The Plight of Pew Warmers

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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A third group of pew warmers arerepparttar new converts, new atrepparttar 126883 business of servingrepparttar 126884 Lord. They have so many new terms to learn, programs to follow, acceptable etiquette to catch, attire to transform, and things to grasp that they may not know if they're coming or going.

They need us to come along side and help, not preach at them.

A fourth group of pew warmers may not need to be noticed. They may minister throughoutrepparttar 126885 week, while others take a holiday. They could be among our greatest prayer warriors. Yet, we thank them by judging.

A fifth group of pew warmers, those waiting to measure up, are still waiting. They believed man when he said they needed to pass a spiritual test first, butrepparttar 126886 rules keep changing. No point of acceptance with God opens that door. He isn'trepparttar 126887 one who closed it.

A sixth group of pew warmers possible aren't Christian at all. They may either be new or have efficiently warmed a pew for a lifetime. No one bothered to check their salvation.

A seventh group of pew warmers may be patiently waiting to serve while others think themselves so great they don't need help.

When we attempt to name another's sin, things are rarely what they seem. Pointing our finger at another leaves most ofrepparttar 126888 fingers pointing atrepparttar 126889 real problem (Ps. 119:165).

God may not answer our prayers for more laborers until we userepparttar 126890 one He gave us.

by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.


One of Satan's Tricks

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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The one time I listened to teachings of men, I got suckered.

It was only thereafter that I discoveredrepparttar story was a cover-up torepparttar 126882 truth that St. Nicholas hated children. A gentleman of that original faith stated, "What difference does it make? That isn't who he is, now."

My question, then, is, "How is Santa Clause any different from any other fairy tale?" Ok, no it isn't. My real question isrepparttar 126883 same one it has always been,repparttar 126884 same one that challengedrepparttar 126885 historical tale inrepparttar 126886 first place. "How can we expect children to believe us concerning things of God, when we lie to them about Santa Clause?"

Santa Clause has never visited our home and Just knowing that mom will always tellrepparttar 126887 truth has instilled a trust in them that is invaluable, and has adverted them following many doctrines of men.

Preserve one's child-like faith at all cost. The rewards are Heavenly!

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4

Revised 2003 by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.


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