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Forsake Not

22 Jul

Forsake Not…

A Sunday school teacher once noticed that one of his students had been absent from class for a long time. So he visited his home, found him by the fireplace, and sat down beside him without a rebuke, without saying anything.

Instead, he picked up the tongs and removed one of the glowing coals from the rest and placed it alone on the hearthstone. The two just sat there watching the burning coal grow colder and colder … until there was no more fire at all.

The absent member turned to the teacher and said, “You don’t have to say a word. I’ll be there next Sunday!” There are many who say they don’t need to gather with the rest of the body or to go to church. But we are coals on God’s fireplace.

And His fire is the Spirit. And so when we come together, we inspire each other, we challenge each other. So it’s not so much a matter of duty. It’s a matter of need.

You need their fire, and they need yours. So don’t separate yourself. Get back in the fire and be warmed up. For there’s nothing more useless than a fireless coal.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Get back into – or more into – fellowship this week. Bring others into fellowship. Seek to reach out to those you haven’t seen in fellowship. Warm up those coals!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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