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My Answer: Bored in church? Look inside yourself

September 13, 2013|By Billy Graham

Q: You're always telling people to go to church, but all the churches I've been to are so boring I can't stand it. You'll probably tell me just to keep looking, but why should I? Besides that, I enjoy having a day to myself. — K.W.W.

A: Let me ask you a question: What exactly are you seeking in a church? In other words, what would a "good" church be like, in your opinion? What do you hope to get out of it?

I don't know how you'd answer, but let me suggest how you should answer. First, when we gather with other believers, we should worship God, That is, we should focus on him, and our hearts and minds should be filled with praise and thanksgiving. The center of our faith is Jesus Christ, and when we realize who he is and what he has done for us through his death and resurrection, we can't help but worship and praise God.

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Then we should also come together to learn from God's word as it is preached and taught. God wants us to grow stronger in our faith and become more like Christ — and this will happen as we let God's word take root in our hearts and minds. Ask God to help you focus on the sermon and the reading of the Bible.

The Bible says, "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ" (Romans 10:17).

Finally, through church we learn from other believers. Don't just attend the weekly service; seek other opportunities for fellowship with others. Make sure of your commitment to Christ, and then ask him to lead you to a church where you not only won't be bored, but you'll grow in your faith.

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Q: How bad does a nation have to get before God steps in and destroys it? Sometimes I wonder if we aren't getting close to that line. — Mrs. S.T.

A: You are right to be concerned about this, because the Bible clearly tells us that God not only judges individuals, but also judges nations that rebel against him and turn their backs on his righteousness and justice.

It happened most clearly in the Old Testament, when God eventually allowed the enemies of ancient Israel to invade and destroy it. First came the Assyrians, a cruel and heartless nation that destroyed the northern tribes of Israel; later the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and captured the southern tribes.

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