Our Church Meetings

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In response to all He has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good.

 Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near.

—-Hebrews 10:24-25

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Kind Words Bring Life

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What if all the things we said to people were written with a permanent marker on their faces?

What if we were the only ones who could see what we had said?

We would be happy and relieved to see things like, “I love you” written there.

Or things like—

“You’re doing a great job!”

“I will be there for you.”

“I will pray for you.”

“You are such a good friend.”

But how would we feel when we saw someone and read things like–

“I hate you.”

“You are so stupid! Can’t you do this job right?”

“I don’t have time for you.”

We surely forget many of the things we say to others.

What if weeks or years go by before we see them again, and then suddenly there they are–with those things that we said to them written all over their faces.

We may forget.

But sometimes, they don’t.

If you have said positive, loving things, you are both encouraged.

If you have said negative, hurtful things, you are both likely to feel regret and pain.

Our words begin in our thoughts and emotions.

What kind of words does God want written on the person you are talking to?

Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.

—Proverbs 15:4

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The Longer They Live

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Walking across from the hotel, the deck was adorned with flowers as we approached the water.

The late evening sun was glowing over the lake and coming to rest on some purple blooms.

Made transparent, almost, by the intense light, the delicate blooms were gleaming.

Have you ever met someone like that?

Transparent.

Honest.

Loving.

Christ-like.

As each year goes by, does it seem that as they grow closer to God, they grow more kind and loving than before?

Like fragrant flowers growing beside a lake, we are drawn to their inner beauty that comes from their faith in God.

The ways of right-living people glow with light;
    the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—
    travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

—Proverbs 4:18-19

    The Message

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