NAME: Peter Miller
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: Look for it at the end of this devotional!
I doubt saying you should go to church ‘cause it’s the right thing to do will motivate you very much, so let me give some real life examples of our experiences at church over the years. I’ve lived in 3 states and gone to several churches so don’t bother guessing if you know the characters to follow.
My wife, Jani, received a call from a woman in the church that was having a dispute with her husband and it had become heated. Although she knew my wife mostly by reputation she felt compelled to call her. Jani listened, asked a few questions, and gave the woman some things to think about. The woman was grateful and had a new set of tools to work with–and work they did, happily.
After service one morning 2 girls from the youth group approached me. It seems that one of them had attempted suicide a few months back and was seriously considering a second run at it. Her friend told her she had to talk to me. God set that one up. The week before, I had read a chapter out of My Utmost for His Highest and hadn’t stop thinking about it. At that moment I knew why. I got hold of the book, read the chapter aloud to the young lady. Before I was half way through she burst out in tears saying, “That’s me! That’s me!” We talked for a couple of hours and the trajectory of her life changed. She’s a young woman now; got married last year.
I walked into church during the Christmas season and saw a woman friend wearing a new sweater for the occasion. “Hey Beautiful. I like your sweater.” At that she stopped, her eyes misting up and said in a whisper, “You’re the only one that ever tells me I’m beautiful. Thank you.” Just so you know, she is beautiful, if you just stop and look.
Last Sunday I was hanging out in the lobby of Life Assembly. As the crowd filtered out a friend stopped and told me that I was a good husband. She had been talking with some others and unbeknownst to me they had decided I was a good husband. What Jenna doesn’t know is that the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear just after, “You know, you’ve got a reputation to live up to.” Those two words of encouragement have had me smiling all week.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Church is not a “museum for saints; it’s a hospital for sinners.” Come do some healing, and be healed.
Now for the Bible Text. Here are 2 options for you:
1. You’re a smart Christian, find the applicable verses yourself. Looking is half the fun!
2. Ask my friends Troy Miller or Mike Micco for help. They love to teach.
( i think that’s why they come to church)
PRAYER: I sincerely pray that you come to church and God uses you to write your own stories of changed lives. In Jesus Name.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter will be at church this Sunday. Ask him an anything you want to know about his family and himself. He has some really embarrassing stuff.