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Yesterday was the Lord’s Day and many of us worshiped in our church. When we praise the Lord on Sundays, there should be joy in our hearts because we are in the presence of God.

There is another source of joy as well–it is the joy of being with our brothers and sisters in Jesus. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote of this joy in his book, Life Together

The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer. Longingly, the imprisoned apostle Paul calls his “dearly beloved son in the faith,” Timothy to come to him in prison in the last days of his life; he would see him again and have him near. Paul has not forgotten the tears Timothy shed when they last parted (2 Timothy 1:4)…

The believer feels no shame, as though he were still living too much in the flesh, when he yearns for the physical presence of other Christians (19).

Wow! Do we actually “yearn” to be together as Christians?

As Christ-followers, we have been created for fellowship with God through Jesus Christ; and for fellowship with one another in the life of the church.

Bonhoeffer’s message is just as relevant today as it was in the 1930’s.

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