Going to Church


“Going to Church” today is a good thing. Just remember that you are the church; therefore the question is: Are you having church at home? When we worship, study the Scripture, pray and intercede for others at home, we make “Going to Church” real. Your personal relationship with God and your “Home Church” it is the foundation of knowing Jesus in an intimate way. If you are just staying home with the family, even as you do your personal and family devotions, but are not in fellowship with other brothers and sisters, you are lacking. If you are “Going to Church” but have no personal relationship with Jesus and no family time with HIM, you are lacking even more.

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

One thought on “Going to Church”

  1. You are right! Either way we are found lacking. Because sin begins the moment we attempt to become autonomous as if we could live apart from God, the very founding of our being. Moreover, people really need each other. The world over, people gather for protection and meaning. We all need to belong. Even atheist need to gather in an attempt to survive.

    So, we need each other and we need God, but what about the church? Some of my relatives hang out at the church occasionally, on Christmas and Easter. They sometimes ask me, “Must I belong to a church to be a Christian?” I ask, “Why did you marry your spouse? Why don’t you simply cohabitate?” With near offense they reply, “We need the commitment.” My next question, “Why would it be any different with the church?” If you live in the inner city and you’re under twenty-five, you join a gang. Why? Because that is the only way to stay alive. To survive on the streets of any major city, you’ve got to have someone to watch your back. Now that is what the church is really all about — having someone who knows you by name to watch your back by being there when you need him and praying for you every day, by name.

    Faith is not only an individual affair, it is a community affair. Watch what can happen when people come together in worship. Vital community is what the church is all about. No wonder the writer of Hebrews exhorts: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:25).

    The church needs to step up and show real people there is a real God. For the church will attract the lost to the precise degree that it models community. And why not, people thrive only in community.

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