What do you think of when you hear the term “Satanist?” You might imagine a group of people dressed in black robes, wearing pentagrams around their necks, offering a human sacrifice to the lord of the underworld (while, of course, listening to heavy metal…). It might surprise you, then, to see that modern-day Satanist actually have more in common with atheists than they do ancient pagans. Let me start by giving you some background on a very disturbed individual…

Anton Szandor LaVey never really fit in with those around him. He didn’t play nicely with the other kids, and he always seemed to stand out. He was born in Chicago in 1930, but eventually moved with his family to San Francisco. He became enthralled with dark literature such as Dracula and Frankenstein, and learned of many superstitions from his Eastern European grandmother. He possessed extraordinary musical ability, and would later earn an income playing the organ. It was here that he began to notice the hypocrisy of many Christians. Under the name “The Great Szandor,” he would play the organ at carnivals on Saturday nights, and then for tent evangelists Sunday mornings. This is how he describes those experiences:

On Saturday night I would see men lusting after half-naked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday night they’d be back at the carnival or some other place of indulgence. I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man’s carnal nature will out!”

From there, LaVey would go on to become a part-time investigator of alleged supernatural phenomena. What he found was that most situations had a natural explanation, but people were inclined to believe the supernatural. People would often rather believe the “other worldly” explanation than the reasonable one. This further moved him away from the belief in any form of religious supernaturalism.

LaVey eventually gathered together an inner circle of like-minded individuals, and in 1966, on the last night of April (Walpurgisnacht, the most important festival for believers in witchcraft), LaVey shaved his head and declared 1966 as year one, Anno Satanas (the first year of the age of Satan). The Church of Satan was thus founded, and has since included personalities such as Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Manson, and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio.

What few people actually realize about Satanism is that it is a purely atheistic and materialistic worldview. They do not believe in God or the devil. In fact, they took “Satan” (which, in Hebrew, means “Adversary”) as a symbol of anti-religion. Just as Satan is the traditional opposition to God, so also does he now represent a movement in opposition to all supernatural religions. Where the Bible teaches such things as turning the other cheek, abstinence from sin, kindness to those who don’t deserve it, selflessness, and the exclusive worship of God, in Satanism’s “Nine Statements” they support the complete opposite. Man is an animal, and so his highest goal is the pursuit of selfish pleasure. The church, in scaring people away from Satan, has tricked the masses into fleeing their natural desires to seek refuge in their sanctuaries. LaVey saw it as his mission to free people from this oppression.

So how, you may ask, is Satanism like atheism? There are several similarities…

1. They don’t believe in the supernatural. This is one of the primary soap boxes that modern-day atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennet preach from constantly! They say that we are now beneficiaries of “The Enlightenment” which showed us how foolish it is to believe in the supernatural. In fact, both Satanists (see #7 of the Nine Satanic Statements) and atheists (see Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and Daniel Dennett’s Darwin’s Dangerous Idea) insist that there is no fundamental difference between us and the animals. They say that we are simply highly evolved animals. It should come as no surprise that atheistic sexual ethics are becoming more and more like those held by Satanists. Satanism “…encourages any form of sexual expression you may desire, so long as it hurts no one else.” (Satanic Bible, pg 69) Influential atheist ethicist Peter Singer has come under controversy for claiming sex between humans and animals, although considered taboo, presents no ethical prohibitions as long as the animal is not hurt. It seems extreme, and most atheists will likely disagree with Singer, but it shows the dangerous places you could theoretically go when you abandon the biblical distinction between humans and animals, and Satanism and atheism both share this belief.

