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Today's memory verse (Job 23:12) fits right in with another book study I am doing, Made to Crave, which asks the question "do we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?" Trying to learn to Crave God & not food.
At the present & for the last 15 or so years I do attend church regularly. There have been times in my life when I didn’t, such as when I was a teenager/young adult & was questioning the concept of “church”. I started to go again after I had kids & I wanted them to have an upbringing with Sunday School, VBS & learning about Jesus from someone other than myself., as I did not feel very qualified. I then felt the desire to learn more myself. My kids are young adults now & gone from home & I keep attending church, not because I feel you “have to” to be a “good” Christian, but because I “want to”. I find I need the time to say every week, here’s where I screwed up God & thank you for forgiving me & I will try & do better in the days to come. I find I can learn something with every sermon or Bible study I am a part of. And then because I am so grateful for the blessings I have in my life, I want to help others & there is so much I can’t do by myself, but by being a part of a church community, I can be a part of helping local charities, i.e. food pantry, etc. & then by my church giving to the national church organization, I feel I am part of helping on a larger national & international scale. I love the caring people of a church. I may not always agree with what the national church says or even the views of people in my church, but I know that they love God & are just trying to do what they feel is right. I would encourage someone to keep looking & trying different churches as there are so many out there, they should be able to find one that makes them feel the love of God & makes them want to be a part of that community.
I also would recommend Francine Rivers' books
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Jan 14, 2011