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Theme of the Week: Real Disciples Do Church
Steve Russell
Monday, April 23, 2007

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Key Bible Verse: When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath (Luke 4:16).Bonus Reading: Hebrews 6:11-12; 10:35-36

I was whining to a friend recently about church. I told him I was disillusioned. Little things were bugging me and worship had lost its spark. I felt numb, lifeless, and unfulfilled. "Well, why don't you check out our Sunday evening service instead?" he replied. "It's just your style." My friend goes to another church and, in fact (gasp), another denomination. It sounded good.

Craving something exciting and different had crept into my life. So I took him up on his offer and dropped by his little church. Fresh music, new friends, warm smiles, and a challenging message from a different kind of preacher—it was as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot day. The place was alive. I drove home tapping the steering wheel and singing one of their edgy praise songs. I had a rush of new hope. If that was what church could be like, I wanted to go back.

But as I stood on the doorstep, slipping my key into the lock, I felt a sudden pang of guilt. I had been flirting with another church. I checked over my shoulder to see if any of my elders had followed me. I ransacked my pockets—was I going to get caught carrying their bulletin? I felt that I was having an affair. [continued 4/24]

—Steve Russell in FaithToday

My Response: A feature of my church that I'm not so keen on is …

Adapted from FaithToday (9-10/05) by permission.

Prayer for the Week
In my community, Lord, help me to be a functioning part of Your body as You intend.

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