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Topic: The Church (12/06/07)
TITLE: Building the Church
By PASTOR SNOOPI BOTTEN
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A request to God and people firmly believe it will come about.
They pray that God will multiply their Church and make it grow.
They want to be the light of Jesus and let the entire world know.
But people look and whisper when someone comes through the door,
They very harshly judge if the person can ever be right with the Lord.
"Come just as you are" is what we say and sing,
Forgetting everyone has a background and oh the baggage they bring.
The new person comes with problems and is met with confrontation,
There is little understanding and no validation.
Anger builds between the two sides,
And the pain of the person just gets repressed inside.
Then with unknown authority the new person is asked to leave,
He'll never fit in or so they believe.
The Church quickly forgets and tries to gain yet more new members,
Yet that one person is lost, hurt, and will always remember.
People today are not letting things out like they did at one time,
They let their pain grow until they engage in a crime.
It's becoming too common when you turn on CNN,
And see the top story as a Church shooting again.
"What can be done" is what people say,
What happened to validation, caring, and taking time to pray?
For rejection even hurt Jesus when God turned His face,
Jesus died to forgive us all by His love and grace.
Jesus never gave up on anyone because He sees who we really are,
And He knows we all can change and His guidance is never far.
So how do we build the Church when new people come in?
We love and accept them no matter where they've been.
We set an example and guide them in a Christian way,
And we keep encouraging them even if they wonder astray.
For A building alone is not the Church and it can't grow,
Until we reach to the world, all are our Brothers and Sisters you know.
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