We, as members of a community, see with the eyes of the Savior how much torment and grief strikes those around us. We see how a gentle smile, a kind word, and even a stern correction can urge one another on to the hope we have. Through a community we are encouraged to not just do the right thing; we are also enabled to live in peace, with love and patience flanking our sides. We fight the battles together, we rejoice in harmony, and we weep with great heaves.
One of our church elders, Gerald Griffin, recently spoke about this idea of community. He sounded the alert that we, as a church, need to become more involved as to provide even further opportunity to grant one another the benefits of knowing each other more intimately, as brothers and sisters. He resounded that as followers of Christ are called to live in light of this concept, that we are created for communion with God and with others. It was a Sunday morning that moved many people, some to tears, as they realized that their own lives were marked by the isolation and chaos of missing out on the blessing of community. We are praying that Eden continues to grow in community and that each of you are encouraged to grow in your relationship with Christ as you grow in relationship with each other.
Nick’s work is taking our little family to Colorado, in pursuit of provision for the family God has charged Nick and me with. We don’t know how long we’ll be gone, but as Nick and I embark on the next journey in our lives on this earth, we are praying that the Lord blesses us with another kinship that we can join in, unified by the Lord. Our lives have been greatly affected by our “Portland people”…more than a simple article can state. We hope and pray that as we continue on we can be that same blessing to others that God puts in our path, that the Lord would continue to bless Eden Bible Church with community and His other numerous blessings, and that we will become part of another church that is the extension of His grace on earth.
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
…we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. Colossians 1:9-12