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FC: It's What's On The Inside That Counts!
1: For years I've wanted to make a coffee table book with pictures of churches. But life spins by so fast it's hard to take time out to just go on a Sunday drive like in days of old. So, in celebration of my 50th birthday I decided to do just that! Take a drive, snap some pictures and see what we could come up with. Here is just a bit of what I've learned. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all dearly! ~Terri Marc and I drove around taking pictures of church buildings, observing the differences in architecture and design, landscape and size, and I realized something. We, the members of Christ's church, His body, we are all just like these buildings. We are all... Different! "The body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be...Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." 1 Cor. 12:14-18, 27
3: Whether in a small town on Main Street, or out on a rural country lane, as you drive through the back roads of the south you will find churches dotting the map like lightning bugs on a warm summer evening. Beckoning you to come... Enjoy a time of worship and thanksgiving for the graciousness the Lord has shown. Fellowship with the body of believers.
4: There's just something special about old country churches. It brings up memories of the song, "Come to the church by the wildwood. Oh, come to the church in the vale. No spot is so dear to my childhood as the little brown church in the vale."
8: Here is the Church | Here is the Steeple | Open the Door | And See All the People
9: I looked up the purpose of steeples and found some believe them to be pagan symbols, and feel they have no business being on a church building. Others believe their purpose is to point toward the heavens. Yet another thought was that they were to be the highest point in the area so they could draw people in. Whatever the reason, a traditional church with a steeple always does my heart good.
11: I love how some churches leave their doors open for people to come in and pray. I wonder how often people really do that? | Hearing church bells ring always makes me smile!
12: Churches built with bricks always seem so strong. In reality, what makes a building strong is it's foundation. We're the same way. What matters is what we're built on. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Mt. 7:24&25
13: "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent word! What more can He say than to you He has said - To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?"
14: "Have you seen Jesus my Lord, He's here in plain view. Take a look open you're eyes, He'll show it to you! Have you ever looked at the cross with a man hanging in pain and the look of love in His eyes, then I say you've seen Jesus my Lord."
15: "At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day!"
16: "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit ~ just as you were called to one hope when you were called ~
17: one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it." Eph. 4:3-7
19: Some churches may seem plain on the outside, but walk in the door and the Spirit of the Lord is alive and well in it's members. The old saying is true, you can't judge a book by it's cover, or a church by its building for that matter!
20: "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Heb. 10:24&25
23: Whether in a grand cathedral, a small country clapboard building, the basement of a house or under His great magnificent sky, God desires us to worship Him. Not for His sake, but for ours. He's given us the gift of being able to know the creator of the universe! Why wouldn't we want to worship Him? "He has set eternity in the hearts of man; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecc. 3:11 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Heb. 11:1 Father, Thank you for putting me here, at this time, in this place, for 50 years! For giving me the best life anyone could ever dream of. For loving me so much that you would sacrifice your son! That's just incomprehensible to a mothers mind! For loving me through all my disobedience. And for having my home all ready for me when I get there! Help me to show your light through my life. In Jesus name, Amen