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Ten Reasons Why I Never Wash. 1. I was made to wash as a child. 2. People who wash are hypocrites - they reckon they're cleaner than other people. 3. There are so many different kinds of soap. I could never decide which one was right. 4. I used to wash, but it got boring so I stopped. 5. I still wash on special occasions like Christmas and Easter. 6. None of my friends wash. 7. I'm still young. When I'm older and have got a bit dirtier, I might start washing. 8. I really don't have time. 9. The bathroom is never warm enough. 10. People who make soap are only after your money. If this puzzles you, don't worry. The same reasons are given by people who don't attend a Christian fellowship. The tragedy is those people actually believe their reasons are valid.
Corrie ten Boom was so busy with her speaking engagements she was neglecting her time with God. Then she damaged her leg. During her time in hospital she complained to the Lord, "Lord, I'm so busy. I can't afford to be sitting around in hospital." The Lord spoke to her and said, "Yes Corrie, you've been so busy you haven't spent time with Me. I've missed you."
When you buy a bunch of bananas, the first one to get eaten is the first one off the bunch.
Not everyone has to have close fellowship with one another: It's a good thing that your nose and your armpit don't have close fellowship.
Fellowship and food and the presence of God are closely related. "So they saw God, and they ate and drank." (Ex 24:11)
Karl Ketcherside wrote, "Wherever God has a child, I have a brother or sister" and when asked about accepting brothers in error, he would reply, "That is the only kind of brother that I have." He affirmed that "nothing should be made a test of fellowship that God has not made a test for going to heaven." Graham Carslake DNA of Churches of Christ: the Largest Indigenous Christian Church Born in USA
Be an individual, step out of the flock, and life could be over very quickly. (see 1 Pet 5:8) Narrator on documentary series Massive Nature, Channel 7, 21-8-05. He was commenting on the fact that flamingos survive because they are part of the flock.