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Saturday, February 08, 2003

Edifer du Jour-Hebrews 10:23-25(NASB)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
If you sneak into the back row, sing a few songs, hear a good sermon and sneak back into your car, you've not getting the full effect that Paul (or whoever wrote Hebrews) is shooting for. Church life is more than hymns and/or praise songs and sermons, it's about people bearing each others burdens. You don't get that from watching a televangelist or listening to the local church service on the radio or being a stealth congregant. The more help you have, the less the emotional and spiritual burdens become. We've struglled to get enough of that support moving into a new area, but we're slowly getting that support. We need the encouragement to do good things and to have shoulders to cry on when things aren't going well. Even if we're married, we need more than just a spouce to meet those burdens. Being a spiritual Lone Ranger's unhealthy.

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