Appreciate Your Pastor, Go to Church! Amen!

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It is Pastor Appreciation Month…….we thank all those who have sent their love to us! A great way to appreciate your Pastor is to go to Church!

So many do not go to Church anymore, something else has become their Church. America seems divided on the importance of going to Church! My goodness! If you need help in finding a Church and Pastor let me know, I will help you! We have contacts all over America!

I know first hand what a great Church and Pastor can do for an individual and family!

What does God’s Word say about going to Church?

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Psalm 150:1-6

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! …

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1 Timothy 3:14-15

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. …

Romans 12:4-5

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Ephesians 4:16

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Colossians 3:14-16

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

The Drug Problem in America

The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, ”Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”

I replied: “I had a drug problem when I was young”:

 


I was drug to church on Sunday morning.

I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.

I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.

I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word.


I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields.

                              

I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood;
      


and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.


Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

~author unknown~

Americans Divided on the Importance of Church – Barna Group …

https://www.barna.com/research/americans-divided-on-the-importance-of-church/

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7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America

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Barna Study: Even Christians Are Leaving Our Churches | Not For …

https://notforitchingears.com/…/barnastudy-even-christians-are-leaving-our-churches

Jan 21, 2015 – The Barna study found that most people who DO attend church, …. mean attendanceis down in every single church body in the USA, obviously.

Statistics and Reasons for Church Decline – Church Leadership

www.churchleadership.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=42346&columnid…

Most of the statistics tell us that nearly 50% of Americans have no church home. … I found thatchurch attendance may be half what those survey results stated. … Statistics from Barna Researchreported recently that perhaps 50% of people …

[PPT]12 Surprising Facts – The American Church

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According to both Gallup and Barna, 43% of American adults attend church on a …. the average African American worship attendance (from the Barna Research …

What Are the Least Churched Cities in the US? – Barna Group

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Apr 24, 2015 – Church attendance varies widely from city to city and region to region. … For example, the San Francisco metro area tops the list of America’s most … Barna Group (which includes itsresearch division, Barna Research Group) …

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