2. They believe that self is the ultimate authority. When you do away with the existence of God, you are left with no ultimate authority besides yourself. In The Satanic Bible, LaVey writes: “The Satanist feels: ‘Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a god in your image, why not create that god as yourself?’ Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one. So, the Satanist celebrates his own birthday as the most important holiday of the year.” (pg 96) On the atheist side, Richard Dawkins claims “…that the existence of God is a scientific hypothesis like any other.” (The God Delusion, pg 72) Dawkins insists that if God exists, He should be explainable through science alone. But what does this say? It says, “If God exists, he must be explainable in a way that I can understand.” When we can understand something it gives us power over it. Dawkins will not admit that there may be a God that we cannot fully comprehend. In this way, atheists promote themselves as God. In both Satanism and atheism, the human individual ultimately occupies the place of god.

3. When we are the ultimate authority, then we determine our own ethics. If God does not exist, then who becomes the authority on ethics? We do. Without God, we are left to determine our own ethics. For the Satanist, nothing is greater than the pursuit of pleasure. LaVey writes, “The FLESH prevaileth and a great Church shall be builded, consecrated in its name. No longer shall man’s salvation be dependent on his self-denial. And it will be known that the world of the flesh and the living shall be the greatest preparation for any and all eternal delights!” (Satanic Bible, pgs 23-24) Ethicists like Peter Singer are “Utilitarians” who believe in maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain for the greatest number of people. Indeed, if there is no God, and all we have is this physical life, then why waste time in pursuit of the spiritual? Why not engage in the physical pleasures available to you? Unless you borrow from Christian morality (which atheism almost always does), you are left with nothing to determine your morality except the pursuit of pleasure over pain.

4. They are both strongly opposed to religion.

This is perhaps the greatest similarity between the two. One of the biggest themes running through the Satanic Bible is a disdain for religion. Modern-day atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens have been anything by subtle over their thoughts on religion. Whether it is claiming that religion is child-abuse (Hitchens, God is Not Great, chapter 16, Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, chapter 9) or holding rallies specifically to “ridicule and show contempt for faith” (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2012/03/-atheists-richard-dawkins-reason-rally/1#.UDfn6ER9kzo), today’s atheists have made it clear that they are against religion in all its manifestations.

So, why do I draw attention to the similarities between Satanism and atheism? Simply to say that it should come as no surprise that the biblical adversary to the Christian faith would have his name attached to a cult that ultimately reflects the polar opposite of faith. People cringe when they think of Satanism but are a little more understanding when they hear “atheism.” However, when you strip away the scary rituals and dark robes, the two are essentially the same at the worldview level. They both deny the existence of God (or anything supernatural), they see humanity as the ultimate authority, they are Darwinian in their ethics, and they both oppose religion. The Bible is clear that there is a spiritual world that is very real, and it only has two sides (Ephesians 6:10-17). If you reject God, you inadvertently side with the devil. So which side are you on?


In the wake of such a headline disaster as the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, it seems absurd the amount of attention comments made by Dan Cathy of Chick Fil A have received. But this should come as no surprise, given what a hot button issue same-sex marriage has become. Not long ago, Kirk Cameron came under fire for supporting the biblical definition of marriage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhGQUKoH_TE). The funny thing is that his comments were completely in line with what he has said all along. The real shock would be if Cameron (or Cathy) came out and said “I support homosexual marriage, even though it goes against my biblical standard of morality.” But that’s not what either one of them said, and yet the controversy has exploded. My question is, “What did people expect these men to say, and why are they so outraged and surprised that they said what they did?”

Here is what Dan Cathy actually said: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” (http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38271) This was in response to a comment about his support of traditional family, to which Dan replied “Guilty as charged.”

Yes, those are the comments that have lit up Facebook! They have even driven Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to say this: “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.” (http://www.suntimes.com/news/13988905-418/emanuel-goes-after-chick-fil-a-for-boss-anti-gay-views.html)

Actually, Mr. Mayor, your city is split down the middle on the same-sex marriage issue, with an equal 42% opposed and 42% in favor (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-08-16/news/ct-met-poll-same-sex-marriage-20100816_1_civil-unions-gay-marriage-legal-rights). Now let’s look at what Dan Cathy actually said (remembering that he was not expressing all the values that Chick Fil A abides by, which are far more numerous than this one issue, and with which few people would likely take issue). They are 1) Supportive of the biblical definition of family 2) A family-owned business 3) A family-led business 4) Married to their first wives 5) Thankful to God.

