Top 10 Reasons to
Not Quit Going to Church
10. Statistics prove that people who go to church, read their
Bible and pray on a regular basis live longer (ETERNAL LIFE).
9. Not coming to church may cause some people to wonder what we are up
8. Not coming to church is like not voting. If you don't participate on
a regular basis you don't have a right to complain.
7. Not coming to church gives Satan an opportunity to drive a wedge
between you and the rest of the church.
6. If you're not at church and you have a physical or spiritual need the
people of the church are not going to know about it. You deprive them of
an opportunity to minister.
5. If you stay away from church you may influence someone else to stay
This could have eternal consequences.
4. If you stay away from church you give Satan an opportunity to drive a
wedge between you and God. All Satan needs is a tiny crack to get his
3. Staying away from church will cause you to loose your fire and zeal
for the Lord and His work.
2. Staying away from church makes the statement that your priorities are
higher than God's.
AND THE #1 REASON WHY YOU SHOULD NOT QUIT GOING TO CHURCH…
1. Staying away from church is being disobedient to God; He commands us
to come together to worship Him as a group (see Heb. 10:24-25).
The Negative and Positive of My Church
What My Absence from Church Did
It caused some people to question the reality of my faith.
It made some think that I was a pretender.
It made many think that I consider my spiritual welfare and that of
others a matter of small concern.
It weakened the effect of the church service.
It made it harder for the preacher to preach.
It discouraged other church members and robbed them of a blessing.
It made it harder for me to resist the temptation of the devil.
It gave the devil more power and influence over lost people.
It encouraged me to become more irregular in church attendance.
What My Presence at Church Did
It caused people to have confidence in me.
It made people realize that I regard my spiritual welfare and that of
others, matters of great importance.
It had a good effect on the services.
It made my friends feel more welcome.
It encouraged other church members and helped the pastor in his work.
It caused others to come to Christ.
It made my life stronger for another week.
It removed stumbling blocks from the sinner's path.
It pleased God.
It caused others to say, "He practiced what he preaches."
BUZZARD: If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and
is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly,
will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins
a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to
run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a
prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
THE BAT: The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable
nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is
placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about
helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight
elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it
takes off like a flash.
THE BUMBLEBEE: A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be
there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of
escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through
the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until
it completely destroys itself.
PEOPLE: In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the
bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations,
never realizing that all we have to do is look up!
You Took My Parking
Place at Church!
One day, a man went to visit a church, He got there early, parked his
car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and said,
'I always park there! You took my place!'
The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat
down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, 'That's my
seat! You took my place!' The visitor was somewhat distressed by this
rude welcome, but said nothing.
After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down.
Another member walked up to him and said, 'That's where I always sit!
You took my place!' The visitor was even more troubled by this
treatment, but still He said nothing.
Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them,
the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change.
Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet.
Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, 'What happened
The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear
fell from his eye, 'I took your place.'
Eleven Things You
Won't Learn in School
Love him or hate him, Bill Gates sure hits the nail on the head with
this! He recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they
did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good,
politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no
concept of reality and how this concept set
them up for failure in the real world.
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will
expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You
won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents
had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine
about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are
now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and
listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you
save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try
delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life
HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll
give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This
doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off
and very few employers are interested in
helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have
to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
I Know Who I Am
I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15)
I am united with the Lord(1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price(1 Cor. 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt.5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ(1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation (Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil.3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31-34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God(2 Cor.5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God(Rom.8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor.1 :21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8: 28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected
(Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col. 1:14). I have been adopted as
God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are!?
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for
her. She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see the world, I will
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came
off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her, "Now that you can see the world,
will you marry me?"
The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of
his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of
looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: "Take good care of your eyes, my dear,
for before they were yours, they were mine."
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a
few remember what life was like before and he was always by her side in
the most painful situations.
The Life Changing
What is this principle? 10% of life is made up of what happens to
you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean? We
really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop
the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which
throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We
have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine
the other 90%. How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light,
but you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can
control how you react. Let's use an example.
You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a
cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what
just happened. What happens next will be determined how you react. You
curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She
breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and
criticize them for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A
short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt.
Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to
finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your
spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive
your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an
hour in a 30 mph speed limit. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60
(traffic fine) away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the
building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes
late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible.
As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You! look forward to
coming home, When you arrive home, you find a small wedge in your
relationship with your spouse and daughter. Why? Because of how you
reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day? A) Did the coffee
cause it? B) Did your daughter cause it? C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?
The answer is D. You had no control over what happened with the coffee.
How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is
what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say,
"It's ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time". Grabbing a
towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase,
you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child
getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You and your spouse kiss before
you go to work. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the
staff. Your boss comments on how good a day you are having. Notice the
difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended
different. Why? Because of how you REACTED. You really do not have any
control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% is
determined by your reaction.
