Let’s Stick Together - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Let’s Stick Together

 

March 12


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Read Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

Reflect

What are some ways that believers can be a mutual encouragement to one another when they meet together?

 

The world can be such a discouraging place. In fact, Jesus told us that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33). That is why I am so grateful that God places fellow believers in our lives to be a source of encouragement and support. Even in the perfection of the Garden of Eden, God knew that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18).

 

Because we were made for community, the author of Hebrews reminded us that we should not stop meeting together. Without the encouragement of other believers, it can be incredibly tempting to give up or compromise! We need each other if we are going to stay the course in the face of hardships and persecution.

 

But notice that today’s verse doesn’t say “Consider what love, good works, and encouragement others can give to you.” Fellowship is a two-way street. The tone of this verse is of mutual love, mutual good works, and mutual encouragement. The author is asking the readers to consider what they personally can do to spur on their brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Friends, the promise is Christ’s return. Our great hope is that He comes soon! But one thing is for sure, with each passing day, the “Day” is getting closer. In the meantime, we need to stick together. We need to stay in fellowship with other believers. And we need to ask ourselves what we can do to contribute to the encouragement and edification of the body of Christ. We need each other.

 

Pray

Jesus, above all we need You. But we also need each other. Thank You for the gift of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me to be an encouragement and a support to those who need it today. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Robert, thank you for sharing! 96 years young! Wow. I'm glad life is slowly returning to normal for you. I am also glad you're experiencing community in several different ways. That is so important! Glad you are here!
Aloha, Bill! My friend and former worship pastor, Steve, moved to Honolulu this past year. He is loving it on the island. God is truly a forgiving and loving FAther who is waiting patiently for His children to come home. I am glad you are here and part of the GT family!
Thank you for saying "hi." Yes, this season of isolation is deeply problematic. I'm thankful for this online community to bring some hope and encouragement. Thank you for caring for your granddaughter. It will pay dividends in her life!
Lord Jesus I cannot live without Your help and I need You to show me how to become supportive to my brother or sister in Christ. Without Your example, my selfish attitudes would keep me apart from Your community. So thank You for this lesson of "sticking together."
I think the fellowship provided by this Back to the Bible app will be like a family to us and will help us grow spiritually in our Lord. May God bless you, Robert.
May you bless and be blessed with fellowship and the warmth of loving and being with others!
Praise God for the ODB devotions me n and my friends are strengthened by this daily. Thank you
I am 96 years old living in a independent living building. I do talk to my children on the phone. One daughter lives fairly near, but we haven't seen each other because of pandemic restrictions in the past year. She did visit and we ate together on father's day. I do have interaction with the residents. We have been having to keep apart, but now that we have been vaccinated, we may be having activities where we can be closer. We do have a small group who meet for devotions on Monday morning so that gives some connection. I have been married, but my wife died several years ago. I can go to church and to Sunday School now.
Dear Lord, help me to be an encouragement and support to those who need it. I know, we all need each other, and reading your Word will help us grow. We do need each other if we are going to stay the course in the face of hardships and persecution. We will be overcomer as long as we stay in Your Word.
Aloha Pastor Nat, i have been using the GoTandem app for a while, and want to say that i look forward to the messages that are sent out to me throughout the day. I am newly back to Christ, rediscovering the joy and peace that comes only through faith and trust in Jesus. God Bless you and your entire staff for all that you do to teach and encourage me, and everyone else. Mahalo nui loa, Bill
Amen 🙏 ♥️🌹✝️🕊
Jesus thank you for loving us 🙏🙏💖
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Thank you Lord for every blessing and opportunity to praise your mighty name and to give you all the glory an honor .Please bless Pastor Nat and members with your will in Jesus Name Amen .
Lord. I thank You for putting me in the position to meet special people that inspire me, encourage me, love me, and love You. I want to be the same if not more in their lives. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide me along the way. Praise Your Holy name. In Jesus name I pray Amen.
Thank you Lord for the gift of friendship. Help me to relate to people well.
God has created human being to be conncted with each other.
Often we forget our First need is Jesus, The Father Son and Holly Spirit. Love beings only in Him! The Lord tells us I give you The Hope Faith Love, Love being the strongest of these three; Love being The Strongest of all things. The Lord tells us to have "Faith" just a small as a mustered seed which is about 2mm but grows to a beautiful length. Faith is Love allow our Faith to grow and The Love follows in abundance. Father each new day I Praise You and asked You to surround me with other brothers and sisters on fire with Your Light. Here Lord as well as where You put me and Back to The Bible I feel, I see The Love that You Father poor abundantly within us to teach us all that We need You first but we need to Love each other as You Love us. I Pray this is Your will to lead more to You Lord in Jesus name Amen
