Guests Are Present (and do you really want them back?)

Guests Are Present (and do you really want them back?)

"My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:1-4) 

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Overcoming the Lunchroom Mentality

Overcoming the Lunchroom Mentality

Most of us have been inside of a lunchroom at some point in our life. The lunchroom is the most fragmented place that you will ever visit. Each section of the lunchroom is split into a particular group. You have the athletes, the comic book club, the alternative crowd, the book club (those that read books during lunch), and I could go on. Our auditoriums tend to look the same way - the youth group sits up front, the young families/young adults tend to gravitate towards each other, and the older members make sure the front of the auditorium is filled. The problem is we sit in the same seat by the same people each and every week. What happens when a visitor walks in or even worse, a visitor takes our seat? (gasp!)

Visitors often come in and fill out of place because we have our own place, our own way of doing things and, at times, that does not include visitors and making them feel like they have a place within the church. 

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