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A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, December 29


1John 1:2-4


The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

This is a new view of fellowship for me. It begins with my relationship with God. My fellowship with other believers is a different sort of relationship than simple friendship. We must never exclude non- believers from our love and generosity, but our commonality is different. Putting this into words today makes me feel as if I am excluding others. But no one is excluded from a life with Christ and the promise of eternal life. Sharing this gift centers my relationship with other believers. To me, this is fellowship.


Father God, thank you for providing and placing other believers in my life. Others who know you and your love, help me to stay on track. Amen


Becky, transforming

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Dec 29, 2021

1 John 1:2–4 I have always thought of my church friends as another family. We are a community of believers. As a church family, we fellowship on Sunday morning and in various Bible studies. We fellowship when we work together on projects in his name. We fellowship when we support and comfort each other in times of need. We fellowship together when we celebrate in times of joy. I think this is what Jesus would have us do. Being part of a small church makes this easy to do. Prayer gracious God help our church families navigate this world together with help from one another. Amen

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Dec 29, 2021

1 John 1:2-4

Can’t you just hear John’s excitement explaining how he saw, he touched, he lived with Jesus. That he was an eye witness to Jesus’s life and all that Jesus taught while on earth. Who better qualified to teach the truth about Jesus. Come on get on board, let’s fellowship with Jesus and each other. Though we have not personally seen, heard, or touched Jesus, we have his word, and trust what John wrote. Due to the spread of Covid-19, People are afraid of gathering and have most of their social interactions online. It is hard to have genuine fellowship, even among believers. Yet we cannot blame the situation; the main problem is sin. The only way of…

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Barbara
Barbara
Dec 29, 2021

1 John 1: 2-4 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.


Fellowship. A word that became known to me when I first started to attend services at CUMC. This was something I had never experienced when I attended Church services elsewhere. As I look back, I see that it was the start of a joyful fellowship with God.…


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David
David
Dec 29, 2021

1 John 1:2-4

3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.


Verse 3 makes me think of our fellowship within the transformer group of like-minded Christians. That is the way I would normally think about fellowship. The second sentence talks about a much different kind of fellowship. One that is personal and private between God and Jesus and me.


Dear Lord I never thought about a fellowship with you. I have sent messages to you and sometimes I have seen the result of my prayers, but…

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Tom
Tom
Dec 29, 2021

1John 1:2-4

Despite having read this many times, this morning the word “fellowship” strikes me as something above and beyond friendship. The distinguishing feature is the shared proclamation of our faith, our story, what we have seen and heard. One tends to befriend those for whom they have some specific affinity. Christian fellowship brings together people who may have never have otherwise gotten to know one another and the treasure this yields is precious.

Prayer - Jesus, author of our faith, thank You for the gift of Christian fellowship. May we honor You by faithfully extending our hand of fellowship to those who do not yet know You. Amen


TAA

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