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Why Do I Hate Church?

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It's very possible you can't stand going to church. Sometimes it's just good to stop and admit that reality. One of the first steps in making significant change is defining reality. So, just take a moment and self declare your angst over going to church. 
 
There you go. Just let it out. Okay, hope that was helpful. 
 
Now, take a moment and get specific. List all the reasons why the thought of going to church every Sunday makes you want to throw up. 
 
Let me help. Maybe it's because Sunday's your only day to sleep in? Or it scares you to death to talk to people you don't know? It's even possible you're tired of watching people pretend that they're okay and life is great. Or truly it's because church isn't changing anything in your life. 
 
Whatever the reason, get clarity as to why you can't stand going to church. 
 
You there? You got it? Okay, now what?
 
Now put your reasons through a quick test, and ask yourself these three questions:
 
Am I thinking how God wants me to think?
Am I doing everything I can to make my church experience better?
Am I even partnering with the right church?
 
Get honest. Pray. Church truly is supposed to be our highlight of our week. If it's not, why not? 
 
You are Loved!

Who Is Church For?

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Have you ever wondered who church is really for? Is it for religious people? Is it for hurting people? Is it for really sinful people or mostly sinful people? 
 
Is it for outgoing people? Quiet people? Happy people? Sad people? Is church for the narrow-minded or the gullible? Is it only for the really faithful?
 
Listen, church is for all kinds of people but it's first and foremost for Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. Church exists so that all kinds of people will humble themselves and worship Jesus. 
 
When you make church about YOU, church stinks. When we make church about Jesus, it's amazing. The higher and more passionately we lift high the name of Jesus, the more we're going to actually encounter Jesus and be changed by His amazing grace. 
 
Church is supposed to be VERTICAL. Church isn't supposed to be about us. It's for sure not supposed to be horizontal. Horizontal is hopeless. Vertical is life-changing. 
 
So, what should you do? Do this. Find yourself a vertical church. Find yourself a church that's willing to put Jesus Christ first. You don't want a church that pretends to give you everything you want. You want a church that tries to give you everything you NEED. 
 
And you NEED to magnify Jesus with your life. When you do, life is unbelievably fulfilling. 
 
Last thing. Here's a description of a Vertical Church in Maple Grove, MN. If it inspires you, you might want to check it out. 
 
Here it is:
 
Vertical Church is becoming a community of men, women, teenagers, and children who are looking VERTICALLY to know how to live in this primarily here-and-now culture. We’re not a community that’s focusing on all the things we’re against, instead we’re reaching toward and teaching about all the things that Jesus is for. We’re for new salvations, soul-level healing, grace-filled relationships, big prayers, passionate and Christ-centered worship, sacrificial serving, fearless men, secure women, inspired teenagers, maturing children, pioneering leaders, multiple churches, and spirit-filled influence that will change the world. 

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