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No Perfect People Here

This is hard for me: to let people see the flaws, admit a weakness, or ask for prayer because of a situation that I’m having a hard time with.  I’d rather just have it all together – all the time.  But that is not life for me…and can I venture…not life for you either.  What if we laid down the masks on the way into church and not put them on?  Instead of “OK, everybody act like we are the perfect family” (which we would never say with our mouths, but can communicate by our actions), we could come to church saying…

“We may not be perfect people, but we have a perfect God.”

“We may be broken, but we come to a God that can put the pieces back together again.”

“We may come with scars, but we come to a God who heals.”

May we come to church, not because we’ve got it all figured out, but because we are in need of a God who does.  Not coming to be seen for who we aren’t, but coming to be changed because we are not yet what we want to be in Him.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Lisa Nolen wrote:
PREACH IT Pastor John - that is soooo true. We try to come to church and perform for the others, whne if we all would be real, we are messed up. Didnt Jesus say he came that we might have life, life more abundantly? Church is for the sick not the well!

I love your blogs and your website! So inviting!

Love you all - again!

Lisa

Fri, June 12, 2009 @ 5:01 PM

2. Scott wrote:
This is why God's GRACE in each and every situation must be proclaimed loudly and boldly. I think of a former pastor who spoke of life being a constant lookout for the ubiquitous banana peel that we could slip up on... yet, God is good. We have nothing, nada, zero, to prove to Him.

BTW have you seen http://mockingbirdnyc.blogspot.com/? Kind of a nifty amalgamation of popular culture, funky stuff students relate to, and God's grace imputed throughout?

Maybe you will like it.

Thinking of y'all, and great to see y'all last week.

Scott

Sun, June 14, 2009 @ 9:26 PM

3. Elaine wrote:
Not perfect people... but John and Laura truly live their beliefs. I live in Gulf Breeze, Florida, but grew up as an old high school friend of Laura's. When Hurricane Ivan filled my home (and all my neighbor's and friend's homes) with four feet of water in 2004, my "old high school friend" left her new baby with John and came to Florida to help me muck out my house. I'll never forget that blessing. Laura and I kept in touch only once or twice a year, and she and John had a whole church to be devoted to in Birmingham, and yet here she came. It changed my life...made me realize that I too need to give back more.

Our prayers are with you John and Laura as you go forward with LifeChurch.

Mon, June 15, 2009 @ 7:53 AM

4. Preston Leigh wrote:
The more open, honest and tranparent we are the more annointing of the Holy Ghost will be in the local assembly. I hope and pray that I can open myself up in church so the Spirit of God can just flow through me unhindered.

Tue, June 16, 2009 @ 8:32 AM

5. Vicki Lee wrote:
I've been reading your blogs this evening and they are AWESOME. God is going to do GREAT things in and through you. Your family has truly forsaken all for the call...Blessings...

Thu, September 10, 2009 @ 6:30 PM

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