For various legitimate reasons (weather, virus pandemics, etc.), a Sunday church gathering may cancel leaving the people of that congregation left without the encouragement, fellowship, and giftings of the local church that Sunday..
The key at these times is to not waste that Sunday. Rather, use it as you normal would to further your spiritual growth and be an encouragement to other believers. Be active that your spiritual life is being cared for.
To help in this, here are some suggestions on what to do when church is canceled:
- Do family devotion time with singing, prayer, and a Bible study.
- Listen to a past sermon from your pastor.
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I have a confession to make, a
couple of weeks ago I really didn’t want to got to church. I hadn’t slept well
Saturday night, and when I did fall asleep (after reading for a couple of hours
in the middle of the night) I had an unsettling dream, not the kind that is
frightening, but the kind that causes you to wake up angry and agitated ( I
dreamt my dog was dognapped, and I was out for justice Liam Neeson style). The
weather was changing and every old injury in my body (I’ve broken both ankles,
and most of my fingers; had a major hip reconstruction, including osteoplasty;
had a major shoulder injury including multiple broken bones from a deck
collapse; I played a contact sport, often on artificial turf, at a serious
level and skied 30+ days a year into my late 30s and have all of the attendant
aches a pain that go with that) ached. … Continue reading
Entirely foreign to every
sentence of the Bible is the concept that spiritual leadership is a place of
power. Though this concept is widely embraced,
it is entirely contrary to Scripture. Sadly, it seems to me that a great many Christians
and even a great many Christian spiritual leaders have in one way or another
failed to understand this. In a typical Bible-preaching
evangelical church in the United States, the pastor of the church is not
uncommonly regarded by a healthy percentage of its members as the president
and/or CEO of the church. Sadder still,
this is often how pastors in local churches have come to view themselves.… Continue reading
Fellowship. It’s such a rich and meaningful word in the Bible, and yet a somewhat generic catch-all term in the vernacular of modern Christians. What is fellowship? In Scripture, fellowship is a word used to describe the common life that Christians enjoy with one another, as those who have been brought into a reconciled relationship with God through Christ by grace. Entire books have been written to flesh out this one word, given the depth and breadth of its use in the Bible.
If we were to do a study together of the concept (not just the word itself) of fellowship in the NT – at least as it concerns fellowship between Christians – we would see five major themes emerge from that study. … Continue reading
“I’m not a singer”
“Nobody wants to hear my tone-deaf voice”
“I’ve heard cats fighting that sound better than me when I sing.”
“Children turn around and stare at me in church if I open my mouth.”
In my years of music ministry I’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why someone should not sing. Frankly, it’s often the excuses made that make me cringe, not the voices. As George Sweeting once said, “Excuses only satisfy the one who gives it”.
I don’t believe it honors God to infer that the very thing He created you to do, He messed up. … Continue reading