We Are In This Together: Fellowship and Christianity

Fellowship is working together in the healing, restoring, enlightening and life-giving work of God.

jesus-washing-apostles-feet-39588-printMake every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

There are solitary religions, but Christianity is not one of them. Jesus didn’t go it alone: from the outset of his ministry the Lord involved others. He called disciples to journey with him, and to be co-laborers in the work the Father gave him to do. We can learn from the community Jesus formed with his first disciples as we consider what community means for disciples today – for us.  Continue reading “We Are In This Together: Fellowship and Christianity”

Visiting With God

The process of committing His word to memory, or learning “by heart,” forces me to mull it over and over, as if visiting with Him over and over, and knowing Him (in my heart) better each time.

A relationship with God requires knowing Him.  Knowing Him requires knowing His word.

Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples.”  (John 8:31)

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Encounters with Silence

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Some years ago, when I was teaching at Mercy College, I did an experiment with my students: I asked them to sit silently while I timed them. The room went quiet – and the longer they sat the more uncomfortable they became; they began to fidget in their seats, I heard some nervous giggles; the time seemed to drag on forever for them. When I ended the experiment there was a collective sigh of relief – as if they had done yeoman’s work. They had been sitting quietly for just one minute! Continue reading “Encounters with Silence”

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

God showers us with gifts every single day – and we rarely open them. Even more rarely do we say thanks.

 

… Earth’s crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God;
but only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
The rest sit ’round it and pluck blackberries …
(from Aurora Leigh, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

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