Dr. B. adds, “Christ desired that his church would be the earthly community of oneness modeled after the eternal community of oneness. Jesus went on to declare that he had provided his followers with everything they needed to bring about this oneness. He prayed, “I have given them the glory that
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on May 4, 2008
God calls us to enter into community, which means to be engaged in each other's lives and experiences. It's showing up at the funeral; it's taking time to visit at the hospital; it's making a point of going to the concert performance. The lesson here teaches that we are (or should be)
Contributed by Troy Borst on Mar 5, 2009
I would like to begin this morning with the definition of the word community. A community is "a local grouping within which people carry out a full round of life activities."
A community includes:
(1) a grouping of people
(2) within a geographical area
(3) with a
Contributed by Bret Toman on Jun 15, 2009
NEGLECT OF COMMUNITY
"If God designed the Church to function like a body with every member ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit to other members, in regular interpersonal relationship, then would it be surprising to find that the neglect of this regular interpersonal, spiritual ministry
Contributed by Bradley Kellum on Aug 11, 2009
COMMUNICATION IS CHARACTER
Roger Ailes who works for Fox News says: "You are the message. What does that mean exactly? It means that when you communicate with someone, it’s not just the words you choose to send to the other person that make up
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Feb 11, 2012
A BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION
My favorite Burns and Allen routine was the time when George was lecturing Gracie about carelessness. Gracie remembered one of her relatives who accidently parked in a red zone. George said, "That was very careless."
Gracie responded, "Yes, it really was."
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Aug 15, 2012
A woman went to court and told the judge she wanted a divorce. "Do you have any grounds?" the judge asked.
"Just two acres," she replied.
"That's not it, lady. I mean, do you have a grudge?"
"No, we park the car in the front of the house."
Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Feb 21, 2002
CONFLICT IN COMMUNITY
“The difference between spiritual and unspiritual community is not whether conflict exists, but is rather in our attitude toward it and our approach to handling it. When conflict is seen as an opportunity to draw more fully on spiritual resources, we have the
Contributed by Jess Bousa on Feb 16, 2006
The Power of Communication
Tap-Tap . .. . .tap-tap-tap . . .. .tap-tap-tap-tap .. . . . .tap-tap-tap . . .”
Captain Red McDaniel rapped carefully on the walls of his cell in the Hanoi Hilton, practicing the special camp code prisoners used to communicate with each other. He knew he had to
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jan 19, 2009
There is no better example of heart in community than the life of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. We watch the miserly, pointy-nosed, blue-lipped, red-eyed grouch barely giving his trusted employee Bob Cratchit time away from work on Christmas Day to be with his
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 4, 2009
The Talmud later enumerated community obligations: "A man must reside in a town thirty days to become liable for contributing to the soup kitchen, three months for the charity box, six months for the clothing fund, nine months for the burial fund, and twelve months for
Contributed by Paul Collins on Sep 7, 2009
ALEXANDER SMITH'S BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
The Bounty was a British ship which set sail from England in 1787, bound for the South Seas. The idea was that those on board would spend some time among the islands, transplanting fruit-bearing and food-bearing trees, and doing other things to make some of
Contributed by Tim Adams on Dec 1, 2009
A parable is told of a community of ducks waddling off to duck church one Sunday to hear their duck preacher. After they waddled into the duck sanctuary, the service began and the duck preacher spoke eloquently of how God had given the ducks wings with which to fly. He pounded the pulpit with his
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Dec 23, 2009
There is a community here in the United States where a Christian Church had such blaring music and so many mission trips and so many children and families that people in the neighborhood issued a petition to make the church quieter. They went to a Jewish neighbor and asked him to sign the petition.
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Feb 23, 2010
The Christian Communications Laboratory relates the story of a small Midwestern weekly paper which ran a story saying,
"We are pleased to announce that the tornado which blew away the Methodist church last Friday did no real damage to the town." Kind
Together communication and attitude have potential... either for good or for evil. Here’s what we mean…
It was attitude that took out yet another marriage. They were in their twenties. They were the parents of two beautiful children. He, however, had a miserable problem. She endured it. The
Contributed by Karl Popke on May 28, 2010
In one community -- the Village atheist was not a bad man. He just didn’t believe. He wasn’t interested in church…and there was only one in the area. And this church was,-- well, mostly a social club. Heartlessly and spiritually dead—no conversions or decisions for Christ had been made for some
Contributed by Andrew Chan on Jun 28, 2010
BEER COMMERCIALS AND COMMUNITY
Beer commercials do not really sell beer. Have you seen how they really sell "living it up with others" or what Christians call "community"? Do they not sell good looking people partying with other good looking people? Even the losers in those commercials all of a
Contributed by Andrew Chan on Jun 28, 2010
WORLD CUP COMMUNITY
I am convinced that the greatest need of our time is genuine community. For instance, I see it oozing out in the World Cup of soccer. I am seeing people spending money buying vuvuzuelas--you know, those plastic ugly-sounding horns which sound like bees buzzing--and blowing