Monthly Archives: January 2016

Why TR Went to Church

Why TR Went to Church

Teddy Roosevelt was born in New York.  He was able to overcome debilitating asthma from childhood to become a strong leader of men.  He became a New York State legislator who after a stint with the “Rough Riders” went on to become Governor of the State of New York.  Looking at his life, we would say he was a very busy man who also endured much heartache.  His first wife died young after only 4 years of marriage.  He was persistent in spite of the troubles he faced and actually became president of the United States at the young age of 42.  You may know him in history as “TR.”  What you may not have known about him was his love for God and for the local church.

The Bible speaks to the importance of church attendance in Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Consistently being in church services is a good practice that includes many intangible benefits.

In the business of our lives, sickness, distress, and trouble, it is easy to allow evil to overcome us and to allow for excuses as to why we do not worship the Lord in public services or fellowship with God’s people.  However this verse is clear – we need to be closer to the Lord and other Christians as we “see the day approaching.”

Don’t allow circumstances to squeeze Christian living from your daily life.  Romans says, 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Recently I came across and article “Why Teddy Roosevelt Goes To Church” in an illustration file.  I thought that you would find it interesting today…

“Teddy Roosevelt offered his reasons for going to church in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1917.

  1. In this actual world a churchless community, where men have abandoned and scoffed at their religious needs, is a community on the rapid downgrade.
  2. Church work and church attendance some responsibility for others and the sense of moral strength which prevents a relaxation of one’s own moral fiber.
  3. There are enough holidays for most of us to be devoted to pure holiday making….Sundays differ from other holidays in that there are fifty-two of them every year….On Sunday, go to church.
  4. Yes, I know all the excuses. I know that one can worship the Creator and dedicate oneself to good living in a grove of trees, or by running brook, or in one’s own house, just as well as in church.

But I also know as a matter of cold fact the average man does not thus worship or thus dedicate himself. If he stays away from the church he does not spend his time in good works or in lofty meditation. He looks over the colored supplement of the newspaper.

  1. He may not hear a good sermon at church. But unless he is very unfortunate he will hear a sermon by a good member who, with his good wife, is engaged all the week long in a series of tasks for making hard lives a little easier.
  2. He will listen to and take part in reading some beautiful passages from the Bible. And if he is not familiar with the Bible, he has suffered a loss….
  3. He will probably take part in singing some good hymns.
  4. He will meet and nod to, or speak to, good, quiet neighbors….He will come away feeling a little more charitably toward all the world, even toward those excessively foolish young men who regard church-going as rather a soft performance.
  5. I advocate a man’s joining in church works for the sake of showing his faith by his works.
  6. The man who does not in some way, active or not, connect himself with some active, working church misses many opportunities for helping his neighbors, and therefore, incidentally, for helping himself.”
    (Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.)

Be encouraged to attend a Bible preaching and teaching church this Sunday.  It has the potential to change your life, family, and community.  More importantly, when attending a Bible believing church you will hear about the Lord, His Gospel, and discover how to know God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Value of Attending Church

The Value of Attending Church

In our home growing up, there were no ballgames, school events, or jobs we took that prevented my brother and I from the consistent attendance of the local church services.  Our parents made that decision, and it really impacted our lives in a positive way.  Attending church adds value we can see now and later in eternity.

Here are 3 ways attending church adds up as valuable:

Valuable Personally

Attending church increases Bible knowledge.  The more we know of the Word, the better enabled we are to love the Lord and live out His will.  Think back to the last message you heard; it was probably both informational and transformational at the same time.  This is why Ephesians 4:12 says Bible teachers are given: “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

Being in church is a good way to invest your spiritual gift in others.  Romans 1:11, speaks of imparting a spiritual gift.  Every believer has been equipped by the Holy Spirit with a special gift for service.  We discover our gift and then deploy our gift in service to the Lord.  Spiritual gifts include administration, teaching, and helping.  Every church service is a good place to begin the use of your spiritual gift to help others.

Valuable Relationally

Being present, walking the halls, welcoming others, singing with the congregation, smiling at the special music singers and preacher, and participating in the worship are ways that you are adding value to the local assembly.  If you were not there, people would miss you and you would miss an opportunity to add your value to the congregation.

Like a body functions with many parts working together, so functions the body of Christ.  Simply stated by one preacher: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”  When we serve the Lord with God’s people, instead of isolated and alone, more good is accomplished for the sake of the Gospel.  When we “Strive together” we are honoring the Lord and helping others fulfill God’s will.

Valuable Spiritually

David in Psalm 122:1 declared: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”  David was interested in public worship.  Never minimize the value of the objective worship of God.  Attending church is not about who is there or what emotions you are having.  Being in church demonstrates a love for God above all others.

Being there early and eager is a life changing discipline.  Commitment to something bigger than self, changes our perspective.  Along with Bible reading, witnessing, and prayer, church attendance is a terrific habit to establish.  When we are faithful in these “small disciplines” we are better equipped to handle the big temptations to sin that come along.

I challenge you to attend every service at your church for the next 4 weeks.  Start counting the value you see.  Church attendance can add up to something great in your life.