"And you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, least among the clans of Judah, from
you One shall come forth to be the Ruler in Israel for Me - One Whose
origin is from old, from ancient times." Micah 5:2
This explicit prophecy of the birth of the future KING OF ISRAEL in the
little village of Bethlehem was nearly 700 years before HE finally and
remarkably came to earth. Then the ALMIGHTY used the great Emperor
Augustus in Rome to make a decree for a census and taxation, compelling
Joseph to take his espoused wife Miryam (Mary) to the little town of
Bethlehem for her child to be born there.
An actual birth is incredibly clear as the text uses the verbiage "come
forth" along with the warning that God would "leave them helpless, until
she who is to bear has given birth." [Micah 5:1] The Scripture also tell
that "they will strike the Ruler of Israel (this Soon-Coming Judge) on
the cheek with a staff" [Micah 5:1 speaking of Messiah Jesus’ rejection
Furthermore, the prophecy not only foresees Yeshua’s birth in Bethlehem,
HIS rejection and denial by HIS own people, and HIS eventual rule as
Sovereign KING over Israel, but also that this same Remarkable Person
Himself was God Omnipotent! HE had been "from everlasting." HE is
eternally proceeding from HIS FATHER. YESHUA did not become God’s Son
when HE was born in Bethlehem; HE had been coming forth eternally
revealing the FATHER. "No one has seen GOD at any time. The ONLY
BEGOTTEN SON, WHO is in the bosom of the FATHER, HE has declared HIM."
Another truth is obscurely disguised in the affirmation of "goings
forth" which in Hebrew is "mowtsa" or "motsa" which is also used for the
flowing of water from a fountain or spring, the radiation from the sun,
an issue, an export, a source. Thus, the never-ending flowing forth of
power from the MAJESTIC CREATOR through the SON is nothing less than the
sustaining energy for the whole of HIS creation as HE is "upholding all
things by the WORD of HIS power." [Hebrews 1:3] Yes, this is THE BABE of
Bethlehem... the GLORIOUS KING of the whole world.
A Lesson Not Quickly
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock,
did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school
superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed
all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there
were no desks.
Looking around, confused, they asked, "Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?"
She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done
to earn the right to sit at a desk."
They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."
"No," she said.
" Maybe it's our behavior."
She told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third
period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.
Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all
the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came, and as the puzzled students found
seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said,
"Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what they have
done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in
this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and
opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into
that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.
The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would
walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had
set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps
for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those
desks had been earned.
Martha said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These
heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up
to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good
students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could
have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it."
This a true story!
Apple of the Eye
"Display YOUR faithfulness in wondrous deeds, YOU WHO delivers with
YOUR RIGHT HAND those who seek refuge from assailants. Guard me like the
apple of YOUR eye; hide me in the shadow of YOUR wings." Psalms 17:7-8
"I will instruct you and show you which way to go; let ME offer counsel;
I will guide you with MY eye." Psalms 32:8
The Apple of the Eye is the phrase used to speak of something as being
highly valuable to the owner. The Hebrew word "'iyshown" means "the
little man or pupil of the eye;" and "'ayin" is the word for the "eye"
meaning "favour, regard or thought." Therefore, to be kept as the Apple
of the Eye would be to say, "keep me as the center of YOUR favour,
affection, choice, or preference; and in YOUR care and constant
The GOD MOST HIGH'S portion is HIS people, Jacob HIS OWN inheritance,
and Israel and Jerusalem as being the apple of HIS eye: "HE (ALMIGHTY
GOD) found him (Israel) in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling
wilderness; HE encircled him, HE instructed him, HE kept him (Israel) as
the apple of HIS eye. Like an eagle rouses his nestlings, gliding down
to his young, so did HE (ALMIGHTY GOD) spread HIS wings and take him
(Israel), bearing him along on HIS pinions; the LORD alone did guide
him, no alien god at HIS side." Deuteronomy 32:10-12
"Jerusalem shall be inhabited a city without walls, so many shall be the
men and cattle it contains. And I MYSELF - declares the LORD - will be a
WALL OF FIRE all around her, and I will be 'THE GLORY' in her midst. For
thus said the LORD OF HOSTS - HE WHOSE PRESENCE sent ME - concerning the
nations that have taken you to spoil: "Whoever touches you touches the
APPLE of MY eye." Zechariah 2:4-5, 8
"Shout for joy, Fair Zion! For lo, I come; and I will dwell in your
midst - declares the LORD. In that day many nations shall be joined to
the LORD and become MY people, and I will dwell in your midst. Then you
will know that I was sent to you by the LORD OF HOSTS. The LORD will
allot Judah his portion in the Holy Land, and will choose Jerusalem once
more. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD! For HE is roused from HIS
holy habitation!" Zechariah 2:10
To be kept as the Apple of the Eye of GOD ETERNAL, requires our
essential trust in HIM and HIS HOLY WORD. We must keep HIS WORD as the
apple of our eye. "MY son, keep MY WORDS, and treasure MY commands
within you. Keep MY commands and live, and MY Law as the APPLE of your
eye." Proverbs 7:1-2