Prayer posted July 22, 2009

Dedicated to: All servicemen and families
Posted by: Joyce Clasen in La Palma, CA
Prayer: It is important to belong. Your sense of belonging gives you confidence, security and peace. Just as growing up in a loving,functional family helps you mature, so being a member of a loving, functioning church family helps you mature spiritually. You need your family and your family is not complete without you. Many families have a son or daughter overseas in the Middle East. Those families long for their loved one to return home safely. Then the family is complete. So it is in the church. Your church gives you nurture, protection, love, service - all facets of the fellowship. In the same way, God gives you the Word - for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16. Let the church encourage you, teach you, love you, send you. Rick Warren, in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, states - Following God includes belonging, not just believing. Christ loves the church. He gave His life for the church, His bride. Your spiritual gifts and abilities are given for you to serve your church family. This is your purpose, your spiritual service. Love the church where God places you. Bloom where you are planted. So pray, encourage, serve, teach, honor, submit, be devoted, be accountable - all of this is your commitment to the church. Watch to see how God allows you to grow as you fulfill your purpose. Joyfully, Joyce
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