Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for being understanding and wanting to learn more.

    Perhaps you might want to read the story of my friend Darren here: https://iantan.org/?p=358 It’s not something that happens every day to all of us, but as a working journalist when I was younger, I came across many of these transformational stories in my job and in my personal life. Darren was once an atheist, but is now a faithful Christian because of his ordeal. But what I don’t wish on others is for something terrible to happen to them before they start asking the tough questions about God and everything else.

    I could share other less dramatic examples, but it’s a matter of perception. For example, for people who struggle to have kids, they will understand the whole concept of conception and having healthy kids is actually a miracle in iself. Even though millions of people have kids every year, those who cannot truly learn the complexities required before conception can really occur, and no amount of science can help them if God wills otherwise.

    For me, every night I say a simple prayer with the kids and for my family – to learn how to be contented with what we have. This is actually a phenomenally difficult thing for us materialistic creatures to achieve, but every week, I am shown lessons or go through scenarios which are not coincidental, but demonstrate how one can be more contented with one’s lot. Forgive me for being vague on details here, but I don’t reveal alot of personal happenings on this blog because other people’s feelings are involved and I make this blog as private or public for my friends and family’s need as possible.

    This desire to protect other people’s privacy stems from being an ex-journalist who’s job was to dig out every painful detail of people’s lives and I learnt to hate doing that. To write Darren’s story, I had to ask him permission.

  3. Hi Ian
    With great respect, whilst the story you mention is heartwarming what I seek is the proof (Quote)“which is enough to prove God’s existence” as in your recent writings.
    Let me explain why I am unconvinced by stories of medical cures, (simply put), whenever I hear or read of these very sad devastating illnesses it seems that many people, out of sheer desperation, pray,(and I don’t discount myself) and so the law of averages takes over and as with chance, some of these people get better and they call it a miracle some don’t and they call it God’s will.
    What I find also equally worrying about peoples claim to a medical miracle is the way God only seems able to make the body whole again on the inside, for instance a Nun recently claimed that one of her group of Nuns who had diagnosed heart disease was, by Gods intervention cured, she recovered completely by growing another heart.
    I can fully understand why a person would want to reinforce and believe, but doesn’t strike anyone as a little suspect that these cures are only ever on the inside of the body, how many times do you read of the little girl who had her leg blown off whilst stepping on a land mine and suddenly had her leg restored by a miracle of God. The thought being that anyone who can repair or re-build a heart should have little or no problem with a little girls leg Now that’s what I would call a convincing story.

  4. Hi Stephen,

    You seek the proof in a particular aspect, and then I have to be honest – I am afraid whatever proof or stories I might write here may not convince you at this juncture.

    Like you, I’m always skeptical of miracle cures – I don’t believe in mass sessions of faith healing (eg. a preacher comes and proclaims people sick of their lifelong illnesses, lays his hands on them and they start walking after being disabled since birth and so on).

    In this modern age, I have yet to see and hear of a real example of truly fantastical miracle by everyone’s (believer and non-believer) standards.

    Yet, the Bible tells that when Jesus came to earth, he was able to pull off such sessions with ease. So one of the tough questions for Christians today is – “Why don’t these great miracles happen today?”.

    So back to your point – no, I (and many other Christians) don’t believe that a girl with her legs blown off can regrow her leg again by a mere prayer. But doctors can give her a prosthetic leg that lets her walk again. That is only made possible by man’s intelligence, which we celebrate fully. And Christians believe that man’s intelligence and scientific achievements comes from God. On the other hand. evolution doesn’t really answer why only man is so ridiculously smart as compared to the rest of the species.

    That nun you speak about – her claim is most probably hogwash (though hey, you’d never really know right?). And that is the very sort of thing that Christians like me do not depend on to share about Christ’s work. People in general are more willing to believe that Christ rose from the dead after 3 days than a nun re-growing her heart.

    Some Christian folks die today because they refuse to seek medical treatment and fully rely on the belief that prayer alone can heal everything. But they seem to forget that one of Jesus’ apostles Luke was a doctor himself, and nowhere in the Bible does God say :”Don’t bother with doctors.” Christians in general believe God gave man science, and that we should not hesitate to seek man-made remedies while seeking God’s grace.

