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By Keith Bellamy

A few years ago, we had to meet with an adjuster from our insurance company concerning our claim for the storm damage done to our place in Ivanhoe. We later had a contractor come and examine the property to assess our damages. The foundation is seriously damaged. The back bedroom would need to be replaced. The roof would need repaired, and there is so much other damage inside that we have wondered if the place can be repaired. You couldn’t see the damage inside until you went inside and looked.

I mention this because sometimes as Christians we are not what we claim to be on the inside. From all outward appearances it would seem we have it all together. So, what about the inside? Have you looked inside lately?

We meet on Wednesday evenings to build each other up, and to help us press on for the rest of the week. We meet at 5 o’clock on Sunday evenings (except for the first Sunday of the month when we meet for a devotional after the monthly luncheon). Do you attend any of these assembly times? During the last year have you met with your brethren other than Sunday morning? Do you attend 10% of the time; 20%; 30%, or none at all? You and I need each other! You see, your foundation needs continual service, and being with the saints will help!

What’s really important in your life? How are you doing?

Notice the words of 1 Peter 4:12-16. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” (ESV)

And then of course there’s Hebrews 10:25: “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)

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