I Want a Church that Meets My Needs

By William Woodson — The statement made in the title is not only the desire of many in the religious world, but it is becoming the philosophy of many Christians, because many of us are seeking a religion that “meets my needs.” The phrase itself has virtually become a new religious term. Many persons praise or blame a particular congregation because it is or is not “meeting my needs.”

Let me hasten to say that if the phrase means that we need to satisfy spiritual hunger, then it is a good expression, for surely everyone ought to be in a Christian community where his/her deepest spiritual longings are being addressed. Continue reading

#church, #needs, #service

Preacher needs kidney, prayers, donations

Anwar Carter shared this on Facebook:

My friend and brother in Christ, John Parker is a preacher of the Word and Marine Corps veteran. John is currently on the donor list awaiting a kidney. In the meanwhile he has been hospitalized for quite some time due to other health complications. He and his family of a wife and two children are in need of prayers and financial assistance. Please consider making a contribution to help this family. You can mail a check or money order made out to John or Sametta Parker to Highland Heights Church of Christ, 3587 Macon Road, Memphis, TN 38122. No amount is too small. We appreciate your prayerful support.

#benevolence, #donations, #needs, #preachers

Lend a hand to a brother

Because of a situation at hand, we’ve removed the info. Please email me for details.

#brotherhood, #needs, #opportunity

Daily Nudge: When troubled, what do you need? — and news

When you feel troubled and need a friend, what do you hope or look for in that friend, for that moment?

News?

#friendship, #needs, #nudge

A good part of the day — today is my da…

A good part of the day — today is my day off, of sorts — has been spent looking at Bibles, versions, Internet offerings, and thinking of the Brazilian church and society at large, and wondering what best will serve the moment. One conviction, which was always present, is how people need to read the Bible more. Individually, and in groups. Preaching and teaching and writing is all good and fine, and I do my share of it, but nothing, yea and behold, nothing, trumps the Sacred Text which is able to instruct us for salvation, as per 2 Tim. 3:15.

Last night in our home study, we read the entire first chapter of Mark. Yes, with comments, and questions, and explanations, but we read more than usual. Recently, we read through the book of James. How can we do more reading and less talking, but still help comprehension and obedience? Since the power is not in my words or wisdom, but in the oracles of God.

In his always excellent LightGrams, Tim Hall today quoted Deut. 32:47, where Moses told the people of Israel to keep the words of the law. “For this is no idle word for you – it is your life!” (NET).

That being so, if possible, more today than then, it seems imperative to create more opportunity and greater space to read, to read, to read the word of God.

UPDATE: I offer 10 ideas here on how to encourage Bible reading.

#bible, #needs