Why Church? Stability in Unstable Times

We all go through hard times, some being worse than others. One thing we all need during those times is stability.

One particular time, for me, was more devastating than any other before or since. I felt like every natural thing I’d built my life on was coming apart, and that its foundation was crumbling. At that point, all I could rely on was God.

It would have been easy to back away from church right then, to draw into myself and give in to the pain and fear. Instead, I did two very important things. I kept one (ONLY one!) very close, mature friend up on what was going on so that I had her prayers, encouragement, wisdom and support, and I stayed active in church. When many others would have run away from the church, I ran to it.

My problems didn’t disappear when I walked through those doors, but as I served Him in my appointed ministry, and as I soaked in the sermon, I found true peace. I seriously understood the Psalmist’s words, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.” In truth, church services, during that time, always ended too early for me.

Different denominations use different words, but we call the room where we worship the sanctuary, and that’s what it was for me – in every sense. I found sanctuary there, protection, refuge, comfort, peace…stability.

I learned many things during those horror-filled months, and this is one of them. The church, if you are truly an active part of it, offers stability in unstable times.

Celebrating Jesus!

Tammy C

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Why Church? Introduction

For years, I worked in my family’s sporting goods store, and I got to know our customers. I remember one in particular telling me, “I don’t need church. I can get closer to God on the lake.”

These words sound good; I know from personal experience just how close to God you can feel when you’re surrounded by His glorious creation. The problem is that getting with God on the lake only gives Him part of what He wants from us, and gives us only part of what He wants us to have. Church attendance is about much more than we see at first glance.

As is true for pretty much everyone, there was a time when it was easy for me to not go to church. The more I learned about walking with God, though, and the importance and value of doing things His way, the harder I worked at getting there.

It was challenging at first. Setting aside my pillow on Sunday morning was as hard for me as setting aside sugar is hard for a diabetic. I did it, though, and have spent decades reaping the rewards. I love church, and don’t want to see anyone miss out.

So I’ve come to answer the question, “Tammy, why do you see church attendance as so important?” It will take a series of posts to get there, and they’ll be my personal answer (as opposed to the learned, theological answers you could read elsewhere online), but it is an answer I’m ready to give. Part 1 is on the way.

Celebrating Jesus!

Tammy C