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There Is Now No Condemnation

Romans 8:1

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Easter has come and gone for another year. Churches were packed Sunday from sunrise services through regular and extra worship services. Some of my colleagues had to hold Easter services off-sight for a variety of reasons. Some wanted to reach the unchurched and thought off-site might be the best way to do this. Some would have had to hold so many services in their current facilities that it made sense to go off-site to a larger facility. Some for both reasons and maybe some others as well. I imagine that some saw larger crowds than they will see all year until next Easter or maybe Christmas Eve.

If their attendance was anything like I have experienced over the years – although there were some visitors – like family visiting for the long holiday weekend – folks looking for a church or simply the C&E folks (Christmas and Easter) – mostly the higher attendance is a product of the regular folk all attending on the same Sunday. Sadly – studies show that regular for some folks means once or twice a month these days – something less than most every Sunday. When attendance on a regular Sunday is say 75 and on Easter it blossoms to 125 with only 10 visitors – that suggests that if your regulars were regular – your normal attendance might be closer to 115 than 75. Continue reading

April 17, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Condemnation!

Romans 8:1

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever wondered – when at the circus – how a little rope and a stick in the ground – can hold a huge elephant in place? The secret lies in the elephant’s training. When a young elephant is trained – they are tied to a huge tree with a strong rope. The elephant will tug and pull and fight to be freed. After fighting the rope and the tree – the elephant learns they cannot free themselves (this may take a long time). Eventually – a small rope staked to the ground with a small spike will provide enough resistance that the elephant – even full grown – will not normally fight against it. Continue reading

August 6, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer | , , , , | 3 Comments

Every Day Should Be Easter

Romans 8:1

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

RevRayEaster has come and gone for another year.  Churches were packed Sunday from sunrise services through regular and extra worship services.  Some of my colleagues had to hold Easter services off-sight for a variety of reasons.  Some wanted to reach the unchurched and thought off-site might be the best way to do this.  Some would have had to hold so many services in their current facilities that it made sense to go off-site to a larger facility.  Some for both reasons and maybe some others as well.  I imagine that some saw larger crowds than they will see all year until April 20th – 2014 – when Easter is celebrated again.

If their attendance was anything like I have experienced over the years – although there were some visitors – like family visiting for the long holiday weekend – folks looking for a church or simply the C&E folks (Christmas and Easter) – mostly the higher attendance is a product of the regular folk all attending on the same Sunday.  Sadly studies show that regular for some means once or twice a month – something less than most every Sunday.  When attendance on a regular Sunday is say 75 and on Easter it blossoms to 125 with only 10 visitors – that suggests that if your regulars were regular – your normal attendance might be closer to 115 than 75. Continue reading

April 2, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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