Kind hearts are quietly kind. And they are especially kind at church. They understand that perhaps the neediest person they'll meet all week is the one standing in the foyer or sitting on the row behind them in worship ( Max Lucado)
A church is comprised of people who have finally realized that they are sinners and have banded themselves together to do something about it. If God's love is in us, we are going to love what He loves. This includes loving His dear family. That's why it is foolish to say yes to Jesus and not to His church. (Adrian Rogers)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
In Luke there are several times the verses tell Jesus went off to a place to worship and pray. Luke 4:42, "At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place..." 5:16, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." 6:12, "One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God."
This is a picture of my Grandfather sitting under a shade tree reading his Bible. So important to a busy man that he would spend time being alone with our God. He is showing me many years later that this was his heart's desire to study the Word.
I have so many pictures in my head of my own Dad each Sunday heading out the door to church with his Bible in hand. He went to a different denomination from Mom, my sister and I. So we would head to one church and he would go alone to another. But he was faithful. Now alone, with Mom gone, he has his Bible by his chair and often finding reading it when we walk in. What has he told me on what is important in his life? To read and study the Word.
Thank you Lord on this Father's Day for giving a legacy of faith such as this. Thank you Lord for giving me the background that pointed me to You.
Many of us are prone to think of God's will only as His plan for getting something done. That's why we pray, "Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven"(Mark 6:10). Getting things done may be immediate purpose of His will, but the ultimate purpose is His glory; and the glory of God is the highest purpose that can occupy the human heart and life.
(Warren W. Wiersbe)
Those who submit to the will of God do not fight back at life. They learn the secret of yielding, of relinquishing and abandoning their own lives and wills to Christ. And then He gives back to them a life that is far richer and fuller than anything they could ever imagined.