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Do You Have to Go to Church?

Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

Written by Joy on 30/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Church And Community
“Do not give up meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

There are church services on television and the Internet. But is it ok to stay at home and watch a church service? Or do we have to go to a physical church building? Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

Church: The Body of Christ
When God talks about the church, he isn’t talking about a physical building. The church is all the people in the world who have put their faith in Jesus, sometimes called the body of Christ.

Christians are instructed to meet together regularly. (Hebrews 10:25) Many Christians go to church buildings (local churches). But if there isn’t a local church near you, don’t worry. You can meet in a house church, a secret meeting place or a public place where you can fellowship. The important thing is to meet with other Christians so you can learn, fellowship, and work together to teach others about God.

Divide and Conquer: Enemy Strategy
It’s not easy to overpower a group of people because there’s strength in numbers. But if you divide them, you can easily conquer. The Bible even talks about the benefits of being with another person instead of being alone. “Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

As Christians, we have an enemy who wants to divide us. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8). Satan tries to separate you from other believers because he knows you are weaker when you are alone. When we are in a group, we can support each other, hold each other accountable and pray for each other. Satan will not be able to drag one of us off into the wilderness of unbelief, doubt, or despair.

United in Love: Jesus’ Prayer
Jesus prayed for us to be united. (John 17:9-11). He told us to “Love one another” (John 13:34) and “Encourage one another” (I Thessalonians 5:11). You’ll be able to do all of that and more when you’re united with other believers by meeting together. If you haven’t put your faith in Jesus yet, become a part of the body of Christ today and you can begin meeting with other believers too!

Pray this week:

That God will direct you to a local church where you can belong and how you can be an encouragement to other believers.

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Deadly affair when snake meets kite

What happens when a raptor and python cross paths – high up in a tree? One Wild Card member was astonished to witness this three-hour, deadly interaction.

Late last year Luis Da Cruz and his wife spent a few days at Ngwenya Lodge, situated on the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park. A leisurely stroll soon turned into an afternoon to remember when a two-metre-long python – high up in a tree – caught Luis’s attention.

The Kruger regular was even more astonished when he noticed the python was wrapped around a bird. “I could not believe our luck. While trying to work out exactly what type of bird the snake had caught, I was also desperately trying to get decent pictures. The snake was very high up, 25m plus, and the light was poor,” Luis recalls.

With many spectators, all speculating about what was happening, questions were plentiful. Did the python kill the black-shouldered kite in the tree or on the ground? If the python caught the bird on the ground, how did it get the bird up into the tree? Did the bird land close to the snake, already at home in the tree, and meet its match? And probably the most dreaded question of all: What would happen if the snake fell out of the tree?

To add to the drama, a pied crow showed up. “For at least 30 minutes, the crow desperately tried to disrupt the snake by pecking at its tail, trying to dislodge it from the tree, and making one almighty racket. It’s known that crows and snakes are natural enemies – this crow’s actions seemed to indicate that it was trying to get the snake to release the black-shouldered kite. I have never witnessed anything like this.”

Was the crow trying to rescue the kite or did it want to steal the snake’s meal? Let us know what you think.

After three hours, the snake still hadn’t swallowed the motionless bird. “By now our necks were stiff from looking upwards all this time and we decided to move on. The next day, none of the other spectators could confirm what had happened in the end, everyone wishing that they had watched the entire interaction. Quite a few of the visitors suggested that this particular python is a regular in the area.”

An unsolved mystery

Snake expert Johan Marais identified the snake as a Southern African python (Python natalensis). This snake kills its prey by constriction and then swallows it whole.

“It’s quite unusual to see a python eating an adult bird in broad daylight. It is an ambush hunter and usually hides in bushes or grass to surprise its prey. How it got the bird up the tree is a bit of a mystery. Although they feed on mammals and birds, they are also known to take fish and leguaans. The maximum length for the Southern African python is just short of 6m.”

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