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The pastor ran into one of his members who had not been
attending recently.

He said, "Morris, I haven't seen you in church lately."

Morris said, "Well, preacher there are just too many
hypocrites in the church."

The pastor said, "Well, Morris don't let that bother you,
there's room for one more."

Eph 5:17-21
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what
the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart
to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

LIGHT from the WORD.

Being "wise" depends upon listening to the Lord because
He IS wisdom (vs 17).
And, His WORD is wisdom given from Him!

God's wisdom directs us to be "filled" with His Spirit (vs 18).
To be "filled" we are to speak to ONE ANOTHER
in songs of God.

And, to GIVE THANKS for all He has done and is doing
in our lives (vss 19-20).

Hey! That means we are to be IN CHURCH, encouraging one
another and drawing strength from one another!

In Ephesians 1:13, God tells us that we are
"sealed in the Spirit" when we are saved.
But we don't always remain FILLED with His Spirit.

We need to be REFILLED constantly!
The way to do that is to "draw NIGH to God!"
(See James 4:8)

For the believer, being in church is not an option!
We are to be "submitting" ourselves to
one another in the reverence of God (vs 21).

Remember the banana:
when it left the bunch, it got SKINNED!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce