Just in Case You Wondered, I Noticed.

I noticed today.

I noticed the pew you usually sit on.

I noticed today that it was empty.

I noticed.

I couldn’t help myself but look. I was so excited to see you…I asked around. Maybe you were sick, maybe you were on vacation, maybe you had to work…

I waited.

I hoped.

But…the pew stayed emptied.

The service began at its normal time.

You know the drill: welcome & announcements, the choir sang, congregational singing began – all pointing us in worship and praise to God. It was glorious, but I was distracted.

I had to look one more time.

  • Maybe I missed you.
  • Maybe you slid in the back.
  • Maybe you were running late – hey, that happens to all of us.

I scanned the crowd.

Your presence was simply, gone.

I had to try; I had to stop my mind… “Refocus” I told myself. “Lord” I asked, “please help me! My heart is grieving.”

Your absence left an emptiness inside me.

  • You see, my friend, you are not alone.
  • Matter of fact, I am not alone.
  • We are never alone.
  • We influence.
  • We impact one another – for the good or for the bad.

Now before we go on, I must be clear, my refocusing was my problem that I needed to take before the Lord. But there is something that you need to know — when you are not here, I notice. Others notice. And I will tell you why.

  • You may not think you impact.
  • You may think your presence is insufficient.
  • You may think no one cares.

Think what you will, but let’s clarify what you really are to your local body of Christ, your church – VITAL!*

YOU ARE A VITAL PART within these four walls we call church.

  • It doesn’t stop there – collectively as we minister together outside these four walls.
  • Oh, but wait there is more…your walk in Christ is not a ‘Sunday thing’. Your life is to be used VITALLY for Christ 24/7.

You see, we can’t as a body of Christ, when you don’t.

  • You are our Sister-in-Christ.
  • You are our Brother-in-Christ.
  • Together we are Christ’s body – jointly knitted together by God Himself.

When one doesn’t fulfill their part, the body cannot fulfill its God-mission as a whole. That makes you VITAL!

I noticed!

  • I longed for your presence.
  • I longed to worship and serve God alongside my Sister-in-Christ.
  • I longed to worship and serve God alongside my Brother-in-Christ.
  • I longed to grow and repent alongside you.

But that didn’t happen. Only you know why…

So…

  • The next time you decide your presence won’t be noticed…
  • The next time you think your worship or service to God will not be missed…
  • The next time you think God will not observe that you played church—hooky and did something else instead of worship Him…

Be assured, noticed will happen.

Not from judgmental or criticism spirits, but rather from spirits of love.

  • Because God is in love with you! God adores you!
  • Because I love you!
  • Because your church loves you!
  • Because the God-gifts you bring are just that…yours.
  • Only you can use them or fulfill them. No one can fill your shoes. No one wants to fill your shoes. Your shoes are yours and that’s how God designed it! So, don’t play church—hooky! Go fulfill.

1 Corinthians 12:12-28a

12 For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the many parts of that one body are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are slaves or free, and we have all been made to drink of one Spirit. 14 The body is not one part, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has established the parts, every one of them, in the body as it has pleased Him. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 So there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, those parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those parts of the body which we think are less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor. And our less respectable parts are treated with much more respect, 24 whereas our more respectable parts have no need of this. But God has composed the body, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacks it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that the parts should have the same care for one another. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and members individually. 28 God has put these in the church:

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*Yes, I hear it already, “But Colleen, you don’t know my church story.”

My friend, I could write a book on churches–from both sides of the fence. I have spoken to numerous women who have quoted the same statement.

May I ask you a question?

Does that give us any excuse to disobey GOD’S Word?

  • The answer, my friend, is No!

We cannot stand before God one day and say, “Well God, I didn’t obey you because of those church people over on 2nd Street. You know what they said and did.” It won’t work.

The question is now what?

  • Are we going to obey God, trust Him and biblically apply His Word to our lives helping us to rid through “the stuff” or not?
  • Or will we continue to allow our flesh to fester?

Psalm 127:1

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Want Stability?

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May We Be This One…

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Sweet Dreams

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Now

Now” is what we have.

We are not promised next.

We are not promised tomorrow.

We have “now” to live for Christ.

Next & tomorrow’s are just another opportunity.

How are you living for Christ?


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Living It Out

What a joy to apply God’s Word to our lives — from within to without.

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Light of Life

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Because of Christ…

  • We don’t have to live in darkened days.
  • We don’t have to live in fear of the unknown.
  • We don’t have to live as though we are blindfolded.

In the life of a child of God are there dark times? Yes, but that darkness need not consume us when empowered through Christ. When we follow Christ, when Christ is your life, He becomes our torch lighter on this road called life.

Do you trust His plan for you?

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He Loved, It’s Empty. He Lives, He Loves.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Songwriters: Stuart Townend; How Deep The Father’s Love For Us lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

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Certainly, this is the Son of God

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him” John 19:5-6.

“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man” Luke 23:44-47.

Certainly, this is the Son of God…

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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Love in Action

“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee” (Matthew 26:31-32).

“And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31).

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal” (John 12:23-25).

We all know the “Easter” weekend is upon us. In our home we like to call it Resurrection Sunday. This week, I have settled into the four Gospels; reading through the accounts has been a glorious eye opener. I love when the Holy Spirit does that, don’t you?

We see, once again, a clear picture into Jesus’ heart and His love for His disciples. In the garden, he sweat drops of blood. When is the last time you or I did that because we were in such agony over our sin or a situation?

Despite the physical responses Christ’s body was going through, He still loved, cared, and taught the disciples. Even in His personal suffering, yes, we know He knew it was His God-mission, the weight of knowing what was about to happen was still present. Jesus knew it. God knew it. Sin is ugly!

In these verses above, we see Christ in love–action. Christ took the time to explain…to walk the disciples through what was about to happen. He continued to prepare them for that day, that night and for the tomorrow’s to come; for ultimately their fulfillment of their God-mission.

Did those disciples “get it” at that moment in time, or did they hear the words and not comprehend those spoken words? I think you know the answer to that question. But don’t we do and act the very same way? Yet, Jesus loved them…

Do you know He is just the same with you today.

  • He died.
  • He lives.
  • He loves….YOU!

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Daily Christ Renewal

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Hiding Away

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How’s Your Might?

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Exaggerate God…No Can Do!

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For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe (Deuteronomy 10:17).

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No Darkness

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Psalm 32:8

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The Pastor Stole Our Spoon!

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Our First Response…

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Living

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