A Message From the Pastor for April.......

Hebrews 10:25: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

We like to sing the words: “When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun.” But my question is. When we have been there that long, how will we look at these short years here on earth in this tent, our earthly bodies? My guess is that it only be a distant memory in our rear view mirror in eternity. So the writer to the Hebrews told his readers and us: “Let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Think of the word 'courage'. What would it mean to en-courage someone? Do we know anyone who needs courage to be put into them? The Greek word picture here is when you call someone to your side, put your arm around them and tell them what they need to hear so they would have courage. “Let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

In our verse for today, why were people not going to their church's worship? Was it the thought of the end of the world which was disturbing the brothers; Were people just not caring about what would happen at the end of time; Or, were they staying away from church because they didn't have the courage, as some were being tempted to give up the faith and return to the Old Religion of Judaism. So the author tells his readers to call them to your side, put your arm around them and give them courage.

The lack of courage was showing in their not joining the other believers in worship. But the end of the world is coming, Jesus Christ will return. Soon some of you will step into eternity. What could your lack of courage cost you? “Let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

This Sunday is Easter, a time when many people used to go to church. I say used to, because many people have given 'up meeting together.” They've gotten into the habit of not coming, and so they need to be encouraged to get back to church. They need to hear God's messages for them. They need forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel and receive through Holy Communion. “Let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

If you have gotten into the bad habit of skipping church, no matter what your reasons or excuse might be, come to my side, let me put my arm around you and encourage you to restart the good habit of worshiping our LORD and Savior in His House. And “When we've been there ten thousand year, bright shining as the sun,” you might look back and thank a fellow member who encouraged you to meet together- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.