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Unswerving Foundation- a reflection by Caitlin Loughin

Hebrews 10:23-25
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

One week before this season of Covid-19 began, Pastor Matt preached on the importance of having a firm foundation for our faith. The above passage in Hebrews was part of my Bible reading plan for this past weekend, and it reminded me of his sermon and the Matthew 7 parable he spoke of. The image of a house that was battered by a storm came to my mind. Pieces of a house built on a firm foundation can still be damaged, BUT the house still stands, it has not fallen to the ground! We are affected/ damaged by this storm in different ways. However, with a firm foundation we can stand and can work to repair what is damaged. We even have the opportunity to rebuild in a way where the house is stronger and can withstand the next storm. Perhaps that rebuilding is happening with how we spend time in God’s word, or in our families, marriages, and relationships. The above passage from Hebrews says: “let us not give up meeting together.” When first reading this passage I felt the weight of our church body being unable to meet in person, but then I was encouraged by “not give up!” Yes meeting together in this season looks different, but let us “not give up” but rather “spur one another on towards love and good deeds”! We can encourage one another to repair what is damaged BECAUSE we are built on a firm foundation. Our hope is placed in Jesus Christ and the fact that this is not our forever home (Hebrews 11:16). God’s plan has not paused, stopped, or taken a detour “the Day” of Christ is still “approaching”!

Caitlin and her husband David have been attending Northside Church since 2012. They have 2 boys, Henry and Noah and one fluff named Beauregard. They have loved seeing Northside Church grow over the last 8 years and their kids love the music and "Miss Lexy" :)


  1. This is beautiful, Caitlin. I am praying with you that in this time that has exposed less-than-sturdy things in our foundations...that we would look to the Lord to shore us up. That we'd be in His Word and His Truths and ways, which will show us the anchor we have for our souls. And I love the invitation to spur one another on in those things. You do that for me! Seeing you work out your faith, lean in to leading and serving blesses me and spurs me on. Much love to you sister. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Great stuff Caitlin! Love you guys - go Northside Church!


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