HOPE THROUGH BLESSING
Date: 7/14/2012 01:35 - Subscribe
Today's passage focuses on Paul's request to the Corinthian church
to support the Jerusalem church, which was suffering declining
membership and dwindling funds. Just as Christ, out of generosity
and love, came here to give new life, Paul requests the same love
and sacrificed from the Corinthians.
60 years ago the church I attend it was in crisis. built on the hard
work and unwavering faith of Scandinavian domestics who worked
in the large homes lining Chicago's north lakeshore, the church
faced declining membership and dwindling funds. As these workers
prayed in the church's fireside room, built as a place to gather on
days off, they remained hopeful and earnestly sought God's direction.
Some dedicated members began canvassing the community for
young families willing to give the church new life and support. They
found many and the church thrives today. Years later this
congregation was asked to support a church plant in a community farther
North. Now that church is thriving. Apparently Paul's model still holds.
Thank you, God, that your church still thrives today and offers new
life through your Son. Amen
(From Covenant Home Altar, July 6, 2012)
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