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Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
TITLE: A New Family
By Paula Titus
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Sure, I had been hurt in the past which was no doubt the beginning of my troubles. Somewhere in my foggy past I began building a wall one brick at a time until the thing towered over me and anyone who came into my path. I even gave a half-hearted attempt now and then to tare down a brick or two, with little success.
Little did I know at the time the only One who could break through my wall was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. As my husband and I had been searching for a local Church to attend for some time (with no success) we were finally led to a modest building off the beaten path. In the beginning I was happy to only attend on Sunday mornings, listen to the sermon, smile and say hello, then get the heck out. Keeping people at a good distance felt most comfortable to me.
But then something changed. I actually started looking in (not just at) the faces around me. What was there? I wasnít sure at first what drew me to these people who actually seemed to care whether or not I was in their midst. I saw love in their faces, but not just any kind of love. I saw the love of God staring me in the face. Beckoning me to join in, joyfully willing to help me in my walk with the Lord. I saw Jesus Christ!
As I slowly began exposing myself to these people, I could feel those bricks starting to crumble. What a freedom! People I actually want to be near? People who I actually want to love? What a delightful mystery this whole thing was to me, and still is. As I began worshipping with them, sharing, laughing, crying, my relationship with the Lord deepened. What a marvelous God we have who can reveal His love through His children. Finally, I am home
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