August 17th – When You’re Not There


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“You may not go to church every day, but you are the church every day” –Kenneth Kuykendall

     The Bible is emphatic about church attendance. The writer of Hebrews challenges us with convicting words, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Have you ever thought about the effect your absence has in the House of God? When you are not there:

  • The body of the congregation is incomplete
  • Your voice is not heard in the worship and singing of the saints
  • You cannot actively serve others who may need your gifts
  • You cannot contribute in the offering
  • You do not receive the Word in a preaching format
  • You miss out on corporate prayer
  • You forfeit fellowship
  • You send a message to the youth that missing church is acceptable

Faithfulness to the House of God is still a required characteristic for believers. From time to time we all need sabbaticals, vacations, and sick days. But when missing church becomes a regular practice, we not only stymie our spiritual growth, we weaken the abilities of the entire congregation.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 18-22

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