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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Torn Apart
June 21, 2011

“If you want to keep me from worshipping with the church, you’ll have to pry my cold, dead hands from this pew” Okay, so maybe this is a paraphrase of what Paul meant when he said in 1 Thessalonians 2:17,

 “But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face.”

 However, should this not be the attitude of every believer? Our love for the fellowship of the local church body should be so great that we should not have to be asked if we will go to church to worship with the saints “face to face,” instead it should be a given that we will not forsake the assembling of the saints (Hebrews 10:25).

            Paul is a father figure in the New Testament, caring for his children in the faith. In the context of 1 Thessalonians, Paul had been run out of Dodge (Thessalonica) and even the neighboring town of Berea for preaching the gospel of Christ. However, Paul’s love for the church was so strong that he could not stand not knowing what had happened to the church in his absence. He was so adamant to hear of their wellbeing that he sent Timothy to go and check on them, until he could return to them.

            I have heard people say so many times when they miss a service, “Did anyone ask where I was?” Now, not to say that we should not notice when others are out, but this question comes from a desire to be noticed, not a genuine desire to worship as the family of believers.

            The truth is that Christ died for the body, we call the church. We are all family and we depend on one another for our spiritual growth and development, as well as protection and accountability. Let us revive our love for the church and let us “endeavor the more eagerly and with great desire” to see one another face to face as we worship King Jesus! See you in worship this Sunday!

 

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