House Church Talk - Christians in action
david at housechurch.org
Fri Nov 28 19:02:17 EST 2003
Hello dear reader,
Most of the local papers across America contain heart-warming stories of
churches offering a Thanksgiving meal either to themselves or, as is
usually the case, to the unfortunate.
The stories somehow reminded me of a another story - that of a wealthy
Christian businessman and guest speaker at a "Rescue Mission." He boasted
how he too, one day long ago, was sitting there just as the other
down-and-outers. He reached into his pockets that night, gathered his
remaining funds, and when the offering plate was passed, he "Gave it all
A unexpected voice from the rear of the auditorium was then heard: "Let's
see you do it again."
We rejoice when any good things emerge from the churches but what is to
keep churches - whether house churches or institutional churches - from
offering such meals on a regular basis rather than once a year? Why not
look at the pure joy of these annual gatherings and declare in unison:
"Why not do it again?"
In the reading of the Scriptures, many fail to observe that the early
church was a mighty engine of social service. It was a comprehensive
welfare system which took in the unfortunate, widows, and unwanted
babies. It was also a burial organization.
Check out this text (and the capitalized word) from the early records:
Acts 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the
Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their
widows were being overlooked in the DAILY distribution of food.
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