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Attended another church this morning.  It was a definite mega church and I felt my guard going up.  People were friendly and said, “Morning,” as I drifted by, but I didn’t feel like I’d arrived home.  I’ve driven by this particular church countless times and I’ve always been curious about it and now that curiosity is over.

They gave a very nice little gift/welcome bag with info about the church, a pen and a Starbucks gift card. That was a new edition to welcome bags. Sort of crazy to get a coffee gift card, but hey it makes sense.

I’m torn.  Last week the Foursquare church felt more homey and comfortable.  I felt like I could let my guard down vs it going up automatically.  But then the Unity Church was very welcoming and I felt like they took the time to try and get to know me, though none of the churches I visited and sent an email equaled getting a reply from them, which is quite frustrating, but everyone is busy these days.  The ironic thing is the Unity and the Foursquare church are practically next door to each other.  I want to go to a church where I’ll be challenged, loved and that people will actually notice and care if I don’t show up.  Some churches you don’t show up after awhile you never hear from them asking if everything is alright.  Nothing.  That turns me off to returning because if no one notices I stopped attending then did they notice me come my first Sunday?

I want the community, but it’s choosing which type of community and to decide what do I actually believe?  What flavor of Christianity do I want to join? I don’t even know if I want to go down the road of membership.  Yes commitment is good, but I don’t know if I want to become another social card member of Christianity.

I think I will do best in a smaller church setting vs being a number.  I want a place not overly far away so that going to events won’t be difficult.

Today I’m hoping to finish up laundry and keep reading the book I just started.  Last night I finished reading Save Me From Myself by Brian “Head” Welch.  That book I’ve wanted to read since I saw it come out last year and it was POWERFUL.  The neat thing is he lives in my area so some day it’d be cool to get to meet and talk with him in person.

Yesterday got to have my mom go with me to see “Twilight.” Watching it for the second time was just as magical as the first time.  I still got goose bumps when Bella first spies Edward enter the school cafeteria.   It’s definitely a keeper. The chemistry was electric between the two main characters.

Off to go have lunch soon.  I’m starving!

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2 Comments

  1. My girlfriend & I have been discussing this very same subject lately! I think one of the main reasons finding a Church where one feels comfortable is that faith/spirituality/religion is such a deeply personal thing and if you’ve been keeping it in your own way for some time (which I feel there’s nothing wrong with), it’s really, really difficult to turn around and start keeping it with other people! Until recently, I hadn’t found a Church I liked, but the one I do is where our friends’ little boys funeral was this past July and it breaks my heart just to pass by it. (And I’ve only been back once & that was for a memorial mass for him right before Thanksgiving). I’m also not fond of all the flavors of Christianity there are but I’m not thrilled with the Roman Catholic Church either. Either way there’s so much hypocricy with the organization itself or the parishners.

    I hope you’re well! I’ve missed you!

  2. Good Morning,
    I read your “Church Shopping Anyone?” and I just had to respond. I’m a District Administrator for the Foursquare Churches in Western Ohio. I’ve been a member of a Foursquare Church for 20 years. I grew up in a Methodist Church, but after my mother passed away in 1988, I needed more. That’s when I was “shopping” as you are. It was actually a friend who invited me to this Foursquare Church and I agree, it felt like home and I felt welcomed immediatly. We never looked back. It was that and what the Foursquare Church stood for that I loved. The Foursquare Church believes that Jesus is our Savior, our healer, our baptizer in the Holy Spirit and our soon coming King. Maybe that will help you. God is calling you to a deeper place. keep looking… you’ll find Him.

    I just received this e-mail from The General Supervisor of our Foursquare Denomination. He’s a wonderful man of God, as are all of our leaders in this denomination. We always like to say, we’re not just a denomination, we’re a movement, set out to change the world for good through Jesus Christ! Thought you might enjoy the read and maybe it will help you with your decision.
    God bless you…….and Merry Christmas!

    Monday, December 15, 2008

    Good morning!

    She was only 18 years old when she courageously put her life on the line for her fellow soldiers. Monica Lin Brown was an army medic when the IED (improvised explosive devices) ripped apart the last Humvee in their convoy. This incident unfolded in Afghanistan on April 25, 2007. Although women aren’t supposed to serve on the front line, she had been temporarily assigned to this detail. As shrapnel was exploding around her, she put her body between the wounded soldiers and the ammunition-laden vehicle. Monica is just the second female awarded the Silver Star (the nation’s third-highest medal for valor) since World War II. She recently was featured on the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes.

    Mary, the mother of Jesus, is widely thought to have been just a teenager when she was asked to be the instrument to deliver God’s Son. She moved through that season with the grace of a seasoned adult and became an example of what the Lord can do through a surrendered life. Joseph (Jacob’s son) was only 17 when God deposited a costly dream upon him. Though he experienced many difficulties early on he hung on and was used by God to bring deliverance to an entire nation. Joel prophesied and the book of Acts concurs: “Upon your sons and your daughters… I will pour out my Spirit” (Joel 2; Acts 2).

    The Foursquare Church is a movement founded on the shoulders of young leaders. Aimee Semple McPherson was just 33 when she built Angelus Temple and laid the groundwork for a world-wide evangelistic thrust. Today, the Lord is raising up new expressions of young leadership! In the last few years, a revival of sorts, focused on a rising generation of passionate and gifted leaders, has emerged. Ignite, NextGen National Ministries, Emerging Leader Network and J12 all point to a sovereign move of God within our ranks! This surge reflects the passion and commitment of churches and pastors around the world to release, confirm, commission and celebrate God’s promise to us!

    In January 2009, the launch of Ignite from the campus of Life Pacific College will take place. Nearly 50 young leaders have signed up. Enrollment is at capacity, and a second campus search is underway. The rise of interest, leadership, passion, open doors and vision can only point to one thing… God! We can’t do it without Him. He chooses not to do it without us! Would you join us in prayer for this phenomenal door of opportunity (Revelation 3) that the Lord has opened? Pray for Mike Larkin and his team of young leaders. Pray for young people like Kaitlin, who walked away from a college scholarship to respond to the call of the Lord. Pray over the faculty who will help lead in this discipleship immersion and global experience.

    Most of all, pray for God to awaken pastors, parents and youth to a fresh awakening of His purposes for them. Pray for opportunities to emerge for placement, internships, and appointments for this new generation of called and equipped ministers. The Apostle Paul got it right when he said to his young son in the faith, “Timothy, don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (I Timothy 4:12).

    Thank you, Pastor Jack (and board of directors), for the trust, encouragement and permission to spread our wings, take risks, invest resources and issue the challenge to a called, prophesied-about and needed group of young leaders! The next great harvest just may be led by this group of innovative, hungry, committed and released “sons and daughters.” If the world will recognize their value and contributions, how much more should the church stand up and cheer for this emerging generation!

    “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” – Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

    In His service,
    Glenn Burris Jr.


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