This Week in Church: Provision, Rules, and Paying Attention

Welcome to the series wherein I share my takeaways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week in church we talked about how God provides.

Someone shared their story of being provided for by God. Honestly, all I could think the whole time was, "really? God provides? Do we want to go down this path?" I mean, I haven't tried, but I feel pretty confident that I could find people who trusted God with their whole hearts to be taken care of and wound up in terrible situations.

These situations are when my prime cynic emerges.

This week in church we talked about rules.

Generally, when we encounter rules, we either want to ignore or overly embrace them. We want to pretend they don't exist or make them the measure of success.

Sometimes, we embrace a third way where the rules aren't everything or nothing. That way is harder.

This week in church we talked about the statement, "you have heard it said, but I say unto you." 

I never really thought about it that much, but it's a pretty meaningful statement. It's saying, "you think you know what this is all about, but I want you to actually pay attention here. There is something you have been missing, and it's directed at you in particular."

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