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Why We Need to Meet Together

Hebrews 10:24–25

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 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.

IMG_0301After our Lenten service at Queens Chapel UMC last night – I have had my mind on worship.  At the Lenten service we shared in some awesome worship.  As I looked around at those who were present – and as I look around on any given Sunday – I wonder why we come together in worship and why others don’t.

Have you ever wondered what to say to people who stop attending worship?  I mean – some people believe they do not need to gather together with the Body of Christ in order to stay tuned in with God.  In theory – that might work – but in practice – more times than not – it doesn’t.  Here is a story that came across my computer that might be a good story to share with any sister or brother you know that no longer gathers together to worship God (or even for those who come sporadically).

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming to church. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit.

The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace, and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing.

In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair and engaged the man in small talk.

As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and lifeless.

The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave, he slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday.”

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


March 5, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,


  1. Great symbolism about keeping the FIRE burning!


    Comment by snoyes4310 | March 6, 2015 | Reply

    • I thought it was pretty neat too!


      Comment by raymcdonald | March 6, 2015 | Reply

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