Just like rent is more important than the cable bill, tithes and offerings are at least equally as important as preaching and singing is. Preaching and singing occurs ONCE THE BILLS ARE PAID, much like cable is hooked up in an apartment that has been paid for on the 1st.
If I don’t pay my rent or even my light bill, that means I can’t watch my favorite show. And there are a lot of good shows and good games and movies that I don’t ever want to miss! Well, in church, most people’s favorite “show” is the preached word or praise and worship. By the way, those are a must see. You don’t ever want to miss those!
My house takes a step back whenever we run out of cleaning supplies. (You know exactly what I’m talking about.) You can’t clean the tub and toilet properly. You can’t wash the dishes – and they pile up until you go and by some dish detergent. The clothes pile up until you stop procrastinating and go in your pocket and buy some washing powder. (We’re not gonna mention toilet paper lol.) Well, every church has expenses that keeps it “livable” or operational. So don’t neglect your church bill. The church expenses cost so much that one person cannot pay it all and pay for their own house. We have to tag team it! And so God has given each Christian a church bill called the tithe so the church house won’t PILE UP.
As I stroll through the city of Houston going about my business I can’t help but notice the Smoke Shop industry is expanding. There used to be a handful of smoke shops but now they are everywhere. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a smoke shop. I saw one today, and it dawned on me that smoke shops and churches are different businesses but they have similar strategies.
The smoke shop is there for those who smoke weed and to accommodate them in those endeavors. The people already smoke and already know how to smoke, but the smoke shop can enhance their smoking experience. They offer “equipment.” They offer a supportive, welcoming atmosphere. And if you have any questions or need any assistance, there is someone there who can give you a lil insight – because the staff member smokes too and enjoys the equipment and the atmosphere and the “different levels.”
Well, the church is there for those who love and worship God. It is a place where they can worship. The people already know God and already have a relationship with Him, but church is an atmosphere that enhances their worship experience. If a person needs advice or counseling or guidance, there is a staff member who is able to assist him or her. That staff member can assist because he/she worships God too and takes advantage of the atmosphere and enjoys the different levels.
With that being said, if you don’t hate on the smoke shop…then don’t hate on the church. You feel me?
What is agape love? It is the unconditional love that God has, and WE can tap into it. We can draw from that well.
A lot of people go through life “solo.” They are lone rangers. They don’t have friends and they don’t need friends. It comes out that they are bitter and that they hold grudges. Do you know anyone who will give you just one time to mess up with them? You got one time and then you’re cut off forever.
You’ll notice a lot of those same people complain about not having anyone or not having people in their life who love them…people who have their back…people they can count on when their back is against the wall. The truth is, it’s like that because they ran everybody off!
It is impossible to have good, long term friends without you all having to forgive each other every once in a while. You may have a misunderstanding with your pastor, best friend, close relative or whomever. In order to have that relationship, you must forgive. Everyone is not your friend… but do not toss your friends aside as if they are “every one.”
There is much abundant life beyond forgiveness. Overcome the hatred within by exercising the power of love and tapping into Christ’s agape love.
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