Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Are You Destroying Yourself?

Tigger, our girl cat, chews herself. Actually chews her fur until she is raw. And she's not ashamed of it. She sits there and destroys herself.

We try to stop her. Not much works. We clap loud to get her attention. Shout her name. Stomp our feet. The quickest way to get her to stop is to go after her and then she runs away.

But that doesn't mean she stops chewing.

Sometimes she will be chewing in our line of sight. We will get her attention and she will stop and stare at us...briefly...then she just gets up, walks out of sight, lays down out of our sight line...and starts chewing again.

Little Lesson Life Expression
When our Loving Lord catches us doing something that destroys us physically, spiritually, emotionally or mentally, can He get our attention? And if He does, how do we respond? Do we see His foot-stomping for what it is...getting our attention for our own good? Or do we try to walk out of sight and keep on doing the same thing? Do we "Amen" the preacher on Sunday morning as he steps on our toes and then Monday through Saturday keep on living as we want to instead of as we know we should?

Isaiah 3:9 (New International Version)
The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Psalm 34:7 (Amplified Bible)
The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Are You Using A Care-Now Faith?

We were discussing doctors. The others were talking about our local walk-in, no appointment necessary, clinics called "CareNow". I was speaking of my personal physician.

We spoke of the differences.

One friend said that her son calls "CareNow"..."Care Later" since most people in this area use web check-in then sit a home and wait and wait until they get a call to come on into the clinic thus getting to wait at home instead of in the waiting room and therefore they get care later not now. :-)

With my personal doctor, I get an appointment time and am usually seen within 10 minutes of that time if I indeed get there on time.

Another friend said that she and her family doesn't get sick often enough to need a family doctor. CareNow works just fine for them. I responded with how thankful I am that my personal doctor, if the unexpected comes up, he knows me and knows my medical history.

Of course that got me to thinking...

I wonder how many people think that they are healthy enough spiritually that they don't need a regular church home. They think they can visit one here or there, now and then, and if anything urgent comes up in their lives, they'll just pop in to a "care-now" church and get some spiritual treatment. Do they even know what they are missing by not having a regular church home, a church family, to share the victories in their lives as well as the struggles?

Little Lesson Life Expression
What about you?

Are you using a 'care-now' kind of approach to your corporate worship? If so, will you check out a good Bible teaching church nearby and start this Sunday worshiping our Loving Lord with a body that you can soon call your personal church family?

Or are you already developing a personal relationship with a solid local body of believers? If so, how are you ministering to those in your body? Do they feel that they have a 'church family' or 'care-now friends'? Who, in your local body, will you reach out to this week?

Hebrews 2:11-13 (The Message)
Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn't hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I'll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I'll join them in worship and praise to you. Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, Even I live by placing my trust in God. And yet again, I'm here with the children God gave me.