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by Ken Langenbrunner 
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Ramblings of An Old Man

ďChurch FamilyĒ

Who do you want to spend eternity with? Who do you trust enough to allow them to enter your life, or maybe even your heart? What about the silent moments we have, you know the times I mean, when it seems as if God doesnít care or is not listening to us; when it seems as if He is far away administering to someone elseís needs? Or, maybe He is just allowing you this opportunity of silence to figure things out for yourself, or to allow the entrance of a church family member to drop into your life, to fellowship, maybe just for a moment, opening up a window of understanding or a story as to how God has worked things in their life, and blessed them.

I had such a moment as that this past week, and it was at a time in which you would expect God to work His wonders of peace and comfort, a funeral. After the service, I struck up a conversation with one of our members that I donít normally get to fellowship with too often, because she graces us with her melodious gift at the piano. Several times I have made it a point to wait after church service to thank her for her musical gifts, for she also ministers to us her vocal gift of song. Her style is different and unusual from the others with this gift, and I so enjoy how she shares it with us. For lack of a better way to say it, it is a comforting presentation, with much heart and soul, honesty and assurance, a trust in her voice that makes you believe that she believes in every word sung!

I try to make it a point to thank and praise all those that minister to us through music and preaching, for they share with us their God given talents that so many of us lack, but are so Blessed by. I sat and talked with this sister in Christ for well over an hour. We learned much about each others lives, and she even shared with me the story of how God brought her husband into her life. After hearing her story, a sweet understanding of what my eyes have witnessed in the past, all came together into a beautiful story of love. For I have seen first hand how this man in her life displays his concern and love for his helpmate. After the worship of music is presented, they sit and share together the worship of Godís Word from the Pastor. To me, his arm around his loved one is a sign of care and devotion, a oneness of spirit and companionship not seen or demonstrated enough in our society of political correctness and lack of family values. I admire and applaud his lack of concern as to who may witness his acts of devotion, or even what they may think concerning it!

I thank God for this moment of intervention with this family member of our church. It has brought to life, even more, the statement from our Pastor of how the proper priority of things in our life is so important. He believes, as the Bible instructs us, that God must be first in our lives, followed by the second entity, our church family. At first I did not understand the order of priorities here, placing church family ahead of your immediate one, yet if nothing else, if they are saved children of God, they too are your church family as well!

I dearly love the simplicity of our pastorís sermons, because they point out the simple facts we so easily over look. If we donít want to attend church with like minded believers, and yet we want to go to Heaven, who do we think will be in Heaven? Well, probably the like minded, church family, donít you think??!! I have been blessed and privileged to be associated with such a loving and giving family, my church family, and with Godís grace, I hope to be allowed to get to know more of my ďfamilyĒ in a closer viewpoint as I have with this dear sister this past week. How many more wonderful stories and blessings await me out there in my family, my church family!!

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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