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A Beautiful Mess


John Stott, in his preface to his book, Basic Christianity, makes this sobering statement,
“Hostile to the church, friendly to Jesus Christ.” These words describe large numbers of people, especially young people, today. They are opposed to anything which savors of institutionalism. They detest the establishment and its entrenched privileges. And they reject the church — not without some justification — because they regard it as impossibly corrupted by such evils.
I have heard people say, "I love Jesus, but I hate His bride". If anyone said to me, "Bill I love you but I hate your wife Lauren." I might just have to pop them one! You can't diss a man's wife. When you insult my wife, you insult me.So is the same for the church and Jesus. They are intricately linked. You can't separate the two. But unfortunately many people do.

Approximately 22 million Americans say they are Christians and have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ. Yet those same people say that although commitment is still important to them, they have struggled with faith or relational issues and therefore quit going to church.

Maybe you haven't gone so far as to quit the church, but perhaps you don't have a lot of hope in it. Perhaps you are just coming on Sundays and going through the motions, but you don't see how the church is really relevant to your life or see any purpose in going deeper into the Christian community.

If you feel this way, perhaps you feel you have some very good reasons why.

  • Perhaps in the past you have faced from the church condemnation and judgment. You've seen in the church involved in acrimony, with back biting and gossip. Or perhaps you've witnessed a church split.
  • Perhaps you've just felt the pain of loneliness or feeling disconnected from the church.
  • Maybe you've been unsure of where you fit into the church.
  • Sometimes you might feel confused or overwhelmed by the church's expectations.
  • Perhaps you've been burned out, felt unappreciated or forgotten.
Maybe you feel as if the church has failed you, the CHURCH just looks like a complete MESS!

Phil Yancey in his book, Soul Survivor; How My Faith Survived the Church, ponders his own disenchantment with church:
I have spent most of my life in recovery from the church. Every writer has one main theme, a spoor that he or she keeps sniffing around, tracking, following to its source. If I had to define my own theme, it would be that of a person who absorbed some of the worst the church has to offer, yet still landed in the loving arms of God.
The church is a Mess. But it is a Beautiful Mess. This is because the church belongs to Christ.

St. Augustine wrote, “The church is a whore, but she is my mother.” Yes, the church is definitely flawed. But we should not give up on it.

In the book, Letters to a Young Evangelical, Tony Campolo urges young evangelicals not to give up on organized religion and the local church in particular.
“Because as Augustine made clear, the church is still your mother,” he wrote. “It is she who taught you about Jesus. I want you to remember that Christ loves the church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:25) … Christ’s church is called his bride (2 Corinthians 11:2), and his love for her makes him faithful to her even when she is not faithful to him.
Through the ages, God has used the church to keep alive and pass down the story of what Christ has done for us … and has kept the world aware that Christ is alive today, offering help and strength to those who trust in him.
There will be times when your church will fail and disappoint you.

If you are a part of a church community, be assured that community will fail and disappoint you.

But regardless of the church's failures and messiness, Christ will never fail you.

You can't give up on the church, because it is intricately tied to Christ. Cling to Jesus and remember that this is Christ's Church and He is the chief cornerstone (Eph 2:20).

Yes, the church can be a mess, but it is a Beautiful Mess.

18 comments:

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able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a
serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and
doing different ungodly act..

My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in
different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite
with my husband, not until i met Dr Alex the great spell caster who was
able to bring my husband back home, Dr Alex cast a love spell for me,
and after some time i started seen results about the spell....

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Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Alex was
able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a
serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and
doing different ungodly act..

My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in
different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite
with my husband, not until i met Dr Alex the great spell caster who was
able to bring my husband back home, Dr Alex cast a love spell for me,
and after some time i started seen results about the spell....

Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy,
with Dr Alex all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage,
friends in case you need the help of Dr Alex kindly mail him on( solutionhelpcentre@gmail. com ) or call him on +2347036013351, Sir i will forever recommend you!!!..

Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Alex was able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and doing different ungodly act..
My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite with my husband, not until i met Dr Alex the great spell caster who was able to bring my husband back home, Dr Alex cast a love spell for me, and after some time i started seen results about the spell....
Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy, with Dr Alex all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage, friends in case you need the help of Dr Alex kindly mail him on( solutionhelpcentre@gmail.com ) or his website (http://solutionhelpcentre.webs.com) or call him on +2347036013351, Sir i will forever recommend you!!!..

Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Alex was
able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a
serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and
doing different ungodly act..

My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in
different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite
with my husband, not until i met Dr Alex the great spell caster who was
able to bring my husband back home, Dr Alex cast a love spell for me,
and after some time i started seen results about the spell....

Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy,
with Dr Alex all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage,
friends in case you need the help of Dr Alex kindly mail him on( solutionhelpcentre@gmail. com ) or call him on +2347036013351, Sir i will forever recommend you!!!

Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Alex was able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and doing different ungodly act..
My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite with my husband, not until i met Dr Alex the great spell caster who was able to bring my husband back home, Dr Alex cast a love spell for me, and after some time i started seen results about the spell....
Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy, with Dr Alex all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage, friends in case you need the help of Dr Alex kindly mail him on( solutionhelpcentre@gmail.com ) or his website (http://solutionhelpcentre.webs.com) or call him on +2347036013351, Sir i will forever recommend you!!!

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THIS MAN IS GREAT THANKS FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME.I WILL CONTINUE TO SHEAR THIS TESTIMONY TO THE PUBLIC IN THE INTERNET.

Hello to every one out there, my name is Tiffany. I'm here to shear my unexpected miracle that has happen to me through the help of DR MARVEL. I was happily married and we had three kids, we lived together as one because we both loved each other but before I knew it, my husband started acting funny and cheating on me later on, he told me that he cannot continue with me so that was how he left me and my three kids without noting but there was noting i could do to stop him or bring him back to me. I work so had to pay the kids schools fee and other responsibility for good five years. I cry all day and night because I didn't know what to do to have my husband back to me until this faithful day I read the post from one Miss Escobar testifying how the great spell caster helped her to get her ex back. I just wanted to try my luck because I never believe it will work but to my greatest surprise, am singing a new song i contacted the great spell caster and he told me not to worry because once he finish casting the spell, that I will get back my husband . The unbelievable happened on Sunday when I got a call and I was surprise to hear my husbands voice apologizing to me that he's so sorry for his Wrong did and telling me he's back home again and we are happily united again. wow!!! I really appreciate your good works great Dr.Marvel. I'll always acknowledge your "FABULOUS WORKS" and there's noting I could say than to tell the world about you. So if any one is out here seeing this post and you have similar issue like this, worry no more and contact this great spell caster that can help you. Dr.Marvel is available anytime you contact him..via email extremespellhome@hotmail.com . GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Dr. Lee your Love Spell delivered my ex back to me so we could fix the problems we had. It was a process that was far easier then I thought. I was literally floored at the effectiveness of your Return My Ex Lover Spell Casting. I had doubts until he called and told me he couldn't stop thinking of me. Dr. Lee of Ancientfathersandmothers@gmail.com you are the best I've ever seen and I will continue to give you praise.

my husband dumped me 9(nine) months ago after I accused him of seeing another girl. I wanted him back in my life but he refused to have any contact with me. He changed his mobile number, blocked me from sending him mails and even on facebook. I was so confused and lost concentration that made me lose my job, it was disastrous. I kept seeing on several blogs how a spell caster keeps helping people get their ex back and I contacted this spell caster called DR OYAKHILOMEN for help, he assured me in 48hours that my ex will return to me, and to my greatest surprise my ex called me for the first time since we broke up. I am so happy that my love is back again, we are now happier than ever and I have gotten a job far better than my previous one, once again thank you DR OYAKHILOMEN , you are truly gifted and powerful. Email this wonderful man on oyakhilomenspiritualhome@gmail.com. He is the only answer to your problems. He can be of great help and I will not stop publishing his name for the good work he did for me . again his email address is oyakhilomenspiritualhome@gmail.com

I have to give this miraculous testimony, which is so unbelievable until now. I had a problem with my Ex husband 2years ago, which lead to our break up. when he broke up with me, I was not myself again, i felt so empty inside me, my love and financial situation became worst, until a close friend of mine lucy told me about a spell caster who helped her in the same problem too his name is Dr Ekaka. I email ekakaspelltemple@yahoo.com the spell caster and i told him my problem and i did what he asked of me, to cut the long story short. Before i knew what was happening my husband gave me a call and told me that he was coming back to me in just 2days and was so happy to have him back to me. We have two kids together and we are happy with ourselves. Thanks to Dr Ekaka for saving my relationship and for also saving others own too. continue your good work, If you are interested to contact him and testify this blessings like me, the great spell caster email address is ekakaspelltemple@yahoo.com you are the best among all the spell caster online I hope you see my testimonies and also pray for my family too

Hello to every one out here, am here to share the unexpected miracle that happened to me three days ago, My name shannon i live in United State,and I`m happily married to a lovely and caring husband,with two kids A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he did not love me anymore So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.(drakugbespellhome@gmail.com}, So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day what an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who did not call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster . So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website {drakugbespellhome@gmail.com},i f you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to Dr Ukaka for bringing back my husband,and brought great joy to my family once again.(drakugbespellhome@gmail.com}, Thank you once again dr ukaka for your help, you can contact him for your own help

HOW I GOT MY HUSBAND BACK!!!

