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A FELLOWSHIP FREEZE

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Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is.

 (Hebrews 10:25 KJV)

During my college days, I remember a time when I lived for two long months in Maine where the low temperatures, high humidity, and high winds made me miserable, I was also overwhelmed by the cold and the loneliness. I lived in a house with a dozen chemical engineering students. We used the nearby paper mill as a laboratory to improve the factory’s production.

My housemates were a great bunch of guys, but as far I knew none of them were Christian. During my two moth stay I sampled several churches in the area, but experienced a reception nearly as cold as the weather. Lack of transportation prevented me from visiting other churh's which were farther away.

This experience is a stark contrast to my other experiences when I was assigned to other stations in the Chemical Engineering Practice School. During ths time I enjoyed warm fellowship in various churches in New Jersey and New York. But during my stay in Maine I had to depend more on my personal Bible Study and prayer time in an  effort to adequately fill the void left by not being able to have fellowship and meeting with other believers. 

I realized God was trying to teach me the value of Christian fellowship by removing it from my life for a season. The benefits of gathering with other believers as stated in Hebrews 10:25 became more meaningful to me.

 Living with non-Christian friends

Speculating--what are God’s ends?

I saw more clearly what He desires

Warmed by Christian fellowship fires.

 The warmth of Christian friends thaws fellowship freezes.