Journal Entry by Geoff Allen

S – Hebrews 10: 24-25 (NLT)
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.  

O – Observation
I can remember when I first asked Jesus into my life. I was serving in the NSW Police as a Detective.  At the age of 32, only a matter of weeks after making this decision I found myself in coronary care. I was in and out of coronary care for two years. During that time we had to sell our car, walk everywhere scrape together enough to pay the bills that just kept coming from specialists, etc hoping for enough to live on, I had no idea on my future or even if I had one.. Somehow people knew us enough because we knew them through small groups and church and every now and then a meal, box of fruit and vegetables and even a packets of meat were dropped off at times always at our point of need. 

A – Application  
If I hadn’t been in fellowship and let people into my life, I wonder what would have happened?  Sometimes when we are facing things that have impacted very deeply in our lives it can be an option not to be in fellowship, not to come to church. Over the years from my experience I have found that the opposite to be true.  I need to be obedient in my faith as the above scripture encourages, many times it’s given me so much strength to face another day and so often just by turning up I have been privileged to be in God’s plan for someone else, to encourage or even rescue.  It's amazing what happens when we go to church or a meeting looking to be the hand of Jesus to someone in need.

P – Prayer
Lord thank you for all the people you have put into my life, who at times have rescued me or I have been able to encourage.  Help me to be faithful and obedient to your word even in difficult times.