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What Are You Looking For

Jim Smith went to church services one Sunday morning. He heard the song leader miss a note, and he winced. He saw a teenager talking when everybody was supposed to be bowed in prayer. He felt like the usher was watching to see how much he put in the offering plate when it came by and it made him boil. He caught the preacher making a slip of the tongue five times in the sermon. As he slipped out, through the side door, during the closing hymn, he muttered to himself, "Never again! What a bunch of clods
and hypocrites."

Ron Jones went to the same church one Sunday morning. The church sang, ."A Mighty Fortress," and he thrilled to the majesty of it. He was glad to hear that the church was sharing in a special offering for a new mission work. He especially appreciated the sermon that Sunday, for it answered a question that had bothered him for a long time. He was moved by the thoughtful prayers. He thought as he walked out the doors, "how can a man come here and not feel the presence of God?"

Both men went to the same church on the same Sunday morning. Each found what he was looking for.

When we come together to worship our Father in heaven this morning — for what will we be looking? Will we be present in order to express thanksgiving to a Creator for such unspeakable love and rich blessings that we receive because of the mercy of God; or will we be present to find fault, emphasize the negative things that may be in the lives of those around us, or to merely criticize the actions of others?

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?