"Some people say that you can experience God apart from church, but when I am in church pastor, I know God is there" a man proclaimed to me at a communion visit this week. Ever had that feeling after leaving church? Ever felt better after leaving church? There is a simple reason for that: God's gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation have just been thrown down your throat. It is no accident that we "feel better" after church, it is the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Dr. Nagel told me as he pointed to the chapel at Seminary as we were about to skip chapel for some lame reason, "God has gifts to give." Why go to church? Simply put, God's spirit is there and we get a glimpse of heaven here today.