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Why Should I go to Church?

Church is about so much more than the sermon, and yet so often God uses the power of a speaker and a compelling message to nourish us spiritually. While there is much that can be said about the relationships, the opportunities to serve, the power of worship, and that fact that church is not just a building or what we do on Sunday, this article reminds us that we seek a spiritual "daily bread" not a memorable sermon:

Why go to Church?

A Church-goer wrote a letter to the editor of a  newspaper and complained that it made no sense  to go to church every Sunday.  "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.  But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them at all.  So, I think I'm wasting my time by listening and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving these sermons."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to  the Editor" column, much to the delight of the  editor.  It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:  "I've  been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.   But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.  But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed  to do my work.  If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.  Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

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