1. “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?” Isn’t is funny how we always have reasons why we cannot serve God, but we always find the time and the money to serve ourselves?
Someone put it this way:
• Isn’t it strange how a 20 pound note seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?
• Isn’t it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you’re at church, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?
• Isn’t it strange that you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?
• Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of popular novel?
• Isn’t it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit at the back row in Church?
• Isn’t it strange how we need to know about a church event three weeks in advance so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?
• Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn and share a truth about God with others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?
• Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?
The truth is our “reasons” aren’t reasons at all – they are excuses, and an excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.
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