Do You Know You are Blind?


For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3:17

I love basketball. I played all the time growing up with my brother. We would play in our driveway, at youth group, or down at the park. When I read this verse I think of that kid on the team who thought he was a superstar, but was really a bench warmer. There was always one. He thought he was Seth Curry (or Reggie Miller for you old schoolers) so he would shoot three pointer after three pointer and miss most of them. Or he thought he could dribble, but couldn’t and turned the ball over. Or the one who thought he was Jordan and would drive in for some crazy lay-up, look stupid while doing so, and of course, miss the shot. It is easy to see this on the court. But churches can become like this as well with an inflated opinion of their own worth in the Kingdom.

The church at Laodicea thought they were the top of the class when they were sitting on the stool at the back of the room with the dunce cap on. They believe they are holy when Jesus wants to spit them out. All churches have sins. All congregations have blind spots, weak points, and areas of teaching that do not line up Scripture. A congregation following Christ is not a perfect one, but one that recognizes they are weak, works to shore up those weaknesses, and repents when they fail, which will be often. This is normal Christian living. But a church or a person can become so proud over time they forget this. They believe they are without weaknesses and blind spots. They start reading their own press clippings about how great they are.  Continue reading

Book Review: How to Walk into Church

How to Walk into ChurchHow to Walk into Church by Tony Payne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Most of my church is under thirty years old. They are not going to pick up a 300 page book on a topic. Therefore, I am constantly trying to find short reads that will help them understand better God, Christ, the Spirit, and the church. This book does a great job of giving clear reasons why someone should go to church, what they should do when they get there, and when they leave. It is not a guilt trip, but rather a practical and encouraging book on the glories and benefits of belonging to and participating in the body of Christ. One of my friends suggested it for new members and it is perfect for that. But it is also good for long time members who might have forgotten the reasons they attend.

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