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?

Let’s Dwell Together

The other day I had the opportunity to preach at a Church that we have never been to before.  Wow, what a day!  The people were so loving and kind.  It took all of five (5) minutes for me to feel like we were members of the Church.  I giggled to myself as I looked at my wife playing the piano and some of the Church ladies were standing around her at the piano in a half circle as she played after the service.  What an awesome group of people.  Their kindness was shown in their honorarium  and in taking us to lunch after the service.  We had lunch with a couple that we found to have so much in common with us.  This is unusual.  They fed us well too!

While we were driving home I remarked to my wife that I felt like we were coming home from vacation.  I felt relaxed and recharged.  It was awesome.  As I was driving I teared up while thinking about our day and the truth of Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

We need to quit fussing and fighting over stupid stuff and get back to the serious things of the LORD.  We need to serve Him with all the fervor that we have.  He is coming back soon.  When He comes back if I am not already in Heaven, I want Him to find me on the battlefield with the smell of battle smoke in my nose.

So, how are you doing?