August 21, 2009 - It is not the goal of a good church to make you happy or rich. A good church will make you holy. Sometimes holiness requires tears and difficulties for the present time. God uses difficulties to work out Christ-likeness.
Is Jesus something you have added to your life? If so, your Christianity is counterfeit, and you will your difficulties will be for eternity the rich young ruler. Jesus can only be Lord when have surrendered everything--money, houses, family and friends--and He alone sits on the throne of your heart.
August 23, 2009 - What are the marks of a genuine church and a genuine believer? Are you going to a church because God speaks to you? Or is it because of friends and entertainment? Most modern churches have skewed the balanced spiritual diet found in the Bible, focusing on prosperity and healing, rather than sin and holiness. A sick person will not settle for counterfeit medicine. Are you settling for a counterfeit Jesus? You'll get what you're looking for. Be honest with yourself!