Why Aren't You Coming?
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
September 21, 2014
Central Passage
Hebrews 10:19-25
Third Sunday Service

     Well, we have all heard or used some of the most common reasons for not coming to church, to Bible Study or to Sunday School:  

"I was too tired to come".  "I was having a bad hair day".  "I  wanted to sleep in on Sunday".  "I needed to clean my house".  "I had to go grocery shopping".  "My car needed to be washed".  "I just didn't have anything to wear to church".  "I didn't want to see so-and-so at church today".  "No musician?  I just won't come".  "No pastor there today - I will just stay home".   "It was raining too hard for me to come".  "I was too embarassed to come".  'I didn't feel like it".  The game was coming on and I couldn't miss it".  

     We have all heard these reasons and so many more.  But if we are honest with ourselves, we allow other things to take priority: we make time to shop, we make time to go to the movies, to go get our hair done, to go to a play, to go to a football or basketball game".  If we are honest with ourselves, we prioritize what matters to us most, unintentionally pushing God down our list of priorities.  There will be legitimate reasons that keep folks from coming to church and thats understandable.  Pastor Dinkins asked a simple question:  "Why aren't you coming"?   At the end of the day, your reasons for not coming are between you and the Lord. 

     Coming to church allows us to hear a powerful message from the Lord - often times its that message that has been ordained for a specific situation that someone is going through.  Coming to church allows us to uplift each other, to support and comfort one another, to celebrate with each other, to learn and grow from each other's testimonies and words of wisdom.  Church is a family that allows each of us to feel readily embraced and loved - that our church family is there to see us through our biggest challenges, tests and trials, by prayer, study and worship.  By coming together, we experience the magnificent power that is released when we come together on one accord.  At the end of a Sunday church service, one can't help but to feel stronger, happier, motivated and inspired to face the coming week.  

The following poem is a funny but true reminder that church should be a "No Excuse Sunday" option:   (Poem Source:  http://www.biblebelievers.com/)

"To make it possible for everyone to attend church next Sunday, we are going to have a special "No Excuse Sunday."

  • Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "Sunday is my only day to sleep."
  • We will have steel helmets for those who say, "the roof will cave in if I ever come to church."
  • Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who think the church is too hot.
  • We will have hearng aids for those who think the preacher speaks too softly and cotton for those who think he preaches too loudly.
  • Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.
  • Some relatives will be in attendance for those who like to go visiting on Sunday.
  • There will be T.V. dinners for those who can't go to church and cook dinner also.
  • One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to see God in nature.
  • Finally, the sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them."

Listen to an upbeat song that reminds us why going to church is a great way to be motivated and inspired, especially after a long week:  

Mary Mary - Sunday Morning 

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