Thank you for your article! It touches my heart deeply because I have recently went through something similar case .About 3 years ago my husband left me and 2 of our kids for 3years to another woman. During this years of our separation I was so broken, so I finally went to a friend of mine who directed me to a spell caster Dr. Akxim who helps me in reuniting my family and then i felt peace and felt whole love again. After the casting of the love spell, My Ex-husband offered me a job, to work at his His company. so I obeyed and went. After working together in 1 week we had come closer & starting dating and hanging out as a family with the kids again, Dr. Akim has restored our marriage in a way I have NEVER expected, but I'm truly Thankful!

Contact Dr. Akim today on: bestspellhome@gmail.com

Tel:+2348159645271

Best Regards

My name is Daniela i am not suppose to be saying this but due to the
ultimate role that nogemaspelltemple@gmail.com has played in my
relationship with Philip my husband, me and Philip had been married for
five year now, we were very happy together as husband and wife, but
until he meant a lady called mercy, things automatically turn from good
to bad, he no longer eat at home, he always come home late, he don't
even listen to me and does not even take me out as it was some time ago.
i was so confuse and frustrated until i meant this lady called Kessiah
that once had similar problem, i was force to tell her every of my
problem, out of pity she told me about this dr nogema that helped her
out, at first i thought it was one of those fraudsters until i met him
and he solved my problem without stress, so my husband came back to me
and things was as it was before. so i decided to testify to this for the
sake of those people that has similar problem, so you can contact him
(nogemaspelltemple@gmail.com) or call; (+2348164917868).

I just want to share my experience and testimony here.. I was married for 9 years to my husband and all of a sudden, another woman came into the picture.. he started hailing me and he was abusive..but I still loved him with all my heart and wanted him at all cost? then he filed for divorce..my whole life was turning apart and I didn't know what to do..he moved out of the house and abandoned the kids.. so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my husband back and introduced me to a spell caster? so I decided to try it reluctantly..although I didn't believe in all those things? then when he did the special prayers and spell, after 2days, my husband came back and was pleading..he had realized his mistakes..i just couldn't believe it.. anyways we are back together now and we are happy..in case anyone needs this man, his email address prophetsalifu@gmail.com, his spells is for a better life. again his email is prophetsalifu@yahoo.com.

I am Cecilia Renard by name, I promise to share this testimony all over the world once my boyfriend return back to me, and today with all due respect i want to say a very big thank you to Dr. Hunt for bringing peace and happiness to my relationship and my family. I want to inform you all that there is a spell caster that is real and genuine. I never believed in any of these things until i loosed my boyfriend, I was directed to this good man who helped me win my boyfriend back, he cast a love spell for me, and he assured me that I will get my boyfriend back within 3 days after the spell has been cast. It really surprises me when my boyfriend came back on the 3rd and apologize for all the wrong that he has done and we are happily living together now. I assure anyone who need help to contact him because he has the solution to any problem. His email address is ancientremedy1@gmail.com

Thanks to Dr. Trust

My name is Sarah matins. I am from Dubai i am here to spread the entire work of a real spell caster called Dr. Trust who just helped me to retrieve back my union with my husband and make our relationship very stronger and brought joy and happiness into our marriage. I have been scammed by a lot of fake spell casters but i was later introduced to Dr. Trust by a friend named tucker stacey to this great man who help her to restore her relationship back with his husband.He also help me and wipe away my tears. So viewers of this wonderful testimony who wants to contact him like:ultimatespellcast@gmail.com

1. GETTING YOUR EX LOVER BACK.

2. DIVORCE SPELL.

3. WINNING LOTTERIES.

4. BREAKING OF GENERATION COURSE.

5. GETTING OF JOB.

6. CHILD BEARING.

7. MONEY SPELL.

8. CURING OF HIV AND MANY MORE.

9. HERBAL CARE.

10. BEAUTY SPELL.

11. BUSINESS CHARMS TO ENQUIRE MORE CUSTOMERS AND LOT'S MORE..

So brothers and sisters i have tested this man DR. Trust and i have found that he is real and genuine. i am now the happiest woman on earth today, Contact his via email id and be joyful in your life.(ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com Tel:+23481566885231).

More gratitude and thanks to you again the great DOCTOR.

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