I will do what God wants. Isn't always my first reaction. He wants us to love one another. Can't be self centered, and do that.
Thank you for the prayer so that I can strengthen my belief in the Father, Son and holy spirit
I am so very thankful for the encouragement I receive through these podcasts, thank you Pastor Nat. As a retiree I am home all day with my Granddaughter since Covid while she is doing her online classes. Sometimes the isolation can be daunting but I have learnt to rely more and more on my Church family and other Believers for support. I am so glad that that I'm a part of the family of God🙏🏽🙏🏽
Amen
Though I am thankful for a short commute, I too remember listening to many sermons on my commute to and from Omaha. You would have been listening to Warren Wiersbe and Woodrow Kroll back then. Both great teachers. Warren was a friend. Thank you for your faithfulness in our ministry. We are glad you are here!
Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
My wife and I are celebrating 18 this month! Happy anniversary! I remember that song by Simon and Garfunkel: I am a rock. Life can be hard. Relationships can cause great pain, but they can and often do provide great love and importance. Thank you for sharing about your journey over the past few months. Thankful you are here as part of the GT family!
I love Florida! My wife and will be there next month. Looking forward to sun and sea! Thanks for the encouragement and the connection! Welcome to the GT family!
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
91 years young! Wow! So great to have you here. Where were you a missionary? My family was prayerfully considering doing mission work in Germany. God called me to stay instead, but I often wonder "what if..."
Hey Susan. We have family in Springfield! Our family ate at Lambert's this past January! Too fun. Yeah, in a pandemic world, isolation and loneliness are two of the biggest hitters. I am thankful much of the country is reopening, but also thankful for technology to connect us even when we are far away!
I think in a digital/pandemic world, it is far too easy to slip away! But you're here now! Thanks for saying "hi".
Hey Judy! Thank you for the encouragement and thank you for being part of the GT family! God bless!
I’m 77 and also need to be in loving fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I used to listen to 'Back to the Bible' when I commuted 120 miles roundtrip every day to work from 1986 to 2007. I can't remember the host back then.....but enjoy your devotions. God led me away from what I'd hoped was a retirement venue and led me to a much closer workplace that has 'oozed' His love over me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Don't ever discount the love God has for His children. If He sent Jesus to die so we could have a heavenly home, think how much more love He has to send as we live out our lives every day with Him! It's reckless and beautiful and amazing Love.
*MYSELF & MY WHOLE FAMILY NEED TO BE WITH YOU HEAVENLY FATHER@* *THANKYOUJESUS@*
*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT; ARCHANGELS; SAINTS; SERIOUSLY WE NEED YOUR HELP HERE;INEED YALL FOR MYSELF & MY WHOLE FAMILY; SERIOUSLY;IN YOUR WILL LET IT BE; THANKYOUJESUS@*I HOPE FOR THIS@*
I agree, Susan!
We are blessed to be able to connect with you, Sir.
I'm praising God with you, Rene!
There is no way I could have gotten through the last few months of my husband’s hospitalization for Covid and the subsequent treatments for weeks afterwards without our grown sons and my community of siblings in Christ! I was encouraged to pray every day even though at times I felt it was doing nothing. But God was up to something big and I just didn’t understand it. Not only did God heal my husband completely after he nearly died in the hospital but God then intervened so that we didn’t lose our home. How can we ever really know what God is up to? That’s why it is so important to trust Him and when your faith is failing you have brothers and sisters who hold your hands up in faith and prayers to God. My heart is full. And I am looking forward to celebrating my 37 wedding anniversary this month because of His grace and mercy on me and my family. Great is His Faithfulness!!!
Love the Word
Blessed by the message
Amen!
Thank you for this message. It blessed me .
Thanks for the encouraging words you bring to our community. Good word out of Ecclesiastes ... for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Richard from Space Coast in Florida.
Amen, let’s love one another and pray for one another.
I’m so thankful that God led me to this fellowship of believers. We do need each other !
I appreciate your daily devotionals. I am an old retired missionary/pasor andI do need fellowship, godly interaction, but that is difficult to find. I need to grow are my age in my walk with God before people. I am 91.
I enjoyed this message very much. It's a great reminder to connect and why we need to connect. Not easy in our time of isolation and disconnection. Susan from Springfield, Mo.
AMEN
THANK YOU FOR THE DEVOTIONAL READING TODAY... I AM REMINED NOT TO STAY AWAY TOO LONG FROM THE ASSEMBLY OF OTHER BELEIVERS
Hi, I'm Judy from Indianapolis. I enjoy listening to your messages. Being connected to people is important. Thank you for your message today
Hello again, Randa! I spent a bit of time camping at Georgia O'Keeffe's property down there. Gorgeous country!
Hi, I'm Randa from New Mexico. I am BLESSED, HIGHLY FAVORED and DEEPLY LOVED. Because I am the Daughter of the KING of KINGS.
Hey Terri! I've never been to PA, but have talked with many people there. I'd love to hear more about you and your story!
Hi, I'm Terri, from PA.
God is a relational God enjoying the fellowship of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Love is expressed and received in relationships. As part of the family of God we encourage each other to love and good works. Oh Lord thank you that you made me a part of your family by dying for my sins. Let me love others because you first loved me. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Thank you Lord. Amen.
Thanking God for the community of believers across the world and the ability to fellowship through this medium. To Him be the glory & praise.
ty lord this post was truly meant for me at this time
Thank Tou Lord Jesus for Your faithfulness