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    OUR Daily Bread Devotional July 24, 2017- Building Community

    OUR Daily Bread

    Topic: Building Community



      July 24, 2017

    Read: Ephesians 2:19–3:11 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 35–36; Acts 25


    This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 3:6
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    “Community” is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives, says Henri Nouwen. Often we surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, which forms a club or a clique, not a community. Anyone can form a club; it takes grace, shared vision, and hard work to form a community.

    The Christian church was the first institution in history to bring together on equal footing Jews and Gentiles, men and women, slaves and free. The apostle Paul waxed eloquent on this “mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God.” By forming a community out of diverse members, Paul said, we have the opportunity to capture the attention of the world and even the supernatural world beyond (Eph. 3:9–10).
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    "'Community' is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives." —Henri Nouwen
    In some ways the church has sadly failed in this assignment. Still, church is the one place I visit that brings together generations: infants still held in their mothers’ arms, children who squirm and giggle at all the wrong times, responsible adults who know how to act appropriately at all times, and those who may drift asleep if the preacher drones on too long.

    If we want the community experience God is offering to us, we have reason to seek a congregation of people “not like us.”
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    Lord, remind us that the church is Your work, and You have brought us together for Your good purposes. Help us extend grace to others.

    The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world.  G. K. Chesterton

    Our Daily Bread is a devotional calendar-style booklet published by Our Daily Bread Ministries (formerly RBC Ministries) in over 55 languages.[1] The booklet is one of the most widely read Christian devotionals in circulation today. It was first published in April 1956 and includes writing about the Bible and insights into Christian living. The booklet's title originates from a line of the Lord's Prayer. The contents include a Bible passage and a relevant article for each day of the year. It is written by a different author each day, and also features additional Bible passages for people following Our Daily Bread's "Bible In One Year" reading program.

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