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When you hear the word “church”, what comes to mind? Is it the place people go to, mostly on Sunday mornings, to gather in the name of the Lord? The Bible says God’s “church” is the Body of Christ … God’s people … the spiritually-saved sons and daughters. “Church” is NOT a building ... but we can gather at the church’s building. “Church” is our brothers and sisters in Christ, all over the world. Unfortunately, in America today, the local church often gathers for the social interaction, the fun programs, coffee in the lobby, worship on the big screen, and the feel-good sermon from a rock-star preacher. We want blessings in our pockets, we keep our missions overseas, but for the hurting in our own cities, do we even cross the street? 1Corinthians 12:12 - “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” Ephesians 3:19-21 – “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Mark 10:45 - “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Hebrews 12:28 - “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”

We want to see hearts set free and tyrants kneel, walls fall down and our land be healed … but if we want to see a change in the world out there, it's got to start right here, right now … with us. Some are like the brother of the prodigal, who turned his nose and puffed his chest; he didn't run off like his brother but his soul was just as dead! What if the church on Sunday was still the church on Monday too? What if we came down from our towers and walked a mile in someone's shoes? If we surrender our pride and turn from our wicked ways, God will forgive and heal. But first we must walk the walk, not just talk the talk. It starts right here! Today’s Song – Watch/Listen: “Start Right Here” – Artists: Casting Crowns

Writer(s): Bernie Herms, Matthew West, John Mark Hall, Seth Mosley

Are you a spiritually-born child of God?