Friday, March 23, 2012

Gettin' Churched

I love my church. I really do. I have been a member for about two years and in that time I have made so many changes in my life. My church motivates me to make positive changes for myself and for my family. I never got that before I found Newspring. Heard of it? It's a new kind of church, very different from the traditional model. Pastor Perry Noble, fondly known by members as Pastor P, believes in an honest, in your face, bible based, style of preaching that leaves little room for excuses. When I found Newspring, I needed that! As did the rest of my family!
Like the famed lyrics from Michael Jackson, change has to start with "the man in the mirror" (or woman in my case). I am not where I want to be yet as a Christian. But I am getting closer and closer. I have stopped caring what others think about my Christianity and started following what my Bible says instead. I am teaching my children as I learn. My husband is walking this walk with me and it really brings us closer to each other. We are each the other's checks and balances. 
It's a wonderful thing when you rediscover the joy of being a Christian, the sheer happiness and hope that comes with faith! No matter what happens, I praise God for all that he has given us! What a wonderful thing to be constantly reminded of the great gifts in my life! Regardless of how my day goes, I get to come home to a comfortable home, my children and my husband, my pets, and a kitchen full of food! 
When I go to church, it's like going to a party. I go to celebrate! I love the music, which at Newspring is Christian rock and pop. But I also go to learn and to be reminded. I need that weekly reminder and miss it when I miss church for some reason. A reminder to be thankful for what I have, to thank Jesus for his sacrifice, to praise God, to pray, to give, to get in a right attitude for the coming week. 
If you are not in a church already, try Newspring. If you are not near a Newspring campus, you can watch online at every Sunday at 9:15 and 11:15 or watch old services at anytime. See you at church?

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