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The next part of the picture says that the early church got together and everyone shared what they had. They sold possesions and property to provide for people in need.
The picture is of a very open-hearted, open-handed people. There was a genuine concern for one another. There was a genuine desire to help, to meet needs.
A community is born. A family is born. Other parts of the picture emphasize the fact also. People from a large swath of the middle east, Europe, Asia, and possibly Africa, join together across culteral barriers to become genuinely involved in one another's lives.
Like people naturally attract. But, here, people from different backgrounds, languages and cultures were drawn together, based on a connection of a hunger to learn about this Jesus, and the Holy Spirit forging a heart chain between them. And they sacrificed for the good of each other.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Saturday, February 02, 2013
The next item is "prayer." As we have written recently, prayer is conversation with God. It is the place where man can open his heart freely to God, focusing his heart toward God. Here God confirms his words, his intentions with man. He confirms a man's purpose, a man's place in God's world, God's life and God's mission.
Man also invites God to act in the areas of his concern. He invites God into his family, his work, his neighborhood, his hobbies, his goals, and his pursuits.
And it is perfectly permissible to invite God into the every day, mundane events of life. A person might get a parking place quicker. Or a trip to the grocery store might move from the ordinary to the extraordinary.