Difficulty In Finding A Home Church

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  1. lynnmosher

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    Oh...my...gosh! David, I'm overwhelmed. My heart aches for you. Bless your hearts. I'm really at a loss for words. Praying that the Lord will meet your every need.
     
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    Thank you for the prayers. His word is: "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”


    We have grown so much! He is good.


     
     
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    Oh, yes! Reminds me of the graphic I made today for Ann Voskamp's new book (I'm on the launch team). The quote in the middle seems appropriate...

    Release day.jpg
     
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    Yes, my major spiritual help over the past year has been from two John Wright Follette books, Golden Grain and Broken Bread. They are marvelous. Two Trees Ministry has published them.
     
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    Sorry the image was so big! :51_scream: Those book sound great. Will have to put them on my list. Thanks! :D
     
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    Those books look interesting to me, too.
     
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    Church hopping is necessary sometimes, especially if you are seeking out what will become your church "home". I don't see anything wrong with it, as long as you can eventually settle somewhere.

    I moved to a new community, so I was church hopping for a while, then I settled in the least likely place and stayed for quite a few years until I was forced into church hopping again by the closure of the chosen church, the place I had called home and loved. I did not "hop" much, having attended a church I had been interested in before (while previously church hopping) and it just felt right to be there again. So, there I am, in my new church home and family.

    Things have changed in that church (the leaders, the congregation, the style) but I am there to worship, and to see what God has for me to learn in this new body of believers. I find it exciting!
    I try to keep my eyes off growth as far as others are concerned. That's between them and God. It's my own growth I need to be concerned about. The church leaders are open, obviously humble and learning themselves and being led by the Spirit.

    I hope you find a church home soon, if you haven't already?

    Ann
     
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    I agree church hopping is necessary sometimes. My family went to about six or so churches before we found the one the I believe God wanted us to be. It is about a forty minute drive, but it is where I believe God wants us to be.
     
  9. Virginia Winterstorm

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    Thank you for your response.

    I must admit it is unavoidable to not notice, after time pass, the lack of
    growth within the body of church.

    It is frustrating to me due to expectations. We are to continuously grow
    in Christ.

    Being around those who *choose* *not* to grow (gossip, backbiting, etc)
    will effect my growth if I continue to fellowship like that.

    No judgement here. It's my observation. Not one is perfect and there are
    many different growth periods in the faith.

    However, I pray and will continue to do so.

    I may not find, "That", church. Hence, I will not intentionally give Satan
    a foothold from the lack of no fellowship in the body of Christ. That will
    contribute to me drifting into the ways of the world. (You get what I am
    saying?).

    Yes, leadership being humble and learning themselves is understandable.

    As I write this, I know I am being too hard on this subject. It comes from
    many reasons.

    However, this is helpful to get it out vs. holding this in and, again,
    giving Satan a foothold.

    Thank you for sharing.