We hope you had a great Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Hebrews 3 v 12 – 13
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
This morning, we thank God for friends and family because they are a gift from Him. If left to our own devices we can easily go off track but together we can encourage one another and build each other up in the faith. We can bless one another.
Here is a great quote form a book by John Ortberg on blessing:
Then one day I got a seminar from Dallas Willard on how to bless. I was with my wife and daughter. There were other people in the room, but this was really for us. There are two great words in the Bible, Dallas said, that describe the posture of our souls toward other people. One is to bless. The other is to curse. We are creatures with wills, and in every encounter with other people we will what is good for them, or we fail to do so: we will what is bad. We cannot help ourselves. Blessing is not just a word. Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another. We must think it, and feel it, and will it. We communicate it with our bodies. Blessing is kind of like an ancient dance of the Hokey-Pokey; before you finish you have to “put your whole self in.Blessing takes time, so don’t hurry. One of the difficulties of blessing nowadays is that you may have to grab on to someone to get them to hold still long enough to receive it. Receiving a blessing is as much an art as giving one. We think we’re unworthy, or we start to plan on giving a blessing back. Blessing-giving should be asymmetrical. It’s not a form of barter. It’s grace.