Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Christian vs Denomination...

Although I wrote a little bit about this Lord's Day, I failed to mention what I wanted to tell you.  So, here it is!

On Sunday morning, on February 26th, I awoke after a much needed rest.  Even though my body wasn't hurting as badly as it had the day before, I was still experiencing some pain. 

If you've read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you may be aware that I worked out in the YMCA/YWCA (Y) pool, after several weeks of not being able to do so, because their pool pump/filter system had broken down and needed replacing. 

As I said, although I was still in some pain, I got myself up and running.  Well, walking to be sure!

This morning, I had made up my mind to only worship at my church, and not attend any other churches.  There is a reason for this, but at this time, I cannot go into the reason why.  It's enough to say that I recently wrote about how upset I have been over an issue with a fellow Christian.

I wasn't aware that our senior pastor and his wife were away for the weekend, so I was rather surprised to see our associate pastor was scheduled to preach today's sermon and head today's worship service.

In any case, I enjoyed worshipping God.  As I always do.

While pastor spoke, I thought about what he was saying.  You'll probably think this is normal, but I rarely hear this pastor speak; it seemed like what he was saying was directed at me.

If you've been reading LwL lately, you'll be aware that I've had some heartbreaking trouble with some of my fellow church worshippers; I know, I should call them church family, but it has become evidently clear that I am not family to them.

During his sermon, he was encouraging us to have courage, to stand up for what is right, and to trust God that He will provide, regardless of the circumstances

Wow!  How wonderful it is that God knew I needed to hear this.

Isn't this what I've already been doing?  Yes!  And, because I have been doing this, I have been condemned by those who are not standing with me.  Oh well, as I have said before, I've forgiven them, pray for them and will do good to them.  Even if my heart is still broken.

After service was complete, friends came over to talk with me.  We yakked for a few minutes and I was invited to their home for a card making evening, next month.  In the past, some of us women have met in a group meeting at our church, in order to do this.  However, this time, we'll be at their home.  I'm looking forward to this!

Since our service ended earlier than normal, I was able to catch a radio programme, as I pulled away from where I was parked.  It is called, The Lutheran Hour

If you've been a reader of LwL for any length of time, I'm sure you are aware that when I am driving, I don't usually listen to music.  Instead, I prefer to listen to preachers speaking/teaching.  Today, was no different.

What was being spoken of, hit to the core of my soul.  Some might think this strange, because I worship at a Baptist church, yet I am open to listening to pastors/preachers speak from backgrounds different than my own. 

The truth is, I do not consider myself Baptist.  Nor any other denomination.  I am Christian, because I belong to Christ.  And, that my friend, is all there is to it.

In any case, Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus was speaking something that I believe everyone needs to hear.  Here is a link where you can listen.  Since it is not very long, I hope you'll listen to the whole broadcast, right to the very end. 

In case the link doesn't open up to today's sermon directly, please look for what was aired February 26, 2012, entitled, Repent.

I must say that this was one of the best preaching/teaching radio broadcasts I have heard in a while.  I was grateful to have heard it.

Hopefully, you enjoyed a blessed Lord's Day, today.  May God bless you, richly.


Until next time...

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