Pastor’s Pen 02/28/2021

Pastor’s Pen 02/28/2021

Not For Me!

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’       teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

On February 14, 2021, a truly unique event occurred. For only the second time in 15 years, Grace Harvest closed  on a Sunday. It was bizarre for Cathy and I to sit in our  living room on a Sunday morning at 10:30, turn on the   TV and watch a YouTube video of John MacArthur preaching. I kept thinking this is not how I worship my God. To be clear, Cathy and I prayed before we watched, open our Bibles, and took notes, but there were no songs of praise sung and no worship songs lifted up to God. However, there were plenty of distractions. My Saint     Bernard Josey kept looking at me like he knew we weren’t supposed to be home on a Sunday morning, and he took full advantage of us being home. For the entire hour, he insisted that I play with him. You do not ignore a 170 pound Saint. Watching “church” online is not for me!

During this time, I understand that some must stay home on Sundays because of health concerns, and I know that many of those can’t wait to get back to worship with the body. However, for Christians that do not have health concerns or otherwise providentially hindered, their place on Sunday mornings is not in front of a TV. As   Christians, we are called to gather together to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with our local church family.

What say you, Christian? Are you in the habit of missing more Sundays than you attend? But as for me and my house, we will always be with God’s people on Sunday mornings, unless providentially hindered to worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Your shepherd,

Pastor Mark


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