When the Soul Goes Dark #7 of The 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church

It’s dark outside. And the shadows of the night linger in my soul. I just woke up from a dream gone bad. I know in my mind it’s not real. Yet, I still feel the emotions. Webster describes this as a nightmare, a dream that causes fear, horror or distress. In my dream, I lost … Continue reading

The Unmistakable Mandate – #6 in 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church Series

It was a day like any other in Decatur, Georgia. That is, until an urgent knock on our apartment door brought me rushing to see who it was. Before I could greet my elderly neighbor, I knew something was very wrong. My friend Ruth’s husband had been sick and didn’t seem to be getting any … Continue reading

A Less Than Perfect Life — Part 5 of series: 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church

  As a young girl, I looked up to my older sister, Christine. I knew she was smarter than I was. And she didn’t get into trouble near as much as I did. Perhaps that’s why I would sometimes use hurtful words to taunt her. Especially if I was losing an argument. Determined to have … Continue reading

7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church, Part 4: Aiming for Perfection

  Spiritually speaking, what would you like to be when you “grow up?” In other words, what would you like to achieve as you grow in your faith? Someone once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it.” Paul admonishes the Corinthians to aim for perfection. And then, he prays for the perfection … Continue reading

7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church, Part 3: The Great Dilemma

  Life is full of dilemmas. From childhood on, every human struggle we face requires a decision on our part. What to do, when to act, where to go, how to be and why bother? If you’re a parent, you’ve probably told your children to be good more times than you remember. But the truth … Continue reading

7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church Series, Part 2 Why Me? What If?

  When I was a little girl, my family traveled together to Mexico City. I remember vividly our crossing the border into and out of the country. We were told we had to get out of our car and walk across a shallow pool of disinfectant. Then we had to take our car across a … Continue reading

7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church

Now that I have your attention, let’s reason together. We all know there is no such thing as a perfect church. At least, not this side of Heaven. Biblically speaking, the Christian church is the body of Christ made up of believers from around the world. Imperfect people, like you and me. However, let’s reflect … Continue reading