May 18, 2017
In 1917, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in Russia were having a heated debate. Just a few doors down the street the Bolsheviks were meeting to overthrow the Czar and usher in the leadership of Lenin. They were planning and plotting, but over there the bishops were debating.
Now just what was the huge issue over which the bishops were debating? It was whether or not they were going to use eighteen inch candles or twenty-two inch candles. The empire was crumbling down around them and they were debating on the length of a candle!
The devil would rather start a church fuss than sell a barrel of whiskey! God wants us to be together. God wants us to encourage one another, to lift up one another. You and I need to be in a ministry of encouragement. Hebrews 3:13 says, "But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."