Then we encourage one another through testimonies of praise. Last night’s testimony time was especially rich and rewarding. We heard about people within our fellowship who have gone the second mile to help others when there is a need. We rejoiced to hear about the birth of great grandchildren. We praised God together for the preaching this past Sunday by Brother Earl Pirkle. I thanked the Lord for the days of vacation granted to Robbie and Me by our loving church family.
Can a church ever praise God too much?
The answer is obvious, Absolutely Not. Praise is simply returning back to God the honor and glory due Him. He is worthy of our praise.
We prayed for our church and its ministries. So much is happening among us as we return our lives back to normal activities. We prayed for our ministry of the Lord’s Supper this coming Sunday. We rejoiced in the possibility of enjoying Potluck Fellowship Supper this Sunday night. We tasted in our imagination homemade Chicken and Dumplings brought by Mrs. Margaret Douglas. We saw in our mind’s eye the chocolate pie Mrs. Betty always brings. We relished in the possibility of tasty casseroles and vegetable dishes lining the serving tables. Then, who can pass the desert table where pies, cakes, and cookies are abundantly arrayed. Some people start at the desert table in case Jesus comes back sooner than expected.
I can’t imagine what church would be like without our people praying together. We certainly would fail to be all that God wants us to be without prayer. The Bible says, “…the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous accomplishes much” (James 5:16). Last night’s prayer time with God’s people was truly rich and abundant.
We have been working through Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus on Wednesday nights. Last night we studied the last part of Paul’s prayer for the church in chapter 3, verses 20 and 21. Bible study on Wednesday night is more informal and personal. People read the scriptures to each other. People comment and ask questions.
Last night, at the end of the study, Susan Grindle shared a testimony about a woman who came into Waffle House last Sunday after church praising God and telling everyone about how Jesus was working in her life. We were talking about what Paul said in his prayer, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…” (Ephesians 3:20a).
This woman in the middle of Waffle House’s Sunday lunch audience was bragging on the abundance of Jesus. Everybody in the place was attentive to her story. Then Susan said, “I want what that woman has.”
What better way to spend Wednesday night?
Wednesday night is helping all of us want more of what we all have in Christ. Wednesday night is about loving each other more, going deeper into God’s word and praying for God’s perfect will to be accomplished in our lives.
Why not join in and enjoy the abundance of Christ on Wednesday nights?