    So if I catch a flu, I’ll be foolish not to take flu medication. But if God wills it, the flu might just kill me. That I can accept as well as a matter of faith and it’s not something I’ll get worked up about over.

    Neither do I believe in speaking in other mystical stuff like “speaking in tongues” (a disbelief, which one fellow Christian has said in the past, will condemn me to hell, can you believe it) that is a big thing with charismatic and new evangelical churches. I personally think it’s just babbling for the sake of it.

    I also agree with you that it shouldn’t take a personal tragedy for people to become a believer.

    Yet that happens all too often, only for the simple reason that when faced with a dire situation, people are forced against the wall to re-examine their belief system, their humanity and their life in perspective.

    I learnt to believe in Christ because of my mum’s illness (I believe God saved her against all odds after a desperate plea – she was at Stage 4 breast cancer and honestly, she should have been dead in 1992 but she survived for another decade), but today, I continue to believe in Christ because my mum is long gone and the memory of her suffering is but a faint whisper, but I continue to struggle with sin and my humanity daily and still see his redemptive work in my life and others. That, my friend, I find difficult to describe to you because we all lead different lives with different struggles.

    When it comes down to it, I understand you are seeking for definite, empirical proof of God by man’s standards.

    I’d be branded a fool to say that I can give you that proof, because I don’t have it in a white paper, a box or several paragraphs. Scientists spend decades trying to prove the existence of God, but their instruments won’t show you the results, nor can they even agree on what specific prerequisites it takes to determine the existence of God.

    I’m probably as big a cynic as you, because I demand proof in everything in my daily life.

    This especially so in the workplace (I work in Microsoft, where only tangible results count in my appraisals and it’s a really demanding environment), As a newspaper journo in the past, I demanded that every story have at least two to three different verifications before it can be deemed publishable. As a press photographer when I was young, I refused to Photoshop any image to thwart the reality I had snapped with my camera. The photos were the proof.

    So I might appear to be an hypocrite by saying that with God, I cannot show the proof you want. A case of double-standards by man’s measurements. Yet the Bible says in Romans 1:18:

    The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

    For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

    In other words, everything that we see around us – the trees, the stars, the mountains – demonstrates quite convincingly the existence of intelligent design. That’s God’s evidence for us. We feel amazement at the ecosystem of the universe, we appreciate the beauty of nature and we ask “how is it that we know this is beautiful?”

    But man, even if he feels the sense of wonder in his heart, rejects that idea, rejects the evidence laid before him. And with his intelligence and leadership of all species, decides it is best to put himself in the centre of the universe.

    Never mind the fact that he can drop dead any second for all proclamations of power, because his fate is not really in his hands. Man decided to put his faith wholly in science, and make evolution – which is still a collection of loosely linked and not fully verified theories (see how many revisions the scientists make on their theories all the time) – the only answer to everything. If science and statistics are right, we cannot possibly be the only intelligent species in the universe – yet why is Planet Earth so terribly unique in the scheme of things?

    Christianity is one of the most criticised things in the world, largely because of the sins of so-called believers (eg. Crusades, the Inquisition, and lately, the war on Iraq and Afghanistan) who killed unjustly in the name of God, as well as overzealous folks who insist on hitting people’s head with a Bible (figuratively speaking) all the time. As a non-Christian for most of my life – I loathed all these things about Christians, and today, I still do. Christians forget that they need to communicate better in order for our message to be understood. A lot of misconceptions about Christians and Christ continue to be perpetuated by Christians themselves and it is not going to be changed any time soon.

    The only thing I can do on my part is try to be honest about what I believe in. Again, it seems double standards for me to demand real facts in the secular world, and simply rely on “faith” when it comes to God.

