Friday, April 4, 2008

The Body

"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:46-47

Today we attended our new church home. We got there late, being that Hubby was with us (he has tardiness issues - LOL!), so we had to sit separately in the back hall. Everyone was in plastic patio chairs. It was a little stuffy.

And still it was beautiful.

It was beautiful to see so many different nationalities all gathered under one roof to worship the one true Lord.

It was beautiful that we meet in a house. A very large house used just for the church meetings, but still. The simplicity was very refreshing for me. Just a simple house, used to glorify Jesus.

It was beautiful that the prayer requests submitted by the congregation were collected and read aloud and then prayed for.

It was beautiful that the pastor had a wonderful message, based on Jesus's prayer for his disciples in John 17. He made it come alive and made it real in my life.

It was beautiful that Daniel's Sunday, oops FRIDAY school teacher is a homeschooler and introduced me to another homeschooler. They let me know about a homeschool group for Christians that meets locally.

It was beautiful (and this is my favorite part) that they prayed for a man from Nepal today. This man became a Christian while working here in Doha six years ago. He is now preparing to go back to Nepal and serve there as a pastor. I never in a million years would have thought as Doha, Qatar as a sending grounds for new pastors. God is truly an amazing God. Please join me in praying that this man, whose name escapes me, will have an incredible impact in his homeland and that Christ's name will be preached there.

You see, God's people are everywhere. We don't need the big fancy building or the large church staff. We don't need tons of programs to keep people entertained. These things are nice and I certainly appreciated them throughout my life.

But the message of Christ is simple and so was His life. Remember, He started with just 12 flawed, rough, uneducated men.

Maybe He can use me too.


Erica Herzog said...

Beautiful thoughts! I agree. :) We didn't make it to church last week because the twins had colds, so today, we showed up at 1:30 and they told us that they changed the time to 12:30! Oops! It will actually work better for us in the future, but not so much today. :) Oh, and happy birthday to your hubby!

Tracye said...

Beautiful post. He is definately using you. I'm glad to hear great things about your new life & home.

Mrs. Annie said...

Thank you for such a lovely post. I prayed for the man from Nepal and for your family too. Blessings!


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