So apparently the people of Chicago are not in favor or support of family owned/led business, the biblical definition of family, staying married to your first wife, or being thankful to God. Seems like a little bit of a stretch for the mayor to make such statements (of course, I could be wrong, and maybe he took the time to poll everyone). I know, I know,  the outrage is more against the underlying beliefs behind what Cathy said, rather than what he actually said. But seriously, folks, are you going dig in to the personal beliefs of every privately-owned business you come across, just in case they have different personal views than you? You have the right to boycott anything you want, but when someone like, oh, I don’t know…the mayor of Boston…uses his position of power to try and boycott a business from his city, it has become too personal. Honestly, I don’t support many things that Starbucks does, but I enjoyed a frappuccino from there two days ago and didn’t spit it out and scream “Tastes like liberalism!” If you’re going to boycott Chick Fil A, why not boycott all Christian owned businesses? Of course, you’ll have to do a lot of research first, and you might seriously limit some of your options for where to shop! You’ll just have to hope their CEOs do some of the work for you and make a public statement that can be blown way out of proportion!

In the end, the great thing about America is that we can disagree and work these things out in a democracy. If people are in favor of same-sex marriage, then it will likely get voted in to more states than the few where it is currently legal. If not, however, then one hopes the decision will be made by the people, and not by angry advocate groups who become outraged over the comments of a business man, who has never made any secret of where his moral standards come from. Now stop slinging mud at each other (especially if you’re the mayor of a city), and go buy a chicken sandwich with extra pickles (or not, that’s your choice). As for me, I have a hankering for a peach milkshake right now…

Written by Lynn Dove*

I have always loved the children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could”.  I loved the pluck and spunk of that little engine with the “I think I can, I think I can” attitude.  Love underdogs!  I love the idea that despite all odds and being the smallest and definitely not the strongest, this little engine succeeded when all the other bigger engines failed because he believed in his heart he could do it!

What’s that got to do with me, you say?  Well, in 2009 I published my first book, Shoot the Wounded, a young adult contemporary Christian fiction that has spawned two other books, Heal the Wounded and my latest release Love the Wounded  (The Wounded Trilogy).  The books delve deep into the real world of teenagers trying to live out their faith in the midst of upset and struggle.  The books have garnered much praise and attention for their sensitivity towards social issues such as teen pregnancy, gossip, bullying and cancer and the books are listed as resources on one of the largest anti-bullying websites in the world: www.bullying.org   They have won awards and 5 star reviews, and teenagers and parents alike are buying and reading the books in numbers I never imagined.

But the books were almost never written…

I wrote Shoot the Wounded nearly fifteen years ago.  It started out as a short story, something I just plucked away at for a weekend writing,  but 100 pages later I realized it was not a “short” story any more.  I added a bit more to the manuscript now and then, not sure what it was that was driving the effort because I never planned on doing anything more with it than tucking it away for my eyes only to see.

Then life happened.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and it was a two year battle where everything I was doing before basically went “on hold” until I was healthy again.  I was just starting to grow back all my hair that I had lost after chemo, when God called me to seminary and also to be Minister to Children at my home church in Cochrane.  My daughter got married.  Life was full and busy.  I graduated from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary with my Master of Religious Education degree in 2007 and one day as I was cleaning out all the “old” files on my computer I came across the then untitled Shoot the Wounded manuscript, collecting computer “dust” you might say and I almost hit the delete button…

My husband, Charles stopped me.  “Why don’t you finish that story and do something with it?” he said.

That led me on a writing/publishing journey that has now culminated into the recent release of Love the Wounded (May 30, 2012), third and final book of the Wounded Trilogy.

