April 21, 2018
Read Hebrews 10:19-39
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Scripture- Hebrews 10:24-25- Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Observations- The author of Hebrews addresses the fact some of the members of the church- even before the end of the first century- had forgotten how important it was to gather together in worship, which included fellowship to encourage one another to serve with joy in response to the God who had saved them.
Application- It's easy to drift out of the habit of regularly gathering with other Christ followers for worship. I remember one one couple in new member orientation who when asked what brought them here now said, "We've always thought of ourselves as people who 'went to church,' but we realized last month we haven't been for 18 years." Let's be clear- it's not about "going to church;" rather it's about honoring God. The fact is when we are absent from worship not only does God miss us, but we all miss out on the mutual encouragement that we need to live a meaningful life filled with new hope in Christ.
Prayer- (by Adam Weber) "Lord, I need you. I need your patience when I have none. I need your grace when I want revenge. I need your kindness when I’m short with those I love. I need your peace as I’m walking through this storm. I need your strength when I’m tired." I need other people to encourage and strengthen me live each day in Your love and to fulfill Your purpose. Help me know I am missed when I don't show up. Amen.
“We were built to count, as water is made to run downhill. We are placed in a specific context to count in ways no one else does. That is our destiny.” (Dallas Willard),
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