We’re not about getting together and making sure every one of the rules in the Old Testament is being followed precisely. We’re not about getting together and patting each other on the back because WE are the sin-free people of society, and if everyone else could just follow our lead we could turn this world around. We’re not about getting together and complaining about the way America has become, and if we could just go back in time, things were better, if we could just go back to church pews and three piece suits in church and hymnals we would all be happier. We’re not about creating a clique that is exclusive, and if you try to come to OUR church, you will see that you don’t belong and you REALLY need to work on your life and then maybe try coming back.
That’s NOT it! And it hurts my heart that the Christian church has achieved that view in so many people’s minds. I believe what we ARE about is achieving that feeling of contentment. I’m telling you, it’s contentment that only God can provide. Everyone is searching for that feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you think about the best time of your life and you just want to return to that moment. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, you want to go back so bad. You can feel it in your heart even when you just think about that time. It may be back when your parents were still together and everyone still loved each other. It may be back when you were with all your friends from high school and times were just good. Life was so simple. It’s that Christmas morning when you were a kid feeling. You’re just completely stuffed full of good, like your heart is twice it’s normal size in your chest.
I believe those feelings are little tastes of what God has in store for us when we allow ourselves to fully experience his love. The bible says God IS love. So anytime we feel love, it comes from God. The absence of the feeling of love is the absence of God. It doesn’t feel good. So we try to get that feeling back. We try everything the world tells us will make us feel content. Mostly the world tells us if we just make more money and also spend more money that will do the trick. If you tried it, then you know. It doesn’t get you the contentment feeling you’re after. It’s fleeting. Good for a bit, then gone.
But if God IS love, then we need God in our lives to have and experience true love and true contentment. THAT is what we’re about. We want to help you get to that place. We want you to come check out New Life Republic no matter what your story is. We don’t care. You belong here. We want the opportunity to show you what God is really like. God desires a relationship with you more than anything else. God made a way for us to have a relationship with him through Jesus. When you accept him into your life, that feeling will start to come back. That feeling of contentment, that feeling that THIS is what I’ve been missing, that feeling that you have wanted to get back to. As your relationship grows with God that feeling grows and God’s love in your heart grows and it is absolutely amazing. Your life begins to change because you have allowed God in and his direction begins to take hold.
That’s why we’re here. We can’t wait to meet you.