But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Heb. 3:13)

I MUST CONFESS. I have a celebrity crush on Dennis Miller. I don’t know if he really is bolder and fresher like his tour with Bill O’Reilly indicates, but I find him clever and charming in his use of language. His radio show airs on Saturday evening, so if I’m on the road then I’m traveling with him. I remember him on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. He’s still funny and handsome, but it’s Miller’s use of words I enjoy so much. I learn vocabulary, and I secretly hope some smarts will ooze through the airwaves and give me an intellectual infusion.

The writer of Hebrews told how the Israelites hardened their hearts in the desert, losing faith in God. He warned that when we fail to trust in God, ignore His will, and resist turning to Him, we may be lost. We prevent that by being with other believers. Time with fellow Christians strengthens and encourages us in our faith.

While I hope to absorb a bit of Mr. Miller’s talent with words when I listen, others connect with like-minded individuals to learn from them. Want to be a great hostess? Take a cooking class and hang out with domestic goddesses. Want to run marathons? Rub sweating elbows with fit friends. Want to keep your faith strong and your heart open to Him? Fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters.

To benefit yourself and other Christians, spend time with the faithful in your life.

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.