Where Is Your Oasis In The Desert

If you've never been in the desert, you may not understand the value of an Oasis.

As a kid, my parents and I would go on vacation to some part of the country.  I remember one year as we were driving to Oregon to visit family, the air conditioner in the car died.  We were in the middle of Kansas.  It was 105 degrees outside.  We were driving a black/dark brown car with black interior.  I was never so happy to see a town in the middle of now where like I was that day.  A mom and pop motel with a swimming pool.  Ahhhhhh!

Life is a desert.  But you have an oasis you can go.  It's called church.

Hebrew 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,

Unfortunately, many people have decided to stop attending church.  Excuses vary, but the consensus is that church isn't relevant anymore.  I disagree.  I think that people are looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place.

I hear,  "I don't like the music."  "They just don't hold my attention."  "I don't like the decor."  "The songs are outdated."  "I can't find anyone my age there."
- God didn't create the church for your amusement.
- God didn't create the church to be a matchmaking service.
- God didn't create the church to compete with whatever it is that is trying to occupy your time.

If you are in the desert and you find an oasis, what good will it do you?
#1 - It will refresh you.  Oasis' exist because there is a source of water.  Jesus is the living water that you will never leave you thirsty.  (John 14:4)
#2 - It will provide you protection from the desert.  Oasis' allows you to rest.  Take a breather and restore your strength.  (Matt 11:28 - 30)
#3 - It gives you a chance to regroup.  The desert will test you.  In the Oasis you can change your life so you can face it successfully.  (Matthew 19: 16 - 22)  Jesus challenges the rich young ruler to change his life, but regretfully the young man walks away.

So how can you go to church?

#1 - Don't allow something to be more important than Christ.  Such as your;  opinion, wants or desires, preconceptions of what you think a church and its worship experience should be.
#2 - Come expecting to receive what Christ desires to give you.  Not what you "expect" from a church worship experience.
#3 - Whatever you do, don't come with a critical eye.  Comparing churches is ALWAYS fatal.  I've met people who have been looking for a church to attend for years.  Here's a clue.  Ask God which one to attend then go there.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to find the church I should attend.  Then let me go there expecting nothing else other than to connect with you.  AMEN.

FYI - If you are in the Palm City area.  Faith Family Worship Center - 3020 SW Mapp Rd.  Life Groups for all ages at 9:15 am and Morning Service at 10:30 am