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Monday, May 23, 2011

There is nothing like God and No Place Like the Church

Psalm 149:1-5 (NRSV)

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches.

Today's scripture above reminds us that we are to love and praise God just as God loves us. What better place to see this love and praise lived out except in the CHURCH, the Black Church especially. Yesterday at Mandell our worship experience was evident of the various ways a group of Christians praise and love God. From the emotional prayers, self emptying praise dancing, heart filling singing, Holy Spirit led preaching, prophetic scripture reading and the ever-loving all invited opening of the church doors call to commitment: ALL Give thanks to God while showing love, giving praise and adoration. Time and time again the church proves itself as a place where you can enter empty and leave full. Sunday after Sunday around the world the church provides a place where the hopeless can find hope and the lost a home in Christ. Yes indeed there is no place like the CHURCH, and there in NOTHING like God! See you Sunday - God is expecting you!

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