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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 9, 2012 - Not by Facebook Alone

By Jerry D. Scott

If you’re not familiar with Facebook, the online social networking site creates a kind of virtual coffee shop where participants can drop in and chat with friends. In a busy world, Facebook is a way to maintain our friendships, to stay connected in a highly mobile society. But Facebook is not enough. We need regular times of face-to-face interaction to stay alive in Christ.

On Sunday, I watched people at our church chatting with each other. Some conversations were just about the weather — others, much more important. In the evening, about 15 men sat in a circle. We all had other things we could have been doing, but we chose to share life for an hour. Together, we read from Nehemiah, talked about our prayer needs, and voiced our thankful praise. It was a time to gather strength for the week ahead, hope to deal with struggles, and encouragement from like-minded friends. In addition to prayer and Scripture, community is a foundational part of the Christian life.

 Gayle Beebe writes, “External aids to God’s grace increase our power to resist the ways and distractions of the world. Sermons, edifying conversations with other Christians … strengthen our resolve and ground our life in God” (“Longing for God,” IVP, 2009). Never underestimate the importance of being faithful to your church, of making the creation and maintenance of godly friendships a high priority. Nothing yields greater results in spiritual formation than being part of a community of disciples that urges you to grow and helps you to stand up to the tests and temptations that inevitably come our way during this journey to our eternal home.

Ever built a campfire? You cannot do it with one single log. You start with some dry grass and a spark. Once that is burning, you add small twigs, then kindling. Finally, several larger pieces of wood must be placed next to each other to maintain the fire. Remove a blazing log and set it by itself, and in a short time the fire consuming it will sputter and die.

Likewise, a solitary Christian will find himself cooling in faith. This is why one of the enemy’s primary tactics to destroy our effectiveness as followers of Jesus is to cause us to become offended or self-centered, so we remove ourselves from fellowship. The devil knows this is a sure way to bring on discouragement or delusion.

 Facebook, podcasts, and TV church cannot replace regular worship and interaction with other believers. A disciple cannot thrive on Facebook alone. Are you building up the Body? Are you making regular worship with your church a priority? Are you in a small group of disciples where others can encourage you and see through your excuses to challenge you to growth in Christ?

 The Word is uncompromising in emphasizing the importance of living in community. Paul makes much of our being part of the body of Christ. We cannot experience the fullness of God or His kingdom apart from His Church.

“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” (Hebrews 10:24,25, NLT).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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