Are You Welcome?


So what would happen if you showed up at your best friend’s house unannounced? No doubt, you’d be welcomed right in and they’d be excited to see you! Now what if you hadn’t spoken to that friend in a long time, and you just went into their home and sat on their couch, used their bathroom, raided their frig, and slept in their bed? Would they be so happy to see you then? I bet not. In some cases, authorities may even be called. Even if the friend ends up being “okay” with you in their home, the friendship will be strained and harmed. We understand this concept and would never just barge into someone’s home unannounced. (Well, most people wouldn’t.) So why do would we do this to the Lord? Is He not the most important friend that we have? Is not the church His house? If we truly believe that our church is the house of the Lord, our place of worship, then why do we barge in two days a week like we own the place?

We unlock the doors, make ourselves at home on our usual pews, sit on our cushions we leave in “our” seat, and never stop to think about whether or not we even took time to let the Lord know we were coming, or if we are even welcome. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that we are always welcome in the Lord’s house, but we could be much better received by Him if we communicated with Him through the week, on a daily basis. If we talk to our friends daily and plan when we will meet up, what we will eat, what we can do and keep up to date on how each other is doing then why can’t we do the same with Jesus? He cares about how our day is, He wants to know all of our problems, fears, concerns and He also would love to hear our praise and listen to our excitement about our day. It seems so easy for us to call up our best friend and talk forever about our lives. We should do the same with the Lord. We should be telling him everything! We should talk to Him every single day, every minute even! Then He can truly be our best friend! And then we can know that we are welcome when we enter His house.

Furthermore, we will be ready to worship Him because we will have been in communication with Him already. We would be more excited to be at church, because we would be at our best friend’s house! I know when I was growing up I was always so excited to get to visit my friends or family. I loved seeing their homes and getting to know their family pets. But now I have to admit that I’m not always that excited to visit the Lord’s house. I should be, but frankly I’m human and I’m just not. If I could make an effort to talk to the Lord continually, and let Him be my best friend then I’m sure I would yearn for church services to start.

The comparison between a friend’s house and the Lord’s house can even be made when it comes to respecting it. We should have respect for the place of worship just as we do when we visit other people’s homes. When I have company I always try to make them feel at home but they usually still stay pretty reserved. I mean, visitors don’t typically pull off their socks and prop their feet on the coffee table. Now I know that there isn’t a coffee table at church, but you catch my drift. God wants us to be welcome and free of all reservations when we are in His house. That doesn’t mean we should be disrespectful, we should have the utmost respect for the most holy place we could visit. But, we should also be free to worship Him, full of the spirit without reservation or concern for what others may think. He truly does love it when we come to His house and worship Him.

He loves it more when we talk to Him frequently. The Bible says to pray without ceasing. So we should do just that, pray continually. Prayer is simply talking with our Saviour. It’s much easier to discuss anything with a friend whom we talk to regularly than someone we rarely speak to. If I haven’t spoken to you in a month, we would have to catch up on each other’s lives before we could have a serious conversation or ask each other for favors. But usually we don’t have a problem asking the Lord for help with this or that even after we have given Him the silent treatment for the past month. I’m guilty of silent treatment, intentional and unintentional. I have often admitted that I’m a horrible friend. I will eventually get busy with life and out of the routine of talking to you and then next thing we know, we have children the other of us have never even met. I shouldn’t be that way. I need to make an honest effort to stay in a routine of speaking to my Lord regularly. It should just become our nature instead of a habit. Habits can be broken. We should be best friends with the Lord and ever in conversation with Him until it is just our nature to do it without even making an effort.

Are you welcome in the Lord’s house today?

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Amazing Prayer


Prayer.  It’s probably the best and most powerful weapon in a Christian’s arsenal.  

The effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

James 5:16

Throughout the Bible are examples of how prayer can be used to do amazing things.  Now I know that it isn’t the words of the prayer that actually have any real power, nor is it the one who is uttering the prayer or any of their merit.  The power is that of our Lord and Saviour.  Prayers have parted seas, calmed storms, raised the dead and so much more.  In our lives many times we see the power of prayer.  How often does a family ask for prayer when a loved one becomes ill?  Or when cancer or death strikes?  How many prayers do we pray for financial, spiritual or physical help from the Lord?  If we expect our prayers to be effective and get results, then we must exercise!  After all, we couldn’t just go out and win the next 5K without any practice.  To be successful in anything must practice and exercise our abilities.  

How do you practice praying?  Not by writing out or memorizing the words you will say.  Prayer is exercised by using it daily!  All day.  We must use prayer to keep a close relationship with God.  Prayer is how we communicate with Him.  If we had a telephone line that ran straight to God’s throne, wouldn’t we constantly be ringing it?  Well, prayer is that telephone line.  He is always there to answer, any time, day or night. Furthermore, God wants us to constantly use it.  

Pray without ceasing.  

1 Thessalonians 5:17

So if God allowed us to have a weapon this powerful, and He wants us to be using it all the time, then why aren’t we?  I don’t know about you, but in my experience it seems that my prayer life is the first to suffer.  Many times I find myself putting it on the back burner as I do other things.  Or even when I’m praying, I find myself thinking about something else or my mind wanders off until I forget what I was even praying about.  We must get back to praying fervently, and passionately.  What does the phone company do to ensure that when we pick up our phones we can call out?  They maintain the phone lines!  We must maintain our prayer lines.   We need to pray continually and more sincerely.  So next time someone asks us to pray for a miracle, we might actually get results.  

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What my Eyes Have Never Seen


Lately, life has flown by and I’ve not made much time to write, but my thoughts have been revolving around all that I have seen in my lifetime.  I’ve seen first hand multiple miracles performed by God in my life and lives of my family.  When Brantyn was burned and then completely healed, when Silas wasn’t expected to live much less be normal but now he is the perfectly healthy picture of a boy.  Many times financially when there was no way on paper that our bills would be paid, but somehow it worked out every single time.  So many answered prayers, souls saved and Holy Ghost filled meetings when God’s presence was beyond a shadow of a doubt so real you could almost see it.  I worked for a period of time in a hospital with patients that had tried to commit suicide.  Multiple times the doctors had no explanation for how they had survived.  One man had shot himself in the temple, the bullet lodged on the opposite side of his head.  The path of the bullet on the scans showed damage that should have severed and destroyed his optic nerve but somehow it was perfectly intact and his vision and hearing still in great condition.  He should have been dead if you’d saw the medical records, but God had spared his life as well as his senses.  Mutliple others had drank or eaten  substances known to be fatal in such high doses but they also survived.  People survived jumps and falls from insane heights and waterfalls even.  I’ve even saw the effects of drugs and demonic possession of adolescents and teens, but God spared them. 
I’ve had the privilege to see many natural wonders and sights that God has made.  I’ve visited the powerful Niagara Falls, stood atop Mount Mitchell, walked through Appalachain Mountains, splashed in waves at the Outer Banks, drove through the Everglades, saw white sandy beaches, visited Amish country, and many waterfalls and canyons.  Then I can’t help but think of the things that I could see, if I were to travel, such as the amazing Northern Lights, Grand Canyon, Seven Wonders, Great Barrier Reef, Ireland, penguins in Antarctica, Alaska, Painted Desert, Israel and the many holy sites there.  I could go on and on about wonderful things that my eyes could possibly see. 
Out of ALL these things, and even if you could combine the splendor and majesty of them all, none would even begin to compare to the things our eyes can’t see!  The Bible says eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard and that it has not entered into the heart of man what things He has prepared for us.  We are not be able to imagine, nor could our fleshly eyes possibly envision, what our place in heaven will look like. How glorious will the gate be? Or the street of Gold? Or the millions there that will be singing praises to the King? The saints that have already gone? Our heavenly bodies? Most glorious of all will be our Saviour!  How wonderful to finally see His face, feel His hands, kiss His feet!  These things that we can’t see will be the things that will always matter most! The most important things and the only thing that matters at all is what we do with Jesus, we must believe in Him that we cannot physically see!