“These thing I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.”
-Psalm 42:4

     What do you think of your body? Is it practical? Beautiful? Disgusting? Out-of-shape? Fit?
     What does God think of your body? Worthy? Impure? Weak? Wonderful? Miraculous?
     The Apostle Paul tells us that our bodies don’t really belong to us. Not only were they created, shaped, and formed by God’s hands, but his life-giving breath gave power and consciousness the physical frame. And later, when we receive God’s Holy Spirit, even our intentions and desires are replaced with God’s own. Paul says our bodies are temples for the Holy
Spirit within us. A temple was a place where God lived, that’s why the Temple in Jerusalem was called the “house of God.” In the Old Testament, God’s temple on earth was a building, precisely constructed over and over, where the ancient Israelites worshiped and sacrificed. Scripture also tells us God has a temple in Heaven, an eternal, ultimate temple from which God oversees the cosmos and reigns above all.
     And yet, there is another temple, established after Christ. When we allow the Holy Spirit into our lives, we also become a dwelling place for God. So, WE are the NEW temples of God on earth. WE are the house of God, especially when we come together in the name of Jesus. So when
someone calls the church building the “house of God,” that’s not entirely correct. The hearts of the people, not the building, are God’s home among us. WE are the church, not the building.
     God lives within us. We are holy, not just our souls, but our bodies as well. God has claimed our bodies for his purposes. When our desires line up with God’s desires, then our bodies shine, because then they can be used for the purpose for which they were formed from the dust and clay:  to love, and share, to heal, to teach, to serve, to worship. Our bodies are not our own. As with everything else that exists, they belong to God.
…Therefore, they are beautiful.

“You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit who is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. So you do not belong to yourselves.” -1 Corinthians 6:19

--Pastor Andy                                 Love Feast - Sunday October 6

Andy’s October
Worship Schedule

6 Job 1-2:10; Psalm 26Andy- Job: Blameless

13 Job 23; Psalm 22:1-12Andy- “Job: God! Where You At?”

20 District Conference ReportAndy- “Here Am I! Send Me”

27 Rockingham Men’s Chorus

Life Lessons :
12) Whatever doesn’t kill you
really doesn’t make you
13) It’s never too late to have a
happy childhood. But the
second one is up to you and
no one else.