    But that’s the ONLY thing God really expects man to do – to simply believe that Jesus once did come down to earth in order to redeem man’s sin forever. Nothing we can do on our own effort and capability will redeem our fallen state. Here, the Bible states in Romans 3:

    This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

    God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

    It’s so simple a process it seems foolish to be a Christian. “Simply believe in Christ and live forever? You’ve gotta be kidding me.” But that has spurred so many people to seek the answers for themselves, and later, for many of them to come believe in Christ.

    And being a Christian doesn’t mean having to follow all sorts of weird procedures or impossible demands. For example, the Ten Commandments (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+20&version=NIV) are pretty easy to understand and follow. And Jesus’ “Golden Rule” is so simple in concept – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – and while tough to practice, it is possible to carry out.

    God expects us to use our intelligence to question everything that we do, not follow any commandments blindly because we’d be no better than robots. That’s why every Christian needs to continually question his faith in order to renew it, not be a slavish follower of whatever a preachers says at the pulpit. If a preacher tells me to speak in tongues today to prove that I’m a believer, I’ll ask him why should I – it’s not what God says I have to do be saved. But so many others happily follow the preacher, and not God’s Word.

    Hope that clarifies some more things for you.

    Ian

  5. Hi Ian
    Well thanks again for your reply, but because of the subject matter I was hoping to keep things simple and try and work through things a little at a time. I am speaking as an avid none believer in anything supernatural, but at the same time clearing the decks in the hope of finding some common ground.
    If we can agree that not all people tell the truth, including Christians, and that there are the religious out there that do fabricate and exaggerate to reinforce their own standing within their belief system, why? I guess in order to feel part of a group/gang/team/faction/ whatever you want to call it.
    Anyway as an example of why people join other people in such ventures I would like to forward some factual information from my own experience. I have been self employed for just over thirty years and in that time I have learnt that the quickest and easiest way to a successful business is to join a club. It may be a golf club, rotary club, free masons, or even the church, but I can assure you a good proportion of the members will subscribe to anything in order to better their own businesses chances, a fact I’m sure you will confirm, even living as you do in a relative corrupt free country it seems quite widespread practice.
    Anyway getting to the point, could it be “The Church” is a self supporting club that has become too lucrative to stop full membership. It’s a fact that public figures, politicians and the like would never openly claim to be atheists, gay maybe but never atheists, although most speaking after high office confess to being less than honest about their beliefs.
    This is just an observation from my own working life and may not be standard issue, but for me this is corruption of the worse kind, although fully and openly tolerated in order that it increases the size of the various congregations.

    Stephen

  6. Hi Stephen,

    Your view touches upon a topic that I’ve long wanted to write a post about – that churches are also fallible because they are populated by fallible men.

    As in any club, there are people who join a church because it is

    1. Fashionable
    2. Allows for great networking (or hey, finding a potential spouse)
    3. Allows one to demonstrate what kind of values they harbour, or what kind of person they wish to be seen as in public.

    Obviously, all the wrong reasons for going to church.

    I don’t think you can stop these people from coming to church, but we can only hope that these people pay attention to God’s message and learn to believe in what’s most important.

    In developed countries, the church is seen as a rich man’s club. I’m often amazed at all the big expensive cars that line the driveway of the church I go to on Sundays. But who am I to judge if these people are rich or poor? God chooses whom to bless with health or wealth.

    Yet I will get angry when these big cars block the way for people to walk or prevent baby strollers from going through – these drivers ought to spare a thought for non-drivers.

    Every church has its own issues, and I have long left the church described in the original post written above because I didn’t agree with some of the things that went on there. Today, I attend another church down the road which has plenty of its own issues too (for one, I find some of the pastors to be really boring at the pulpit), but I can accept that because the church is faithful to God’s message and does not let petty human squabbling sway it from its goal to preach Christ. I have become far less engaged with the church: I don’t attend Bible classes or serve in any ministry, largely because I need to look after my kids all the time during weekends.

    I can also accept the fact that there will be people sitting in the pews who aren’t really believing or even listening to the message, because God has a specific plan for everyone and I will not know the final outcome.

    A real challenge for all Christians, like you have pointed out, is – “Why am I really going to church?”

