I love the church!!

22 Oct

Recent events and discussions prompt me to write this today. There are some that would throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to the organized church today. I am not one of those. I love the church!

YES, we have our faults. Problems. Yes, we are far from perfect. Yes, there are hypocrites and those who have false motives. There is even pain and hurt to be found for those in ministry. And with all of that, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Personally, I know the pain. I’ve had people express their displeasure with me as their pastor to my face. I’ve had people tell everyone in the world BUT me when they are mad. Whether we like it or not, this is the nature of some. When 1300 find their church home at the same place, there will be disagreements. There will be problems.

But there are a lot of great people following God and doing His will for their lives, too! I can’t begin to name them, because I know I would leave someone out. But there are men and women to make great sacrifices to carry on the work God’s calls them to, both at Ebenezer and at other churches all over Florence (and all over the world). People who give of their time, talents, energy, as well as income to help ministry continue. People who put aside their own agendas and pride because they know God has a better plan for them, and sometimes it takes them around the world! People I feel drawn toward, because I see them all the time and I know their handiwork!!! And I love them!! People who invest themselves into others because they are obedient to the Great Commission. People who TRULY follow Christ, both in word and action.

And I am proud to be a part of such a church!!!

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