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A Daily Devotion for Monday, January 3


Acts 2:44-47


All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

What a model for fellowship! I am wondering this morning what my “before and after” might be? We can’t live the life described (in Acts) in today’s culture. But we can make choices that are counter-culture in order to serve God. We can make sacrifices in our lives which honor God and serve God. These are not sacrifices to gain God’s favor, but sacrifices which enforce our relationship. We can give our time, our money, our possessions- maybe not in the same way as the followers in Acts, but in our own meaningful ways.

Father God, I have so much, and many have so little. I want to honor you. Help me to see what I can do for others, how I can share and serve. Amen


Becky, transforming

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Jan 03, 2022

Acts 2:44–47 “. . . And shared their meals with great joy. . .” How often does the public see our church being used? Once on Sunday morning, or maybe an evening for choir practice or the occasional meeting. Have we let our lives get so busy that we don’t even share a potluck meal once in a while. Last fall when Rick shared his favorite movie, the time began with a potluck meal. It was such a great time of fellowship and joy. Why aren’t we doing this more often? Couldn’t we find one evening a month to share fellowship and joy with each other? Think about it! Prayer: Gracious God, help us find more time together as a church community.…

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Barbara
Barbara
Jan 03, 2022

Acts 2: 44-47


46-47 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, 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 learning that fellowship is not exactly what I thought it was. It is not just getting together and talking, this is just socializing. Fellowship is also the bond we share with Jesus Christ. Getting together is part of it but I am learning that fellowship is also what gifts God gave to me and how I use them. It is helping, encouraging, caring, loving and comforting,…


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David
David
Jan 03, 2022

Acts 2:44-47

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


This is the ultimate of fellowship. All of their interests and desires seemed to be the same. Today this would be an extreme of fellowship bordering on being a cult. We don’t usually sell anything to give to the poor but give of our reserves. The point is that we do help others through our fellowship, as we did by filling the jars with money.


Dear Lord our fellowship may not be the same as the early Christians but we are trying. By studying your words we know what to do and with the…

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Tom
Tom
Jan 03, 2022

Acts 2:44-47

Our spiritual cousins, the Anabaptist sects - Mennonite, Amish, Bruderhof, come as close to living the Acts 2 church as anything else in the 21st century. Despite our theological differences, we can learn a great deal from their spirit of fellowship, sharing and sacrifice for one another. May this be the year we move closer to this ideal.


Prayer - God of unity, lead our communities of faith to honor the spirit of the early church in our willingness to take fellowship seriously, being available for one another as needs arise. Amen


TAA

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