by Randy Chambers, 2016-12-18
Hebrews 10:25, NLT: "And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."
For many churches around this time of year, church services end up being canceled as a sudden storm of ice and snow sweeps through. It is something we expect, but for so many, it is often disappointing. For so many, Sunday services mean so very much to them. It's a time that fills a particular need in their lives; a time they look forward to worshipping and thanking God for His many blessings, and for listening for God to speak truth into their lives through messages and song. For them, missing church can be like missing a meal--or several meals; leaving them feeling a bit empty. The saddest part, however, is found in how often we will miss a service when we don't have to. We may not think about it, but when we choose to do something rather than attend services, we neglect our spiritual well being. It is something we do thinking it doesn't hurt anything to miss a service here or there. And yet, it is a choice that often leaves us empty, when God would fill us up.