PASTOR’S MONTHLY MESSAGE

Pastor McClain's Message for MAY 2024

God Knows I Would If I Could

Many individuals are now justifying their absence from the physical gathering of the church by resorting to electronic streaming and other multimedia devices. This trend has led to a comfort level where they use providential hindrances as an excuse for not attending church.

Pastor McClain

 Providential hindrances are undeniable acts of God that hinder one’s ability to attend church. However, it’s crucial to note that many people falsely claim providential hindrances that have nothing to do with God.

In fact, many of the so-called ‘ox in the ditch’ reasons for not attending church or fulfilling a devoted task are due to the ox being thrown in the ditch beforehand with the intention of using it as an excuse on Sunday.

The Bible verse from Psalms 84:10 reminds us that spending a day in the house of God is better than a thousand days elsewhere. Even being a doorkeeper in the house of God is more desirable than dwelling in the tents of wickedness. Any moment we spend away from the Church when we could be there slows down our spiritual growth, regardless of any perceived benefits we think we may gain.

The value of dedicating time to God is immeasurable, even if we are doing something as simple as keeping the door. When we make excuses for not being able to attend Church, we deceive ourselves and create a barrier that can hinder us from achieving our desires.

It’s easy to let non-urgent matters or disorganization prevent us from attending church on Sundays. This humorous letter highlights this misuse of the concept:

It’s important to prioritize attending public worship in The House of The Lord. While there may be valid reasons for not being able to attend, we should not use God as an excuse for our absence. If we confess our sins, God will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

So, if you’re unsure whether you should be there or not, remember that the answer is always “Yes.” What’s missing from the following? “S_NDAY SCHOOL

God Speed,
NJM