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Boring Churches

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

QUESTION: Why are some churches so boring?

ANSWER: One of the reasons churches become boring is that they grieve the Holy Spirit and lose their anointing. Without the presence of God, attending church becomes a bland experience. Ritualism replaces spirituality, and the church becomes quite different from what God intended.

boring churchesAnother reason is that many pastors today are egocentric and want to be the center of everyone’s attention. They monopolize the spiritual gifts and do not allow the various members of the Body of Christ to contribute with their giftings. They are like prideful Diotrephes, who “lovetheth to have preeminence” (2 John 9). They turn their church services into grandiose shows (starring themselves), and members become spectators, rather than participators.

The early Christians met as a church much differently.

As the various parts of the human body have different functions and purposes, the Body of believers are to exercise their varying gifts, all working harmoniously together. We get a glimpse of what church was like in those days by studying the early writings. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:26,

“When you come together, every one of you has a psalm (song), has a doctrine (teaching), has a [supernatural] tongue, revelation or interpretation. Let all thing be done unto edifying.”

Sounds to me like they had some very powerful and lively church services back then! When Christians came together everyone had something to contribute as the Holy Spirit moved upon each individual. Everything was done in an edifying and orderly manner too. The pastors and elders of the church gave everyone the time and freedom to use their spiritual gifts. The result was a vibrant church full of spiritual life and maturity; the work of the Holy Spirit unchained.

It is important for every Spirit-filled believer to realize he is responsible to use his gifts imparted by the Holy Spirit, for all of us must stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account. If you are attending a church that’s preventing you from using your gifts, then it’s best that you leave and find one that will give you the opportunities you need.

–         Luis Josephus

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Comment from Joy Payne Harris, Senior Pastor, Rising Son Ministries: “Pastors should be encouraging people in their congregation that have gifts or a calling that the Lord has given them. They should help them to grow in their spiritual giftings and not try to snuff it out. Many in the congregation have a call of ministry from the Lord. So Pastors, help them to understand the calling or giftings in ministry, help them to grow and be encouraging all along the way. You’ll be surprised at how your church will grow in more ways than one. Pastors can’t do it all and shouldn’t do it all, God is the head of the church, you are the leader, so start leading.”

Comment from Linda Lipscomb: “Amen to both of you. Unfortunately I know some of those pastors personally. It is such a shame they don’t see what they are doing to their people as well as causing confusion in God’s house.”


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Abraham’s Moral Weakness

Abraham n Sarah 2Although Abraham distinguished himself in Bible history as a man of great faith, he was not without fault. Like all believers in the true and living God, he made some mistakes, which he had to repent of, and receive God’s forgiveness.

There was one occasion in particular when Abraham failed to trust in Yahovah God’s protection and took matters into his own hands. When his life was endangered, Abraham put his wife Sarah in a position to be sexually defiled by another man in order to save his own skin.

The incident occurs in Egypt where Abraham had to take his family to find food (Genesis 12:10-20). At the time, there was a grievous famine in the land of Canaan where Abraham lived, and he was forced to travel to Egypt which had plenty.

Sarah’s Beauty

Even at 65 years of age, Sarah was still a beautiful woman and Abraham became fearful that the Egyptians would murder him in order to take his wife (a habit not uncommon in the Middle East). Therefore, Abraham asked Sarah to lie for him and tell the Egyptians she was his sister.

“Say, I pray thee, you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you.” – Genesis 12:13

Unfortunately, the king of Egypt himself (Pharaoh) took an interest in Sarah’s beauty and brought her into his harem of many wives. But before he could have sexual relations with her, God stepped in to correct Abraham’s mistake. He sent a plague on Pharaoh and his household. When Pharaoh realized what was happening – that he was under a curse, he called for Abraham and confronted him with his deceit.

“What is it you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? so that I might have taken her [sexually] to be my wife?” Now therefore, here is your wife back; take her and go your way.” – Genesis 12:18-19

Abraham’s failure to trust God to deliver him out of any trouble and resort to dishonoring his own wife shows us that Abraham’s  faith  was not yet fully developed; he was still morally weak. However, Abraham did much better as he grew older and wiser in his latter years.  As a matter of fact, Abraham became known as the “Father of our faith” because of his overall exemplary accomplishments (Hebrews 11:8-12).

We can certainly relate to Abraham, when we examine our own lives.

How often have we made mistakes of our own? How many times have we made fools of ourselves for making wrong choices, or failing to trust God as we should? But despite these early setbacks, we can hopefully look back on our own lives and see how much better we are today than yesterday, by the grace of God. How much stronger is our faith today than it used to be, how we have spiritually grown since we first believed.

Praise be to God for never giving up on us; His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Stop punishing yourself for the mistakes of the past, and keep looking forward to the glorious future that God has destined for you. Remember that Jesus our Lord, is the “author” and “finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He will never give up on us until He has completed his work in us. It’s not how you start the race that matters most, but how you finish.

– Luis Josephus

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Spiritual Fitness

Treadmill exercising at gym. Are you both spiritually fit & physically fit? By Pastor Luis Yosefus.

Are you both spiritually fit and physically fit?

Do you try to exercise every day? Perhaps you walk or ride a bike to keep your heart and body in good health. I go to the local gym in the morning and walk for half an hour on the treadmill while I watch the news on large TV screens and listen on my portable earphones that plug right into the treadmill machine. I also workout on a variety of machines that keep my other muscles fit. One of these machines is called “The Reformer.” It’s an exercise machine that has a seat that slides sideways. As you grab the handle and twist your sides, it helps keep your belly fat to a minimum.

However, before I go to the gym, I make sure that I spend quality time with God each morning in Bible study and prayer. This is the most important type of fitness I need – exercises to keep me “spiritually fit.”

This exercise machine called “The Reformer” reminded me that spiritually speaking, the Bible is a “reforming” machine. But just like the machine in the gym, it’s not much good if all you do is stare at it. The Spiritual Reformer, Scripture, is effective only when used. In fact that’s the only way it’s effective. According to the instructions for the exercise equipment, “The Reformer” is designed to:

STRENGTHEN … STRETCH … ARTICULATE … REDUCE

Scripture has these same goals. Scripture will strengthen us in every aspect of our lives. Scripture will also stretch our understanding of God and our faith. Scripture will also articulate the core truths of God’s will for our lives. Scripture also reduces so many unnecessary and harmful things in our lives, such as fear, anxiety, bitterness. Used properly, this equipment can keep us from doing what is wrong, and help us to do what is right.

The Bible is a reforming machine!

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. “ -2 Timothy 2:15

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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comment_smComment from Cygnet: “You’re right. We need to keep physical and spiritual exercise in the right perspective. Although physical exercise has been known for centuries to create strong healthy bodies, it cannot compare to spiritual exercise. As it says in I Timothy 4:8: Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of life that now is, and of that which is yet to come.”


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Abiding In Jesus

“Let that which you have heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you have heard from the beginning abides in you, you will also continue in the Son [Jesus the Messiah] and in the Father…” (I John 2:24,25).

There is still much of Jesus to learn and to experience. There is much growing which must take place. Learning the path of our Messiah is a process. We are hardly ever as far along as we imagine ourselves to be. If we abide continually in the Lord, He becomes our food and our drink, then we will grow.

SELAH: A Hebrew word for "pause, and think about that."

SELAH: A Hebrew word for "pause, and think about that."