Disillusioned With Church: Part III - Church Buildings and The Poor

Disillusioned With Church:  Part III - Church Buildings and The Poor

"However, the Most High does dwell in houses made by human hands."  (Acts 7:48, NAS)

Do you feel like your church has lost its purpose?  Have people in your congregation (perhaps even your pastor) started to raise money for a church building, or a capital campaign?  In the meantime, does it feel like the ministry to the poor is being neglected?  Is there very little talk about how to care for widows and orphans in the flock?  Do you hear an appeal to give to the building fund more often than you hear someone in the pulpit ask you to dig deep into your pockets to help those who are struggling to get by?

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Disillusioned With Church: Part II

Disillusioned With Church:  Part II

"When he had said this he knelt down with them and prayed.  They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him." (Acts 20:36-37)

In Acts chapter 20, as Paul is bidding farewell to the Ephesian elders, there is an intense display of love and intimacy.  When it became clear that the elders would never see him again, they were moved to the point of weeping.  Paul and the elders prayed together.  The elders embraced him and kissed him.

Does this sound foreign to you?  Does this kind of connection with others, even in the church, sound impossible?  Would you be shocked if this same kind of thing happened as you were leaving your small group to move to another city?  Do you feel like you wish you could leave your small group - not because you are moving - but just because you wanted to sit at home and watch TV?  Do you feel like there is no real communion with others in your group anyway?

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