CHURCH-(not always the most comfortable place to be)

Everybody that comes to church doesn't come to celebrate. Everyone that comes to church isn't looking to have a great time and Amen everything the pastor says. Some people come to church hurting, hunting for the healing that only God can bring. Some people come to church not knowing why they are there. They wander in sometime,and don't know why they are here, or how they got here. And as they sit down and attempt to hide behind a bulletin or a hymnal, they question why they are here. How do I know this? Because I've been in their shoes. I know what they are feeling because I've done the same thing. Don't know why I wound up at God's house, after the things I've done, and said, and the way I've hurt people, and had people hurt me........Why in the world would I think I could find what I need at church?
Maybe we all think that way because we have not found anything the world offers that satisfies like Jesus does. How much of what the world offers have we tried to use to fill the Jesus shaped hole in our lives? Sometimes it felt like shoving a square peg into a round hole! So many wrong choices, wrong date, wrong boy or girl, wrong addiction, wrong job, and yes even wrong religion. Jesus isn't about religion, because religion is about a set of rules where we are made to feel we must walk the line, in fear of a great God who will let loose lightning aimed at us if we don't follow the rules exactly!
Jesus offers what people need, and only Jesus can do that. Are you searching for direction, forgiveness, healing? Are trying to add peace in your life? Hear the words of Jesus in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid." The world can offer you many things, but only Jesus can give you peace. Real lasting peace comes only from Him. A peace that you cannot understand, and Yet He offers it to anyone that wants that peace. Make Jesus yours today and surrender to His way. Only He can fill that Jesus shaped hole in your life!

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