Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
THE VALUE OF “TOGETHER”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 offers some great insight into the value of “together”. It offers 5 very important reasons why we should not walk in the physical life or in the spirit life alone. Let’s “together” discover the blessing and necessity of Christian companionship and fellowship.
1. “TOGETHER” IS BETTER AT WORK. Verse 9 tells us that it is much better to work with someone than to work alone. Why? Two people will get more done. They together have a greater return on their work than just one person.
2. “TOGETHER” IS BETTER FOR RESTORATION. Verse 10 says if you have someone with you they can help you up when you fall. It a dangerous thing to fall with none to help you up. Galatians 6:1 explains the spiritual importance of “TOGETHER” “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
3. “TOGETHER” IS BETTER FOR SAFETY. Verse 11 reveals one of the oldest rules of safety in cold weather: Don’t go out in the cold alone! And if the cold overtakes you or your friend-you must be willing to get close-close enough to embrace or “hug”. It’s called “sharing body heat”. Verse 11 also warns us that if you get too cold and you’re alone then you’re in trouble. This world is cold with sin and that’s a great reason Christians are to be “TOGETHER”. Hebrews 10:25 says – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
4. “TOGETHER” IS BETTER IN A FIGHT! Verse 12. If you’re by yourself you might get beat up; but if you have a friend that will fight with you-you can defend yourself. We cannot stand around and watch our brothers and sisters fight the devil alone-let’s band together and defeat the evil one! TOGETHER we can!
5. “TOGETHER” IS STRONGER! Verse 12 also says that a cord of three strands is not easily broken. When need to be “bound together” in unity of the Spirit and faith in Jesus Christ and show our strength against the pull and twist of sin.
If you have never prayed, worshipped, or studied God’s Word together as a family unit or with close friends, or if you have gotten away from this habit, make a decision to begin this practice regularly. Set aside time today to pray with at least one other family member, church member or close friend and declare, “We will not be separated by Satan; we will pray and stay-TOGETHER!”
– Pastor Steve
Key Verses: Philippians 2:3-11
Prayer Point: remind me to be good to others
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
LFC Student Ministries Pastor
Bryce is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He became LFC’s pastor of student ministries in September of 2012 and has attended this church his entire life.
Stop Pursuing God
For most people, the pursuit of God means the pursuit of love, peace, faith, or maybe a relationship. While of these are all good things, I don’t believe that pursuing any of these will ultimately bring you closer to God. I believe that the Bible actually teaches us that the best way to pursue God is to stop pursuing God. Man’s first attempt to pursue God ended with the fall. Ever since, mankind has pursued the wrong god in the wrong way. Or, if by God’s grace we do pursue the right God, we do so with a flawed heart and a weak mind. The Bible is clear that man doesn’t pursue God, God pursues man. After Adam and Eve sinned they hid. God then returned to the garden calling for man and crying out “where are you?” As man ran from God, God began to pursue man. God pursued the world through Noah, a nation through Abraham, and now pursues everyone through his Son Jesus Christ and his church. Fasting, then, is not about putting more effort into pursuing God. It’s about putting yourself in a position to be caught. It’s about God, in love, capturing your mind, gripping your heart, and consuming your spirit. Stop pursuing God. God is coming for you.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
– Bryce Vaught
Brandon Abram: Has broken his jaw and maybe his cheekbone while playing basketball with other soliders. He is in Kentucky on military training. A meeting with doctors on Thursday to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.
Marcia McClure: In the hospital CCU wing with complication due to an enlarged heart. On a breathing machine and heart is functioning at 15% capacity.
Colton Shadrick and Caleb Caple: Army soldiers in training. Colton is in boot camp and Caleb will graduate basic training this weekend.
Yvonne Deaton: in the hospital due to heart beating out of rhythm. Severe coughing episodes. PRAISE REPORT: Yvonne’s procedure to shock-treat her heart into correct rhythm was a success and immediately cured her coughing.
GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU! – PASTOR STEVE