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Friday, March 09, 2007

Counting My Blessings

Recently I have found myself really falling in love with my church on a whole new level. I'm not sure what's caused the change, but the more I see the more I want to see. Let me tell you why I love my church. (And when I use the word "they" I am not just talking about the pastors or a few people - I mean the church as a whole.)

  • They teach the Bible.
  • Sermons come from the Bible and use appropriate texts kept in context for the message.
  • They feed the poor and hungry every Sunday with physical food and spiritual food.
  • People share what is really going on in their lives and want to know what is really going on in my life.
  • They are real people. (i.e. they have faults that they can talk about, they don't have a perfectly clean house all the time, they have real emotions, and they even wear sweatpants and t-shirts!)
  • They can be silly.
  • They want to hang out and invest in each other's lives.
  • They remember to pray for one another.
  • At churchwide fellowships you can find groups of adults playing basketball, skipping jumprope, doing the electric slide, playing games, singing loudly, laughing like children, and talking theology all at the same time.
  • They aren't afraid to admit that they watch American Idol and they like it.
  • They invite us into their homes. (Note: this is the first church I've ever been involved with where I've been in a pastor's home. And actually I've been in ALL the pastor's home numerous times.)
  • Letters of encouragement are a regular occurrence.
  • After you have a baby they will bring you dinners for 5 weeks (and really good food too!).
  • They are always looking for a reason to have a party.
  • It's easy to get involved and plugged in.
  • We have two gathering times a week to meet and discuss the Word.
  • They are inviting to newcomers.
  • They are fun.
  • They want to know Jesus more deeply today than they did yesterday.

I am completely in love with my church. If you live in the area, you should at least visit. And if you don't have a church, you should definitely come and check it out.


Nicole Wilson said...

while i am not a tremendous fan, (simply using a "random play" option on my work computer) I was reading this and realizing that Philips, Craig and Dean's "Amazed" song is on. now i'm in tears.

I really am amazed at how great God's love is for me... and you! TCC! TCC! TCC!

can i copy this (with you named) to my blog??

B and B said...

Sure! Glad that you enjoyed it!

Alicia said...

i second all of this! i love treasuring christ and i am so thankful to God for letting me be a part of it. thanks for counting the blessings where we can all read it and be encouraged!

Alicia said...

yeah, i was really confused by that too, but when i asked her about it, she told me she just used his email address to get a blog, since she doesn't have gmail... or something like that. the blogs are emily's words though :-) i hope you have a good weekend! see you sunday - alicia