There were many ups and downs, seemingly endless hills to climb on this writing journey…times I felt just like the little engine that could…but with the help of God and MANY mentors and supporters of my efforts all along the way (including MANY members of the Blackaby clan I must say!) I puffed my way up those hills with an “I think I can” attitude.  When there were days when my thoughts were: “I DON’T think I can anymore”, and I felt weak and worn out from the effort, it was then that I could feel all those encouragers God had placed in my path helping to push me up and over those mountains!

God is using the message in my books to encourage students who are victims of bullying.  My books, written from a Christian world-view perspective are reaching out to teens and adults who need to know that they are not alone…God is always there for them.  My writing has become a ministry and I am humbled God would use me and my books to spread His message of Hope to the nations in this way.  I have an extensive following on my two blogs: Journey Thoughts (Winner of a 2011 Canadian Christian Writing Award) and Word Salt (a blog for those called by God to write).  Blogs I would never, ever have even thought to write had it not been for publishing my first book.

I don’t know where this “track” I’m on will continue to take me but with God and all my encouragers beside me, I’m pretty sure it will be a great ride!

*This interview is borrowed from my brother’s blog “Imagination’s Underground Railroad” (https://danielblackaby.wordpress.com/)

Have you heard of the “Reason Rally” coming March 24th to Washington D.C. (http://www.reasonrally.org/about/)? It is supposed to be the largest gathering of secularists in history, and features such prominent and popular atheists as biologist Richard Dawkins, comedian/musician Tim Minchin, and rock band Bad Religion. Their intent, stated on the website, is “…to unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society… and having a damn good time doing it!” As I browsed the website, I couldn’t help but notice something. This event is so similar to Loui Giglio’s “Passion” it’s scary! Switch out God for Reason, and you basically have the atheist version of Passion.

So what are the similarities? Well, for starters, there are the speakers. These are not just informative speakers like you might find at a business event or conference; they are popular names representing the secular worldview, and their goal is to empower and embolden their listeners. But empower them with what? Their atheist worldview, of course! Supposedly driven by reason instead of faith. Does this sound similar to a Christian conference? Let’s see, like-minded people coming together to be empowered and emboldened in their worldview to go out and make a difference in their world. Hmmm, sounds familiar!

But the similarities don’t end there. They claim, “The purpose of this particular rally will be to advance secularism (in the broadest sense of the word) in society.” All one has to do is replace “advance secularism” with “preach the gospel” and you’ve got a full-blown Christian rally. And this is coming from the very people who condemn Christians for “proselytizing.” The hypocrisy (which they also accuse us of) becomes more and more evident the more you explore their site.

In January, I had the privilege of experiencing Passion in downtown Atlanta. I can’t help but be reminded of that gathering when reading statements like this: “On March 24, 2012, from 10:00AM – 4:00PM at the National Mall, nontheists from all corners of the nation will descend on Washington, D.C. en masse to deliver the good news: ‘We’re huge, we’re everywhere, and we’re growing.'” Passion 2012 used similar language to describe over 40,000 people descending upon the Dome to lift high the name of Jesus (which is the “gospel” or “good news”). At Passion, the outward focus was on putting an end to slavery and sex-trafficking in the world. One of the purposes for Reason Rally is to promote “legislative equality” and give secularists a stronger voice in society. Seems kind of weak when compared to ending world slavery (which Passion definitely helped by giving several million dollars and raising awareness in the eyes of people worldwide). But hey, the point is they are promoting a cause…just like us Christians.

So why do I write this? I guess partly it is out of ironic frustration that the very ones who accuse religion of poisoning society are replacing it with a religion all their own, complete with their own bands, speakers, causes, and rallies. The point is this: We were created to worship, and so each one of us will devote our life to some religion, ideology, or philosophy. You can’t escape it. If the loudest and proudest atheist today, Richard Dawkins, can’t help but headline a massive event as a sort of atheist version of Loui Giglio, you know that it’s inescapable! I’m sure they would argue the differences between Reason Rally and Passion, and there definitely are some big ones. But at the most basic level, they are the same. Reason Rally is a massive gathering of like-minded people to support and empower the furthering of their worldview in society. It’s basically a big ‘ol secular church service, with Dawkins standing in as the priest. But I guess this is not surprising, coming from a guy who even has a “Converts Corner” on his website, where people can share their story of how they gave up religion in favor of atheism. In the spirit of classic spy vs. villain movies, I simply say, “We’re not so different, you and I.”

