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Pure Socialism – Is It Possible?

Acts 2:44–45

44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

What is Socialism? Socialism is all the rage for some progressives today in the political arena in the United States. Some on the progressive side are suggesting socialism as a societal norm for the US. This devotional is not meant to be a perfect description of socialism – but rather a brief look at socialism and what pure socialism would look like from a Biblical point of view.

What is Socialism? One definition I found on Google Search says – a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

What is Socialism? Another definition I found on Marriam-Webster’s online dictionary reads this way – any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. Continue reading

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Relationship Building

Acts 2:42

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMAt one time in my life I thought fellowship meals were a Methodist thing. It seemed like every time we got together – as a church family – we had food. We’d meet for an evening service – there was food. Between the services each Sunday – there was food. When folks would come over to our home or we would go over to someone’s home – there was food. Was it any doubt that most Methodist pastors were overweight? I even had an older lady tell me that I really hadn’t visited with her unless I had something to eat.

Fellowship gatherings are very important. Relationship building is key for a church or for anyone really. Food just seems to be an icebreaker of sorts. We all have to eat and gathering around a table together seems so relaxing for many. The main course at any event is the relationship building that takes place. Continue reading

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When the Church Works Together Amazing Things Happen

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

I am amazed as I watch the Baltimore Ravens football team. Since their 2000-2001 Super Bowl season to the present – they have had a dominate defense led by Ray Lewis and other future Hall of Fame players. The defense has often been in the top five in the league. Yet they haven’t been back to the Super Bowl since that one season – mainly because the offense has never kept up with the dominance of the defense. This has also played out in this 2011-2012 season. They have had some close games – like their second loss last week when the defense held the other team to 12 points but the offense could only muster 7 points.

The thing that is really amazing is that the defense doesn’t call the offense out – blaming them for a loss or for the team not winning. They are a team – they win and lose as a team. Even this Sunday – when the Ravens were down by 21 points in the first half – and losing 24-6 at half-time – the Ravens were a team! They eventually won the game 30-27 as the offense came through and the defense held up in the second half. The hope is that they will continue to play as a team and end up in another Super Bowl this year.

This team bonding is not often seen in the church. Pastors and lay persons should see themselves as working together to reach the lost and grow the church – instead of blaming one another when things do not go as planned. If the church were to operate more as a team – standing up for each other as in the early church – we might see more churches being all they could be!

If the church were to see themselves as instruments of God’s grace and work more in unity with each other and with God – we might see more of His glory! Because the early church devoted themselves to God and worked together – the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. If it happened in the early church – it can happen today!

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

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