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Meeting Needs in Community

How do you feel about community and fellowship? How important is fellowship with like-minded believers to you?

When you want to serve others, how do you know what to do and what needs exist?

We’ve been reading Kathy Howard’s Unshakeable Faith over at Do Not Depart for the past eight weeks, and this week, I’m sharing a quick vlog (under 4 minutes) about week 8 in Kathy’s study.

Join me at Do Not Depart today, and let me know how you focus on Christ to deepen unity in fellowship.

Weekend Inspiration: Fellowship Callings

He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:8-9

May we have weeks ahead full of fellowship of loving, steadfast hearts, and most of all, fellowship with Christ, to whom we are called.


Linking up with Deidra at Jumping Tandem today.




Five Minute Friday: Community

Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo at the The Gypsy Mama: A time where we “just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.” Five minutes of writing without editing or backtracking!

This week’s prompt: “Community…”


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These moments of struggle in our family situation creates one of the first times I can remember truly craving community.

I’ve felt lonely before, yes. But searching for some temporal thing to fill the holes isn’t the same as seeking godly community. And somehow this time is even more different than before. I feel I’m seeking specific (yet open) community. (Does that even make sense?)

Why have I avoided community in the past?

Pride, perhaps. Feelings of unworthiness, too. Fear, I’m sure.

Why seek community?

Because we are all part of one body. Each of us with our own, God-created and God-blessed purpose. We were created, which means we have a purpose. Each one of us.

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” – Mother Teresa

I see the benefits of community, in my fellowship, in this blogging land, in local friends and faraway ones. And I want to fulfill my part within community, even when I’m tired and needing filling. With His love and for His glory.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

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Questions for you: How you are seeking community right now? How are you being a part of community?



Five Minute Friday: Together

It’s a late Five Minute Friday, today (on a Saturday). But I’m joining in, nonetheless!


Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo at the The Gypsy Mama: A time where we “just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.” Five minutes of writing without editing or backtracking!

This week’s prompt: “Together…”

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need together.

To celebrate joys together.

To endure through trials together.

Copyright Under God’s Mighty Hand

To persevere in faith through sufferings together.

I need this together with my kids. With my husband. With my fellowship.

But more than those, most of all, I need this together with my God.

And this, I forget. I try to forge through without really, truly being together with my God. My God who loves, redeems, builds. To be with Him, where love and faithfulness meet together.

He created and combine the earth and all of creation together “while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy.” What power! What strength! Why would I even try to continue through without clinging to the together He calls us to?

When I realize this, and I live together with my family, with you. When we “do life” together, under this great God’s hand, we see His blessings, His love. And then we do what we were created together to do. We praise Him together.

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” – Philippians 3:17


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Question for you: How do you go through life “together?”

For When You’re Unsure How to Be a Part of Community

There’s no doubt we’re called to community.

Called to encourage one another in unity and peace.

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 13:11

 

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Called to encourage one another to stay on His straight, narrow path.

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3:13

So what about when community chooses poorly?

A community of people can choose bad things, choose evil. Just take a look at the community of Israelites in Genesis and Exodus! Many choices were based on fear or selfishness (not unlike some of my choices can be now).

While communities now may not idolize golden calves now, we can idolize ideals, status, ourselves. What do we do when a community’s choices miss the mark?

I feel at a loss sometimes in these situations. I have no power to change others and often feel powerless to change myself. But God changes. We can refocus ourselves on His word – which comes to us through and because of His grace.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.” – Titus 2:11-15

In renewing our own hearts, we can “encourage and rebuke” others. Rebuke, though it sounds harsh, can be done with love. And that’s the key.

Most of all, we love.

We love even those not in our family of believers. Though we may need to separate ourselves from bad influences, we still aim to love all people with God’s gracious love. Hard (for me, at least), but essential. As my husband says, it may not bless him to be around certain people, but he’s called to be a blessing to them!

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:10

The word “community” appears more often in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, I see the phrase “family of believers” more frequently.

When do fellow believers become family?

My husband and I have seen this in our own fellowship. Many of these fellow believers have become much more (much closer) family than some of our own relatives. People we can stand firm with for God.

I pray this for all believers – that we may both have and foster community around us. I need this community, though I sometimes forget or refuse that need. Real, genuine, God-focused, God-guided community. Community essential and blessed by God.

Question for you: Where have you found genuine, real life community?

This post is linked up with the Faith Barista’s Faith Jam. Check it out for more thoughtful posts on real life community (this week’s topic).