Wednesday, July 11, 2007

What Church Do You Go To?

Have you heard the question? Have you been asked, " What church do you go to? How do you answer that question?

My answer would be, " I belong to Jesus Christ, therefore, His Church is anyone who professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and therefore, I go to WORSHIP, with the Church of our Savoir, Jesus Christ. I don't go to church, I go to worship with the church."

My parents are ex Church of Christers, and they have been brought up strong in it. I have seen them spiritually grow, and become stronger, and not need to have a church to go to. They "fell away from the church" as my grandfather so aptly put it, and found Christ! Amen!

The Church of Christ is a spiritually dead church, where there is not fire, or life, in the worship service. There is the second service, where any of the members, who have missed the first, have to attend the second, in order to take the Lord's supper. It is like a guilty thing, if you don't go to church, you are damned to Hell. I have sat in the services, and seen most of the members, nod absentmindedly, and then afterwards, ask if anyone had seen the ballgame the night before. What a sad thing, if it has to come to this. I admit, I have done the same thing, but if all we think about it, is if I don't go to church, I will be damned forever. I have not once heard someone say, " The sermon today, was really speaking to me, and thank the Pastor for his inspiring word!"We should go to church, because we want to, to be in the Presence of the Lord. I am not bashing Church of Christers, just the one experience I have had, was not very uplifting, and spirtually minded! They believe that works alone can save you, when it is your faith in Jesus Christ that saves you, and the works are the outpouring of your soul, your belief in the Savoir! Am I right?They don't allow instrumental accompanyment to the singing, and there is no kitchen to help serve the community, and no mission contributions. I cannot understand this, but I am not very good at understanding the ways of the world!

I have heard, " What is your religion?" And the answer would be, " I don't have a religion, I have Christ!" They would say, "No, no, no, what denomination are you a part of?" And person would say, " I don't know, 144,000?" They would look at him, and say, " What church are you a part of, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Christ, Baptist." He'd say, " None." They say, " So, you are not a christian?" And he would say, " I didn't say that." They would look really confused, and he would say, " I am part of the body of Christ, and fellowship with anyone who follows His Steps. I am no respecter of persons!" They walk off, thinking he was weird! They wanted to put him in a spiritual box, and he will not let them! I hate boxes! There is no room to grow, no Sonlight!Hallelujah!

I don't care what church you came from, as long as you confess with your mouth, Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart, that God raised Him from the Dead, you shall be saved! That is enough for me!
Thoughts for the day-
Perennial Pioneer

Monday, July 9, 2007

A True Bundle of Joy!

Just wanted to let my readers know, my sister Sarah had her baby. Gabriel John Saffer was born, this morning at 1:30 am. The midwife arrived 20 minutes after he was born. The catching and cleaning was done by my Aunt Paulette, and Linda Saffer, Clay's Mom. They report to us that the cord was short, and therefore, the boy was not strangled in his cord. Gabriel John weighed out to be, 8 lbs. 10oz. a big strapping boy. He will grow up to be like his papa. He has blue eyes and blonde hair, a good crop of it. He would look like Esau, if I didn't know better.:)
To see pictures of this precious bundle of joy that has entered our lives, look on Hines Family Homestead, under Gabriel John Saffer. He is handsome, if I do say so myself!

I look forward to spending time with my nephew, when I go to visit them. May you grow up to be as strong and as wise as your grandfathers, uncles, great uncles, and father. And may you learn the true joy of knowing the Heavenly Father, and His forgiveness of Sins. I love you, Gabriel John.
Aunty Laura

Laura Perennial Pioneer

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