"House of prayer" or "den of thieves"?

When Christ Jesus entered the temple in Jerusalem, he cast out those who bought and sold there, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of people who sold doves. He said, "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." Matt. 21:13. Then he showed how "the house of prayer" should be used, by healing those who came to him for help.

As I read this account I thought of how much I love the church I attend regularly, joining with others in the worship of God. Then I thought of an even deeper sense of Church. It has to do with a state of spiritual, or true, consciousness. I can take it with me wherever I go. At any time, day or night, whatever I am doing, I can enter this Church and commune with God. What a precious privilege this is!

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