WESTERN HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH
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Church is hard! Church is hard for the person entering the doors, afraid of judgement. It's hard for the pastorís
family, under the microscope of an entire body. Hard for the prodigal soul returning, broken and battered by the
world. Hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesnít. Hard for the couple who fought the
entire ride to church. It's hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect
families. Church is hard for the widow/widower with no invitation to lunch after service. Hard for the deacon with
an estranged child. Hard for the soul overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics in a hymn. It's hard for the man
insecure in his role as Pastor. Church is hard for a wife who longs to be led by a righteous man. It's hard for the
children's church worker's who desperately long for their own children to love. It's hard for the single
woman/man, praying God brings them a mate. Church is hard for the teenage girl/boy, ashamed of their mistakes.
Church is hard for the sinners. It's hard for ME! Itís hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect.
Sunday best in behavior and dress. But, underneath those layers, you find bodies of imperfect people, carnal
souls, selfish motives. There is the beauty of church...church isnít a building, mentality, or expectation. Church is
a body. It's a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints. It's a body of believers bound as
brothers and sisters by an eternal love. Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne
of Grace. It's a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors. It's a converging of
confrontation and invitation, where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration. Church is a lesson
in faith and trust, a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope. It's a family. A family coming together, setting aside
differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories. It's the body, and the circle of
sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come. So even on my hard days, Iíll
remember, God has NEVER failed to meet me at church!