Believing in God is a very wise thing to do but listen to what the Bible says,"You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!"James 2:19. To believe in God, to believe that He exist is very easy to do and it is evident from just looking at creation. Demons realize, believe there is one true God and they tremble at that truth. Their are many reasons to go to church: to join with other believers to give and receive support and encouragement, to learn and grow in your knowledge of God's Word through teaching, preaching and fellowship, to be equipped so that you can be a better witness in sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. The church may need you as much as you need the church.
Communion, Eucharist, breaking of bread all of these are different names for basically the same practice of sharing a meal or bread and drink together as believers. Usually in a church setting there will be a small wafer or piece of bread and juice used to do this. Jesus told us to talk this bread and drink this cup in remembrance of Me. Communion is a time when as believers we take these emblems of the shed blood and broken body of our Savior and remember what sacrifice was made for our salvation. We are to remember the Lord's death and also that He is going to return again. Communion is a time for self examination and dedication to our Lord and Savior and to the local body of believers which is called the body of Christ.
It is true that most Christian churches do believe the same thing. But what they believe and how they put that belief into practice may be a huge difference. Some churches claim to be Christian but then they dismiss the Bible as the only inspired Word of God. They will accept other writings as equal to the Bible or they will exclude portions of the Bible that they say no longer apply for today. Some churches have very formal rituals that make up their service time while others are more casual and open with the order of service. I encourage you to find a church that will preach and teach the Bible. That is warm and welcoming to all that attend. That is a place where you would be willing to make a commitment to becoming a part of that family of believers.
So many people are hurt and wounded from past experiences. Some were of their own doing and some they had little or no control over. I have found that Jesus offers healing to those past hurts and wounded places. When Jesus began His ministry He said, that He came to heal the broken hearted and to set free those who are oppressed.
I encourage you to bring your hurts and wounded places before the Lord in prayer. Simply ask Him to come and heal those broken and wounded places. Choose to forgive those who hurt you and accept God's plan and purpose for your life. I have seen countless people receive healing and peace in their life after bringing it before the Lord and receiving His touch. Feel free to contact us and ask for "Whole Heart Ministry" if you want to receive one on one help in this process.
Because you said “recurring” I am concerned that this could be the result of an evil spiritual presence. I would ask the Lord to show you the source of the fear associated with this nightmare. Then pray along these lines. “Lord I commit myself completely to you and in the name of Jesus I renounce this spirit of fear (name it) and command this spirit and all associated with it to be gone now in Jesus name.” Guard your mind by what you are watching and reading and let the peace of God fill your mind. Proverbs 3:24 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”
It is so true that you can and should worship God no matter where you are. Our life should be lived so that no matter where we are God is honored. To attend church is partly to worship but not the only reason to attend. We go to church to encourage one another, to pray for one another, to teach and be taught, to come together as individual members making up the body of Christ. The church is where we are equipped for ministry to reach a lost and hurting world. The church is where we come together to celebrate our relationship with God with others who are also learning and living for God. The church is our spiritual family where we find acceptance, love and meaning for our life.
Why is it that some churches will let homosexuals become ministers and some others won’t even let them become members and label them as sinners?
The short answer is that one is going against the Biblical teaching and one is holding true to God’s Word. “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
“that is what some of you were” Those words mean that all these wrongs use to be a part of your life but now when you accept Christ you are seen as washed, set apart and now just before God. Those who continue to live in those wrong lifestyles will not inherit the kingdom of God.
According to the Bible which is God’s Word “Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.: 1 John 3:4. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment His answer was “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ Matthew 22:36. No man is innocent, no one can say that they have never broken God’s law. Every person has at some time disobeyed, gone against the law, the commandments of God and so we have all sinned. That is why we need a Savior. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
First I want to say that I am so sorry for your lost. Losing a loved one at any age is not easy. When a person dies due to sickness, disease or by accidental death it is not an easy thing to experience. Death, sickness was not God’s plan for man. All of that came into the world because of sin. The Devil’s desire is to steal, kill and destroy everything that God has made. At the present time we live in a sin cursed world. The day is coming when all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will see a world where all death, sickness and evil is forever gone. God’s plan is to redeem the world but the devil’s plan is to destroy God’s creation.