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“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalm 122:1) It’s Sunday—the day we come together to worship God. Recent events have affected our weekly time together, or at least altered the way in which we typically gather, but still we worship. It may be online, in smaller sized groups, or in video calls, but we come together to worship God and rejoice in His presence. And the important word here is together. We’ve all heard excuses people offer for why they don’t attend church or feel it is essential in…

“That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (I Corinthians 12:25-27, English Standard Version) We call it many things—body of Christ, family of God, household of faith, the church. Whatever phrase we use, it gives me joy to know that I’m included. I wonder if we really appreciate the blessing of being part of the body of Christ. It’s more…

“Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.” (I Corinthians 12:24-26, New English Translation). I’ve never been a real sports fan, but I know how important the crowd’s cheering is to those playing the game. Clapping, shouting, whistling, chanting—the roar of the crowd can lift flagging spirits and help them push on to victory. Everyone, whether in…