At The Dwelling Place Family Church, it’s our prayer that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty.
We feel that it is OUR responsibility to “clear the way” for you to come to church. We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging & relevant messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere and know that we are here for you! You see, we are more than just a church. We are a fellowship of local Christian believers, coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrate Jesus as our King. Together, we study the Word, practice what we learn and, in the process, grow together. We hope you will join us!
I was recently in a local Hemet store, co-owned by two friends, (a man and woman not related to each other) when the gentleman and I became engaged in a conversation about abortion. No one other than the three of us happened to be in the store at that time.
As it turned out, the two of us shared the same beliefs concerning a pro-life stance so our conversation was calm, cool, and collected. As we talked though, the lady casually walked over to me and said, “I thought we’re not supposed to talk about politics or religion.”
Wow! I’ve never been shy about sharing my faith or my values but I’ve never had anyone challenge me in quite that way. So trying to think quick on my feet, this is how I answered her.
“Really?” I said. “We’re not supposed to talk about politics or religion? Who made that rule? Politics affect so much of our lives – laws about our foods, cars, homes, schools, pets, cars, air. . . just about everything. And we can’t talk about it? And religion – morals, truth, integrity, ethics, right & wrong . . . not to mention eternal life. And we aren’t supposed to talk about that either?”
We stood there staring at each other for a brief second before she replied: “I’ve never looked at it like that before” and she turned around and walked away, leaving us to finish our conversation.
But here’s the point: If people of faith keep quiet about “politics & religion” – if we are not pointing people to God’s timeless truths, then who or what gives people their foundation for truth, ethics, morals, etc.?
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said this: “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state… If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority…” What is Dr. King saying? Both moral and spiritual authority should stem from the church, not the government.
I believe a society left without a moral or ethical voice outside of God consigns itself to other voices that will come up short every time. When we allow ourselves to be swayed by the latest trend, or Hollywood celebrity, or talk show host, the outcome that history has showed to us so far has been less than the high standards most of us desire for our lives.
The Bible is pretty clear about speaking up for truth. In Ephesians 4:15 we are told to speak the truth —- just be sure and do it in love. If Martin Luther King was correct in asserting that the church should be a voice of moral and spiritual authority, then we who make up the church of Jesus Christ need to speak up. Just be sure to speak with love.
Biblical truths are timeless and unfailing and span every age group and culture. As the writer of Psalms tells us in Ps 100:5: “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.”
I’ll close with a rich quote from Ratan Tata: “Apart from values and ethics which I have tried to live by, the legacy I would like to leave behind is a very simple one – that I have always stood up for what I consider to be the right thing…”