In this clip there is a great line: “When the pupil is ready, the master will appear.” When we are spiritually born again into the family of God, we are just baby Christians. And, like babies, we are ignorant but anxious to learn (even if it means walking into a few coffee tables!).

God found us hopelessly lost; an empty shell of what we could be, our own best efforts leading only to our death. But then He saved us and made us something new. We have a purpose now! But we still have so far to go and so much to learn. I have come to find that the Bible is what God uses to teach us. It takes a new Christian who is woefully unprepared to live the Christian life and begins to train him or her to be more like Jesus.

It’s actually a lot like exercising. Over this Christmas break, my sister has taken upon herself the enormous task of whipping her “post-graduation-hasn’t-been-good-to-me” older brother into shape (bless her soul). What we found the first day (apart from excruciating shin splints) was that growing requires consistency. One day of running is just not enough to see growth. However, the more time you spend with your trainer the more you will start to see changes.

So I have to ask myself, How much time do I spend with God in my Bible? What results do I see after years of being a Christian? I can’t expect to be spiritually fit if I neglect to spend time with my teacher. As busy as life can get sometimes, it is vitally important I carve out time to read and study my Bible. If I want to grow, I must train, and if I want to train, I must spend time with my Trainer.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”   2 Timothy 3:16-17

Around Christmas time, there always seem to be those that want to claim “Christmas is a pagan holiday, and not Christian at all!” Although there is a LOT of complicated history behind the holiday of Christmas, here are a couple thoughts on it that I think are interesting.

First of all, the Bible never tells us what specific day Jesus was born, so there is really no way to know. But how often have you known people to have a birthday party on a day that wasn’t their actual birthday? Lots of times people will have a party on Saturday if their birthday was actually on Wednesday or something. The point is, you don’t have to celebrate someone’s birth on the actual day. The important thing is that you celebrate the FACT that they were born! The birth of Jesus is important to Christians because He had to be born first in order to die and be raised again (Good Friday and Easter). We know that Jesus was born, even if we don’t know the exact day of the year. That is what we celebrate at Christmas. December 25th is often called “The Birthday of Jesus,” which probably confuses people. It may be more appropriate to call it “The day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.”

The way Dec 25th came about was kind of weird. Jewish tradition believed that great figures (like Moses) died on the same date as they were born (so they died on their birthday). Some Christian scholars (Tertullian and Hippolytus) determined that Jesus probably died on March 25 (near Passover), so he must have been born on that date. Another guy named Sextus Julius Africanus later said that Jesus was actually conceived on March 25, and was born 9 months later…on December 25.

There were 3 pagan feasts that were celebrated on or around this day (Deus Sol Invictus which celebrated the Sun god, and the birthday of the Persian fertility deity Mirthra both fell on Dec 25.  The immoral drunken orgy of Saturnalia was celebrated from Dec 17-23). Christians would often celebrate something Christian in place of the many pagan festivals of the time, so this was an opportunity for them to replace these pagan feasts with a Christian celebration instead. The earliest reference to the established Christian feast of Christmas was in 336 A.D., so Christmas is almost 1700 years old! Of course, over the years many other traditions were added (the story of Santa Clause and that other stuff came later). The cool thing is that, even though there are a lot of non-Christian traditions added to Christmas now, the main things (family, giving, love, the Nativity, helping the poor) all trace back to a Christian worldview.

