Preparation

HOW DO YOU WALK INTO CHURCH?

What Christian needs to read a book entitled, “How to Walk Into Church”?

Tony Payne, who wrote just that book, thinks all of us need to reflect on the topic.

I heartily agree!

I did miss church my first Sunday on this earth, but after that, my track record is pretty good. I estimate that I have attended nearly 5000 Sunday morning services. If the math doesn’t seem to add up, it’s because I have attended multiple services for decades.

Even after my immersion in Sunday church life, I found “How to Walk Into Church” to be helpful.

Payne’s purpose is to help us to approach church life and specifically church attendance, thoughtfully. And at less than 50 pages, “How to Walk Into Church” is a packed book!

Among the stimulating thoughts:

We should walk into church praying about where to sit.

When does church start?

When does church actually finish?

Whether you have attended 6 church services or 6000, “How to Walk Into Church” will not only help you, it will equip you to encourage other Christians in an age when church attendance is increasingly thoughtless and sporadic.

 

A GRAND EXPEDITION

It was a Grand Expedition!

In 1845, the Franklin Expedition set out to explore the Arctic and unreached areas of the Northwest Passage.

Captain John Franklin of the British Royal Navy was an experienced leader who had already been on three polar expeditions.

This expedition of 138 men went out with abundant fanfare and great hopes for success, because they were thought to be well led and fully prepared.

The team embarked on two ships carrying a library of over 2000 books,  a hand-organ playing fifty tunes, china place settings for officers and men, cut glass wine goblets, sterling silver flatware with the officer’s initials and family crests, button polishers, carpet slippers, backgammon boards and food to last 3 years.

They all died

The ships became trapped in the ice where temperatures routinely drop to minus 50 degrees. The men wore military uniforms – they did not have clothing for polar weather.

Their food was stored in tins sealed with lead that poisoned them. They tried to hunt game with their birding guns, which could not bring down large animals. Evidence was found that cannibalism took place. No one knows if murder preceded that.

It was a “noble enterprise” that miserably failed!

These were brave and committed men who thought they were prepared for what was ahead – yet their preparations were flawed and poorly prioritized. It is not that the leaders were fools, yet in the end it was a foolish enterprise.

How are you prepared for what lays ahead – both in life and in eternity?

Jesus said, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  He said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you’ (Luke 12:16-20)

Are you “dressed” in the clothes of your works?  The Bible says this will be insufficient for Heaven

A person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16)

What are you feeding on – is it the sustaining truth of God’s word, or the flawed wisdom of this world which is poisoned by false priorities?

Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it (Ezekiel 7:19) 

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst (John 6:35)

The world has an abundant supply of people who call out for us to follow them and all will be well. But only Jesus Christ can lead us into eternal life!

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)

Who are you following, and what expedition is your life on?