// Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy. From the ashes a new life is born. Jesus is calling. //

O Come To The Altar: Elevation Worship

You make all things work for my good.

I left the church… that’s a statement you hear too often. It’s not always from non-believers but can come from devoted Christians. To kick off this series we’re going to get ruthless, & our journey in search of a redeemer. For this series we will be in the book of Ruth.

Ruthless Redemption.

On a personal level I’ve seen church wounds. Each of has been a different level of reaction & revelation. Each has been handled & impacted my life differently. So here are some ways to diagnose a church hurt. It’s not all, but here are a few of what I’ve experienced.

1. The Paper Cut

2. The Burn

3. The Heart Attack

4. The Stroke

Ruth 1 begins with introducing a man named Elimelech. You’re also introduced to his wife Naomi and their two sons. You also meet the wives of the sons, Orpah and Ruth. Sounds like a big family reunion right?

The church is built around family. You meet people you’d never see anywhere else. You grow. You do life together. You give a piece of yourself. Happily you become family. I bet there are some in your congregation you would call your “tribe.” It’s not that others aren’t loved or excluded, it just means you’ve done life with this group of people & your vulnerability level is on a different level. And that’s ok.

Ruth & Orpah came from two different sets of families. Raised with the same principles, maybe the same opportunities. However, they made relationships differently. This was shown with the response to the death of each respected husband.

“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.”

‭‭Ruth‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Orpah left, while Ruth clung. In the next few verses you hear Naomi release her daughter in laws to go back to their homeland of Moab. Orpah wasn’t heartless, she just had a different vulnerability level.

The book of Ruth is short, so you have to do a lot of fill in the blanks. Put yourself in their shoes. Why would you stay after all this tragedy, while the others leave? Could it be that Ruth has maybe spent more time with Naomi hearing of the wonders of her God? Remember Ruth was a Moabite woman, which means she was in a land of many gods. Different upbringing.

“But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.

‭‭Ruth‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This well known verse hits home in many areas. Can you feel the bond of family ties? “Please stop telling me to leave, I’m with you until the end!” Naomi finally realized the determination of Ruth to continue the journey. So they journeyed into Naomi’s season of harvest.

The Paper Cut

This is a wound that happens quickly, without warning. It causes a sting when you remember it’s there. However, it is soon forgotten.

Any wound is real. Even if it seems silly to others. It can come quickly, and go as fast as it came. People with paper cut wounds tend to move on & rarely remember the hurt later on. The warning about this wound is if not acknowledged can set a seed of offense.

In the weeks to come we will continue unwrapping these wounds, that the Lord may heal our body, soul and spirit. It will be a time of reflection. We may just meet a kinsman that will bring redemption to our crisis!

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