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Theologian Charles Spurgeon said, “One log does not burn well by itself.” By that he means that when burning logs separate, they soon die out. The author of Hebrews made the same point to God’s people, who were tempted to abandon their church fellowship and live for themselves. The writer explained that since God paid such a high price to secure our salvation, we must not abandon His followers who meet together for spiritual nurture and support. If we do, like a log or ember that separates from the fire, we will die out. He writes in Hebrews 10, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” The author knew God’s people need the nurturing of church teaching, collective worship, connecting with others, and opportunities to serve one another. When we neglect these, we begin to die out.

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