So yeah, there were pagan feasts on Dec 25 before Christmas came along, but that really doesn’t matter. Reformation Day (in which Christians celebrate the Protestant Reformation) is on Oct 31…the same day as Halloween. It doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it because Halloween is also on that day…they just share the same date! So even though there are other historical traditions dating back to Dec 25, the fact is that Christmas has survived while those other pagan traditions have died. Christmas has now become the biggest holiday celebrated in America, and at the very center is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.

two types of people…

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Video Clips

Within each one of us is what has been called a “God-shaped Hole.” John Calvin noted that each person has a sensus divinitatus (sense of the divine) that recognizes this innate need for God. Religion has been a part of every culture throughout history, and reflects our need for God. In fact, religion has historically been the natural reaction of people, not atheism. Each person will seek to fill that void with something, whether with God or with something else.

Is it any wonder that the greatest command of God is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30)? It makes sense, that His greatest command fulfills our greatest need.

Do you feel that void? Have you tried to fill it with something else, only to be left fearful and empty? Perhaps you have been seeking to fill your life with things that were never meant to satisfy your greatest need.

A Godly Legacy…

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Video Clips

We do not choose what we inherit, but we choose what we will pass on.

We live in a generation that is turning away from God rapidly. We each have a choice to embrace the evil that has been passed on to us, or rebel against it.

For many, you have not inherited a godly legacy from your parents. Perhaps you grew up in a home that was far from God. But now you have the ability to start a new legacy. You can break the chain of sin that has plagued your family tree for generations. You can pass something different on to your children.

For others, you have been blessed with a godly heritage. But you still have a choice: Will you continue that legacy, or will it end with you? It only takes one generation to end a godly legacy. But it also takes only one generation to begin one.

What have you inherited? You are never too young to begin a godly legacy. Josiah was 16 years old when he began to seek the God of his ancestor David (2 Chronicles 34:3). He inherited a godless legacy from his evil father Amon, and yet he was not content to follow in those footsteps. In the end, his life could be summarized like this: “Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his mind and with all his heart and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.” 2 Kings 23:25

May we follow the example of Josiah and leave our world different from the what we inherited.

crossing the line…

Posted: November 5, 2011 in Video Clips

The decision to follow Jesus is not one to be taken lightly. It promises to be difficult and even costly. It is so much more than “Ask Jesus into your heart.” In fact, Jesus draws a line in the sand, lays out the requirements, and asks “So who’s with me?” This is a challenge for me everyday. I must ask myself, “How far am I willing to go with Jesus?” Being His disciple is more than going to church on earth and enjoying heaven when we die (although it is certainly not less than that!). It’s about denying yourself (your ambitions, your selfish desires, your comfort, your safety) and following Him—wherever He leads. What if He leads us to hard places? What if He leads us out of our comfort zones? What if He leads us to forsake our desires for His? We must count the cost before we too quickly claim the name of “Christian.” Becoming a disciple of Christ is many things—exciting, fulfilling, compelling—but it is not easy.

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.’”

Why we need the church…

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Video Clips

I have come across many people who said something along the lines of “I love God, I just don’t believe in the church.” This is problematic in many ways, not least of which is 1 John 4:20 “If anyone says ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

I realize that “The church is full of hypocrites.” The thing is, everywhere is full of hypocrites! You’re a hypocrite, I’m a hypocrite. We’re all hypocrites! I remember a big, deep-voiced, Texas man named D.K. Every time someone objected to church by saying it was full of hypocrites, he would bellow “And there’s room for one more!”

But that’s not the issue.

The main issue is that we need the church, because no matter how strongly we believe, we still need others to spur us on. Even a solider fighting for what he passionately believes in will needs his fellow troops to encourage him to keep fighting when times get hard. Especially when the Christian walk presents us trials we need others to push us to keep fighting for what we believe in. If you forsake meeting together with other believers, who will do that for you when you need it? Who will you encourage when they want to give up?

Proverbs 27:17 says man sharpens man as iron sharpens iron, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says to pity the one who falls and does not have a brother to pick him up. I need the church and so do you. God designed us that way. Let’s not forsake meeting together.

Hebrews 11:23-25 “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works; not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”