Week beginning: 22nd September, 2013
By Peter Brown | Ballymoney
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
In the context of the new legal year and Regional Conferences we should be concerned not merely to passively support but individually to actively help the LCF fulfil its mission to bring the good news of Jesus Christ within the legal world.
A minister visiting a member of their congregation who had not attended church for some time sat down with them in front of their open fire, removed a burning coal and left it on the hearth where it soon became cold, dull and lifeless. Yet when it was then lifted back onto the grate, it quickly burned bright again and generated heat. The individual lump of coal was unable to fulfil its purpose and the effectiveness of the fire itself was equally diminished by the absence of a component part deprived of an opportunity to contribute.
The writer of Ecclesiastes applies this same principle. Two is better than one in almost every situation to the mutual benefit of both of the participants and, with the third strand of God, not only can we defend ourselves but we become even stronger. The LCF currently has close to 2000 individual strands – imagine the strength we would have individually and collectively, with God's help, if we all fully play our part both in regional groups and the fellowship as a whole.
1. Pray that you might have the opportunity to encourage another colleague or friend this week.
2. Pray for those attending the KLICE/LCF conference on commercial law and ethics this weekend.