Breaking Down Doors to Get In

Last weekend I visited the Community Presbyterian Church at Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  What a treat!  If the saints of CPC could bottle and share the inviting aroma of warmth and love I sensed as I entered the sanctuary with churches across the country, non-churched people would break down the doors to be a part of it.  Except for Seri’s I-phone directing us into the lake instead of toward the church, and our bout with stomach disorders, it was a weekend to treasure.

A church is only as inviting as its members. Too often we take for granted the kindnesses people extend toward us. While I don’t claim to be another Apostle Paul, I can use the example he set in Romans 16:1-16 to thank God’s faithful servants.  Heidi and David, you treated Richard and me as royalty, but more importantly as friends.  Thank you.  Kim and David, thank you for sharing your heats with us at Chico Taco’s on Friday night, and for yours and Heidi’s music on Saturday.  Julie and Lloyd your hospitality to a couple of ‘wayfaring strangers’ was truly appreciated.  I send thanks to so many others whose names I fail to remember but truly appreciate.  And Sally, it was so nice finding your encouraging little e-mail waiting on my computer when I arrived home.

I second Paul’s words in Philippians 1:3-4 Message, “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God.  Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.”  As you know, my message was to love, love and love more.  My challenge to you is to search for new and creative ways to demonstrate your love for one another and for Christ Jesus–the sum and substance of the Gospel.

 

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