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March 21, 2010

Absent

Have you ever experienced going church and hear a message that would have been very very helpful for your friend or someone you invited to church who did not show up?

How we pray that they could hear the message because it was as if God has revealed His message to the pastor that Sunday but your friend was not there.

It reminds me of the prodigal son comparing himself to his father’s servant:

Luke 15:17 ¶ “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

All this time he was missing out on God’s grace and presence because he was not in the house. It was a choice he made. He missed out on the important events, the life -changing events, the God-moment that might have turned his life around.

Every week, we are given a chance to be in church. In the Philippines, we have the freedom to come in and out of church. I don’t know what church you go to – if you have complaints or you find it boring – it really doesn’t matter. You will never know when that God-moment, life changing event will occur.

You could be sitting idly but a song that the choir might speak to you

or the one sentence the pastors utters in his preaching

or a visitor who you might bump into in the house of God

it could be a thousand of things – you never know

And you might never know because you were absent.

Go to church today!!!

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