Not Your Traditional Church
I wanted to blog something deep and revelatory concerning Jesus Christ and the Christian. Gosh, here it is almost Christmas day and you would think that there would be more for me to write about than I could even dare to think. (This is the time when most of the world expects me to put all of me and my agendas to the side and focus on others, keeping my attention especially on the Reason for the season.) And maybe that is the reason for my lack of biblical revelatory material .. Information overload? Anyhow, it does not matter what the reason because the result is .. No flow, regardless. Oh, I suppose if I sit long enough and pray hard enough and seek God intently enough, I might come away with a blog or two. But, my impatience gets the better of me when I contemplate all that must be done in the name of Christmas.
That being said, I am going to veer off course a tad here and just blog about what a wonderful church I came across 2 years (and 3 months) ago. I joined the church, as a member, after only 4 months of attendance. Since then, my life has been blessed beyond measure. The Pastor is such a down to earth kind of guy. He is not afraid of physical labor nor does he become lazy concerning spiritual labor. He has a 'can-do' mentality and he is an admirably staunch believer of God's Word, and a man of unrelenting faith. He is not moved by what he sees or what he hears or what he feels, but moved only by what God has to say. I am sure he has his moments when he is fighting to remain fixed on what the Bible has to say concerning his own life, but you never see him sweat. His wife is a beautiful woman. She, too, is a powerful Pastor in her own rights. She is lovely to listen to and to look at. She is not only beautiful inside, but a striking woman in the natural realm as well. She has such a flair for fashion and if she were not conscious of her own salvation, she might be overcome with the trap of 'conceit', as she is such a lovely lady. But, she is not overcome with such a personality disorder and she is friendly and fun and a joy to be around. She cares. She cares about the Lord. She cares about her husband. She cares about her daughter. She cares about her family. She cares about her friends. She cares about herself. She cares about the church. She cares so much, others might mistake her concern for 'perfectionism'. But, it is nothing more than her desire to please God with a spirit of excellence.
The team members (those that volunteer their services and attend regularly), are supportive and fun and the gossip is minimal, if at all. The love is felt and shared by all those that call themselves FCC staff. The church is relatively infant in it's development stage but mature in so many areas. Nobody seems afraid of hard work or giving too much. Troubles come to FCC, but God remains loyal and always makes a way. There has been betrayal, but never bitterness towards the betrayer. There has been insubordination, but the love abounds towards the defiant.
The church is not perfect by any means. But, the love is evident and felt .. The caring is nourishing to the soul and the respect for each other is openly expressed. I know that I am at my best at this church. I know that this is where God has intended me to give my tithes and time and serve my fellow brothers and sisters and all God brings my way. This is where I learn, in hands on experience, what the body of Christ is all about and what this 'body' means to me as a Christian. (If you are ever in my area, come check out Faith City Church of Titusville, Florida. You will see what I mean.)
So with that said .. Merry Christmas to all of my FCC constituents. And I pray that all those that take time to read this blog, will find the church where they can 'grow and wax strong in spirit, and be filled with wisdom and where the grace of God is forever upon them.'
Luke 2:40 .. The child grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's favor was with him. (GWT)