  7. Ok We established that people do things for different reasons and people don’t always tell the truth, now then let’s get back to the Nun that insisted she grew a new heart, “Hogwash” I think you said.
    What’s interesting is that she had all the right credentials, woman of God, pious, prayed every day, ect, ect and to top it off, has given her whole life for her belief system.
    And yet you don’t believe her, why is that? Could it be that it doesn’t sound plausible, too incredible for words maybe or just because she’s catholic and not some other faith. Whatever it is I’m sure you must see the contradiction in the way you choose to believe, put another way why would you purport to believe some implausible, and incredible stories of an invisible man you call god, who can see all, who can hear everything, who knows what you’re thinking and doing at all times to each and every one of us without a shred of proof. Oh and yes he also has the ability to heal and change your life if he wishes.
    Now all of a sudden that Nuns story of a re-grown heart sounds almost positively common sense.
    Would you now like to reconsider the Nuns story?

    Stephen

  8. Hi Stephen

    Ah, I did put a disclaimer with regards to the nun: “That nun you speak about – her claim is most probably hogwash (though hey, you’d never really know right?).”

    The key difference between this nun and the miracles of Jesus, is that the world has yet to verify with objective tools that the nun actually grew her heart back with no medical help, and that in Jesus’ case, there were hundreds of public witnesses to his ministry and miracles and those were recorded down in the Bible.

    Then again, I can see where you would perceive that I’m a mess of contradictions. You aren’t wrong, from your point of view. But neither am I, from mine. This is the very point which most of the time, conversations between believers and non-believers break down because:

    1. The non-believer will point out all the logical loopholes in the Christian’s argument, using straightforward reasoning and debate.

    2. The Christian will explain away every loophole with something like “Man cannot know everything, but God does.” and be seen as using the Bible where it’s convenient.

    3. Both parties leave the exchange less satisfied than before.

    There’s only two things I can say here and I seek your patience and understanding in order for this conversation not to fizzle out.

    1. The main disconnect between us is the issue of faith. Faith is a difficult act of believing in something you don’t and you can’t see. To ask anyone to believe in an invisible Creator requires the “leap of faith”.

    2. How does one obtain the faith necessary to believe? This is the tougher bit. Romans 10 explains:

    But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

    Essentially, the only way for us to have faith is to read or listen to the Bible and learn about the salvation offered by Christ.

    We all wish God or Jesus would speak to us as if they were calling our mobile phones (it’ll solve the fundamental question of God’s existence immediately!), but instead, it is written that God speaks to us through the Bible.

    But is it enough to simply hear the Word?

    If you had read my other writings on becoming a Christian on this site, you’d know that I actually went to a Christian mission school for 12 years, hearing the Bible every day, and yet I refused to believe. The key point here is that “I refused to believe”, because I felt that I was in control of my life and my destiny. At that time, this whole “Jesus thing” was nothing more than religious puffery, boring hymns and stuffy hypocrites.

    But a few years after I left school, I was encouraged to re-examine why I refused to believe, and I guess that was the turning point because I was ready to delve deeper and put my prejudices and assumptions against the whole issue on the side.

    I’m not sure how well you know the Bible, but I would suggest even if you know it by heart, to simply take another reading of it (I’d suggest the Book of John: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%201&version=NIV ) and try to read it literally first. ie. Not try to question all the apparent contradictions but read it as simply a story that is believed to be recorded as accurately as possible.

    I’m not sure how you would take to that suggestion to read John, but it’s really all I can do at this point for us to take this conversation further. Otherwise, your conclusion remains the same, and nothing I can say using my limited human reason will convince you or any other non-believer further.

    Once you do, I can try my best to explain what John is trying to say. And do note that he starts off with a succinct point about the disconnect I’ve written about: that the world didn’t recognize Jesus for who he really was.

