Dwell Together

You and I all know that there are people in life that we would rather just run away from.  People that we just do not want to be around.  Then there are those other people.  These people are fun to be around.  They encourage you.  When you leave these people you seem to have a void in your life.

I am blessed to have some people like that in my life.  Yes, I have them on both sides of this fence.  There are people that I would love to run from like I was being chased by wild animal.  There are yet others that I would pay money (if I had any) to spend time with.

I remember seeing a post on social media the other day about a boy that was talking with his father.  He was asking the father some questions that seemed very personal to the father.  Finally, the father scolded the child and sent him to bed.

After a while the father felt bad for his actions.  He went to his son to apologize for his actions and attitude.  When he took the time to listen to his son he learned that the boy had been saving money to pay hid father’s salary for one hour so that his father would spend that one hour with him.  The father broke in sorrow.

Look at Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  Far too many times we cannot have unity.  This is elusive as the legendary snipe.  There is benefit when people “dwell together”.  We can encourage one another to say the least.

The problem is that there are too many opposing forces against unity.  These things, people, circumstances, etc… work hard against unity.  The truth is that if we were united we could accomplish so much more.  This is the problem.  The enemy knows that if we bind together with Jesus and other Christians that we will be an unstoppable unit.  So, he fights against it as hard as he can.  It is time to restore Bible unity.

So, how are you doing?

Dwell Together

I was reading an article the other day about yet another Christian business person that was approached by someone who is homosexual asking them to perform services for a “marriage”.  This businessman was shocked that this took place in his part of the country.

The lifestyle of the homosexual is opposed to the commands of Scripture.  As a Christian we cannot be yoked together with them.  Yet, so many misunderstand this.  They see our stand for righteousness as hate.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Christians actually love homosexual people.  We cannot and do not love the sin they are bound in; but, we are commanded to love them just like anyone else.  This is not hate speech.  It is the truth.

So, how can we dwell together?  We continue to love them; but, we must hate their sin.  There is a difference.  You can love a person and not endorse their actions or lifestyle.  There are even Christians who are divided on this issue.  We must stand where the Bible stands.  Look at Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  We have become so splintered that it is deeply saddening.  We need one another; but, we cannot sacrifice our convictions or walk away from the clear teaching of God’s Word just to fit in.

So, how are you doing?

Dwell Together

As you know I was blessed to grow up on a farm in Indiana.  My Aunt and Uncle had me at their house almost more than I was at my own home.  I have so many precious memories from the farm.  One thing I learned to love was horses.  My uncle would board them for other people and made a little piece of money at it.  My cousins on the other side of our family refer to horses as “hay burners”.  They are cattle people.  I vote for both.  Ha, Ha!

I was thinking about some of the horses that I was privileged to own and others I was privileged to ride to exercise them.  One thing I used to love to go see was the horse pulls.  That was brute strength.  The Amish are on to something here I tell you.

There was one thing.  The horses were always similar in size (when I saw them).  They pulled equally.  It was a “team” effort.  Yes, pun intended.  They would work together with enormous amounts of horse power to move the sled down the track.  Did you hear that?  They pulled together.

I makes me think of Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  It makes me think of my dear brothers and sisters today.  As we go to Church we must be a unified body.  A team.  It is “good” and “pleasant” when we dwell together.  Not just speak pleasantries in passing; but, truly dwell together.

Take time today to worship the Saviour and then take time to dwell together in unity with the brothers and sisters.

So, how are you doing?

Togetherness

We live in a day that is capitalized by division.  Nations are crumbling.  Even planets are disappearing out of science text books.  If there is something we need is to be unified.  We can get more done working together than working separately.

A favorite chapter of mine is Psalm 133.  Look at the words found in Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

I looked up some of the words of this verse.  The word “good” means just that, good.  The word “pleasant” means delightful.  The word “together” means a unit.  The word “unity” means a unit (exactly the same thing).

In other words it is good and delightful for brothers to sit down together as a unit, as a unit.  We must remain together.  The devil is like a predator trying to separate the weakest of the flock and alienate them from the unit.  It is then that he makes his move.  The next thing you know you have been take out by the enemy of your soul.

Today, is The LORD”S Day and we need to honor Him by meeting  as a unit in unity at His house.  There are a multitude of reasons why we need to do this.

So, how are you doing?

The Shadow

An old radio program used to proclaim, “Only the Shadow knows.”  I have heard of it; but, never heard it.  Last night our Pastor preached on Psalm 91.  He had a great message!  He shared about a farmer who lost his chicken coop in a fire.  As he walked through the ash remains of the coop he kicked a pile of ash and five chicks ran out.  The mother chicken had buried them under her wings and they survived the fire and she did not.

This is a beautiful picture of how our Heavenly Father protects us.  Look at the words of Psalm 91:1, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”  To abide is not to just sit and take a break.  This speaks of spending some time there.  What joy this should bring to us all to know that we can dwell under the shadow of our Father’s “wings” of protection.

Here is a thought.  If there was no light there would be no shadow.  Jesus is the Light.  So, we can abide in the shadow of His “wings” and be surrounded by His Light in ultimate protection.

So, how are you doing?