Wednesday, March 30, 2011

power of partnership

And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.

I sat around the table last night with a few of our team and others from 9 different churches including all kinds of construction people.  You should have heard what these folks shared.  It is amazing to watch God break down the barriers that have been in place for a long time.  Those barriers have kept Christians from working together.  Those days are quickly going away.

Not only did I get to share about The Community Dream Center and how we will be opening a shelter, but we heard from another ministry opening a home for unwed mothers.  The outpouring and desire to serve was incredible.  We all need to see this kind of thing happen as the churches of our communities unite to serve God and serve the people we are around.  The power of partnership is incredible.  Just like the early church in Acts (see the verse above) who lived unselfishly with their eyes on Jesus.

My prayer is that walls will continue to fall.  My prayer is that our separate lives will begin to be shared lives.  God is working through His church.  That is church with a big "C" that is joining forces to make a difference.  The power of partnership in our community will include people from all kinds of backgrounds.  

How can I help make this happen?  How can you make this happen in a bigger way?  Remember the words of Jesus ...

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

What would those who don't care for the church say when they see all the churches working together?  For decades all they have heard is what the church is against and have even watched us fight among ourselves.  It is time to change that.  It is time to focus our attention on God and do what He has called us to do.

Working together we will make a bigger difference than we ever would alone.  Working together the world will see that God is strong and good and able to make a difference in their lives as he is making a difference in our lives.  The power of partnership points people to Jesus and changes lives!

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