The most dangerous replacement for healthy, loving relationships in Christianity is church services, programs and activities.
Are you a BUSY Christian? You may actually be—Buried Under Satan’s Yoke.
Do you find that you go to church every week, you help run the church service, the church business, keep the building up and running, you may teach Sabbath School, preach, sing, greet, fix the roof, count the money, host potluck, and the list goes on, BUT you find that you harbour feelings of anger, bitterness, unkindness, even just unrest in your heart towards others. Your relationship with your spouse, friend, your child or parent, your fellow church member, your pastor, your church leaders, your church members, etc. is strained. There is separation in your heart between you and someone else. You read your Bible everyday and yet you are separated from the people of the body of Christ, you have cut someone off or avoided them or they have done the same to you.
This is a sign, a sign of separation from Christ... a sign of a heart that is hurting and broken and in need of the filling of the sweet love of Christ, the filling of the Spirit that brings life, and love, joy and peace.
Pastor Ricky and I have found hope and comfort in the trials of life, we have found peace and joy in the restoring power of Jesus. We have been personally blessed by Caring for the Heart Ministries. God is our first and primary source of healing, yes. And if your arm was broken you would call an orthopaedic surgeon, if you were having a heart attack you would call a cardiologist, if you have blurry vision you call an ophthalmologist, if your tooth is broken you call a dentist, if your daily habits are unhealthy you would see a health coach or lifestyle medicine doctor. When your brain and emotions and relationships are sick, God has told us to seek godly counsel.
After witnessing the state of the three churches here, and the relationships that exist here and all over, I can say—if you go to church here, or if you used to go to church and have stopped—I invite you to this healthy relationship seminar. Not just on Sabbath or Friday night, but the whole thing. Make it a priority to seek God’s healing in your life. There is also an opportunity for personal one-on-one counselling the week following the seminars.
Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” God desires you to be saved! The meaning of the Greek word here “saved” is “sozo”. This is not just theological assent to salvation, this is not salvation by what truth you know; this word means to be “healed, made whole, restored to health”. In all areas of life, mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally.
I invite you to come experience peace, not in the trust of a counselor but in the loving arms of Jesus. That is what will be presented at these seminars and counselling sessions, the peace that is experienced in surrendering everything and resting in the loving arms of Jesus. We are praying for you and we ask that you pray for us. The closer we come to Jesus, the closer we will be to each other!
— Stephanie Schwarz
Meetings will be held at the Saint John Seventh-day Adventist Church Friday-Sunday (September 6-8). There will be counselling sessions through the following week (September 9-13).
Child care will be available.
There is no cost to you, although there will be a free-will offering collected if you wish to give.
Lunch and snacks will be provided. Get in touch with Stephanie if you plan to stay for lunch on Sunday.
- Friday, 7 pm
- Saturday, 11 am & 2 pm
- Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm
Get in touch with us!