We're having a staff lunch to celebrate two birthdays.
Anyone who has children understands why I bought the same thing for both of 'em.
As I was about to package/wrap 'em, I noticed the advisory: "Batteries not included!"
It reminds me of two of yesterday's conversations after "doing" church.
One said, "It's happening in our church. I can feel it. I'm getting so close to God and feeling closer and closer to people in the church; and I just want to love Him and serve Him and..."
Another asked, "What's happened to our church? I don't feel a sense of fellowship with..."
How can two people in the same church have such different experiences?
It reminds me of something very similar said by Samuel and Jesus: "It's a matter of the heart."
When I teach preaching, I teach a valuable insight taught to me: "There are three parties to every sermon: God, communicator, and hearer."
If the communicator has a heart for God, she/he delivers a message that is true to Him.
If the hearer has a heart for God, she/he hears a message that is true to Him through His.
It's same with church.
Batteries not included.
You've got to...
Blessings and Love!