Tag: Sunday

You Are The Church: Are You Treating People The Way God Would?

This is an experiment that has been done before in churches across the country. It really challenges our attitudes towards certain people & where we think we are as believers. Do we judge others (John 8:7)? Do we gossip about people even though we’re not supposed to (2 Timothy 2:16)? Do we help those in need like Jesus (Galatians 6:2)? The Bible tells us that we never know when we may be entertaining angels here on Earth (Hebrews 13:1-3). In other words, you never know when you may encounter someone who was sent from God.

*Read about this experiment below (or just click here)

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the he…ad pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek”….The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up…..and started walking down the aisle…..the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my      Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame…. he then said, ”Today I see a gathering of people……not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples…when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week…….Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others.”

Go in peace & enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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*I cannot confirm or deny the authenticity of this article. Even if the article is false, the storyline is still based on Scripture. According to John 5 & John 9, there are examples of men who were otherwise ignored by society until Jesus healed them. Once they were made whole other people around them starting looking at them differently (and of course started to believe in Jesus). So whether the above article is true or false it’s important that we evaluate how we look at other people whether they are less fortunate, poorly dressed, or just look different. Food for thought, folks…

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“There Are No Atheists In The Foxhole”

As a military man, my dad told me a long time ago that there is no such thing as an atheist when you’re on the battlefield. It has been declared that whenever someone is in distress regardless of their religious (dis)beliefs, they call on the name of God. Whether someone is in severe pain or has a family member on their deathbed, they often call out God’s name. Why is it that someone who has no association with religion whatsoever would even utter the name of Jesus or God? Well today is the day that proves JESUS is real. Real & alive!

Today is Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter, and I am proud to say that as a woman of God I am excited about what this day means for you & me. Resurrection Sunday is the MOST important day to all Christians.  Christians, Protestants, Lutherans, and even Catholics can all agree on the purpose of this day. Resurrection Sunday is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the grave, redeeming the entire human race. You see, the reason that I believe in Jesus Christ instead of any other religion is because Jesus is alive! What good does it do to worship a god who promotes vigilantism? Why believe in a god who is dead?  Why would I bow to a statue? Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and the Muslim faith are vastly different but I serve the only living God.

So, what does this mean to you? This means because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and through his resurrection, we have the opportunity to receive the gift of salvation directly from the Lord.  Not from the Pope, not from a priest or a pastor but directly from God himself. Salvation guarantees us eternal life with God himself. This is so much better than getting an invitation to the White House! John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Happy Resurrection Sunday! CHRIST HAS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You Can Dress Up For The Club, But You Can’t Dress Up For Church?

I was in church yesterday and noticed that a lot of the young woman (around 30 years and younger) were inappropriately dressed. Some were dressed up like they were going to the club, but others were dressed too casual, as if they just went going grocery shopping. And I just couldn’t understand why anyone would be okay to coming to church dressed inappropriately.

People like to quote the Bible by saying, “Come as you are” which based off of a parable that Jesus told (Matthew 22). In this parable, Jesus describes a wedding reception prepared for a king’s son. Those that were invited refused to come, so the king tells his servants to go and invite any & everybody since those that “deserved” to come did not come.  This is often drawn parallel to the fact that people will not be turned away from heaven based on how they dress. Many people misinterpret this verse thinking that this means they can dress any way they want for church, however, this verse is referring to the way a person is “dressed on the inside”; how they are spiritually. No matter what’s going on in their life or where they are mentally, physically, or emotionally anyone can come before God or into the house of the Lord. It’s one thing if you don’t have proper attire. You can’t wear what you don’t have. If you’re struggling to make ends meet and don’t own any nice church clothes then surely, you are not expected to spend money you don’t have just so you can go to church. But if you have proper clothing and don’t wear them, then shame on you!

Those of us who are Christians and are truly walking in the Spirit have to remember that we are living  examples of Jesus everywhere we go, but especially in the house of the Lord. When we come to church wearing our favorite sports jersey or tennis shoes, we are setting a poor example to others that any attire is acceptable in church. And it isn’t. For women who wear low cut revealing tops or too-tight bottoms, please understand that you should not dress in a way that will cause a distraction to others in church based on the way you choose to dress. Dressing provocatively distracts men from focusing on the Word and even I get distracted because it makes me wonder why a woman would wear that kind of clothing to church!

I will admit that there aren’t any scriptural references on how a person should dress for church. But that’s no excuse as there are a lot of things the Bible doesn’t spell out specifically but we know we shouldn’t do (think smoking cigarettes). Most of us dress up for church for cultural & historic reasons more than anything else. I choose to dress up for church because I believe in bringing my best to the house of the Lord. Why would I wear jeans to church when I have a skirt hanging in my closet? Why would I dress nicely for a date, and only wear a t-shirt for God? Why would I wear high heels to a job interview but Ugs to church? This just doesn’t make any sense.

Bring God your best.

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