Attending a church service of a different denomination than you are familiar with can be interesting. Recently, I had that experience when I went to the Faith Life Church, located on Hwy. 76 in Branson, Missouri.
My previous experience has been with Catholic churches which are very quiet and reverent. Mormon churches aren’t quite as reverent and quiet because there are frequently a lot of small children present in the chapel, but they are very organized and methodical. Baptist churches are a little more fun than either one of those, especially those who cater to the younger set, because they tend to have a choir or band.
I have also experienced a Unity service, which I can only characterize as kind of creepy. Some very good people are involved in Unity, in my experience. They do some extraordinary things at Unity churches in terms of speakers and other events, but the one service I attended was a little weird. It was like being in Kindergarten all over a gain.
My favorite experience was at a Spiritualist Church. I recommend visiting one of these if you ever get a chance. But, there are few of those in the country and none where I live.
It is common to receive an invitation to someone’s church where I live. It is a heavily Christian area and there are lots of traditional types of churches here. We only have one Catholic Church, an L.D.S. Church, one Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and one Messianic Synagogue that I’m aware of. Pretty much everything else falls firmly into the Protestant category, so there is little real diversity. Although, we do have some other churches of interest like The Cowboy Church, another that features an Elvis impersonator and, of course, the notorious Jim Bakker’s Theater, which I have yet to attend.
I was glad to accept an invitation to World of Life Church in the old Remington Theater on a Friday evening at 7:30. This is a pretty big place. They had very comfortable theater seats. It was comfortably air conditioned. And, the headache that I had before I arrived completely melted away while I was sitting there. I felt completely relaxed.
The camera man was situated just in front of me and off to the left a little. It all began with the choir. And, this was no Catholic-style choir. They were rockin’! They sang a song praising the Name of the Lord. Then our host, Keith Moore, came out on stage.
He gave a very organized presentation on the subject of healing. I was very impressed by his manners on stage and his very positive message. There was never a hint of anything negative, which you will find all too often in other church services.
I was amazed at how vocal the audience was. Previously, I’d only seen something like this on television. It was fascinating to be in the audience with people shouting, “Praise the Lord” and “Amen” and giving other impromptu responses to the preacher.
This is one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever had in a church. In fact, this is only the second time I’ve ever left a church feeling better than when I came in. Usually, I leave either feeling energetically drained, angry or really weirded out. I recommend that if you live near Branson or if you are visiting Branson and you would like to have a good church experience that you visit Faith Life Church.
You can see Keith Moore doing his job on-line at: http://www.moorelife.org. Although, the experience is much better if you actually visit. They offer services on Friday nights at 8 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Keith Moore generally offers visitors three free audio or video tapes with his messages that you can take home and enjoy or share with others.