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April 12, 2013

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RUSHVILLE — Moscow Christian Church.

The word “vicarious” is defined by Webster as: “Performed for, or instead of, another; filling the place of another; serving as a substitute; felt or realized, as sensations or emotions, by imagining one is taking part in someone else’s experiences.”

Unfortunately, many people in churches today seem to be practicing a vicarious Christianity. Richard Foster wrote in his modern classic,”The Celebration of Discipline,” the following: “Human beings seem to have a perpetual tendency to have somebody else talk to God for them. We are content to have the message secondhand… The history of religion is the story of an almost desperate scramble to have a king, a mediator, a priest, a go-between. In this way, we do not need to go to God ourselves. Such an approach saves us from the need to change, for to be in the presence of God is to change. It is very convenient this way because it gives us the advantage of religious respectability without demanding moral transformation.” Ouch!

Can it be true that many churchgoers are content to merely digest “pre-chewed” spiritual food on Sunday morning and forget about feasting on the meat of God’s Word during the rest of the week? The Bible makes it clear that communication with our Father is not just for “professional Christians” only. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that “all” who believe in Him are members of a royal priesthood.

This week, take the time to personally communicate with the heavenly Father. He is waiting and has much to share with you. (James 4:8a)

Plum Creek Christian Church

Awesome miracles: God sees us as Children of Light and as original good, not as original sin! God loves each and every one of us and knows every sparrow that falls to the ground. That’s pretty awesome!

How about the awesome miracles in our everyday lives? The sun rises in the morning’s dawn and the evening’s sunset. When we see clouds against crimson red, yellow and blue skies we see something awesome, leaving us feeling like we have felt God’s love as a breeze on our face.

How often do we notice though? The moon and the stars are absolutely stunning if we can get away from the city lights. These are every day – every night miracles that too often we just take for granted and overlook them.

Every season has its’ own miracles. Winter’s snow, spring’s showers, and summer’s flowers, and autumn’s falling leaves. These are ALL reoccurring miracles in our everyday lives. It happens every year, every minute, of every day.

We welcome you at Plum Creek Christian Church on Sunday to learn more about miracles that happen in our lives.

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