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Let’s Stick Together

 

March 12



 

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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5 months ago
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."
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5 months ago
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.
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4 months ago
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!
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5 months ago
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.
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5 months ago
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.
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5 months ago
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
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4 months ago
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!
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5 months ago
Amen 🙏 ♥️🌹✝️🕊
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