February 2015

            A pastor was preaching on heaven and hell. He asked those in the congregation to stand with him if they wanted to go to heaven. Everyone stood of course. After they sat down, he asked for all those wanting to go to hell to stand with him. No one stood. For effect he waited a moment in silence. Finally a small boy slowly rose to his feet. The astonished pastor said to the boy, “Surely son, a fine young man like you does not want to go to hell?” The boy answered, “Maybe not sir, but I just couldn’t stand the sight of you standing there all alone.”

            We can appreciate the heart of one person not wanting another to stand alone. Paul felt this way about the Thessalonians. He wrote, “Therefore, when we could no longer stand it, we thought it was better to be left alone in Athens. And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s co-worker   in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you concerning your faith” (1 Thes. 3:1,2). The word encourage means to come alongside of another. Who can you come alongside of? Who needs a phone call? Who needs someone to sit by them? Who needs a ride to the doctor? Ask God to open your hearts eyes to see those people and encourage them by standing with them.


            Have a blessed month,

            Pastor Kirk