To Die Is Gain (Phil 1:21b)

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phillipians 1:19-21 NIV

What an outlook on life!? He goes on to say that he is torn between life here on earth and death, where he will spend eternity with our Lord. Thankfully God allowed him to be here a little longer that he might enrich our faith with his revelations of our Christ. What Paul is telling us in this snippet of scripture is that he only has eyes for Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. And that the sooner he gets to see Him in heaven, the better.

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Finding a home church (Part 1)

So, you think that you want to leave your church. You want to find another one. The church you call home just isn’t cutting it anymore, ¿right? Well, ask yourself some questions. Is the pastor of your current church teaching biblical truth? What does the fruit of his work loo like? In other words, ¿what kind of example does the congregation set as believers in Christ, as they go about their daily lives?

I tell you to ask yourself these questions to help you reflect on why you want to leave, and to help you determine if it is the church that is doing something wrong, or if you may need to look at some things in your own life. You  may be experiencing true neglect on the church’s part to teach you biblical truth. You may be hungering for the Word of the Lord, and lacking a pastor who presents it balanced and in context. Or, your hunger for more of Him could be related to what you’re not doing when you’re away from church.

Let’s first review a few reasons why you should leave a church:

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