Rufio and the Letre Boys: From poverty to abundance By Edwin Samson Jr

“Biker’s Prayer
Dear God, as I begin this ride today, watch over me along the way, help me to do my very best, to complete this ride with all the rest; yet in this race of life I Know, I’ve made mistakes and stumbled so, but because of Christ’s great love for me, His death on the cross has set me free!  So as I continue along the way, help me to live the Christ-like way, though I’m not perfect by any means, with Jesus Christ I’m on the winning team.  Amen!”
YES, one of those dreams, you know, life changing.  Actually, it was more like a day dream while I was driving but powerful all the same.  In it, I was taken up to heaven because that’s what happens when you die (at least for some of us)…I was pleading to God for just one more day with my family and He said, “Alright Edwin, I’m gonna give you just a few more hours with your son…but that’s it, and then you’re gonna have to say goodbye.”

 3 Solid Reasons Why You Should Go to Church  by C. E. Stowers

“Even in the early church, some were falling into the bad habit of not meeting with other believers.”
Some believe the local church is dead and that her best days are behind her. The church is not dead, it’s alive. Her best days are now and ahead. I believe, as Bill Hybels says, “the local church is the hope of the world.”I grew up attending church. Many of my earliest memories are times spent with church people or in church services. So when I meet people who aren’t regular attenders, it’s a surprise to find that sometimes they don’t know why you might be a part of it.

Why go to church? What’s the benefit of attending regularly? When you understand the “why” it makes it easier to understand the “when” and “where.”

Scripture Says So

Going to church is not just a “good suggestion”; it is God’s will for believers. Hebrews 10:25 says we should “not [be] giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Even in the early church, some were falling into the bad habit of not meeting with other believers. The author of Hebrews says that’s not the way to go. We need the encouragement that church attendance affords. And the approach of the end times should prompt us to be even more devoted to going to church.

You’ll Hear Something That’ll Prompt You to Do Something.

More information does not lead to transformation. In Deep & Wide, Andy Stanley suggests “it’s one thing to know a lot about weightlifting and another thing to actually lift weights.

It’s one thing to know a lot about nutrition and another thing to eat healthy. Similarly, it’s one thing to know a lot about the Bible and another thing to actually live out what it teaches.

That’s why the Christian life isn’t just about knowledge. It’s when our acts of faith intersect with God’s faithfulness that our faith grows. From Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders, we discover that hearing and learning are not enough. The value is in the application, because, in the end, it’s obedience that makes all the difference.”

Be the Change You Want to See

As the world searches for positive models to follow, you have the opportunity to be that model. When you go to church, others take notice. You are setting an example that other people notice. Examples inspire, so why not inspire others.

People want to do better, live better and be better. For the people around you, whether it’s your friends or your co-workers, whether it’s your family, when they see that you have a commitment that is leading you to living a better life—that is a positive example that other people can follow.

There you have it! Three solid reasons why you should get up, get dressed and go to church. Be a friend and bring a friend. Remember, our best days are not behind us, they are ahead of us.

EDWIN L. Samson Jr. lt, A shofar was blown during church service today at Crosspoint…I know, we’re not Jewish and it’s not Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, but man oh man, did that horn give me goosebumps.

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