By Shane Rice – September 23, 2020.
We are living in a very strange day with what has been called a ‘global pandemic’. Many people are staying at home out of an abundance of caution and concern for their health. My intention is not to coerce people out of their homes who are not going to work or to the store in an effort to protect their health. This was written for those who out of convenience and comfort would rather stay home and watch church online rather than come to church. It is convenient, and comfortable to watch church at home. However, you are seriously short-changing your own spiritual life by doing so. Serving and worshiping the Lord has never been about convenience.
God requires assembly
Heb. 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
There are many other verses which clearly demonstrate people coming together for worship. Watching a service online is not the same as “assembling” ourselves together. There is great value in getting together with other believers. Seeing others who are assembling is an encouragement. You may not realize it, but when others see you, it comforts and encourages them. In that sense, watching online doesn’t encourage anyone else. Almost NO ONE knows you watched a service online. Even those who publish the service do not know you watched, unless you specifically inform them.
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Written by Pastor Mark Jacobs
- Trust God as fully as you know how to trust Him. Do not rely upon any religious feelings, good or bad, that you may have. Trust alone in Christ for mercy and deliverance in His own time.
- Do not become impatient if the deliverance you desire is delayed. God must be testing you for some special reason. He must continue to test on until it is finished, or ruin the product He is trying to produce.
- Do not “cast away your confidence” in your Christian experience. When in this state it is the poorest of all times to “examine your experience”.
- Think upon the goodness and mercies of God to you in all past times of both joy and sorrow, prosperity and trouble.
- Search the Scriptures for encouraging promises of God to those in trouble and sorrow.
- Keep looking to Jesus, who suffered and died and experienced the worse of depressions and troubles. As He was resurrected to glory, so you will be delivered in “due season, after that ye have suffered a while”. (1 Peter 5:10)
5 Four Letter Words for Happiness
A sermon preached by Pastor Mark Jacobs
Happiness is what everyone is looking for and wants. True happiness and real joy can only begin to be experienced when we accept Christ as our personal Saviour. Most saved people would also say that they want to be happy, yet many are not- not as many as could be. Are YOU truly happy in the Lord?
- READ- Read your Bible. Read it regularly, consistently, daily, through each year. Read it whether you feel like it or you don’t. God can speak to you through it.
- PRAY- Pray to God in Heaven, the only true God. Pray about everything. Write a list to help you remember. Pray for self, for others, for direction, for leadership, for power, more needs to be met, for happiness, for forgiveness of sin and more. Pray without ceasing. Always be in and attitude of prayer.
- COME- Come to God’s house regularly and consistently. Heb. 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.” Coming to church benefits you and your family. If you want your children and grandchildren to want and love to come to church you must set an example.
- TELL- Tell others of Christ, how you were saved and how great it is to BE saved. Hand out tracts, invite folks to church. Verbally talk one on one to people about Christ. We talk about everything else- why not the most important ONE in our life?
- GIVE- Give of yourself, your time, your talents, your treasure. There is a great joy in giving. Stingy, selfish people are generally NOT happy people. Every saved person should be a tither- 10% of your income to the Lord is a minimum.
Just because you do all five of these regularly, does not mean you will never have problems, disappointments, discouragement, poor health, financial setbacks, etc. But it does mean that if you will do and continue to do these things, you will have a greater joy and happiness than if you didn’t.