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Jan. 21 Devotion: I Love My Church

I Love My Church

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

This year the Bengals made the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Then last weekend they won their first playoff game in over 30 years! People were genuinely excited to be able to see them play. Then after they won you could find plenty of videos of people going crazy, moved to tears, and just relishing a playoff victory. All because they love their team. Are we as excited to be able to go to the house of God? Are we glad when we get to go or is it more of a chore because we think we have to go. I love getting to go to church, and never want to take it for granted. I love my church because I get to hear the truth preached. Whether God has given his man an encouraging message, one that steps on my toes, or a shout it out message, it’s a wonderful thing to hear His truth preached. I love my church because it’s a blessing to see people use their talents for the Lord. Not singing or playing to be seen, but seeing those that have a heart for God and want to give back to Him. I love my church because my best friends in the world are there. I have acquaintances, and I have other friends outside of church. However, those that I truly know I could count on, and those I look forward to fellowshipping with the most are at the house of God. I love the church because Christ loved the church. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Christ shed His blood for the church. There is no greater love than this! I could keep going on reasons on why we should love the church. Instead, I’ll just ask: Do you love the church? That Bengals playoff game set a record for attendance because people just love their team and wanted to be there. Instead of setting record attendance church membership is going in the opposite direction. A couple years ago the number of people who claimed to belong to some type of religious house of worship dropped below 50% for first time ever. Take away those that belong to false religions and then those that don’t really attend on a regular basis and you’ll see how few attend. Why? I believe we just don’t love it the way we should. If we love the church then we will show up excited, ready to worship, and realize how fortunate we are to have a church to go to. Can you echo what the psalmist said? Are you glad when get to go to the house of the Lord? Do you love the church?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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