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Heartbeat Christian News - August 2015 issue

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Continued from page 1 ­ even in Revelation, at the beginning of the book, Jesus had John write to the 7 churches and notice there was only ONE church in each city. See the devil loves nothing more than to get Christians focused on the church being a building and NOT what they see in the mirror. In days gone by, the people of God would refer to the building where the church assembled as the 'church house'. In fact, in the early part of Acts, there were no church buildings for the body of Christ to assemble in. So most meetings were held house to house or in the open air. If the saints of God would only realize that everywhere they go, they are the church and their lifestyle or conversation as the bible refers to it is the witness to the lost soul or backslider. The only reason we assemble ourselves with the body of Christ in the church house is to get our spirit fed when a preacher sent by God rightly divides the Word of God for us with understanding. Also, to praise the Lord and fellowship as the bible teaches. This gives the church strength to go out and do the work of the Lord during the interim times and to withstand all the attacks of the enemy. If the church were a natural building then Jesus would have given emphasis to the synagogues in His day. Have we not read where Jesus taught us that “the kingdom cometh not with observation” because the “kingdom of God is within us”. Also, where He taught us “MY kingdom is NOT of this world”. It would behoove all who don't truly understand to seek God and ask Him to show them who and what the true church is! Acts 7:48­ 49 “Howbeit, the Most High dwelleth NOT in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest.”