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puddinboy

Member Since:
2006-04-05

So what is the answer to getting the Church to take more notice of social issues? The Bible is sooo full of topics of justice, the poor, the orphan, but we see little really done. Multi Million Dollar Building with a ton pf programs but very little put in to the hurting. Passages like Isaiah 58 and Matt 25 speaks of the danger of a salvation without love for the outcast. How many of us would have passed the stranger in the Good Samaritan story? Dorothy Day once said.."The heart Hungers for the new social order whre justice dwells"....I pray that we as the church will one day truly "love our neighbor as ourselves" and not be as the pharisee and ask.."who is my neighbor"?

Posted: 2006-05-20 10:45:00
cbennett

Member Since:
2006-09-04

First of all I will start by saying I use to hate reading I am more of the athletic outdoorsie type. My mom gave a book called the God Smuggler just after I had returned from a missions trip to India, where I rededicated my life, and unlike the other million books she gave me to my suprise i read it in its intirty. And I loved it the next book i read was is that really you God. Also great. And then this book fell into my hands. What an amazing story of faith. I am getting off track I wanted to comment on one perticuler message in this book. CHURCH. I love a Holy Spirit Holy rollen Jesus screaming filled Church just as much as the next Jesus Freak. But I have personaly seen in two sepret occations where Gods own children have turnd away there lost brothers, I lived in Agusta KS just south of Wichita, my best friends dad was a long haird long grey bearded harly davison riding hard core leather vest wearing biker. He had his problems drinking and pot but he loved his family and was a hard worker. One sunday morning to all of our amazment he was up and ready for church, God does awnswer prayers, my friend chest stuck out proud as can be opend those double doors and walked into that church with his Dad for the first time in his 12yrs of life. As his dad walked in with his long hair earing and his best leather vest instead of hand shakes and hugs he got glares and staring. As my friend took his usal seat tword the front an usher rushed to him and asked Travis and his dad if they would come back for the night serves when there would be less of a croud my friend with his lowered his head and walk out of the church with his dad. My best friend Travis Rodenbraugh died in a car accedint and never had the chance to see his dad come to the Lord. I dont know what would hav happend that day

Posted: 2006-09-04 12:01:00
cbennett

Member Since:
2006-09-04

First of all I will start by saying I use to hate reading I am more of the athletic outdoorsie type. My mom gave a book called the God Smuggler just after I had returned from a missions trip to India, where I rededicated my life, and unlike the other million books she gave me to my suprise i read it in its intirty. And I loved it the next book i read was is that really you God. Also great. And then this book fell into my hands. What an amazing story of faith. I am getting off track I wanted to comment on one perticuler message in this book. CHURCH. I love a Holy Spirit Holy rollen Jesus screaming filled Church just as much as the next Jesus Freak. But I have personaly seen in two sepret occations where Gods own children have turnd away there lost brothers, I lived in Agusta KS just south of Wichita, my best friends dad was a long haird long grey bearded harly davison riding hard core leather vest wearing biker. He had his problems drinking and pot but he loved his family and was a hard worker. One sunday morning to all of our amazment he was up and ready for church, God does awnswer prayers, my friend chest stuck out proud as can be opend those double doors and walked into that church with his Dad for the first time in his 12yrs of life. As his dad walked in with his long hair earing and his best leather vest instead of hand shakes and hugs he got glares and staring. As my friend took his usal seat tword the front an usher rushed to him and asked Travis and his dad if they would come back for the night serves when there would be less of a croud my friend with his lowered his head and walk out of the church with his dad. My best friend Travis Rodenbraugh died in a car accedint and never had the chance to see his dad come to the Lord. I dont know what would hav happend that day but God does. As a church and individules we have to live beyond our comfort zone because we never know?

Posted: 2006-09-04 12:04:00
lifeischrist

Member Since:
2006-08-21

Jesus said whatever you do or don't do to the least of my fellow man, you've done the same to me. If you would like to see the church change, then change yourself as much as you are able and pray that god would change the rest. you are the church. . if we can, let's look at the church as the individual people who have Christ in them. if we can, let's look at those who don't know Christ as actually BEING Christ. we do not worship the people, but would we be able to give up our time, money, love, trust to them the same as we would to Christ? yeah, more often they hurt us, but how can we partake in the glory of Christ if we don't partake in his sufferings? We love God on a personal basis, let's love His church the same way, and let's love those who are without as though they were the One within us. Be encouraged that through the lives of several people in our community my congregation is moving towards resettling itself in a dangerous, lost, drug run reserve in northern alberta. We have had threats, one lady had her house burnt, I had a dog sicked on me, but this is where Christ is needed, as well as in comfy neighborhoods. It scares me when I think about the evil mass of people we are trying to show Jesus to, but not so much when I think about every single person I meet that needs him. Jesus loves you.

Posted: 2006-09-10 10:01:00
 




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