Summary: Some have forgotten their calling...they've been called in every direction, but have forgotten the true calling they received the day that the Holy Spirit moved them to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour...the day they became born again!
Losing my Religion? "Scandalous"
There is a story that tells about a man who was looking for work without any luck for many weeks. So he decided to take a break and visit the zoo. While he was at the zoo, he asked the zookeeper if they had any openings.
The zookeeper motioned the man over to a tree and whispered, "Our gorilla just died last night, and we’re expecting a group of children to come this afternoon. They will be very disappointed if they don’t get to see a gorilla. If you’re willing to get into a gorilla outfit and just swing around in the cage, I’ll pay you $10 an hour."
The man thought about the children, and he thought about the money, and then he said, "yes." So he got into the gorilla suit and entered the gorilla cage. Just then, the children began to file by. The man decided he was going to give the children a show by swinging on a tire. He swung so high, that he landed into the next cage, the lion’s cage.
Immediately the man in the gorilla suit began to scream and rattle the cage. The children also began to scream as the lion slowly approached the gorilla. When the man in the gorilla suit thought all was hopeless, the lion said, "Mister, you better shut up before we both lose our jobs."
Of all the creatures that God created...Only mankind has the capability
of dressing up and acting as something other than what God intended.
When I was growing up and also in my adult life… I was encouraged to believe that you should never want to miss a church service, because you never knew what you might miss.
And that has been true… Because I have been privileged to be present
through the years in the glorious presence of God in a lot of church services that those who were not present clearly missed out on.
And I am sure that's the way it is been down through the ages…
After all there were only so many present for the sermon on the mount…
And there were only so many present there on the day of Pentecost...
The same holds true the day the outpouring happened at Azusa Street…
And while there were 5000+ men, women and children there for the feeding
of the 5000....there was room for so many more that could've been there
and witnessed one of the greatest miracles we have talked about
for thousands of years
Mr. Stetzer. According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans "say" they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends.
Furthermore, somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close their doors every year. Southern Baptist researcher, Thom Rainer, puts the estimate higher. He says between 8,000 and 10,000 churches will likely close this year.
Between the years 2010 and 2012, more than half of all churches in America added not one new member. Each year, nearly 3 million more previous churchgoers enter the ranks of the "religiously unaffiliated."