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Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Life ChangeA men’s ministry I was blessed to work with in years gone by used a very similar passage as their base Scripture – Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. They believed that part of the benefit of being in fellowship together was the way they could enhance each other’s walk with Christ. They called themselves Iron to Iron. They met monthly for a meeting. Many of them were in the same weekly Bible Study and Sunday School class. We had 25-30 men in a weekly Bible Study and over 80 adults in one class for Sunday School. It was a time of great spiritual growth. A number of the men took road trips together to Promise Keeper events. One such event was Stand in the Gap in Washington – DC – on October 4, 1997. I was there and reports are – so were nearly 3 million men. It was a life experience I will never forget.

I mentioned recently – to our current Bible Studies – that part of the reason we spend the first portion of our studies talking about praises and prayer concerns is to get to know one another better. Small group ministries are very important. I would imagine that upwards of 50% of a typical congregation only attend worship each week with the church family. If folks only spend an hour plus with one another a week – with the pastor – with the family of God – at their local place of worship – they will not know each other well. Spending time in a small group where one could ask questions – where others can interject their thoughts – always opens up dialogue. Continue reading

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Finding Someone to Connect with for Life!

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Do you feel like you are standing alone at times?  Are you searching for someone to share the journey of life?  Searching for some good friends – maybe even a partner – a spouse – to share life?  Someone to connect with for life?  Join the club – many are doing the same.  Finding a friend or a partner for life is not easy.

Be careful not to unite with someone simply so you won’t be alone – friendship wise or in marriage.  I know folks who have been burned by so called friendships that went south when times got tough.  I know folks that are or were married – yet they still feel/felt like they are/were standing alone.  No help from their spouse in raising the children.  No help in walking the journey of faith.  No help in the struggles of life.  Married – but no partnership!

Finding a true friend – or a partner for life – that will stand with you through thick and thin – is special.  Being able to say it is you and me against the world is more than a movie moment.  When you connect with someone such that you have each other’s backs – it is a moment to not take lightly. One or two persons you can bind with to face the world – is amazing!  I wish it for all of our readers today.

Unfortunately – we may or may not find someone to connect with us like this – at least not in human form – but we have One who will stand with us through all eternity – in Christ our Lord.  Paul says it this way:

Romans 8:31 – If God is for us, who can be against us?

Bind your life with God and know that you will never be alone – He will never leave you nor forsake you!

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

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March 17, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Marriage | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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