10 Reasons You Should Go To Church

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When I was young in ministry, I used to pray Psalm 27:4 which says, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

I had no idea He would take me so literally. Since coming to Christ more than three decades ago, I’ve spent most of that time serving in churches and ministries, mostly in worship ministry.

One thing I’ve noticed during that time is that often, even the most devout Christians, for one reason or the other, fall away from attending worship services or small group meetings on a regular basis.

So, in response, here’s my list of ten reasons why people should go to church:

1. Christian Fellowship goes two ways: with God and with others. (1 John 1:3)

2. It’s one of the greatest habits (Hebrews 10:25)

3. For the opportunity to use your spiritual gifts to help others. (1 Peter 4:10)

4. Accountability. (Hebrews 13:17)

5. There are no self-sufficient Christians. (1 Corinthians 12:21)

6. To make a joyful noise unto the Lord! (Psalm 100)

7. To “devote yourself to the apostles teaching, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

8. To pray for others and to be prayed for (Matthew 18:19)

9. To express your love for God publicly (Psalm 22:22)

10. It’s what Jesus did (Luke 14:6)

There are possibly hundreds of other reasons to attend worship services and small group meetings. Any that come to your mind today? If so, leave a comment below.

P.S. If you have fallen away from church, Easter is a great time to come back. If you live in or around New Orleans, South Baton Rouge, or even if you live in Turrialba, Costa Rica, let me officially invite you to join us at Celebration Church. This year, we have 58 services across all of our campuses. Check it out at http://www.celebrationchurch.org/easter.

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10 Reasons You Should Go To Church

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When I was a young Christian, I used to pray Psalm 27:4 which says, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

I had no idea He would take me so literally. Since coming to Christ almost three decades ago, I’ve spent most of that time serving in churches and ministries, mostly in worship ministry.

One thing I’ve noticed during that time is that often, even the most devout Christians, for one reason or the other, fall away from attending worship services on a regular basis.

So, in response, here’s my list of ten reasons you should go to church:

1. Christian Fellowship goes two ways: with God and with others. (1 John 1:3)

2. It’s one of the greatest habits (Hebrews 10:25)

3. For the opportunity to use your spiritual gifts to help others. (1 Peter 4:10)

4. Accountability. (Hebrews 13:17)

5. There are no self-sufficient Christians. (1 Corinthians 12:21)

6. To make a joyful noise unto the Lord! (Psalm 100)

7. To “devote yourself to the apostles teaching, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

8. To pray for others and to be prayed for (Matthew 18:19)

9. To express your love for God publicly (Psalm 22:22)

10. It’s what Jesus did (Luke 14:6)

There are possibly hundreds of other reasons to attend worship services (and small group meetings). Any that come to your mind today? If so, leave a comment.

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P.S. If you live in the New Orleans area as I do, Easter’s a great time to start or restart attending worship. Let me invite you now to attend one of the 30 Easter Worship Services at Celebration Church. For times and locations, click Here

The Beauty of the Garden Spoken Word

Here’s a link to a Spoken Word written and performed by Niko Snead for the Good Friday Services at Celebration Church.  The video was filmed and edited by Javier Acosta.  Great job Niko and Javi.

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Related Post:  2014 Celebration Church full Good Friday script

Unusual Easter Traditions


I live in New Orleans.  Recently, I heard about the annual Easter “Keg” Hunt sponsored by a local bar.  (No, I didn’t attend)  Even though I’m not a drinker and don’t encourage alcohol consumption, I have to admit that I was impressed with the creativity.  It got me wondering about other Easter traditions around the world.  Here are just a few that you might find interesting.

In Finland, children often decorate themselves with scarves and sooty faces and go begging in the streets with broomsticks and willow twigs.

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Many years ago in Bermuda, a local teacher attempted to explain the ascension of Jesus to his students by making a cross shaped kite and flying it with his students.  Ever since, families in Bermuda celebrate Good Friday by flying handmade kites.

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In 966 AD, Polish Prince Miesko was baptized on Easter Monday.  In honor of that event, Polish boys drench people with cool buckets of water.  It is believed by some that young unwed ladies who are drenched will marry within the next year.

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In Colombia, people lay off the chocolates on Easter Sunday.  Instead, they enjoy a traditional dinner of iguana, turtle, and large rodents.

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On the Greek island of Corfu, people throw clay pots out of their windows on Holy Saturday.  Some say the tradition comes from the Venetians, who used to throw out old pots on New Year’s day.

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In some areas of Portugal, Spain, and Mexico, a stuffed character representing Judas receives a fake trial, is hung by the neck, and then is burned on or around Easter.  Often, the Judas “dummy” is stuffed with fireworks so he blows up.  Effigies of unpopular politicians are sometimes hung next to Judas.

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The more that I think some of these traditions are unusual, the more I wonder if what I do to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus is found unusual by others around the world.

Happy Easter!