Wednesday, July 23, 2008

friends, partners and precious people [+] Wednesday E-Devotion

I love mission trips. One of the tough things is being away from family and work when there are things to do, people who have needs and the like. Yet I love interacting with great people.
The pastor of SonRise Church here in Spartanburg, South Carolina is a great fellow. An encourager. A great leader. A kind friend. We need to build more people like David Moore. Julie whispered to me last night that I am alot like this pastor. That is a compliment.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (nasb) --- Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Got a note from one of Community family yesterday about a pastor that had a wreck on a dirt bike during their worship service. This lady was affraid I would try that. I appreciate the sentiment, and I will try to be careful with all I do. My momma would hurt me if I tried that.
Another sweet point of the mission trip is the people we rub shoulders with. Our own people that we rarely spend time with. We have a great team with us. Some are new to The Community. Others are friends of Community family. Some have been on lots of our trips. Makes for a great team. You also get to see people in the rariest of times and at their best (or maybe their worst).
As you may already know about me, I believe that God has called us to be family. To live and worship together. That is much more than just going to church together. The people in the book of Acts shared meals, helped each others and so much more all the time! We need to be that and do that often, even daily.
Think what real friends and partners are like. They are precious people.
Proverbs 11:30 (nlt) --- The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.
Proverbs 17:17 (nlt) --- A friend is always loyal,and a brother is born to help in time of need.
Proverbs 27:17 (nlt) --- As iron sharpens iron,so a friend sharpens a friend.
Ephesians 2:19 (nlt) --- So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God's holy people. You are members of God's family.

Here is the end. We need to be friends. We need to be partners in life, in work and in ministry. We need to be seen as precious people. Why? Because people need to Jesus. There is the reason for us being in God's family and more of our series called reVerb.
1 John 4:12 (nlt) --- No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

[+] Please Pray

Ken Smith's surgical procedure Friday morning. He will be in the hospital for a couple days. Richard Holland is in Baptist Hospital because of dehydration and needing more tests. Pray for both those families as well as the Joyce family. Mark Joyce's memorial service will be at Norris Funeral Home in Martinsville Saturday at 11 am.

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