Archive for September, 2011
Last Sunday Manny Dominguez, a member at the South City Location, was walking from my house to the bus stop to go to church. One of my neighbors was outside and struck up a conversation with Manny. They talked for a bit and then she ask him where he was going and Manny replied,” I am going to church”. They talked for a few minutes about church and she told him she was looking for a church. He gave her a Jubilee card with our address and invited her.
Today I was walking for exercise and was thinking about Manny’s … [Read the rest of this post]
In my grandparents home, there was a plaque near their door that said, “have you prayed about it?” You know that thing you’re worried about (job, child, bill that’s due, relationship, etc), have you “taken it to God?”
I think that we understand the gist of what that means, but I’m wondering how many of us actually go about doing it if we even do it at all? Sometimes, it can almost seem like a cliche or a figure of speech. We say “we’ll pray about it” when perhaps we really mean “I’ll think about it.” Nothing wrong with thinking … [Read the rest of this post]
Christ Followers are dedicated to each other.
I want you to notice some of the imagery found in Acts 2:42-27. There’s a picture I see of the early church that is quite revealing…Everyone was filled with awe, all the believers were together, and every day they continued to meet together.
The early church understood and had a clear sense of community. They wanted to be together and they were dedicated to each other’s needs. We are told if a practical, physical need arose, the early church sold their possessions and gave to anyone who had need. If a spiritual … [Read the rest of this post]
Christ followers desire to be in God’s presence.
Often when we think of church, we think of wanting to be around people. However, the church in Acts 2 shows us that although it’s great to be in the presence of others, our first priority is to be in the presence of God. The early church understood that if you are getting together for a spiritual purpose, the most important thing that can happen is to grow closer to the Spirit of Christ.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
This verse is the clearest verse in the Bible on how we should treat others. It also appears to be one of the more simple commands. Want to know how to respond to someone who offended you? Just respond the way you wish someone would respond to you in the exact situation. Seems clear, seems easy, but nobody does it.
The truth is that all of us want to be treated in a way that we’re … [Read the rest of this post]