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by Robert J. Young
Main and Oklahoma Church, McAlester, Oklahoma
March 7, 2003
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

M. Scott Peck wrote, "Life is difficult." Because this is true, most if not all people, regardless of their situation in life, are at times concerned about spiritual things. Life is difficult. Spirituality is not easy. Stuff gets in the way. Church is not easy. Christianity is not easy.
When spiritual depth disappears, the easiest thing to do is quit. When others urge us to think about spiritual things, the easiest responses are, "I know I should," or "I'm going to..." A spiritually rich life seems within grasp, but always eludes us.

There is a solution! A focus of this church is spiritual nurture. This is a place where people with hearts set on Jesus are encouraged in their Christian walk. An important component of the Christian mission is the desire to "walk daily with God." Do we? Will we? Can we? What does the phrase mean to you? How do we know if we do? The obvious answer involves Bible reading and prayer, but is that all? Is this merely our intention to read the Bible more and pray every day?
In recent translations, the word "walk" is frequently translated "live." I will live daily with God. What does this statement affirm? Since the Bible refers to the church as the bride of Christ, consider these parallels from marriage.

To walk with God daily implies...

When we learn relationship, intimacy, and loyalty to God, we will find the daily nature of the relationship easier--meditation, prayer, dreaming of God's work, planning, listening to God, and seeking his kingdom first are natural. We will continue to work on our Bible study and prayer habits. We will study and pray more. We will seek to know Christ, establish relationship, seek intimacy, and live faithfully in full allegiance to him. Will you join us? Let us begin NOW! This spring we promise to do all we can to make church tolerable! When life is difficult, we need the strength of those who surround us, support us, understand us, and are willing to see us through the tough times. You will find such people at the Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ. See you soon!

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