Dwelling Places Of Faith

Lord, I love the house in which you dwell and the place where your glory abides. Psalm 26:8 If we expand on the word “dwell” this passage of Psalm might read something like this; Lord, I love the house in which you live, think, speak and linger. The house becomes a place of activity in constant motion, refreshing itself throughout time as it lives to love God and neighbor as self, thinks on the true, noble and pure, speaks truth and holds to the presence of  being.  It is a house that lingers because of the joy, pleasure and glory of being connected to its builder, strengthened by its faith and justified by its works.

…just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead. James 2:14-26

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1Corinthians 3:16

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No Walls Necessary

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1  I remember as a child all of the preparations that were made for Sunday morning. Church was a safe enjoyable place. Today, for me it’s still a safe enjoyable place. Yet for some it is anything but safe, anything but enjoyable. Perhaps what we need is a new definition for church. Some have said that church is the people but I believe that it goes a bit deeper. I think church is the relationships we have with one another. The relationships in which we honor God by how we love, care and  encourage one another in faith. Any place or situation where this is happening, no walls are necessary.

Matthew 18:20 …where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.