I've never felt tied to a particular party. I've always said I am a Christian not a Republican or Democrat. What that means to me is, I vote for who I think will be best for where our country stands at that time. And it has become harder with each election. Especially now.
It was only a few years ago that I first found myself in in the strange place the doctor labeled 'depression'. My family and I had been in some long term circumstances that had worn us down and eventually overwhelmed me mentally and emotionally. Up until then, I had been a fairly upbeat, people-loving, extroverted, person. I had experienced "down days", but they were nothing compared to the place I found myself in - I had shut down! I was in tears most of the time, unable to parent or be a wife, and could not walk out the front door without overwhelming anxiety.
Feelings and desires produce habits; habits inform feelings. The more you do something you enjoy, the more you’ll want it; the more you’ll do it. Wanting to love God more is a desire. Such a desire needs to produce a habit, that at first, you may not FEEL like doing.
Many Sundays I feel so inadequate for the task of fellowship. I’m either too burdened by my own struggles to feel of any use to anyone else, or I genuinely don’t know what to say or how best to encourage others. Many Sundays I sit and cry because I’m so hungry for Jesus and realized that most of the week was spent neglecting Him. Many Sundays I struggle to know my place in the church and in the lives of my fellow believers.
At times, we were discouraged, thinking, “How would God use us in this moment?” Yet, to our surprise, time and again, His Spirit led us through the challenges of realigning our plans while still maintaining positive attitudes.
I had never considered viewing Revelation as a picture to be observed; rather than puzzle to be put together. When viewing Revelation as a puzzle, I focused on trying to decipher the identity of the seven churches, or determining the time of Jesus’ return.
I’m not a gold-digger or anything, but I had some expectations of this new relationship that I was in. I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight. I figured I’d have to “pay my dues,” really show HIM that I was in it for real, you know? I was fine with that…until years later and I’m so worn out from all the heavy lifting. I mean, I’m tired.
The book of Revelation is somewhat of a sore subject for me. Every time it comes up in a sermon I get this niggling feeling of guilt in the back of my mind, because I know it is a book that I often neglect, and for many years preferred to pretend it sort of didn’t exist.
There really is no compelling reason why you should come to Solid Rock Church instead of some other church. There are many good churches that have great communities, great programs, and great teaching. And you would do well if you found one and become a member of it. At Solid Rock we believe that loving one another is an essential component of our faith, and the most compelling witness of Christ having genuinely saved us.