According to sources close to the Johnsons, the family of five was excitedly anticipating their biannual visit to Maple Hill Community Church Christmas morning, where they will get to catch up with fellow church members they have not seen since they attended church on Easter morning, earlier this year.
“I wonder how the Bakers are doing,” Laurel Johnson said as her husband Bill checked what time the special Christmas service would be on Sunday morning. “Chloe will have had the baby by now. Man, it feels like we only get to see them a couple times a year.”
“I heard Greyson went off to college already. I’m so excited to hear how his first semester went.”
Mrs. Johnson even searched for a few of her close church friends on Facebook, so she would be caught up on how their lives were going when she began her twice-yearly interaction with the body of Christ. She reportedly clicked through several dozen photo albums, commenting on how much various people had changed since they last saw them almost nine months ago.
“I can’t wait to see my brothers and sisters in Christ for the first time since March,” Mr. Johnson said. “It sounds crazy, but sometimes I wonder if we should consider upping our church attendance to three times per year.”
For this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess. 2:11-12)
It’s this one-
The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. That they may successfully do evil with both hands– The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together. The best of them is like a brier; The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; Now shall be their perplexity.
Do not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion; Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom. For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. (Mic. 7:2-7)
The only hope we have, the only one in which we can safely confide, the only one who won’t betray us, is God.
A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well. (Prov. 25:26)