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Devotion for March 19

posted Mar 19, 2020, 10:32 PM by Donald Wildeboer

Acts 2:42–47 (NIV)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

Talking with a member of the congregation yesterday, she said something that struck me, “This self-isolation has been a blessing in disguise, I haven’t been able to really read the Bible for a while now, and suddenly I do have the time. There are a lot of really wonderful stories in there I had kind of forgotten!” It made me think about how that’s true for so many of us and it reminded me that the early church spent a lot of time learning about Jesus through the apostles, to prayer and fellowship. We’ve gotten used to doing all this on Sunday mornings, but now we have time to re-imagine how to do this when we can’t get together.

So, I encourage you to do fellowship together through the phone, as our elders will be doing, or email, text, messenger (one of my favourites), or even through a letter! Spend some extra time getting to know Jesus through some extra Bible reading, any of the first 4 books in the New Testament is a good place to start, and then moving back to Genesis. Reading out loud to your kids or grandkids, even over the phone, is a great way to connect and learn. And I do ask for your prayers for each other, our community, our leaders and yourselves. Who knows, maybe we will look back to this moment in time and say, “Now I see what God was up to!”

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