Tonight is how every night should end.
The kids are down by 7:10, and Leatha and I get a quiet evening to read, talk, and hang out.
It was a pretty typical Sunday, although I didn't have any major responsibilities with our weekend services. I met with some people this morning after attending one of our services, then I had an afternoon meeting with the worship leaders in our church.
The message this morning was from 2 Corinthians 12... "My grace is sufficient for you- for my power is perfected in your weakness." Grace should be central to every gathering of God's people. I have a friend who recently went through a hard time. He felt ashamed to go back to church because of what people might think. It's such a tragedy.
Church should be a safe place to be flawed.
You can't be a Christian unless you're in touch with how bad off you really are. The more I read through Luke- I see this so clearly in Jesus' ministry. If you've been forgiven much, you love much. If you've been forgiven little, then you love little. That's what Jesus said. But there's no such thing as someone being forgiven "little." That person might not be as well off as they think.
Is your church a place where you can live an honest life?
Are you welcomed where you're at, and at the same time challenged to live for Jesus?
If you're not welcomed as a sinner in need of grace...
If you're not challenged to live for Jesus and change...
Find a new church.
Is that too harsh? simplistic?