Thursday, June 12, 2008

How sweet it is to spend time with other believers. I just got back to my office here at church refreshed and rejuvenated for more ministry. Sometimes the Lord uses just an hour of good fellowship to give us some of the encouragement and drive that we need to press on.

One of the highlights of my day thus far has been spending time this afternoon with one of our elders. We went to Jamba Juice (of course!) and had some wonderful fruit smoothies and chatted about Israel, Mark 4 and Jesus' parable on the sower, our upcoming study in 1 Samuel, and on the need for preachers today to preach on eternal judgment.

I was greatly encouraged in these last few hours of fellowship with my dear friend. I praise God for fellowship, encouragement, and brothers who can spur me on toward Christlikeness. Indeed I'm reminded of
Hebrews 10:23-24 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. I must be going, one of the youth just came to my office ...

Psalm 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron's beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-- life forever.


Anonymous said...

Hinei ma-tov uma-nayim shevet achim gam-yachad!

Great song from Psalm 133...try it out some Sunday morning!



Keara said...

fellowship is so sweet, isn't it. Especially if it's between people like Geoff, Elizabeth, Keara, and Dave. We love you guys and CAN'T WAIT to spend some time with you this weekend. Keara

Anonymous said...

...spend time with other believers... especially when those other believers are those other than the "good" soil hearers.

Anonymous said...

Can a believer not be good soil?

My understanding of the parable of the soils is that all but good soils were unbelievers.

Anonymous said...

yes,the different soils can be found in your church.

Matt 13:19-23 (NIV)When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
It sounds like the other soil hearers believed for a season.

Anonymous said...

I would agree that the different soils can be found in my church. But I would not see any of the soils other than fruit-bearing soils as referring to the regenerate.

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