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Assembly of Christians sounds like the place to be

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Show the devil whose side you are on

By George Smith

What is your favorite “come together” time? They probably deal with family get together times such as Thanksgiving and Christmas and another should be the family of God gatherings.

They can be one of the greatest gatherings of every week. Some day we will be continually with the Lord and the best way to prepare for this is to make church a priority.

The early Christians met together to remember Christ’s death (Acts 20:7-12). They broke bread together (20:7). It reminded them of Jesus’ body that was broken for them and of his blood shed for the forgiveness of their sins. Remember Jesus every day of the week and don’t forget him at the breaking of bread.

Early Christians assembled to hear Christ’s word. We read that this last year Bill Clinton made $51.1 million for giving speeches. No preacher, not even Billy Graham, made that much for speaking, but I would take Billy Graham’s speeches or sermons over any political speech by any politician.

Why?

Politicians deal with certain issues of the day whereas the man of God deals with the heart of man, which is the real problem behind all the issues of the day. Christ’s words have the cure for man’s problems.

“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

After the church service a little boy told the preacher, “When I grow up, I am going to give you some money.”

“Well, thank you,” replied the preacher, “but why?”

“Because my daddy says you are one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.”

The church is a good place to listen to the Lord even if you don’t like the sermon or the preacher.

A deaf and dumb man came to church every Sunday even when he could not hear a word. Someone asked him “why?

“To show which side I’m on,” was the man’s reply.

Christians should be in church to show the devil and the world whose side they are on.

Think about church attendance. Generally, no one gets kidnapped at church. No one gets beat up or killed at church. There are no “R” rated sermons. There is no violence, no bad language, no blood spilled, no drinking, not much bad of any kind.

Normally, there is worship, prayer, communion, praise and kind words. Sounds like a good place to be.