    Ian

  9. Hi Ian
    Hey I thought we had a deal here, let’s keep it simple, and well, anyway, ok lets reason why it’s best to keep it simple.
    Now here in the UK when one of our many politicians are asked awkward questions, which he may not have the answer, or maybe to answer truthfully would put him at odds with his party, which I may add is quite often, they have various tools at their disposal one of which is to give an over complicated answer, designed on the one hand to confuse the real issues and two waste enough time in the hope the interviewer runs out of air time.
    Quite obviously the later is a none starter as time is plentiful for us both so I can only conclude it is likely to be the former.
    So let me explain where I am, I notice that your writing and most answers to sticky questions relies very heavily on the contents of your Bible which in all fairness has been produced and written by many men over many years at a time certainly many, many, years after the main event, and for just this purpose . Assuming you believe all that was written therein is truthful it’s a perfect way for Christens to get answers for themselves or just field any awkward questions asked.
    Let’s take this from another angle, because of the glaring inconsistencies date and time faults, people that were reported in two places at the same time and many more too numerous to mention, the Bible, even though reported to be the word of God by some, is deeply flawed. So I felt that scoring points this way was a kinda cheap shot and much too easy, but hey looks like you give me no choice, so if you like let’s get onto your Bible.
    First let me explain, I am no expert on your Bible as a teaching aid or even the deep meanings of life it purports to hold, but as a history lesson I feel I can hold my own with most.
    So fire away, tell me why you think it’s the definitive word of God, and not just some overzealous writers wanting the front page for themselves.

    Stephen

  10. You atheists don’t seem to learn, do you? There’s a special place reserved for you in the afterlife and I can assure you, it’s not heaven. Doubting Thomases, wake up and smell the coffee. You, with your “logic” and “empiricism”, can never fathom the majesty of God’s presence. Look closely around you and you will find the glorious work that he has done. Take AIDS for example. Do you think that humans can restrain their innate promiscuity and sinfulness without the the advent of AIDS? God sort it out by punishing those filthy sinners with a befitting disease. Praise the lord! And why did Hurricane sweep across America? Because the America had descended into a state of debauchery and decadence of the vilest form. Heaven has no place for these sinners and you know that. I can go on forever but only a fool will fail to perceive the preponderance of evidence that we have of God. You won’t see it because your eyes are nothing more than the material that your inane materialistic beliefs assert it to be. You won’t see it because I know that my God, our almighty creator, works in mysterious ways. Your pittance of the “human intellect” can never compare to the infinite complexity that our maker is. So do yourselves a favour, stop nitpicking God’s words for “logical fallacies” and what not and just accept that humans can never understand the workings of an omniscient being. I’m sure that’s what God wants us to do. I pray to him every single night, I talked to him and I know that on judgement day, God is on my side.

  11. Love is the key to the question: why go to church or why pray.

    Recall your first dates when your heart was on fire of love. You did not ask questions nor researched any book for seeing whether you should go and meet him or her. You just went because your desire was to be together with your special one in every moment. The power of love answers every question and clears every obstacle. Our True Love is therefore undefeatable and eternal.

    A holy mass is like a wedding. You unite with your loved one until death on your wedding day and you unite with your Eternal Love forever on the holy mass. You did not wed at home or at any other improper place. So the dedicated place of your “Sundays wedding” is prepared at church.

    And of course, you did not wed in jeans, leaned to the benches and watched the sealing boringly on your special day. How do you do on your “Sundays wedding”?

    Recall those tight hugs when togetherness was not ever close enough. Whenever you accept the Eucharist, your soul entrapped in your body is hugged by Christ entirely, from head to toe. This is how perfect your being is for Divine intentions and how imperfect for human intentions.

    You seal your wedding event with a kiss and an “I love you”. Do you end your “Sundays wedding” with a wonderful “I love you” to your Eternal Love? Him, who is longing so much for your little love ever since He showed his on the cross.

    The Lord has established the church for us, not for Himself, and for us to use it because that is what He foresaw as the most effective institution for reaching our salvation.

  12. Hello Ian,
    I would just like to say I have enjoyed reading about your walk with – and to – Jesus Christ.
    You never know who you are going to influence or help or inspire, and I think with your “laying it out for the world to see”, you are doing just that and are a terrific witness for Christ. It has been inspiring reading your testimony.

    God’s Blessings to you and yours.
    -Sterling

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