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We Are Family

Colossians 2:2

…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

profileIn 1979 the Baltimore Orioles were the best baseball team – record wise (102-57) – in all of baseball.  They were favored to win the World Series.  They lost in a seven game series four games to three to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates theme that year was we are family – a song made famous in 1979 by Sister Sledge.  The Pirates rallied around each other and won as a team.  I remember watching that series.  It was very painful to see a better team – the Orioles – and my favorite team – lose to a lesser team – the Pirates.  But teamwork – a sense of family – won out against the odds.

Over the years I have heard a number of people talk about their church family as their real family.  Some folks have their biological family several states away and their church family is their real family up close.  Some have been rejected by their biological family – at times for their faith and at times for other reasons – and their church family becomes their real family.

The church is supposed to be the body of Christ – we are suppose to be real family for sure.  Today’s passage talks about or love for family – our hearts for each other in the church.  Here it is in partial context.

Colossians 2:1-8 – 1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.  6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

God’s desire is for the church family to really be a family.  To love one another – to have a heart to connect with one another.  That is why I have been preaching about the heart – about Biblical characters – about attitude.  Wake up church.  In order to be the church we must love one another as Christ loves us.  We are family!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 4, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , ,

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