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Three

threeThree Lies We Easily Believe

When we choose (*) to absent ourselves from the gathering of the saints we may well be the victim of one or more of Satan’s lies.
The first lie is that I don’t need ‘it’. By ‘it’ I mean that time of worship, that time of instruction, that time of fellowship, or that time of prayer. When placed on the scales of whatever else it is that I want or prefer at that time I am believing the lie that the means of grace matter little to me. I don’t get much out of prayer meetings, I don’t benefit from Sunday School, I don’t like it when that particular preacher preaches. I certainly don’t need it.
The second lie is that I don’t need ‘them’. That is the saints. I could be with them. I could fellowship with them, enjoy them, be strengthened by them. When I choose to consistently absent myself when they are together, I am believing the devil’s lie that I am sufficient within myself.
The third lie that we can easily believe is that they don’t need ‘me’. My presence or absence makes no difference. Whether I am beside that brother or sister, whether my pastor sees me and interacts with me, whether or not my voice is joined in praises or my heart is lifted up with my brethren in prayer is a matter of indifference. It is true that the church will get by, but there is a great difference between full strength and partial strength. There is a difference between a family when all are present, a body without parts missing, a building with all the walls or stones in place.
The gathering of the saints matters. May we not carelessly neglect it.

*I am not referring to what we generally call ‘providential hindrance’ or necessary absence–I am referring to habitually absenting ourselves from the means of grace.

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Tell Them!

A great word from Pastor J. C. Ryle from his book ‘Holiness’.

Do you ever try to do good to others? If you do, remember to tell them about Christ. Tell the young, tell the poor, tell the aged, tell the ignorant, tell the sick, tell the dying — tell them all about Christ. Tell them of His power — and tell them of His love; tell them of His doings — and tell them of His feelings; tell them what He has done for the chief of sinners; tell them what He is willing to do to the last day of time; tell it them over and over again. Never be tired of speaking of Christ. Say to them broadly and fully, freely and unconditionally, unreservedly and undoubtingly: ‘Come unto Christ, as the penitent thief did; come unto Christ, and you shall be saved.’