Posted by Pastor John

So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuseHim.   Mark3:2

Let us take up the fault finder and the critic for a moment.  It is a bad habit; it’s easily acquired and not easily broken.  The habit of being constantly negative, the harping critic, always the sarcastic remark.

We live in an imperfect world, everything is flawed and falls short of the ideal, even in the best church.  But the one who constantly finds fault helps no one least of all themselves.  People are erring creatures and their faults give offence.  But that person who pays to much attention to the faults of people or the defects of the world may become a chronic fault finder.

The habit becomes even worse and then they become a cynic of no use to themselves or anyone else.  No one intends to become a cynic when starting to find fault, but if left to continue, the habit will become worse till the mind becomes twisted and the heart black and sour.

The fact that a person can not remember the exact moment they experienced salvation does not mean they are not.  Just because a person went forward in a service, signed a card or prayed a prayer is no proof of Christianity, however growing in grace and walking in the Spirit are.

The Pharisee’s ground of objection, “this man receiveth sinners”.  Spurgeon

By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.   John 13:35

Ways to show love to fellow believers.  A note of encouragement, a visit, a meal, yes even a gentle rebuke, a prayer or a Bible verse, a listening ear, yes even just a smile.

If your idea of spiritual worship is looking for thrills that is the most intense form of spiritual selfishness.  Worship is an exercise of the mind and Spirit not your feelings.

Christianity has moved away from the standards of the New Testament.  So far have we moved indeed that it may take nothing short of a new reformation to restore the cross to its right place in the theology and life of the church.  A.W. Tozer

The church is called to shape the culture around it, not let the surrounding culture of the world shape it.