by: CHUCK LOFTIS
If the calendar year was marked by nine months of autumn and three months of winter I'd be perfectly happy.
"Why nine months of fall," you may ask? Because, to me, autumn is the BEST season of he year: warm days; cool nights; stunning colors; the hottest fishing action of the year!
"Why three months of winter and not summer or spring," you ask? Because I've got to tie flies at some point!
All of this to say, we each have our preferred seasons and preferred activities and sights and sounds and things we savor.
As we've come out of summer; as we are emerging from the pandemic restrictions; as life is returning to some level of normalcy, I encourage you all: return to attending church services faithfully and regularly!
We've a record of the LORD's heart and purposes for this in the tenth chapter of the Book of Hebrews: 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Confidently holding onto faith in Jesus Christ; tasting of His faithfulness; edifying one another as we see the Day of the LORD coming nearer and nearer; these are all aided in faithfully gathering with other followers of Jesus.
You don't see your job as optional for joining every day; you wouldn't think a doctor's appointment for your children, or their schooling, is optional.
Why would anyone think that the important part that church attendance plays in people's spiritual formation as followers of Jesus would be any less important? It may be that being away - a lot - has a much more adverse effect on our spiritual walk than we presume it will.
The trouble with missing church is that eventually we stop missing church!
In cattle country, fall is roundup time and this blog post is a call toward that very end: calling all church members to rejoin with others in fellowship, worship, prayer, and teaching of the Bible this weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon and please know that church services look better with you than without you!
For faithfulness to attend church services, you'll never be sorry.