We look to the book of Hebrews for instruction on encouraging our brethren and meeting together to worship our heavenly Father

Each Sunday morning, Annette Herndon Hake's family walked 3 miles to Fall Creek, rowed a boat across (in the winter they landed downstream), and walked another 4 miles to church.

Evidently, worshipping God with others was priority to the Herndons.

Consider what the writer of the book of Hebrews has to say about "worshipping God with others."

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and more as you see the Day approaching."

As we ponder those words of encouragement, let us decide to make participation in "worshipping God with others" the highest priority.

See you in church.

Dan Parks is the pastor at Prineville Christian Church. He can be reached at 541-447-7603.

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