Should I Attend A Church Regularly?

There are many people who believe they do not have to attend church regularly in order to having a meaningful relationship with God.  Let’s explore this idea…

So, why do churches promote attending regularly?  To understand, you have to look at the nature of God.

God is all about a relationship with you.

You were created for relationship

God understands the world we live in and how busy and distracting it can be.

Just day to day activities require nearly all our time and focus.

So, God set aside one day a week that He asks that we come into His presence to be refreshed and invigorated.

He knew we were going to need this.

Even God rested from his work on the 7th day of creation.

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Have you ever wondered why one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy”? Exodus 20:8

And why Paul the Apostle of the New Testament church encouraged us not to be a person that does not attend church? (Hebrews 10:25)

Aside from a relationship with Himself, God knew we were going to need each other.

We were not created to be independent, although main-stream society may tell you differently.

We were created for a relationship with God and with one another.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:12

There is encouragement and strength that is found in being a part of a local church family.  Strength to continue walking with Christ when the journey gets difficult.

Although God can, and at times does, show up where He pleases, He has chosen to work through His people, and has promised to be among their numbers when they are gathered in His name (Matthew 18:20).

And although it is a wonderful thing to have God’s Presence upon us as individuals, a greater effect can happen when we gather with other believers who also carry His presence.

This is why miracles, signs and wonders are often found in a setting where believers are gathered together.

When believers come together, having spent time in God’s Presence, and each person brings the presence of God into a room, the supernatural probability for the miraculous increases.

As author Chris Tiegreen puts it, “The Spirit in many is stronger than the Spirit in one.”

And God promises when two or three come together in His name, that He will join us!  (Matthew 18:20)


So, we can conclude with this:

God created us with the need for a day to rest in His Presence among other believers

God has given us directions on how to benefit the most from His Presence.

God promises that if we will take a step to grow closer to Him, that He will do the same. (James 4:8)

So, any lack in our pursuit of Him will not give an end result of a meaningful relationship with God.

What could better demonstrate a step in His direction than taking time to come into God’s Presence on a regular basis?

Attending church should never be something we cross off our to-do list.

Attending church should not be drudgery, either.

God WANTS us to delight in Him enough just to spend time with Him.

That’s why He gives us the choice whether to come into His presence or not.

Just remember, it takes two to make a thing go right.

CHALLENGE:  Commit to attending a church for the next 30 days. 

Then, contact me and tell me how it has changed your life!

We would love to have you join our big family at Amazing Grace Worship Center!

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Fasting for Your Family

Each January, our church fasts for 21-days from meats, breads and sweets.

We do this because we have discovered the incredible power of fasting.

Although there are many benefits to fasting, I would like to show you how your discipline of fasting can affect your family.

In Isaiah 58, God explains the fast that He prefers, and what happens when we  fast according to His guidelines.

One of the many promises God explains can be ours is found in verse 12:

“Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

When we fast the way God prefers, we are basically investing in our relationship with God.

To a Christian, fasting should never be a discipline that we practice to twist God’s arm into blessing us.

Fasting should also not be a form of self-punishment for wrongs we have committed.

When we fast at the beginning of each year, we are showing God that we are in pursuit of Him.

We want Him more than we want certain foods.

And God promises when we make an attempt to grow close to Him, He will do the same. (James 4:8)

And because of this devotion to align our hearts with His, God has an inroad to bless not only our lives, but the lives of our families.

Isaiah 58:12 speaks of “those from among you.”  This is your family.

And goes on to say, “shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations.

Fasting forms a spiritual foundation for God to build upon for your generation, as well as the generations of your family.

Do you have children that are living away from God’s presence and love?

Do you have family that are bound in chains of addiction?

Is your family seemingly falling apart?

Does your marriage need reconnecting?

When you begin to fast and pray for your family, you pull out two of the 3 major tools Jesus explained every Christian should do in Matthew 6. (The other is giving.)

Fasting and Praying are two of the strongest spiritual weapons a Christian can use to fight for their family.

Fasting can put the enemy on the run from your family.

Fasting can break off issues that seem to be a cycle that keep occurring in your family.

Issues of divorce, abuse, addiction, molestation, criminal acts, dysfunctional relationships, etc. are just a few fasting can help break.

Even though there may seem to beak broken parts of your family now, you can become a family that is known as “the Repairers of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell in.”

If you feel your family needs an intervention, then intervene!

Fast for your family.

Pray for your family.

And watch God bring about the miraculous changes that are needed.

Why not take a moment now and write a list of the top 3 things you’d like to see change in your family.

Then, join our 21-day fast from January 7-27th.

Many fast meats, breads and sweets all at once.

Some change it up, fasting meats one week, breads the next, and then sweets.

Begin with what you are able to do and what your dietary needs allow.

If necessary, consult your doctor also.

Let us know if you decide to join us on this 21 day fast.

And we’d love to hear how God changes your family, so keep in touch.

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