There came a time when the ancient Hebrews had to make decisions on their own. No longer could they rely on their leader Joshua to stand before them and command that they go in this direction or that. He was soon to die, and they would be responsible for their own actions. So Joshua called the people together and confronted them with the facts. His final speech can be summarized in three words: “choose for yourselves” (Joshua 24:15). These three words apply so perfectly to us today as we consider how to build congregational relationships. In the final analysis, we either will or will not pull together, grow deeper, and become a caring body of believers. It’s really up to each of us to choose whether or not to bond with other believers.
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