He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. (Colossians 1:18 NRSV)
The rest of the world must surely marvel at the nature of religion in America. For example, a new church was formed called the Positive Impact Church in South Centre, Pa. According to Associated Press reports this church advertised a raffle. Two thousand people signed up. Apparently they didn't read the fine print. They had to attend Sunday services to be eligible to win the prize of $1,000. Only about 30 showed up.
"Where are all the people?" asked the minister, George Lane, after an hour of religious songs and a humor-filled sermon in a school cafeteria. "It's kind of embarrassing." Lane said he was hoping to get about $1,000 in contributions. He got about $100. A woman who was present won the $1,000 but told Lane to keep the money for his ministry. Despite the low turnout, Lane said he's going to keep trying to attract worshipers. He says his next drawing will be for a $1,100 shopping spree.
How do you go about building a church? There's only one way Jesus Christ. Be his church today!
Dear God, may I today show this world what a real church is all about. In Jesus name, Amen.
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